Standalone or series?
Melanie - Book 1 in a new series
Susan - Book 1 in a new series
Melanie - YA Paranormal
Susan - YA Paranormal
Official Blurb About The Book
Being a teenager can be hard. Being a teenager with supernatural abilities can be murder.
Nova Harris hasn’t had the easiest life. Her mother died when she was five, and she never knew her father. Her stepdad wasn’t exactly the warm and fuzzy type…but Nova had never meant to kill him. Now Nova has discovered that she is an Alternate – a person with supernatural abilities – and that there are others just like her at Tidemarsh: a school for freaks.
When Nova finds herself drawn to a mysterious boy being held in The Tombs; a place where the most dangerous Alternates are locked away in the dark, she ends up with more questions than answers. The more she explores, the more secrets she uncovers that she really should have left well alone.
Welcome to Alternate Academy, where the only things not falling apart, are probably already on fire!
How did we get this book?
CTP Signed it - and then Susan did the Developmental Edits on it
Why did we choose to read this book: See "How We Got The Book" lol
And Now To The Review!
Melanie - I love the opening to this book. It's so crazy and drops you right into probably the worst moment so far of Nova's life!
Susan - I am quite fond of a book that slaps you right in the face with something the moment you open the first page and that's exactly what you get when you dive in to Alternate Academy.
Melanie - Kids with misfit powers and abilities - some of which can kill (either accidentally or on purpose), plus a pretty snarky English teen made this an easy page turner. Some of the abilities make me wonder how they would ever be useful .... and then there are others where I would definitely not mind having. The story layers up as we discover things along with Nova, and one thing is certain ... pretty much nothing here is as it seems. I have read Melissa's work before and I have to say this series has levelled up majorly, and maybe because I know Susan's writing style so well, but I could definitely feel her influence in places, and the final result definitely leads me to want book 2 NOW!
Susan - I fell in love with this book and it's characters right from the get go. This is exactly what I imagine teens would be like if they had special abilities. And like Mel said...some abilities were ones you'd be thrilled to wake up with one day...and others not so much LOL But of course like every great YA book, nothing is quite like it seems and Nova has to find her way in her new normal...
Oh and there's a mysterious, broody, bad boy... #justsayin
Melanie - Oh yep - that too! Am a bit of a fan of a bad boy lol
Melanie - . A great start to this new series. I'm very intrigued as to where this will go .... I do know that I wouldn't be sharing Nova's hesitation about certain things lol ... when you read it - you'll get that!
Susan - A brilliant, twisty, opener to a series that's X-Men meets Red Queen and Shatter me with a British twist!
Melanie - Well that made my final thoughts look a bit crap didn't it, but she's not wrong.
Melanie – 4 1/2 rounded up to 5 stars and a strong recommendation that all Musers go and read it.
Susan - Has to be 5 stars - A brilliant start to what's gonna be a epic series! Go get it now!!
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