Collide by Ashley C. Harris #YAReview #YoursAffectionately

Posted April 26, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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Collide by Ashley C. Harris #YAReview #YoursAffectionately

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Series: #3 Shock Me
Genres: YA Romantic Suspense, YA Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on April 14, 2015
Pages: 208
Source: Book Tour Provided
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This series has me worked up to a fever pitch just before each new installment releases, then I charge through the latest offering, and afterwards, I’m back to high anticipation for what is going to happen next. Collide was no exception. The last book ended with me sitting there with my mouth open in shock and nearly three hundred new pages later, I was right back where I started. I would definitely describe these as cliffhangers that I love to hate. With that, I should make it clear that this series is not to be read out of order. It’s like one story broken into several volumes.

I find it tough to summarize without spoilers both for the current book and the series when a story is like this, but I’ll give it a try.

Donna was in a really tight spot when the last book ended and is still there when this one begins. She has come a long way accepting her gift and having her eyes opened to some of the stuff going on around her, but stuff keeps getting bigger and more out of control. Learning about her gift, the secret behind the power plant and the Applegate’s hold on the community, the terrifying government agency out to capture and put down all her kind, grief for losses, frustration and anger over all the stuff out of her power including the knowledge that there are some dangerous gifted baddies running loose, fear over keeping her secrets especially as the hunt is on for the gifted human interfering with Mr. Applegate’s plans, keeping her family and friends safe and then there is the guy who claims to be her long lost brother that she wants to hate for surviving and never coming back. What is going on with Ryan the way he is suddenly not ignoring her after the last few years of treating her like dirt? Slowly her list of allies is whittled down so that its just her and Rebecca in the trust column and she is forced to trust her enemies to protect the town from an even worse threat. Can it get any worse? Oh course it can!

I made a comment in my first review that I thought nothing is what it seems and there was a whole lot more going on that hadn’t been revealed yet or similar words to that effect. I’ve seen just how right I was, but the thing is, I’m well aware that there is a powerful lot more to come.

This book was a transition book through and through. I was aware of this when I started. It did the job of continuing and affirming existing storylines, teasing out a few more new intrigues and leaving stuff at a frustrating and ominous place. This series spreads wide with its many narrations and plot lines going on so each of these middle books are doing the job of plunging the depths and bringing along the development in characters and relationships. Because of all the plot threads, this book didn’t advance far, but it didn’t lack for significant events either.

There are so many lead characters and their first person narrated stories entwine and separate frequently. Donna is the center of it all, but even then, hers was a softer presence in this book bringing others into the light. Ryan, Randy, Lynn, David, and Rebecca along with Saul all have significant page time sharing the narration. It kept me on my toes following the shifts, but I didn’t mind. I love each plot thread and enjoy getting them teased out. Each person locks together with the others as pieces in a puzzle. I love the twisting turns and suspense of this one and absolutely salivate for more.

As to relationships, it’s like looking through a Kaleidoscope with constantly shifting pictures. The relationship between Donna and Ryan goes forward and then back. They are keeping some heavy secrets from each other and fall on opposite sides of the line right now even if ultimately they are fighting for the same end. It’s hard to see where life’s circumstances are taking them because I want them to catch a break. As to Randy, my heart just breaks for this guy who sees things so clearly, but is trapped by his dad’s ambition.

Anyhoo, this is definitely YA at its best blending Sci-Fi with Romantic Suspense. There’s some violence, but no sex in this segment. For those who enjoy super-humans or gifted humans as characters and twisty conspiracy plots, this might be a good match for you.

My thanks to Barclay Publicity for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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.

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7 years ago

This is a really good review and I do enjoy the idea of characters with special gifts, keeping things interesting. I admit that it’s sometimes difficult to follow books in order for me. What usually happens is that I find out about the last book, (of course), then have to go back to start reading from the beginning. Yikes! (lol) Has that happened to you? Hugs and Happy Sunday!

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  RO

Haha! Yes, both to the getting them out of order and coming late to the party. This one I just happened to get in on the beginning.

Lanies Book Thoughts
7 years ago

They look like they’re being electrocuted O_O! Sounds like a really involved story, not sure if I’d keep up with all the different P.O.V’s. Great review Sophia:D!

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Yes, she’s gifted with the power of her body turning into electricity. The gifts are all pretty neat. It can be tough to keep up with the switches in the first book, but I’m used to it now.

Mary Kirkland
7 years ago

I usually stay away from YA books because I haven’t found many that I liked. But I do like super human ability type stories so I might take a look at this series.

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I’m picky about YA too, Mary. I don’t like it when it feels too young or unrelateable to me as an adult, but when its blended with the intrigue and super-human stuff like this I’m very okay with it. It does very much read like a bunch of highschoolers though. Oys, do they feel super young to me. 😉

Lindy Gomez
Lindy Gomez
7 years ago

I love it when a story surprises me! I’m like you there are some cliffhangers that I love to hate! This series sounds so good! Twists, turns, and revelations always make a book so exciting to read!

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Lindy Gomez

Usually, I am the worst reader when it comes to patience waiting for a new book so getting a big moment that doesn’t finish kills me. However, some authors do it well and make me want to keep coming back for more torture. 😉

7 years ago

I like it when cliffhangers are done well and make me eager for the next book. It sounds like an excitign book with many layers and you reveal more with each book. Even though you mention it is a transition book, it still sounds like it adds enough to the story. I’ve read a few transition books were it felt like nothing happened. Great review!

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Oh yes, usually I avoid series with cliffhangers, but this is one of the few that I like.

The transition book is usually not everyone’s favorite b/c it seems not much happens, but in this one, quite a bit happens though they are seemingly no closer to stopping the bad guys. Love it!

Keionda Hearts Books
7 years ago

Ohhhh, so the first thing that caught my eye was of course, THE COVER! Super cute! (I think it also may have something to do with that neon blue light right in the middle of the cover. This seems like a pretty easy read, along with the suspense and the questions over what happens between the main characters. But I’m hesitant to read it since you say it ends on a cliffhanger?
This is something I would definitely read because I’m all about romance, sci-fi, and people with super powers)

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Oh yes! Each cover has Donna’s electricity striking through it and they do have pop.
This is the third book and I think there is a novella and then two more novels so I figure the cliffhangers will continue, but if you took it slow….