Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Shades of the Future

What would you do if you could see your future? Would you accept it or would you change it?

Mariah Davis loves animals, running, and her hunk of a boyfriend, Kevin Creamer. Everything looks bright for her until the day she finds a pair of sunglasses that allow her to see the future.

When she glimpses a disaster looming, she tries to avoid it but fails. She has a car accident that lands her in a wheelchair, smashing her hopes for a running scholarship to the veterinary program at Ohio State University. She pushes Kevin away, thinking he’ll want to end their relationship now that she can’t walk.

Will she ever learn to trust and love again? She could search for an answer in the sunglasses. But she’s afraid what they reveal might destroy her.

My review:
This was a great book. It was pretty short (about 155 pages), so it's a quick and enjoyable read. I loved the conflict. It was very real to me. She thought she was not good enough for anyone after her accident. Although that was not true, it is definitely what a lot of teenage girls would be thinking. So, I really liked how true to life that was.

The book seemed to be more about her overcoming her struggles than the glasses though. I loved the idea of the glasses, but wish they would have been incorporated just a little bit more. I really liked the way the story ended though, and how it is set up for a second book.

4 stars

I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Mariah scooted closer to the inside of the booth to read the digital display. As she slid across the red vinyl seat, something poked into her thigh.

“Hey, somebody left a pair sunglasses here.” She picked them up, rubbing her leg where the frame had left a dent in her skin.

“Those are nice,” Hayley commented between fries.

“These aren’t random sunglasses. These are Dita Aviators.” Mariah turned them over, checking the thin metal frame to make sure she hadn’t bent it. She held them up to the overhead light. The lenses were clean and unscratched. “Plus, they’re like brand new.”

“Let me see them.” Hayley took the glasses out of her friend’s hands and started to put them on.

“Give them back,” Mariah told her. “Your hands are all greasy and cheesy. Not to mention saliva-y.”

Hayley laughed and handed the aviators back across the table to Mariah. “When I have clean hands, I’ll try them on. They’ll look good on me.”

“You think? How do they look on me?” She put them on and a warm tingle of fun washed through her veins.

About the Author:
Suzanne Lilly is a writer at night and a teacher by day, which is why she’s known online as the TeacherWriter. Her articles and stories have appeared in numerous places online and in print. She writes light romance, young adult, and middle grade novels. When not busy with words, she enjoys swimming, hiking, reading, fine arts, and cooking. She lives in California with her family and furry friends and has yet to feel an earthquake.

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  1. Sounds like a great high concept book. Congratulations, Suzanne. The Sacramento chapter of RWA has some amazing talent.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  2. I enjoyed the excerpt and review.


  3. A warm tingle of fun.. I'd like some of that. Nice phrase.