4.05.2012

Book Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Slide by Jill Hathaway (Slide #1)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: ARC (courtesy of publisher)
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication Date: Mar. 27, 2012
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.

The concept behind this story is very intriguing. I was so interested in what happened when Vee slid into another person's body, that I practically devoured the pages of this book. This ability is such a burden to Vee that most of the time, she is afraid to fall asleep, for fear that she might slide into another person. In one instance--which is what I would consider to be the second-worst thing one could witness while in another person's body (the first being a murder)--something that happens to her own body while the person she slides into stands watching. In another instance, she witnesses the confession of an affair. These secret moments that Vee witnesses make the entire book feel terrifying and thrilling at the same time.

What didn't work for me, was mainly the way Vee and another character fell in love (it was so quickly!), Vee's inability to see what is right in front of her, and the villain's unsatisfactory (and a bit implausible) reason behind committing murder. It took Vee a good few days to even gather the courage to begin looking for clues, after she witnessed the murder of her sister's best friend. In fact, she considered doing nothing--the cause for the delay in her search for clues. From then on, she missed important clues that can be easily picked up by the reader.

That's not to say that this isn't a thrilling book--it is. There are some good twists and turns that took me by surprise. By the end, I wasn't sure who the real villain was, and my heart was racing when Vee finally found out. Despite the flaws, this is a good book to read if you're in the mood for something fresh. I really like that the author took narcolepsy, and turned it into something paranormal. It's definitely an original paranormal ability that I look forward to learning more about in the next book.


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...you want a heroine with an original paranormal ability.

Content Warning
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{Themes present: underage drinking, swearing, murder (not descriptive, but it describes the way the body looks afterward), and suicide.}



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7 comments:

  1. This. Sounds. Awesome! How had I not heard of this one?!

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    1. I don't know, but it's got a pretty awesome concept! You should check it out. :)

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  2. Great review! I totally agree about the romance, the missing of certain obvious clues, and the motive behind the murder. Well basically I just agree with everything you said. Haha. And I didn't know there was going to be another book! Wasn't everything pretty wrapped up at the end though? It'll be interesting to see what she does with a sequel.

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    1. Glad you agree! :) I thought it was all wrapped up in the end as well, but Goodreads has it listed as #1 in a series. Maybe the author intends to have a series of mysteries a la Nancy Drew? Not sure, but I'm interested to see what happens next.

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  3. Hi! I love your blog, your layout is beautiful! I really want to read this book, it sounds awesome. I'm a new follower.

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    Nancy

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  4. Romances that start on the turn of a dime annoy me, too! And it's too bad that the protag wasn't more observant; it's very irritating to figure out important plot twists/points before the people in the book do. Sort of ruins the excitement of them solving the mystery, I think.

    I agree with you that making narcolepsy into a paranormal thing is very interesting, though! Too bad the rest of the book didn't hold up to the premise.

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  5. I liked the concept of this book as well. The murder mystery was a little easy to figure out but I still enjoyed the book. I liked, as you put it, that the author took something that could easily be just contemporary and turned it into a paranormal twist.

    I do want to read more by this author even though I didn't all out love Slide.

    Thanks for the great review.

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