Friday, December 27, 2013

Resilient by Patricia Vanasse

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Resilient

Goodreads Summary

Livia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it’s maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplainable ability has manifested, and her life isn’t about to get any easier.

Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he’s the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia’s accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he’s not alone.

Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can’t read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart.

Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal.



Review


So I feel like this is a really hard review. Because on one hand I enjoyed it. But on the other hand, I had expected a lot more. Take the cover, for example. It's probably really shallow of me to even mention it, but I'm a firm believer that the cover says a lot about the book. Whether it's a gorgeous cover or not, it should say something about the book. I have NO IDEA how that cover relates to the book. The title? I get that. It makes sense. They've got powers that make them, well, resilient. The ability to heal, to know what others are feeling or thinking, to run fast, to withstand crazy temperatures. They're superhuman. Nothing new, but it certainly has potential.

Let me pause a moment and say this: I feel for the book what I felt for The Summoning when I first read it. The similarities are actually pretty weird for me, but here it goes.
First, I feel like nothing really happened. To quote the amateur review I wrote for The Summoning a while back: "I mean obviously there were many things that happened, very suspenseful, very creepy. That was good, but it kept repeating. Something would happen, but then it'd turn to nothing. Over and Over and Over again." Just to say it right away, Resilient is exactly like this. It has a steady pace, it picks up, and then , ultimately, nothing happens.
"The end was the best. That's when you find out who you should and shouldn't have trusted. It was somewhat predictable, at the end, that they would be captured and betrayed be Aunt Lauren." Obviously there is no Aunt Lauren here. But there is an uncle. I won't say whether he betrays them or not because that doesn't even matter. The point is that, like Aunt Lauren, he withholds crucial information. And Livia can't tell her parents any more than Chloe can tell her dad.
So yes, the ending was rather predictable. It might annoy me, but it doesn't. Not any more than The Summoning annoyed me. Something about it kept me reading. And something is making me excited to read the next book. The same something that made me finish The Summoning series and I'm so glad I did that.


Characters
I'm afraid The Summoning will keep popping up throughout this review. For example, I couldn't stand Chloe. But even though Livia was frustrating at times, I don't feel that same annoyance. I don't feel much at all, too be honest. None of the characters really stood out to me. The main characters are, of course, Livia and Adam. Reading through their first person POVs was great. Especially Adam's because let's face it. Guys' POVs are always interesting. But even so, I couldn't connect with him the way I probably should have. So why I don't hate them, I also don't love them. But I am interested enough to see what happens to them. Does that make sense?
There aren't too big characters other than them. There are Livia's parents and twin brothers. There are Adam's many siblings and his parents. And Livia's uncle. And Adam's friends.
That's about it, other than the ones who are introduced later.


Plot
My quotes above pretty much cover this. But I will say this. It was still enjoyable. Nothing special. But it certainly got me excited at times. Most questions were answered by the end of the book, so that was satisfying. Especially because I didn't realize just how much I wanted those questions answered.
And I will continue this series I still want answers.


Rating: 3 stars



Why: not great, but good enough to make me want to continue

Recommendation:
those who loved The Summoning. Those who love sci-fi with a hint of romance. It threatens to overtake the book, but it doesn't. So that's also okay.



Next Book: Awakened


* I was provided an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book


-Wolfie

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1 comment:

  1. Well I'm glad you gave it a try and liked it okay. I haven't read The Summoning and have no idea what it's about so I don't know anything about the comparisons. But thanks for giving this one a try!

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