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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.
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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. She wore a scowl, which I’d come to believe was her natural expression,” and “The sky was a mixture of muted purple and pink hues, as the sun set and reflected against the increasingly large storm clouds.”
Stiles gets it right as the dialogue is super-authentic especially between Roz, Emily, and Tommy, but I think it’s the masterful inner-dialogue we experience through Emily that defines her and makes her character come through solid. Stiles also does a good job of showing instead telling which brings the reading closer in. Finally I like how the powers are introduced soon, but subtly especially Tommy’s, no spoilers. Did you hear me?
One more diversity check: nurse Judy “Her long black hair was tied back, and from her warm complexion and slight accent, I guessed she was Hispanic,” and “One black haired boy who appeared Italian gazed wistfully at Roz and then looked away, his hands balling into fists.” Love this!
Five stars plus for connected.
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. Tommy stands up for what he believes in and has fallen in love with Em. He will do anything to keep her and Roz safe.
Connected is an amazing new series. The story has a natural flow that makes it easy to read. All of the main characters are strong in their own way. I liked it a lot that Em first was a bit insecure about herself and later evolved so much. Em got more confident and finds the strength to speak up for herself. Em, Roz and Tommy complete each other on a personal level and also as a group. Kat Stiles made Connected gripping because of the hunt for a psychic serial killer. I've always been fascinated by the possibility of having special abilities, so I love to read stories about this subject. Connected is a fast-paced read with interesting characters, great action and fascinating secrets. The ending is phenomenal and it made me curious to read the next book in this series. I honestly can't wait to get to know more about these powerful teenagers and look forward to reading their next adventure.
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