Sunday, October 7, 2012

Flutter by Gina Linko

Genre:  YA Contemporary Romance with a Paranormal Twist

Description (taken from Gina Linko's website):
All Emery Land wants is to be like any other seventeen year old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from something akin to seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they're much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to mysterious places. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. Although they don’t believe her claims of time travel, the doctors are extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes – too interested. What is it they think she is capable of? Is she tapping into never-before-used parts of the brain? Is this clairvoyance of some sort? Telepathy? Or something else completely?

When Emery encounters a young boy—a guide of sorts who offers cryptic warnings—she intuitively knows she must decipher his clues to uncover what is really happening to her. Escaping from the hospital, she travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she meets a guarded and mysterious good Samaritan, Asher Clarke. A series of coincidences draw them together, and Emery quickly realizes that their individual mysteries – their singular secrets -- might not be so separate after all. With time running out for Emery, they must unravel their complicated connection before it's too late.

I really was not expecting what I got out of this book.  I had some parts figured out sure, but the focus of the book was way different than I expected.  There's a whole lot of romance and not a lot of paranormal-y-ness stuff.

Emery, her father's own personal lab rat, leaves a life of hospital experiments for a trip to figure things out on her own.  She treks to a new city based on her time-traveling experiences and gets to experience the small city life.  While there, she meets a lot of nice characters and a special boy named Ash.  Ash, just like her, has his own secrets.  And as it turns out, their secrets, as different as they may be, help them relate with each other.  And their lives begin to intertwine around each other while Emery continues to learn more about her time-traveling seizures.

The romance between Ash and Emery is sweet, but I felt it was kind of slow and wishy-washy in the beginning.  And the time-traveling experiences?  Those were very interesting to learn about, but I wish I could have seen more of it.  However there is a very beautiful and bittersweet twist in the book that tends to make it all worthwhile.  You think you've figured things out, but there's just a little bit more to the story.

This is a book I would hand to contemporary fans.  It has a really good premise and a lot of romance.

Thanks goes to Random House Children's Books and Netgalley for my review copy.

Challenges:  Debut Author Challenge and Young Adult Reading Challenge

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