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The story's main character is Keely, who has been dealt a lot of bad luck in her life. She has been a ward of the state since she was found wondering alongside a highway at the age of three, her father is in jail and her mother is missing, presumed dead. On top of this Keely has a special ability she keeps hidden, and in keeping this secret she keeps herself hidden too.
The story begins as Keely is about to turn eighteen and is required to move out of her foster home to support herself, all while finishing her senior year in high school. After accidently questioning her chemistry teacher about the existence of ghosts, Sawyer, one of the popular boys at school, approaches Keely, asking her to talk with his younger sister Zoey, who claims she has started seeing ghosts. Keely reluctantly agrees to help and by doing so, begins to open herself up to people.
I confess, I finished the book in one sitting and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, I wished the book had been longer so the characters and some elements of the book could have been explored in greater detail.
There are a lot of things happening in this book and unfortunately the length of the story didn't allow things to be examined in great detail. I would have liked to have known more about Keely's parents and Keely's experiences growing up in foster homes. I wanted to know more about her special abilities, why she didn't appear to have any contact with the people in her foster home once she moved out and I wanted to know more about Sawyer.
Having said all that; the characters still had depth to them and were people you enjoyed reading about. The storyline flowed well and while some readers may not find the (somewhat) instant connection between the main characters believable, it is one of the elements that keeps drawing me back to these two authors (I also like that you don't have to wait until the end for them to get together; the romance is an important part of the story but it's not THE story).
As I said before, I had very high expectations before I started this book, and I admit this one isn't going to knock off "Storm Swept" or "S'nat Wars" as my favourite. That said though, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to any fan of young adult books as a pleasant way to spend a few hours reading.
A few days before her 18th birthday she unwittingly calls attention to herself during a discussion of ghosts in class, giving mean girl Alexis Roberts and company ammunition to make fun of her. When hunky, cool guy Sawyer McCabe approaches her, she assumes he has ulterior motives and blows him off.
She soon finds out that Sawyer is just trying to get help for his little sister, Zoey, who also sees dead people, and is having troubles dealing with it. Keely agrees to meet Zoey and try to help her, thus putting her and Sawyer in close contact with each other. So much for Keely just trying to get through her senior year and move on.
Keely's life takes a turn she would never have imagined. She is seeing one of the coolest guys in school, on her 18th birthday she is going to have to move out of the Granger Youth House where she has lived for the past 10 or 11 years, she becomes friends with the old lady that lives in the local haunted house and ghosts are leading her on a hunt to discover things that will change the lives of her friends and enemies. Yep, Kelly Lane knows what it's like to be different.
Double Vision is an intriguing mixture of murder mystery, young love and things that go bump in the night. There is a varied cast of characters including our main character Keely, her housemates at Granger Youth House, the mean kids at school, the local good boy, the slightly mysterious little old lady Hannah Spinner, a few ghosts needing help and even the haunted Spinner House. With such a huge cast of characters, it's impossible to develop them all, but we do get to know Keely pretty well and get a pretty good glimpse into the others.
Keely's way of dealing with her circumstances was to develop a thick skin and a pretty wicked tongue. She was close to her housemates and didn't allow anyone, other than them, to enter into her world. While she wasn't ashamed of who she was, she built a wall around herself, so not many people really knew who she was. When she allowed Sawyer and Zoey into her life, it opened the door for other's to come in, and it was fun to watch Keely deal with it.
Sawyer, bless his heart, hung in there with her and was so persistent Keely just didn't have a chance against him. I liked Sawyer; he worked for his parent's real estate business, got good grades in school and in spite of being one of "cool kids" didn't have a sense of entitlement. The side characters were an interesting group, the mean kids were a little stereotypical of the genre but Ms. Hannah was a fun lady and the ghosts were spooky enough to give the reader a few chills.
I enjoyed this book but did have a few issues that caused it to be a good book but not a great one for me. Keely's insistence on constantly referring to Sawyer as her boyfriend got on my nerves. It was as if she felt she didn't deserve to have this guy as her boyfriend so had to keep reminding herself.
The mystery was a good one and had just enough chill factor to keep me interested but not scare the bejesus out of me. I didn't like the way Keely's relationship with her father was dealt with, but since it wasn't a huge part of the story I dealt with it.
All in all, this is a good book for the lover of paranormal mysteries and readers of young adult romance.
Reviewed as a member of the Paranormal Romance Guild
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