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Shock Me [Kindle Edition]

Ashley C. Harris , Amber Harris , Cameron Yeager
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Book Description

A promising gymnast, Donna Young is a shy, quiet nobody from the wrong side of town. The only exciting thing in life is her secret friendship with Ryan, her childhood crush. But after the accident—one that should have killed her—she discovers she has impossible powers! Why now, at sixteen, can she transform into something shocking and inhuman? Donna doesn’t know how to use her new abilities or who she can trust, but unveiling this mystery might lead to conclusions about Ryan that are deadly.

Rich kid, Ryan Applegate is the most popular guy in town. He has a face that should be on a poster in every girl’s bedroom and dates the hottest chick in school. But ever since the big explosion at the town’s power plant, Ryan has been keeping secrets of his own that if revealed could force him to choose between his family and the girl he's forbidden to love.

As their electrifying puzzle unfolds, so unfolds a town where friends become enemies, and enemies become unrecognizable and intertwined. Tortured heroes just might be the bad guys, and Donna discovers that her and Ryan’s secrets are powerful enough to destroy everyone... including themselves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1747 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ashley C. Harris (15 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8L1PGO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shock Me 12 Oct. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a confusing conglomerate of differing views all told from the third perspective where you don't know who the good or bad guys are... and it will grip you, pull you in and keep you turning the pages until you have finished.

Donna, our main female, not only had the usual angst of high school but she still crushes over her childhood best friend, Ryan. She has two other friends who don't fit in with the mainstream either, Rebecca and Spencer. Donna is quiet, shy and lovely. Rebecca is even quieter although she shows she has a backbone in spurts. Spencer is the joker of the pack who, like most jokers, is hiding his own worries behind a veneer of confidence.

So, onto the other characters. You have the Applegate brothers, Randy and Ryan. Randy - I can't get my head round. Is he a bad guy or a good guy? I'm looking forward to reading more about him as I never know what to expect from him. Ryan - I sort of like him. I know that he is Donna's crush and that makes me want a HEA for them but he is also a bit of a dick. He says he still has feelings for Donna and will "crush" anyone or anything that hurts her. He leaves her secret birthday and christmas presents but it has to remain that way - a secret. He has his own secrets and reasons for doing so but it still comes across mainly as he is worried about his high school reputation with being friends with someone not in the 'in crowd'. Lynn is Ryan's cheerleader girlfriend and is a class A bitch to Donna and her friends. So far as I can see right now she has no redeeming qualities. I look forward to reading more about her to see if I'm wrong. Brook is Donna's friend from New York who is older than Donna and has no problem going after what she wants and speaking her mind.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Little Read 16 April 2014
By Gemma H
Format:Kindle Edition
In the quaint small town of East Applegate, Donna Young is an ordinary 16 year old girl who has a secret she doesn’t even exists yet. With her father they make yearly trips to New York on the hunt to find her missing brother, every year they come home alone without any clues to his whereabouts. But last year in New York something changed for Donna, something she doesn’t fully remember.

Life seems to be normal but she cannot shake the feeling something has changed, something is much different and when the accident happens her whole world is plunged into a real life Marvels comic world where is able to turn into electricity! Her new abilities scare her and in order to figure out who how they work, she has to first figure out who she really is.

Ryan Applegate was her childhood best friend, she yearns to talk to him again but he is holding back from her. Ryan senses Donna’s heartache at their torn relationship but in order to keep her safe he needs to get her to stay away - Just what secrets is he keeping?

This is a Y.A fantasy novel that is written well and was enjoyable. Slow to start but once it gets going it does hold your imagination. The town and surrounding world that Ashley Harris has created is well constructed allowing you to easily understand the homes of each of the characters, see the lake, fort and surrounding forest in your mind’s eye as well as imagine the interior of the Applegate Powerplant.

The ideal of a girl turning into electricity immediately brings to mind a Fantastic 4 style feel with Marvel Comics in combination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good little read 24 April 2014
By Molly
Format:Kindle Edition
Shock me is good all rounder read. There is some things I really like about it and others I wasn't so keen. The copy I received wasn't the final word perfect version and though I knew this, I did find it distracting but that's my bad.

There was a multi character third person narrative and where it helped to draw the characters deeper I did feel that it slowed down the pace of the book. However, I really like the character development and not being all about one person.

The romantic teenage angst was nicely done and I am still not sure I am happy about what happened, but this is book one of five so I am sure in the long game it all work happily ever after.

I have read books with similar premises as this, but I do think that when you read this you'll be surprised about events and find it not as predictable as some similar themed books.

Ashley C Harris is an author to watch out for and I will definitely look out for the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone can be a hero. You will be on the edge of your seat 19 Sept. 2013
By Kindle and Me - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
First thoughts: I didn't know what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting this!

Wow, what can I say? This book grabs you at the beginning with the prologue. You are slightly confused and left wanting more.

The book is told in third person, which gives you an insight to everyone's thoughts. Normally, I don't like it this way but it really works. I think I would have been more opinionated and lost without it.

I am not sure if I like Ryan or not.

The ending is a cliffhanger. Gah! I need it now.

Other than a few typos and grammer errors, it flowed well.

Our very own Anjana is acknowledged by the author at the end. You have got to check it out if you like nonstop action, xmen, the avengers, marvel comics in general, Susan Quinn's Mindjack Trilogy, The Hunger Games, geeks, hackers, if you hate bullies, good friends, forgiveness, lost families, kindness, small towns, good friends who are enemies, an intense story, a belief that everyone can be a hero.

Story: We jump right into the story with only what we are given from the synopsis and the prologue to guide us to figure out what is going on. Normally that would bug me but she makes it easy to jump right into it and try to figure things out along with the characters. You have little to go by and it makes for an intriguing mystery.

This story is mostly about Donna. She lost her brother who ran away years ago. Her mother died. Her father has sacrificed everything to find his son. Donna has even spent time with no gas, where the water doesn't work and gets her clothes at goodwill. She has lost a lot of weight and has been the source of bullying about her weight. Even though she lost it, she is still bullied by the head cheerleader. Her clothes are too big for her now. She is a gymnast. Donna is humble and sweet. Her only friends are Spencer and Rebecca. Ryan used to be her best friend growing up until they weren't even talking to each other any more.

Donna knows something is wrong with her after a car hits her but doesn't because it goes right through her. She burns up and Spencer and Rebecca witness it and Donna pretty much passes out and Spencer takes her and carries her to the river because she is so hot. She is so hot that she burns Spencer in the process of him carrying her to the river. Spencer and Rebecca freak out about it for different reasons and kind of abandon Donna.

Donna feels alone and afraid because she doesn't know what is happening to her. Her father is too busy helping others who seem to have "lost" their child and finding her brother that Donna isn't really able to talk to him about it. So, Donna has to figure out what is happening to her and how to control this thing that makes her translucent and glowing and absorbing and discharging electricity.

Ryan's girlfriend is Lynn, the head cheerleader. Ryan does nothing when Lynn humiliates Donna. Ryan runs with Donna everyday but they never talk. On birthday's, they leave a note or a little gift for the other on a bench they run by, but don't run that day with the other. You can tell Ryan cares about her and buys her these running shoes that he saw her try on but couldn't afford. Donna figured it was him who left it at her doorstep. Donna doesn't even know how Ryan feels about her. That's why I am not sure either how I feel about him. He is the son of Mr. Applegate and obvious bad guy (Mr. Applegate that is).

Rebecca is a very smart girl, literally. She starts to hang with Paul another very smart kid. In fact he is so smart that he uncovers something very powerful and knows he is in trouble from what he has uncovered.

Spencer is in hiding with his attractive mother who gets hit on by Ryan's older brother who has been held back twice in school. We learn more about Spencer through the book.

In the end: I don't want to give much more away, but there are others in the small town who also have abilities and when things come to full light. Someone will make the ultimate sacrifice in aiding to uncover the evil that is lurking in this town.

Everyone can become a hero. That is what I got out of it. Well a lot more but that was a really powerful message. It keeps you on the edge of your seat to see what will happen next. I can't wait for the next book and look forward to more from this new author!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shock Me 12 Oct. 2014
By Merissa (Archaeolibrarian) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a confusing conglomerate of differing views all told from the third perspective where you don't know who the good or bad guys are... and it will grip you, pull you in and keep you turning the pages until you have finished.

Donna, our main female, not only had the usual angst of high school but she still crushes over her childhood best friend, Ryan. She has two other friends who don't fit in with the mainstream either, Rebecca and Spencer. Donna is quiet, shy and lovely. Rebecca is even quieter although she shows she has a backbone in spurts. Spencer is the joker of the pack who, like most jokers, is hiding his own worries behind a veneer of confidence.

So, onto the other characters. You have the Applegate brothers, Randy and Ryan. Randy - I can't get my head round. Is he a bad guy or a good guy? I'm looking forward to reading more about him as I never know what to expect from him. Ryan - I sort of like him. I know that he is Donna's crush and that makes me want a HEA for them but he is also a bit of a dick. He says he still has feelings for Donna and will "crush" anyone or anything that hurts her. He leaves her secret birthday and christmas presents but it has to remain that way - a secret. He has his own secrets and reasons for doing so but it still comes across mainly as he is worried about his high school reputation with being friends with someone not in the 'in crowd'. Lynn is Ryan's cheerleader girlfriend and is a class A bitch to Donna and her friends. So far as I can see right now she has no redeeming qualities. I look forward to reading more about her to see if I'm wrong. Brook is Donna's friend from New York who is older than Donna and has no problem going after what she wants and speaking her mind. I liked her simply for the fact she was the only one who stood up to Lynn on Donna's behalf.

Secrets, intrigue, good guys, bad guys, a twist in the tale - it's all here. Try it, stick with it and you'll probably find yourself like me, glued to the very end and left wanting more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A+ for creativity 8 April 2014
By Jessica Gomez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
So I have to say I loved the stories idea. Of a girl having unexplainable things happen to her, and not at all in the good way. At least not yet...

Donna is a loner, some would say a loser. She only has two friends in the entire world, and one old friend who is rich and popular, and used to be her BEST friend. Now, he acts as if she doesn't exist. Only having a secret friendship with her. Everything changes when she turns into something she, nor anyone else can explain.

Now, I'm not sure who the other main character is, because there are a lot of different point of views. There is Ryan, who I kept waiting for something with him. And as for the brother. I almost liked his character a little more than Ryan's.

There were dull moments in the book, but I still found it to be a fast and enjoyable read. Even though there were a few area in the book where I had to reread a couple of times, because they didn't seem to make much sense. As well as quite a few grammatical errors. I think if this was worked through, it could definitely have more potential. I would still read the next book, to see what happens and how their journey develops, like I said, interesting plot.

This book was given to me for free for a honest review. Very interesting Ashley. ;) Thanks for the read.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Shocking read (Sorry couldn't resist) 25 Jun. 2015
By Mandy Lou - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Think you wanna get this book(you know you do) Check out Amazon, or wanna find more review before buying this book check out GoodReads or even check out Author page, the author herself for other books and updates on when the next one comes out!

This an ‘arc” copy eBook supplied by Netgalley. I am not receiving any monetary benefit or any kickback for this review. I received this arc for an honest review. Thanks to the Author and publisher for allowing me to participate in the blog tour!

Donna is a shy out casted gymnast who thinks her only goo ability is her gymnastics. She has strained relationship with everyone around her. Her life seems to be just passing her by until a shocking accident that should left her dead tosses her into a world she was not yet ready for.

I did like this book. The premise was good and executed quite well. I just didn’t love on the extreme scale that I thought I would. I love how Harris’s takes you a bit forward in time in regards to the storyline and then drags you back. The thing is that the glimpse into what was going to happen did not clear up any questions. It did add some intrigue. Especially questions I hadn’t had a chance to form. I thought it was bit slow in the beginning, but seemed to build as time went on. It was actually a fresh take on super powered teens.

Donna drove me nuts. I sympathized with her, but she just had no backbone. She allowed everyone to walk right over without expressing any emotional pain to it. As Donna got control over her ability, she did seem to grow. But by time, she had obtained any such backbone the story was ending. Granted there are two more books that I have yet read in this series. I just was a little disappointed by Donna. Now most of the other characters seemed fleshed out and drove the story forward with or without Donna. My absolute favorite is tie between Brooke and Randy. Brooke because she reminded me a bit of myself and a few my friends. She was definitely my type of girl and the perfect character to bring Donna out of her shell. Randy was my favorite. Even though he was the bad-ish guy. There was just something about him and the way he acted towards things that made me want to swaddle him up and cuddle him until he felt loved. But I have a thing for bad guys. I hope that we might get to see him reform.

Okay, I don’t do well with multiple POVs. I normally can’t stand them. But Harris had a way with writing them that made me not want to shut the book. She was able to pull out each character, show you their view and thoughts without missing a beat when it switched. Harris is definitely masterful at multiple POVs. I think Shock Me is the first multiple POV that I was able finish. Kudos for that!!

Overall I did like this book. Granted I didn’t love it as much as I was hoping. But I still give this book 4 out 5 super soldiers. Because Harris did a great job in writing this book, and I will definitely have to check out the next in the series. This book had caught my attention and kept it until the very last word. It has 116 pages and took me approximately two hours to read. Mainly because life kept getting in the way. Check it out! This review is cross-posted on www.nihilsedtempus.wordpress.com and goodreads.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment 23 Nov. 2014
By LJT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Could not put it down. The book was never boring and kept me very interested in reading it. I can't wait for the next books.
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