Snitch (Bea Catcher Chronicles) MP3 CD – Audiobook, 1 Apr 2014
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About the Author
Olivia Samms is the author of the Bea Catcher Chronicles. Sketchy, her debut novel and the first in the series, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Olivia lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles, where she is working on the next book in the Bea Catcher Chronicles. Learn more: www.oliviasamms.com.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It took me all of 4 hours to read & that was only because I had paid good money for it & was determined to read it to the end.
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Bea Washington is a great character. She's gritty and real and she's far from perfect. Bea comes from a privileged background and is a recovering addict. She's done things she's not proud of and she's fallen off the wagon, but she's pulled through and is now a stronger and wiser person. I love her character because she's far from perfect. She's one tough cookie that is much "older" than her 17 years.
This is the second book in the Bea Catcher Chronicles (Sketchy is the first), and although there is a good amount of back story, I would suggest reading the series in order. There's so much you'll miss if you don't! After a great debut, I wondered where the next in the series would go. I was pleased - the story captivated me from the beginning and I found it difficult to put it aside to get things done around here. There's something about Bea's voice that draws me to her character and she is what really makes the series for me. Of course, then there's the mystery and suspense that kept me turning pages and that element of "insight" that just gives the story another added dimension.
I'm not sure I find the relationship with Sgt. Daniels believable. It just doesn't sit well with me. He's got so much to lose and I can't totally understand his choices. My other problem with the story is the ending. It seems out of character for Bea, but maybe the answers will be in the next book. I know I can't wait to read it to find out!!
Would I recommend this to family or friends? YES!! However, even though this is categorized as a young adult book, I would recommend it only to the older/mature YA audience since it contains more mature themes: drug addiction, usage, murder, gangs, language, etc.
It starts off well enough. We get a glimpse into the typical day for Bea. Her complaints about school, the students, her dad, the house, her mom, etc… She meets Dan at their secret meeting spot, and he wants her to come look at a murder suspect, whom he thinks is lying to cover for someone, and “see” the truth in him and draw it out. In her effort to play the part, she asks one of the “hip” boys at school to show her how to act “gangster”. She gets her first “seeing” down on paper and it gives her a slight headache. She nor Dan knows what she draws down means so she wants to try again, by being put in a holding cell across from the suspect. There she decides that she will find the truth on her own, so that no one will know that he snitched.
Bea is quite a character. She’s artistic and quite witty at times, but other times she’s just whiny. I despise whiny characters. And my God, she’s seventeen, why has she been in rehab and had drunken sex? I get rebellious teens, they come a dime a dozen. But Bea, seems more like an adult to me than a teen. And then there’s the obvious longing between her and Sergeant Daniels, which is just kind of wrong- but right? I don’t know what to feel about that.
This was an okay read for me. I admit, I expected more but that just did not happen with this book. Maybe others will enjoy it more than me, so i’d recommend reading it. Especially if you like a little mystery.
This series is best for older teens due to language and sexual content. The author does a great job of portraying Bea's struggles with recovery and her search for direction in her life. The book is in fact a countdown to her 18th birthday, when she plans to celebrate being released from the "shoulds" and being free to make her own choices. The only thing that keeps this from a five star rating is a contrived ending, with Bea doing something that felt very un-Bea like. Otherwise, this series remains an authentic, gritty portrayal of one young woman's struggles to come to terms with her amazing abilities while hanging on to a normal life. I will be eager to read the next installment to see what this young lady will do next.
The concept we or begging Bea's gift still remains intriguing and looking for more of this in the next book.
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