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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review: Parallel Visions by Cheryl Rainfield

Parallel Visions (Teen Psychic, #1)
Parallel Visions by Cheryl Rainfield
Visions can kill you. Would you risk your life to save someone else’s?
Kate sees psychic visions of the future and the past—but only when she's having an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, she needs more visions to try to save her, along with a suicidal classmate—but triggering her asthma could kill her. Parallel Visions is the story of one brave, caring girl whose unusual gifts put her own life in danger.
A new YA fantasy from the award-winning author of SCARS and HUNTED.
Publishes in US: Nov 20 2012
Genre: fantasy
Source: Netgalley
Series? yes. Teen psychic. No information on others

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Blkosiner's Book Blog review
     I was immediately drawn to the premise because I like reading about illnesses and I like the idea of psychic visions, and this combines them into one book.
     Parallel Visions is a short and enjoyable read. I liked the character of Kate and how she really cared about her sister. Gil, the love interest is a genuine guy and I can see why Kate is attracted to him, she has had a crush on him for a while, and it is not just instant magnetism because of looks or anything like that. She has seen that he is kind and helpful to others, even the ones who are sick or hurt, and that especially gets Kate's attention since she has severe asthma.
     The fantasy element is well done, and it really is a unique idea. It gets to me though how Kate has to suffer to have these visions, but she wants to because she desires to help others, especially her sister who may be in trouble.
      I like how Parallel Visions really focuses on the family. Not only Kate and her family as a close knit unit but also Gil and his sister who is in a lot of pain, and he and his Nana come together to support her.
      That is not to say I didn't have a few issues... There were times when Kate and Gil didn't sound like teenagers, they sounded like middle aged people having a conversation. It wasn't all of the time though and it didn't pull me out of the story, it is just something I noticed.
     The story wrapped up well, and I can't wait to read more about Kate and Gil in the next book.
Bottom Line: Great premise and quick read.

Similar reads: Mind Games by Kiersten White, Hereafter by Tara Hudson, Forgotten by Cat Patrick

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you believe that anyone can see snippets of the future?

30 comments:

  1. Brandi, thanks so much for your lovely review of Parallel Visions; I appreciate it! So glad you enjoyed the book.

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for writing great book

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  2. Oh I agree the premise to this book sure is intriguing, I glad you enjoyed it overall Brandi, despite some of the issues you had. Great review! :)

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  3. Yes, I'll believe almost anything. I must say that the way her visions and asthma are linked is something Ihaven't come across before.

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  4. Gil sounds interesting and despite the issues, it still sounds like a good read. I hadn't heard of this book before.

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  5. That is a new mix for me, interesting though. I have this one my kindle, and I am guessing that I should read it. :) Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  6. Psychic visions...that is interesting. I think I would rather the teenagers sound more mature than too immature.

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  7. I liked the book, too! Had some issues as well, but enjoyed it a lot.

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  8. Oh it's been a long time since I read a book with a topic like that. I agree psychic visions are intriguing!

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  9. This sounds like a great read and I definitely want to give it a try :) I read the author's book Hunted a while and enjoyed it a lot! So I'm really looking forward to this :) Awesome review.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. I haven't read Hunted yet but I read Scars

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  10. Brandi this one is totally new to me and like you the synopsis drew me in. I am so glad you enjoyed this despite the issues.

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  11. I don't really know that this book is for me, but I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I really like the idea of tight-knit family units, though. It's something that we never really see anymore. It's nice.

    In answer to your question, I don't really know. I believe in those feelings that you get before something bad happens, but I don't know that I believe that people can see the future accurately. I think that the future changes all the time. That it's not constant. On another note, what do you believe? (:

    Loves,
    Megan@The Book Babe

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    1. I love reading about families who are close

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  12. Sounds like a nice romance, based on personality and nature, rather than amazing looks. Not sure how I feel about them sounding like a middle aged couple lol, but you say it doesn't take from the story :) Even though this has the fantasy element to it, it sounds quite like a contemporary read. Great review Brandi.

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    1. I know, the things relationships should be about

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  13. Despite the few issues, I'm glad you enjoyed this book overall. This is my first time coming across it! Thanks for putting it on my radar. :)

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  14. I have not heard of this book! but, you seemed to have enjoyed it! And it's a quick read, which is good for me! I feel so rushed these days.

    Great review!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  15. Glad to learn that this is an enjoyable read. I guess we could all sense snippets of the future in some way but we may not be paying particular attention to the glimpses when we sense them.

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  16. Oh this sounds really good! I love books where the characters are psychic so this sounds like one I'd enjoy. Fantastic review!

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  17. I have been dying to read this one since i read the summary. I think it's funny when these "teenagers" sound older. As an older writer, it must be hard to sound like a teenager.

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  18. I enjoy reading about people that have visions...although the last one on that score for me was a bust. It sounds like the romantic interest is great, and it's so hard not to feel sympathetic towards a character that has to suffer while really wanting to help others. I get the problem with sounding older though...I have run into that and sounding younger than I imagined as well. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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    1. I guess it is a hard balance esp if you aren't that age

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  19. I am on a total kick lately for books about psychic visions and all those similar powers. I'll have to add this one.

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  20. I have never heard of this book before and it does sound really interesting! Great review! :)

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  21. I like psych books too but lately fantasy is hit and miss for me. I cant connect with the stories sometimes.

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  22. I hadn't heard of this book, so thanks for putting it on my radar! This sounds like a really interesting book, and I'm off to add it to my TBR list! I like how it focuses on the family. Yay for family in YA books! Great review!

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