Friday, 20 July 2012

Review: Shift by Em Bailey

This book is completely and utterly amazing, one that I could not put down! Everything is perfect the storyline is phenomenal with a bunch of unsuspecting twists and turns, this is a book that will instantly hook you.

The protagonist, Olive is beautiful, witty, sarcastic teenager with a lot of problems, ever since her dad left she hasn't been the same and has convinced herself that she is the reason he left but Olive has Ami, her best friend who also suffered a similar family misfortune. 

When a new girl arrives at Olive's school- Miranda Vaile, rumours start going around that she killed her parents, this made Olive intrigued and so she decides to uncover Miranda's secret by googling her symptoms on-line and found out Miranda is a shape shifter. A shape-shifter is said to be an organism that sticks onto its host and drain his/her life force away. Olive doesn't know whether this is true, but evidences are pointing towards it.

Olive Corbett is definitely NOT crazy.

Not anymore. These days she takes her meds like a good girl, hangs out with her best friend Ami, and stays the hell away from the toxic girls she used to be friends with.

She doesn’t need a boyfriend. Especially not a lifesaver-type with a nice smile. And she doesn’t need the drama of that creepy new girl Miranda, who has somehow latched on to Olive's ex-best friend.

Yet from a distance, Olive can see there's something sinister about the new friendship. Something almost... parasitic. Maybe the wild rumours ARE true. Maybe Miranda is a killer. 

But who would believe Olive? She does have a habit of letting her imagination run away with her…
This book is fantastic because it is extremely hard to determine the line between fantasy and reality, after a while I figured out it is set in a normal place with paranormal elements. This book is cleverly spun into what seems to be a thriller with a high factor of creepiness at times. This book also has fantastic characters with many flaws making them seem more realistic. Shift is a engrossing novel that breaths a fresh breath of air from the usual teen paranormal books, honestly no one could ever regret reading this.

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