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Connected: Book 1 Connected Series Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Emily struggles with her 'difference' - is it a gift or a curse? Then she makes a startling discovery about her best friend and a boy she likes...there are plenty of other surprises, too.
This story is certainly for a teen /YA reader with themes such as fitting in at school, young love and the difficulties of growing up. It also had the additional paranormal interest, which added dimension, if not altogether believable.
Some characters were more realistic than others, but there was good dialogue for the most part. Many of the scenes were well written and the mystery and suspense built nicely.
Overall, a good and easy read, which flowed well within the first person narrative.
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review
Oh, back to the novel, haha! “Connected” is a slick YA fantasy novel, a kind of literary X-Men with a healthy helping of beautiful teen love. Mmmm … I remember those days. “Connected” is well-written with well-developed characters. Stiles does a fantastic job with the first-person narrative here, giving the reader a strong, yet flawed heroine in Emily who knows what she wants and how to go about getting it. First narratives often fall prey, even in mega novels, to the wimpy, whiny wishy washy characterizations that make even the best stories tedious, not “Connected”.
Connected is an easy read, a must read, a page turner and highly recommended. It’s also completely unpredictable, something rare in contemporary literature. I’m definitely looking forward to book two. The descriptions are vivid, well-crafted, and set the scenes and moods well. Check it out. “She inherited my mother’s hair color, though she wore it even shorter—the style was a cross between a pixie and the result of sticking your finger in a wall socket that I liked to call, “The Angry Pixie.” Today, it looked flat and lifeless, boyish even.Read more ›
Roz is Em's best friend. She is drop dead gorgeous with her smooth skin, beautiful hair and perfect figure. Roz is also one of the nicest people Em has ever known. She is friendly and always has a kind word for others. Roz isn't allowed to date yet, so she has to let plenty of boys down. She is being asked out every day on the school bus. Roz has been having dreams that are coming true. The dreams are becoming more scary and they're showing Roz how people are being murdered. Suddenly Em and Roz are facing a race against the clock to prevent these killings from happening.
Tommy and his family recently moved and he now is the new kid at school. He is a cute teenage boy who hates injustice. He has no tolerance at all for the bullies that walk the High school halls. Tommy is quick with his comments and this makes it very easy for him to overrule the nasty remarks that are being made. His senses are enhanced, which means he can hear and see from a far distance and he also has an incredibly developed sense of smell. He can recognize people by scent alone. His ability is handy to have since it makes eavesdropping on a possible killer quite a bit easier.Read more ›
So, I was attracted to this book and once I started reading, I got lost in the story, forgetting that it was YA or considered paranormal.
The opening paragraph grabbed my attention immediately; “ Somehow I thought I would know when my life was in mortal danger. I’m not talking spidey sense or anything, just some kind of clue something bad is about to happen. I guess I got the idea from the movies. Real life, I found, is very different…..” When I read that I was hooked.
The book is YA, and author totally got the teenage thing—and since I have been around teenagers throughout the years, I appreciated the teenage insecurities, the alienation that Em felt at school, the very spiteful nasty girl named Angel, that bullied Em. I appreciated Tommy, the new boy at school who liked her, (rather than Roz) and was there for her, protective but encouraging her to stand up for herself. And I could imagine what it was like to have a best friend that the guys just fell all over, while they ignored Em even though the two girls were together.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Here I am, I have fallen into the brilliantly weaved trap of another “young adult” book! :) It is my (not so secret) guilty secret.... Read morePublished 10 months ago by R.R Parker
Connected by Kat Stiles is intriguing from the very beginning. It starts with Emily getting hit by a car and being left on the side of the road. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Peggy
This book was entered and was a FINALIST in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Author: Kat Stiles
Star Rating: 5... Read more
This story wasn't very inticing where you were left with cliff hangers and such, but it was very interesting and kept me coming back. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Marquette
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