Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review: Collide by Michelle Madow


Michelle Madow

Release Date:
Jan. 9, 2017

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I should have died when I was shot at the Halloween dance. 

Instead I woke up—one week earlier, in a parallel universe where my mom's fatal car accident six months ago never happened. 

A world with my mom still in it was all I ever wanted. But in this timeline, everything is different—my grades, my friends, and even my boyfriend. I'm a stranger in my own body, and I don’t like who I’ve become. 

But one thing is the same—that shooting will still happen at the end of the week. 

I'm the only one who knows. Which means I'm the only one who can stop it. 

But first I need to convince someone—anyone—that I’m telling the truth... and then get them to help me. 

“A gripping, fast-paced romantic thriller with a unique fantasy twist!"


My Thoughts:

I was ecstatic to begin my reading journey with Collide! I was very lucky to read the very beginning of the story as a teaser, and it just made me anticipate Collide even more!  After reading Michelle Madow's, Elementals Series, I have come to love her fun, care-free, adventurous, and fast-paced writing style.

Collide is a titillating and enthralling young adult fantasy.  Anna is at the end of her junior year of high school when her mother dies in a tragic car accident.  The family is devastated, and Anna's life is forever changed.  At the beginning of the following school year, Anna attends the halloween dance with her boyfriend Jake.  During the dance, a gunman shoots and kills Jake, and then Anna.  However, the next morning Anna wakes up in her bed, only to find that she has gone back in time by a week.

Anna's whole life is different.  Her mother is still alive, she is best friends with Claire instead of Marisa, and is dating Zac instead of Jake.  At first Anna (now called Annabelle,) thinks that she must be dreaming, but then quickly realizes that she is in a parallel universe.  She decides to enjoy her time with her mother, and do everything in her power to stop the gunman from killing Jake and anyone else.  She enlists the help of trusted friends.  Will she be able to stop the gunman?  Will Anna eventually wake up in her old reality, or take "Annabelle's" place forever?

I LOVE stories about parallel universes.  Collide was such an amazing reading experience.  I loved trying to figure out who the gunman was.  I guessed fairly quickly, but the author managed to make me start contemplating other possible suspects.  I also loved contemplating the theme of the story.  It really went in to depth about how each action we take in our lives has a ripple effect, and leads us down a certain path.  The idea behind parallel universe's is that there are multiple versions of ourselves that are living out infinite possibilities, when it comes to choices being made and living out different life experiences.  This subject matter is extremely intriguing and fascinating to me.

If you are a huge fan of young fantasy, this one is a great page-turner.  It has romance, mystery, and thrills every step of the way.  The only thing that I wasn't a fan of was the ending.  It left major unanswered questions for me.  I don't know if this was done on purpose, or if the author plans on writing a sequel....      

My Rating:

I give, Collide, by Michelle Madow, 4 "Back in Time," Fast-Paced, Thrilling, Romantic & Entertaining Stars!  I loved it!

About Michelle Madow:

Michelle Madow writes fast-paced YA (young adult) fiction that will leave you turning the pages wanting more! 

She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, traveling, pizza, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship. 

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