by Dawn Brazil
Overview (from B&N.com): Sixteen-year-old Chloe Carmichael is lost between two worlds: the one created by her ultra-efficient mother and the one she feels she will soon realize for herself. But a third world exists, hidden beneath carefully constructed lies, which threaten to crumble Chloe’s worlds forever.
Thrust into what she believes is a vision, Chloe discovers her boyfriend brutally murdered. Soon after, she’s plagued by voices in her head and an ability to move objects with her mind when she’s upset. When Christopher Thomas arrives to her school, he’s brimming with charm. Beneath his sultry demeanor, however, Chloe senses something ominous. Maybe even dangerous. Chris confirms her suspicions when, from thin air, he appears in her bedroom. He, along with six other teens, weaves a remarkable tale – one she’s reluctant to believe. Her real name is Amanda. She and Chris are soul mates from another universe and they must fight to save the world from an enemy they call the E.N.O. who’s bent on earth’s annihilation.
And Chloe thought her junior year would be a breeze.
As she acclimates to this new life, she struggles with the perfection of Amanda and the imperfections of Chloe. Her often-overwhelming attraction to Chris is more perplexing than the new super abilities she possesses. However, she must face a dubious truth. She may never recall Amanda or her infallible life and if she does remember, she may lose Chloe forever.
Or destroy the world in the process.
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author, via Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts: Superheroes! This book seriously hit my nerdy superhero obsession and it was awesome. I could go on for a while about all of the different parts of the sci-fi world that I love, but I don’t want to digress too much from the actual review of Finding Me.
The plot was interesting. Pretty creative, especially in comparison to all of the other books/series out there with a similar theme. I enjoyed the idea of a “team” of superheroes working together with a specific number of chances to enable good to win out over evil. It was a slight reminder of the Doctor’s 13 reincarnations (yes, nerdy Doctor Who reference).
The main character, Chloe, was very believable. At first, I found her fear and disbelief annoying. As she continued to grow on me, I realized more and more that her reaction to learning about this part of her was completely normal. The secondary characters were surprisingly well-developed. The author introduced many characters with very different personalities and it never felt like too much. Sometimes an author will introduced too much, too soon and it feels like they’re talking at you and explaining a story versus telling you a story in a way that makes you feel like you’re a part of it. For the record, Finding Me falls into the latter category.
I will admit that the start of the book was a bit slow. I was worried that I wasn’t going to like it at all, but after about 30 pages I was hooked. I just couldn’t seem to read fast enough to find out what new power Chloe would discover or how she would interact with her friends (new and old) or her family.
I’m looking forward to picking up the second book in this series and reading more about the world that this author has created. It’s a great read that seems to combine elements of X-Men, Doctor Who, Fringe, and sort of The Vow (with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum). I would definitely recommend Finding Me.
4 out of 5 Bookmarks = I really liked it and am looking forward to book 2, Finding Her!