Monday, August 12, 2013

Review: Crash by Lisa McMann

Crash (Visions, #1)
Crash by Lisa McMann
If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Timesbestselling author of the Wake trilogy.
Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.
What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.
The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more shesees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.
In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.


Publishes in US: January 8th 2013 by Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: library
Series? Yes 1st in Visions.
Bang (Visions, #2)

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    I really enjoyed this book! Lisa, as usual writes powerful novels full of suspense with great characters. 
    Jules was so relatable and likable. She freaked out over the visions, and it moved her deeply that she was supposed to do something about it. She was a strong character, and I really admired her devotion to her family. They own a restaurant and her and her brother and sister work hard as a part of the family business to help their mom, who is super hardworking and optimistic and their dad who battles with depression and is a hoarder who occasionally is very charismatic and comes to work, but other times holes up in the apartment. But Jules still faces life with this slightly twisted but awesome point of view and a wit that kept me snickering. 
   The romance was great; a perfect picture of forbidden love because Sawyer is a part of the other Italian restaurant and a family that Jules' has feuded with for ages. It is unrequited at this point because after years of semi-secret friendship in elementary school, their dads clashed and they have avoided each other to keep the familial peace. But Sawyer is a good guy, he volunteers for the humane society for goodness sakes, and I saw the attraction and why Jules couldn't stop watching, and loving him from afar. 
    I really liked how the mental health issue was woven in, and that Jules had the family history and she had to question if what she saw was foreboding of the future or if she inherited depression and psychosis. I also appreciated how her family worried about her, and confronted her because if you take out the paranormal, it would all point to something to be worried about. 
    The suspense, the intensity, the romance, and the perfect ending are all boasts of this book, and I can't wait for the next one. 

Bottom Line: Suspenseful with a sharp and witty writing style.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever had any sort of vision or dream that came true?
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  1. I liked how the mental health issues were woven in too. I'm so excited for the sequel!

  2. I read this a little ago and for the sake of me I can't remember how it ended!

  3. I read this a little ago and for the sake of me I can't remember how it ended!

  4. I'm so glad the MC was strong and likeable and that the romance was well-written. I love star-crossed romance and I feel like this could be a perfect book for me:)

  5. This sounds like it has a little Romeo and Juliet vibe going for it, and I like the paranormal twist. Wonderful review and I love it when you can connect to the characters :)

  6. I think this sounds really good, and I have seen it at my library, just haven't had a chance to read it yet. Great review, I'm glad you liked it.

  7. I've heard good things about McMann's books, but haven't read any. I like that this one does have some suspense to it. It seems to have a bit of a Romeo and Juliet theme going on.
    So glad you enjoyed, Brandi!

  8. I've been really wanting to check this one out :) Sounds interesting and I read the author's other trilogy.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  9. I've been wanting to read this one! Sounds suspenseful. I think if I had visions I would be like Jules and want to help people. Love forbidden romance and dating a boy from a competing restaurant should be interesting. And aww he volunteers to help animals! I'm definitely sold on him.

  10. No visions or anything but one time I did have a dream that came true the next day and it was so freaky!!

  11. I love Lisa Mcmann's books so I'm really excited to try this newish series from her. I just barely picked up Dead to You and am about to start it:) Thanks for the review!

  12. I haven't read this author, but I have both of these books for review and I am really excited. I love witty and suspenseful!

  13. Oh, I have to get these books! I can't wait to read them! They have everything I love in a book!!

    Nope, no dreams or visions that have ever come true. I have had things like I think I should have brought an umbrella as I'm leaving the house. Then I didn't and it rains. Or I think I should have gone somewhere and I didn't and it turns out I should have. I don't listen to my intuition much.

  14. The plot, along with the characters, sounds like this was a really good read! I like the sounds of the suspense and the mystery in it. :)

    Great review!!

  15. I wasn't a fan of her other series, but I didn't hate it. I might have to try this one out.

  16. Forbidden romance is always fun in books, and I love the sound of the suspense and story. I'll have to check this one out!

    Great review!

  17. Very Romeo and Juliet and I'll take forbidden love over love triangle ANY TIME!

  18. Haven't read this yet but I think this might be something I'd like. I'm a fan of Ms. McMann so bumping this up as soon as I find my copy! And yes, I agree with Braine TS, so very Romeo and Juliet!

  19. Looks like a great read. The concept of it is pretty awesome. From everything you've said, it was pulled off well.

    I had a dream that I broke my arm and the next day I broke my ankle. That's about as close as I've come. Thank you for a great review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  20. No visions, but dreams that always seem to come true weeks or months after having them, and remembering the dream as things are happening around me. It makes scary dreams even scarier!

    This book sounds really interesting, though. Thanks for sharing your review!

    Laureen @ Ms. Bibliophile.

  21. This one sounds so intriguing! I'm definitely curious, though I have heard some mixed things. I do love her writing though so I'll have to give this a try!

  22. Have never read a Lisa McMann book but I really need to try one!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  23. I haven't read any of Lisa's books but I keep hearing only great things about this book. Which seems logical when the book has great characters, story and romance. Great review :)

  24. That is an eye catching cover... Get it? LOL I'm funny. :D

    This does sound really good. I love me a good suspense.

  25. Sounds like an interesting read Brandi... I have had this on my TBR list for a long time. Great review!!

    I get that deja vu thing sometimes but that's about it!! lol

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  26. wow a great romance? a great story and some great characters? what more can we want for ?

  27. I really love reading about characters (especially heroines) who have a great outlook on life and can handle whatever life throws at them. Jules sounds like my kind of heroine! I love that there's a mental health angle too, because it's so much more interesting to wonder whether these are actual visions or psychosis. Awesome review!

  28. I have both this and the second book and I want to read it even more after your wonderful review, Brandi! :)

  29. This sounds fabulous! I love the forbidden romance element and the characters sound great too. I can't wait to meet Jules and Sawyer. Plus, its interesting about the mental health issue woven into the story. I'm curious to see how that all plays out. I can't wait to check this one out. I'm glad you enjoyed this! Awesome review, Brandi! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  30. This sounds really interesting! Forbidden love and pizza! I love good suspense in books, too!

  31. I'm not a big fan of this cover as giant eyes tend to freak me out but I like the sound of a strong MC with a sharp sense of wit-that's my kind of character!


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