Shock Me by Ashley C. Harris

Shock Me by Ashley C. Harris

Shock Me by Ashley C. HarrisShock Me by Ashley C. Harris

Series: Shock Me, #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on September 17, 2013
Pages: 116
Source: Author
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four-stars  

A promising gymnast, Donna Young is a shy, quiet nobody from the wrong side of town. The only exciting thing in life is her secret friendship with Ryan, her childhood crush. But after the accident—one that should have killed her—she discovers she has impossible powers! Why now, at sixteen, can she transform into something shocking and inhuman? Donna doesn’t know how to use her new abilities or who she can trust, but unveiling this mystery might lead to conclusions about Ryan that are deadly.

Rich kid, Ryan Applegate is the most popular guy in town. He has a face that should be on a poster in every girl’s bedroom and dates the hottest chick in school. But ever since the big explosion at the town’s power plant, Ryan has been keeping secrets of his own, that if revealed could force him to choose between his family and the girl he’s forbidden to love.

As their electrifying puzzle unfolds, so unfolds a town where friends become enemies, and enemies become unrecognizable and intertwined. Tortured heroes just might be the bad guys, and Donna discovers that her and Ryan’s secrets are powerful enough to destroy everyone… including themselves.

The Review

This story was totally shrouded in mystery when it comes to really knowing what is going on.  I read the whole thing from cover to cover and yet, I only have a slight inkling of what is going on behind the scenes of a quiet country small town.  I gained certain impressions of the people and their actions through this book, but there is a larger part of me that cautions about forming too strong of conclusions because I think what is to come will flip my initial impressions on their heads.  At least I hope that’s where all this is going because this felt like a set-up book more than anything else.

Donna lives with her widowed father who is a handyman.  Their circumstances are much reduced from once they were before her dad lost the farm, her mother died in child birth and her brother disappeared.   She goes through life quietly with just her two friends, Spencer and Becca.  They’re all low on the food chain at the highschool which is particularly sad for Donna because her best friend growing up, Ryan, began treating her as a non-entity too.  He’s now the typical jock with the witchy head cheerleader girlfriend and has a bully for an older brother.  Only when they are really alone like when they’re out sharing the town jogging path does he briefly smile.

Well, suddenly Donna’s nothing life gets a bit more interesting and scary when she suddenly has the ability to turn into pure electricity, move through solid objects, pull juice in from electrical objects and shock the stuffing out of anyone she touches.  Unfortunately, her first demonstration lost her the only two friends she has when they both run off and leave her because of their fears.

While she lives in fear over what is happening to her, all sorts of strange things are going on around her.  The story switched to all the main players points of view showing that the bully, the jock and the cheerleader aren’t what they seem in some ways.  Her friends have their own concerns to worry about.  And there is something big being hidden right in that small town.  Donna and some others must figure out what before really bad things start to happen.

Okay, as I said the plot was more loose than I like, but it did offer some good intrigue.  It was as twisty and vague as it could possibly be and I found out that I really enjoyed the feeling of knowing there was something going on, but not knowing what.  I love good world building, but I felt that this story withheld a great deal for the sake of the mystery part.  I can live with that- for now.  The tone of this story is dark through this first segment like storm clouds are gathering. I got the impression that there is a lot of manipulation going on in the story by shadowy characters pulling everyone’s string.  All the characters hold a piece of the truth, but not all of it so everything is skewed.  Look forward to it all being unraveled

I’m still trying to decide how I feel about all those kids even after having gotten their perspectives because the story is told from several points of view, but mostly Donna’s.  Donna is a genuine dear and you almost weep for all that she loses in this story at no fault of her own.  Her friends were nice, but typical when faced with something way the heck out of their comfort zone.  I wanted to hate them for abandoning Donna, but honesty makes me admit that if fear was my overall feeling then I might run too.  Lynn, the pop cheerleader, is typical.  She’s a strutting Queen B and enjoys spreading misery around her.  She has the most popular guy in school for a boyfriend, but its still not enough and Donna is her favorite figurative punching bag.  Ryan’s brother Randy has been an angry bully all his life, but gaining his perspective shows that his reactions are due to a past of pain and heartbreak.  He resents his brother, but there is a part of him that is protective too.  Then we come to Ryan.  Here’s where I really hope that things are really not what they seem.  Donna crushes on him and in secret he wants her, but there’s some mysterious reason he can’t have her and was forced to cut off contact with her.  I would be alright with that because its for her own good possibly- like he’s a danger to her, but its the pathetic way he stands quietly by and lets her get picked on by the people in his crowd of friends that only made me feel anger and disappointment in him.

The end of this one totally set things up for the next book and left me eager for what comes next.

As to warnings, it would be fine for mid to older teens.  There’s drinking, partying and references to sex, but no actual scenes.  Mild to moderate violence takes place during one of the final scenes.

Those who enjoy YA Sci-Fi Romance with a twisty plot mystery should try this one.

four-stars

 

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About Ashley C. Harris

Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film Lines. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops.. In 2013 Ashley teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first title in a new young adult series Shock Me. Ashley then went on to release the first of a new NA series, One Night In Heated Snapshots, that quickly reached Amazon’s Best Selling top ten list for sports romances. It has remained a top ten bestseller ever since. When she is not dreaming up new books and working on film sets, she loves to spend time with her friends and family.Keep a close watch for Ashley’s newest young adult books releases!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I;n not a YA reader…still a great review Sophia. And I love the cover for this book.

    • Sophia Rose

      Thank, Sharonda! YA is hit or miss for me depending on the content. I don’t mind certain tropes, but others are huge deal breakers for me and I avoid them. This one has my attention because it played strongly to my love of intrigue and mysteries.

      • I completely understand. I’m trying to get into the whole NA thing, but only read a couple of books…I liked them enough. Hopefully I can expand my experience on that genre more before the year is out 🙂

  • Deb E

    I love the cover, but I’m partial to purple so ya know. Nice highlight on the lips too and makes you study the cover a bit. Will read it on Kindle and it’s on sale too, yay!

    • Sophia Rose

      Love it when I time it right and catch a book I want on sale. I saw another gorgeous purple hazy cover this week too. Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance at the Gift Card, Deb!