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Resonance (Dissonance #2) – Erica O’Rourke

Resonance (Dissonance #2) – Erica O’RourkeTitle: Resonance (Dissonance #2) by Erica O'Rourke
Publishing Info: July 21, 2015 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Edelweiss
Genres: Parallel Universe, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: May 5, 2015
Related Posts: Dissonance (Dissonance #1), Harmonic (Dissonance #1.5)

    As a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life—and the fate of millions—in this thrilling sequel to Dissonance.
Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him.
She’s back at the Consort—training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.
In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice...

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DISSONANCE really took me by surprise last year and ended up being one of my (many) favorite reads of 2014 so naturally, I couldn’t hold out too long when I was approved for a review copy of RESONANCE! I was anxious to dive back in to the main plot of the story and figure out what the ending of DISSONANCE really meant for Del and Simon and I was once again impressed with Erica O’Rourke’s crafty plotting and lovely writing.

What I really enjoyed about the beginning of RESONANCE is that the book doesn’t take too long to get back into the action and the possiblility of what happened to Simon but I also wasn’t dropped straight into action without a little refresher. There were also some nice allusions to the pieces of Addie’s story in HARMONIC (which isn’t necessary to read before RESONANCE but I highly recommend it — it’s helpful for the plot and characters and also because it was just really, really good)! The action stays steady throughout the whole book too. RESONANCE is a fast-paced, exciting adventure but also has some really great tender moments between characters and I really got to know each of them more.

I think I was more impressed with the world building in DISSONANCE but don’t get me wrong — RESONANCE is pretty awesome and twisty. There’s just a different side to be revealed in this book. DISSONANCE really gets the reader into how Walking works and what the general Consort rules are but RESONANCE is all about digging deeper into why those rules are in place and of course, we get more information about the Free Walkers too. There’s one HUGE plot point that really blew my mind and I loved it BUT it also affects the relationship of a couple characters (no spoiler — what huge plot point wouldn’t, right?) and I wasn’t sure how I felt about where those two were left. It was actually kind of a good thing in a way. I didn’t feel as strong about the link between those two characters but it also opened my eyes to how other people perceived what was going on too. It was a really interesting turn of events, especially assessing my own feelings towards what happened. Cryptic, I know, but when you read it, let me know because I think it’s a really neat thing to discuss!

I was kind of all over the place with my feelings for Del and Simon. I do love them but there were just so many things going on in this book. And then I was reminded that they’ve only really known each other for a few months. When you say it like that, it sounds like insta-love a bit but looking back on my relationship with my husband and when we first started dating, we fell pretty hard pretty fast so that’s really not an illogical connection, especially when things are so high-stakes. I actually didn’t even think about the shortness of their relationship until it was brought up in the book (oops) but it made me stop and think about it for a minute. Of course, though, I still love these two. I really adore how their relationship has serious highs and lows and they really do have to fight for each other. I guess really looking back on the book, I like that there were so many obstacles — both physically and mentally — that they had to face because once the book was over, I felt even more secure about their feelings for each other.

I just loved these two books from Erica O’Rourke (and novella!) and I’m so, so happy I got to read them. They were just so up my alley with the parallel universes, the musical elements, and the Chicago setting. If any or all of these things appeal to you, I highly recommend this series! These were just so well done Erica O’Rourke’s writing is just beautiful.

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Del // Character Obsessions: Simon, Walking, the truth, integrity.
I think I liked Del a bit better in book one when she was more feisty and less heartbroken… but she’s still a pretty awesome MC! She may not be as sassy in RESONANCE but that’s just because her energy is directed towards making a BIG difference (but first and foremost, protecting her friends and family).
Simon // Character Obsessions: Protecting Del, family.
I LOVED how much Simon was involved in this book. Firstly, I liked that Del had to save Simon and it wasn’t the guy saving the girl. I’m not usually too picky about things like that or even notice things like that but it was really interesting to see that flip-flopped. I also really liked how much Simon meant to the book and that his involvement was much more than a love interest. Very, very cool stuff happening in this book.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Echoes. If you haven’t read the series, the Echoes are the variations of us that live in each parallel universe. I was SO impressed with how this concept was handled and how detailed it was. Usually I save this space for something more general but learning about the Echoes was one of my favorite parts of the book. I really loved how Erica O’Rourke handed the different variations in each world and how they interacted with each other and with the Walkers.
Left Me Wanting More: Attitude. I missed Del’s attitude a bit. Oh, she’s still just as sassy but RESONANCE was a bit more serious than DISSONANCE so I felt like I didn’t get as much of Del’s attitude and sarcasm (or when she was sassy, it was towards authority). I mean, not a big deal but I like the tone it brings to the book and her character!

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Buy it!

These two books were just great. I really love this series and how everything came together! If you’re a fan of parallel universes, you don’t want to miss these!

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Harmonic (Dissonance #1.5) – Erica O’Rourke

Harmonic (Dissonance #1.5) – Erica O’RourkeTitle: Harmonic (Dissonance #1.5) by Erica O'Rourke
Publishing Info: March 17, 2015 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Amazon
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: March 20, 2015
Related Posts: Dissonance (Dissonance #1), Resonance (Dissonance #2)

     Del’s older sister can also walk between worlds, but her loyalties are uniquely tested in this original enovella set in the inventive world of Dissonance.
Addison Sullivan, Del’s older sister, has always been considered a model Walker—but her reputation within the Consort has been tainted by her grandfather’s betrayal and her sister’s recklessness. She is desperate to regain her position within the Consort and equally desperate to keep Del from spiraling out of control after losing the boy she loves.
The Consort offers Addie a chance to redeem herself: if she can track down the Free Walkers her grandfather knew twenty years ago, they’ll fast-track her apprenticeship and put her in charge of her own team. Addie asks a former classmate and crush, Laurel, a Consort historian, for help. As they work together, Addie’s feelings for Laurel resurface, but she’s too afraid to act. Same-sex relationships aren’t expressly forbidden by the Consort, but she fears that a relationship with Laurel would be viewed as yet another mark against her.
While she is fighting her feelings for Laurel, troubling details start emerging during their investigation…details that paint Addie’s family in a sinister light. Will she reveal what she’s learned to the Consort, or try to protect her family?
This enovella is set in the time between Dissonance and Resonance.
 

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I was SO, SO pleased when I read DISSONANCE last summer and totally fell in love with it. I was even more excited when I heard that there was a DISSONANCE novella coming out in March of 2015 and I quickly added HARMONIC to my TBR without hesitation.

HARMONIC is actually a fairly long novella — well, it’s actually a NOVELLA and not just a short. Lots of young adult books have had in-between stories and extras from other characters in the series but some are simply excerpts, some are very short stories, and some — like HARMONIC — are actually novellas, coming in at 100+ pages. Usually, the longer novellas are ones I shy away from (I like to read the extras as a quick, read-it-in-one-sitting filler or refresher) but I was all in and dying to read any more of the world of DISSONANCE that I could!

I loved that HARMONIC was from Addison’s point of view (Del’s sister). I really loved her character in DISSONANCE and it was wonderful to really get to know her better in HARMONIC. She’s a dedicated worker and HARMONIC really brings the reader into why she’s so focused on the job, what it’s cost her, and what she has to gain. It really allowed me to get to know Addie so much more and I love the opportunity to do this!

I also really enjoyed that HARMONIC wasn’t just filler or a little FYI of what’s happening in between DISSONANCE and its sequel, RESONANCE. This was a full and detailed story with action, suspense, romance, clues, answers, and shocking reveals. It was so much fun to read and it reminded me of all of those same things that I felt when I first read DISSONANCE and got me even more excited for RESONANCE.

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Addison // Character Obsessions: The job, her family, her reputation, her love life.
Was I that woefully ignorant to be surprised by a F/F romance in this book? Either it wasn’t brought up in DISSONANCE or I was way to focused on Del to realize that Addie was a lesbian? Either way, I really liked the romance in HARMONIC, even if I was somehow surprised by it. The two girls really had a nice balance and I really appreciated how Laurel started to bring out a different side of Addie and really bring that balance into her life and how Addie also did the same for Laurel. It was so great to learn more about Addie all-around and I was so glad she was the focus of this novella!

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Kept Me Hooked On: F/F romance. Oh how do I say this… I hope that this isn’t taken the wrong way, but I don’t usually read same-sex romances. It’s a personal preference and not because I don’t support them — I do. I appreciate reading romances in books because I swoon for that guy and fall in love with that character so I read romances to swoon along with the MC. It’s hard to put myself in that same situation with a same-sex romance because I can’t find myself falling for the love interest since that’s not my preference. I can’t say that I swooned in HARMONIC but I really did appreciate Addie & Laurel’s relationship a lot!
Left Me Wanting More: Del! Okay, I know this isn’t Del’s story but I did miss her in this book! (She’s there, just not the main focus.) I’m so excited to jump back into the main story line in RESONANCE though! I need to start that ASAP…

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BUY IT!

This is was a great novella! I really loved it from start to finish and it was SO exciting and rich with plot!

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        TANDEM   TIME BETWEEN US

Dissonance (Dissonance #1) – Erica O’Rourke

Dissonance (Dissonance #1) – Erica O’RourkeTitle: Dissonance (Dissonance #1) by Erica O'Rourke
Publishing Info: August 14, 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Edelweiss
Genres: Alternate Reality, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: September 10, 2014
Related Posts: Harmonic (Dissonance #1.5), Resonance (Dissonance #2)

    Delancey Sullivan knows for sure that there is more than one universe. Many more. Because every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world spins off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed -- all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled. Del knows all of this because she's a Walker, someone who can navigate between the worlds, and whose job is to keep the dimensions in harmony.
But Del's decisions have consequences too. And when she secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds she's intrigued by the echo versions of Simon Lane, a guy who won't give her the time of day in the main world, but whose alternate selves are uniquely interested. But falling for Simon draws Del closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide -- a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

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WOW. I totally fell in love with DISSONANCE. I was hoping that this would be a book that I would fall in love with and I’m SO happy that I did. There were just so many “Brittany” things about it (based in the Chicagoland area, parallel universes, music, and of course, awesome romances) and they all worked so well together to create one amazing book. DISSONANCE is the first book from Erica O’Rourke that I’ve read so I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into when I started. I had a review copy from Edelweiss but the fact that Erica O’Rourke was going to be at the event with Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard really pushed me to start it and I’m SO glad that I did because even halfway through I was in love, bought a physical copy, and had Erica sign it for me!

I’ve really been enjoying books with parallel universes lately but sometimes the science of it all can be a bit overwhelming. What I loved about DISSONANCE was the pairing of science and music. In the book, the Walkers (people who “walk” from universe to universe) are able to identify different worlds (and the problems within them) by certain musical pitches. A world may sound off or dissonant (ahhh, the title!) if there’s a large error within the world. I won’t get into the details as to how all of that works because it’s explained so well in the book, but essentially this establishes the music tie-in with Walkers almost always having perfect pitch and the easiest way to describe things is often with a musical term. I’ve never played any instruments but I was a huge choir nerd in high school and college and took a music theory class so the fact that I was able to identify so many terms and concepts that I’d learned about in music theory had me really geeking out over the book. Combine that with the science (well, made-up science, of course (OR IS IT) but science nonetheless), and it was just the perfect amount of nerding out for me.

So enough fangirling about all of the world building (no, but really — LITERALLY building worlds! So cool). The rest of the book was fantastic as well. I really loved the main character Del and connected with her a lot. I may not have chanced as many rebellious acts and school-wise, I was probably more like her sister Addison, but I felt like she was such an interesting main character to get to know and a great one to witness as she figures out what’s going on with her life as these events unfold. The whole family dynamic was great, actually. It was wonderful to see two parents who were present (albeit busy with work for a lot of the time) and a grandfather who’s still in the picture as well. The family wasn’t always perfect, but they worked through their differences and I really liked watching all of those interactions between the two girls and their parents/grandfather.

The romance was fantastic as well! It was so interesting to see Del and Simon’s interactions and exactly what transpires between them. Del ends up meeting Simon in other worlds and the more she interacts with him, the more she sees different sides of his personality. Since each world is a representation of a different part of him, it was really interesting to see different sides of Simon in different ways. I won’t give away exactly what happens between the two of them and how it affects the main story, but this was definitely something that I loved witnessing and I adored how the two of them ended up connecting.

On top of all of this, the plotting is just fantastic. This book has some TWISTS, you guys. Some you could see developing and were really exciting to watch as they unfolded and others were totally surprising and knocked me off my feet. I was just so impressed with really everything about this book and now I am DYING for book two! DISSONANCE was my first book by Erica O’Rourke but you can bet it won’t be the last!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Del // Character Obsessions: Walking, music, family (though it doesn’t always seem like it), Simon.
I really got along with Del. We may not be exactly alike in how we act, but I think we have some common principles in common. Even though she’s got a bit more of a rebellious streak than I do, I really liked how she interacted with her friends and family and also how those relationships grew in this book. She also grew up some herself and I was able to see real changes based on what she went through! I just really liked her a lot and felt like she was a really great main character.
Simon // Character Obsessions: Basketball (or other extra curricular activities), his mom, keeping up appearances.
Simon was a really interesting character. Sometimes I really don’t like when a series starts with one POV and then switches or splits, but I would love to get to know more about Simon from his POV. (Weird to ask for a novella, but I would love to see one from him.) I don’t know why, but I just really want to know so much more about him! I loved his role in this book and how it went beyond just a love interest. VERY cool. 

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Kept Me Hooked On: Musical aspects! I knew the book was called DISSONANCE (obviously) but I didn’t realize exactly how big music was in this book. I LOVED the way it was incorporated!
Left Me Wanting More: Answerrrrs. OMG how can I possibly wait for book two of this series! This is one I will need the SECOND it is available to me!

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BUY IT

I had expected to enjoy DISSONANCE but I had no idea I’d fall in love. I did see a few just so-so reviews for it and I feel like they may be a case of just not the right match and I would honestly feel out a person’s taste before recommending because I do want the right person to fall in love with it! I think time travel/parallel universe fans will enjoy this one and may be a nice surprise for music aficionados as well!

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        tandem          all our yesterdays

Undercurrent – Paul Blackwell

Undercurrent – Paul BlackwellTitle: Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell
Publishing Info: July 23, 2013 by HarperCollins
Genres: Parallel Universe, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: May 10, 2014

A SHADOWY FIGURE.
AN INTENSE ROAR.
THE SENSATION OF FALLING - FAST.
That's all Callum Harris remembers from his tumble over the waterfall. But when he wakes up in a hospital bed and finds his best friend trying to kill him, Callum knows something is seriously wrong. Unfortunately for him, the mysteries are just getting started.
Why are his parents acting like he's some big sports star all of a sudden? And why are all the buildings in town more run-down than Callum remembers? Worst of all... what happened to Callum's brother? Either Callum has gone seriously crazy or something happened when he went over the edge of the falls. Something impossible. Callum needs answers, and now. Because in this twisted new version of the life Callum knew, his former best friend isn't the only one who wants to see him dead.
  

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To continue my kick with male POVs, I was hoping UNDERCURRENT by Paul Blackwell would hit the spot. I had seen a lot of mixed reviews, but right from the start, I was really enjoying Callum’s voice and his perspective. I don’t know what it is, but male POVs just really sound authentic to me — well, good ones anyway — and I think I read soooo many female protagonists that a good male character is just so well-appreciated!

So in UNDERCURRENT, Callum knows he went over the falls near his house and survived… But doesn’t remember anything about how it happened and why his life is so different from what he “left”. His family acts entirely different, stores are missing, his friends aren’t the same, and even he is being treated like he’s a totally different person. I was curious to see exactly what would happen because clearly the story was leading somewhere but I was really suspicious as to where…

I had peeked at a few reviews that compared it to The Butterfly Effect, so obviously I knew something similar was up, but it really wasn’t quite as psychological as that and didn’t jump around as much as that movie had. I really can’t say if it was because I had this expectation that I felt like the book moved a bit slowly or if it was just that I wasn’t as into it as I had hoped. There were a lot of questions brought up and Callum only slowly gets answers. It wasn’t so much of a story about how to fix his current situation so much as figuring out what happened to him and how he got there so I think I was hoping for just so much more action and less set-up. Either way, I did enjoy what I read, and even though I tried to keep my expectations a little bit lower due to very mixed ratings amongst friends, I still found myself not as into the book as I had hoped.

I really wanted a bit more character development as well. Obviously since Callum’s entire world has been turned upside down, we’re mostly in his head, spending time with his thoughts and surroundings. That allowed very little opportunity to really explore other characters and get to know them since they’re not even the people he once knew, and I think as great as that concept for a story line is, it made it hard for me to really connect with the book because I wasn’t really able to connect with the characters at all.

I did enjoy UNDERCURRENT, but my feelings do still fall somewhere in the middle. It was an interesting read, but it wasn’t something that made a lasting impression on me. I think others could enjoy it too, but it’s not really something that’s going to blow you away.

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“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Callum // Character Obsessions: Recovering, discovering, the falls. 
Hmmm, Callum. You know, for as much as this whole book was really about him, I still don’t feel like I got a really strong feeling from him. I enjoyed reading about him as I did, but his character isn’t one that’s sticking with me when I go back to write the review. I think he handled the situation sort of like I would — he’s more of an unassuming type and just kind of goes with the flow for a long time, unsure of what happened and how to fix things. He’s not really a pro-active type of person most of the time so it was hard to really push the story forwards sometimes.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Mild sci-fi. I’d say this is sci-fi lite. We spend the most time knowing that something happened but we don’t know what. If your’e not big on sci-fi, this is the best way to try out something new!
Left Me Wanting More: Action. Is it bad that I expect more action from a male POV? Probably. But nevertheless, I was hoping for more. I think the book needed a little something extra, more fast-paced, and exciting to keep the plot moving.

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Library read

This is a hard recommendation for me. I did enjoy the book, but it definitely wasn’t as catching as I had hoped. I think it’s an enjoyable read, but didn’t really knock me over. Maybe grab it from the library to give it a no-strings-attached shot!

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       Tandem     Nil

Tandem (Many-Worlds Trilogy #1) – Anna Jarzab

Tandem (Many-Worlds Trilogy #1) – Anna JarzabTitle: Tandem (Many-Worlds Trilogy #1) by Anna Jarzab
Publishing Info: October 8, 2013 by Random House Publishing Group
Genres: Parallel Universe, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: November 9, 2013
Related Posts: Mini-Reviews: The Audition, Plum Spooky | DNF Report: Tether, Tether (Many-Worlds Trilogy #2)

Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.
Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real--until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.
To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love--one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she's someone she's not.
The first book in the Many-Worlds Trilogy, Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing--and no one--is what it seems.
  

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TANDEM was one of my most anticipated reads for this fall (which still doesn’t explain why I waited until after its pub date to read it even though I had it from BEA, but moving on…) because PARALLEL UNIVERSES. That is so up my alley. I had super high hopes for this book, counting on it to wow me when I was in a bit of a reading slump. Maybe that wasn’t fair of me to put all my hopes and dreams on it, but hey. I think that happens to all of us every once in a while!

My first impression of TANDEM was… not quite what I hoped it would be. Being in a reading slump at the time, I was really afraid that I would be disappointed in it after its slow beginning. I know we had a lot of things to set up for the awesomeness to occur later on, but I felt like the first few chapters could have done without a lot of the details and lengthy scenes. We go through a whole prom scene, from the original asking to the dance all the way to the “afterparty” and while I understand the purpose of that throwing our two main characters together and setting up their relationship, I didn’t think it needed to be as long as it was.

The difference between the two parallel universes that we see in TANDEM was a bit hard for me to grasp at first, but I actually blame that on myself. We go from Sasha’s world — Earth as we know it today — to Princess Juliana’s world, an alternative universe in which the Last Common Event (or LCE) with our world was hundreds of years ago. My issue was that I was having a hard time picturing the world as modern. The royalty that existed in this universe just really threw me off since most of the books I’ve been reading involving royalty are historical fiction, high fantasy, or a combination of the two. That was just a mental block in my brain and I had a hard time shaking the notion that this alternate universe had a medieval feel because in many ways, it was even more technologically advanced than our own.

Once I really got into the meat of the story, I was so intrigued. Anna Jarzab has thought out not only each world and how they compare but the explanation of how the parallel universes exist, how people can travel between them, and she enables the reader to understand a science as complex this without it being over their head. I really thought she did a fantastic job with all of these technicalities and details. I was so fascinated and easily geeked out over how cool the whole concept was (also believing it to be entirely possible).

TANDEM also has many great plot twists, some of which lead you in gently and others which totally take you by surprise. Sasha’s character becomes invested in something of a mystery which spans throughout the second half of the book. Another twist was a TOTAL shock to me, shaking up the characters’ worlds and mine all at the same time and it totally took the book to the next level!

While TANDEM didn’t 100% knock my socks off, it’s definitely a very solid series starter. I think  the exposition of the book seemed a bit lengthy and took away a bit of my excitement for what I was hoping would be a wild and fast-paced adventure. The story absolutely picked up but I feel like I’m getting more and more frustrated with books that have slow beginnings. I was hoping to be immediately pulled into the story and it just took me a while to get there. I’d still definitely recommend it but just be aware that it may take you a little bit to get into it!

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Sasha // Character Obsessions: Returning home, her Juliana connection, Thomas.
Sasha was an interesting main character because her predicament is so unique. She essentially gets kidnapped and taken through the tandem to Juliana and Thomas’ world, being forced to impersonate Juliana in her absence. She definitely doesn’t have an easy time in Aurora and I felt really bad for her. I admired her strength and bravery trying to be convincing as another person because I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to do that! (Although the way her whole connection with Juliana worked, it wasn’t AS hard.) I wouldn’t say we turned out to be best friends, but I really admired a lot of her qualities.
Thomas // Character Obsessions: His duty as a KES agent, protecting Juliana/Sasha, secret missions.
I actually liked Thomas a lot. Maybe it’s just because I love a good tortured soul… My heart goes out to him — What can I say? I really, really enjoyed his interactions with Sasha and how their friendship/relationship developed. He was very dedicated — both to his job and to Sasha. And Juliana as well — and what was interesting was that being true to each one of those didn’t always lie on the same side. Several times Thomas had to make tough choices and decide which person or job took priority.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Science Fiction. PARALELL UNIVERSES, GUYS. This is the kind of sci-fi that I just eat up. Anna Jarzab’s explanation of the worlds and the analogs was totally fascinating and HELLOOOOOO, I need book two like, right now.
Left Me Wanting More: Initial excitement. I must say that the beginning was slow for me. I understand that a book can’t be exciting every single second, but slow starts are really starting to bum me out. I think an exciting beginning is important to really pull me in so it was just hard to get the motivation to read until I got there.

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I think TANDEM was an excellent beginning to the Many-Worlds trilogy and I’m so excited for more. I had a couple hang-ups that didn’t make it a totally stellar read for me but it was super interesting and another one of those books where I feel like with everything set up, book two will be even better!

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