Monday, November 21, 2011

ARC Review: Parallel by Claudia Lefeve

Paperback: 264 pages
Release date: August 26th, 2011
Publisher: Sugar Skull Books  
Source: Author
Goodreads Summary: Destiny has a way of catching up.

Saddled with powers she doesn't understand, Etta Fleming's world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of.

One minute, she's an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy.

Plucked from the only world she's ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn't know, and a best friend who can't know.

PARALLEL is the first book in the Travelers Series.

   I believe each one of us had already given the thought of the possibilities of Time Traveling or Psionic Abilities, but what if one day a boy you just happen to met for the first time explain these things on you and claim they're all real? I'll wager you would think he totally lost it, but again what if he divulge that its absolutely real because both of you has the abilities and deep inside, somehow you also think its true? I guess you'll reconsider your thoughts. These are one of the ideas I have come across while reading PARALLEL and maybe they were already usual topics of discussion to others but putting them all together to make up a whole story is something new and no ordinary.

     The characters have their own identities that distinguish them from others and my favourite would be Etta Fleming, not because she's the protagonist but for the reason she's strong-minded, brave and has that self-confidence (that in my opinion) every girl must possess although it'll be hard to gain. Oh! I won't definitely forget to add Cooper Everett, the gorgeous and witty 'Coop'.

As for the plot, I may say I'm truly drawn. Honestly, this is the first book I've read depicting Time Travelers having Psionic Abilities because most of the books I've recently read were mostly about Vampires, Werewolves or other Paranormal fantasies so I wanted to discover new books with new characters and conflicts so I'm really grateful I have read this book because it didn't let me down. Well, the story is like a conundrum; bits and pieces of the puzzle were gradually lifted from every page you turn and the 'pieces' of that puzzle with different shapes were surprisingly suited to one another then a grand portrait was presented and it was the impression that this book leave to its readers: Beautiful and Brilliant, making its readers to wish for more.

     Everything about this book is great---talking about Physics, Telekinesis and all that incredible plot and characters---however, I'm not attracted to its book cover. I find it lacklustre and I don't see its relation to the story although I think the girl was supposed to be Etta Fleming but I just don't see it as her. Regardless of the cover, this book has everything it has to offer to all the readers who wanted to take on a new journey of reading with the Travelers. Absolutely Fascinating! Two Thumbs-up!

~Have I told you this is a total cliffhanger and I can't wait to read for more? Well, be on the look out for Book 2 in the Travelers Series, PARADOX this Fall/Winter 2011

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