Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review & Giveaway * Slide by Jill Hathaway *

by Jill Hathaway
Publication Date: March 27th, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780062077905
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Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again. (Goodreads)
Slide is an intense, mysterious read by debut author Jill Hathaway!

The main character in the story is Sylvia, who is also known as Vee. Vee suffers from narcolepsy, or so it would seem. In realty, she slides into other people’s minds, and gets to see through their eyes what exactly happens in their lives. When she touches an object that has been imprinted on by a person, she can slip into that persons mind. This is how she discovers that her sister’s friend did not, in fact, commit suicide, but was murdered instead.

I found Vee to be a very likable character. I loved that she was able to step up and fill shoes that were hard to fill, even while she was not able to share her own issues at all. It did bother me a bit that she kept her secret from everyone for so long. I totally understand the reason she kept the secret, but I felt that she was shouldering the burden all alone, and I really just wanted her to have someone to share with.

The secondary characters were pretty well written as well. At first, I didn’t think that I was going to care for Vee’s sister, Mattie. But I ended up really caring about her. These two girls went through a LOT, and they were there for each other. I love that sisterly relationship. Vee’s best friend, Rollins, and the love interest in the story, Zane, were both interesting characters as well. I really just wanted to know them better, especially towards the end of the book.

The plot was very interesting, albeit somewhat predictable in parts of the book. One part definitely kept me guessing, and that was trying to figure out who exactly the killer was! The book was definitely well paced; there were not many slow parts at all.

Overall, I found this to be a quick, intriguing read. It actually reminded me of the Wake series by Lisa McMann, which I adored. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this debut author in the near future!

Happy Reading!

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  1. Great review. This story sounds unique. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. This sounds like a great mystery with a twist! The characters sound great as well. I am really looking forward to it!

    I like that the novel kept you guessing with who the killer was. These type of novels only work if you can keep that aspect from being predictable.

    Great review Christy!

  3. Oh great review I plan to read this soon so I'm glad that you liked it. It sounds really good and seems to have great characters which is a must for me.

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  4. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I read the first couple chapters of this one online and really enjoyed it so I can't wait to read the whole thing soon. Great review! And thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

  6. Thanks for sharing your review with us! I got an UK ARC of this one from a friend and I'm dying to read it, but I'm also trying to wait until sometime closer to the release date. It definitely sounds awesome and thanks to your review the need to pick it up got even worse. :D


  7. I enjoyed this one as well, not one of those books that blows you away, but definitely a quick and fun read just like you said:) I can't remember if I knew who the killer was or not, I don't think I did. I always like being surprised on things like that!

  8. This sounds like a must-read book. I can hardly wait to do so.

  9. Sometimes, even a somewhat predictable read strikes a chord, although it sounds like there's a twisty mystery, too! It sounds like there are some pretty good characters in it, which always works for me.

  10. I love mysteries! This sounds like a fun read, too. I'm glad you pretty much enjoyed it. :) Thanks for the giveaway and for a great review!

  11. I haven't really heard much about Slide but it sounds really interesting. It sounds kind of like The Body Finder which I really liked. :)


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