Author: Kat Stiles
Pages: 256 (Ebook)
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Source: I bought this book myself, but received payment in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion towards the book.
“Connected”, by Kat Stiles, is an easy read: entertaining enough to keep you turning the pages and written in a very convincing teenage voice. In this book we get to accompany Emily as she not only falls in love for the first time and learns to feel better with herself, but also as she finds out that she possesses an amazing ability. Curiously enough, she is not the only one with this sort of powers. However, while some use them for good, others prefer to use them for their own amusement.
Nevertheless, while this “fight” against good and evil was supposed to be the main plot, I believe that the romance between Emily and Tommy was constantly trying to steal the spotlight, although it was only a subplot. Yes, I found their relationship absolutely lovely at first, but after a while it just became lame with all the kisses and hugs and descriptions of how she feels an overwhelming heat inside of her when she is with him. Additionally, must characters couldn’t be more stereotypical: the protagonist, a shy girl who everyone ridicules, but that discovers that she had amazing powers; the super popular, beautiful and kind best-friend who gets all the boys; the mysterious new boy who falls in love with the protagonist and the mean girl who constantly mocks the main character and who has a squad of minions always behind her. Are all high schools really like that? Mine wasn’t. Also, sometimes the characters seemed to be unable to notice what was obvious, when the reader had already knew it for ages. I didn’t have to guess who was the third element Judy had mentioned and I already knew who the killer was way before the middle of the book. It was just too predictable.
Despite that, I still think that this book is an interesting summer read with a healthy dose of mystery, romance, danger and comedy. The amazing cliff-hanger at the end is particularly interesting; it will make you want to read the next book for sure.