Vivid by Andrea Murray was absolutely electrifying! How can I say more? There were some definite lightning strikes of genius found within the pages of this paranormal YA fiction. Girls will be girls and the teenaged girls in this book were no exception. The story is riddled with the high drama and emotional chaos that comes with typical teen girls. From the mean girls in the popular group to the lackey bullies; even Vivian and her best friend Abby are extremely emotionally driven. What I didn't expect, and was more than pleasantly surprised to find, were the naturally good and decent young men showcased in the book. Both Easton and Cooper were genuinely good guys. The other striking jewel in the book was the pure friendship Vivian and Abby shared.
Most of the book was spent on character development and build-up and while the angst of high school life isn't for me, the author did a good job of keeping the story flowing through the developmental stages. I must say I was uncomfortable with the use of such strong language in a YA book but it seemed to mellow out as the story progressed. The flow to a progressively more complex and convoluted story line was easy to follow because of the easy way it came on.
Vivian's powers over electricity are, of course, the star of the show and from the get-go she was using them, to influence her surroundings. She was however, reluctant to have her powers become public knowledge and had a clever way to make sure her secret stayed safe. I really liked her superpower and the familial way it was passed down. This first book in the trilogy has definitely intrigued me and kept me wondering, how and why and what will happen next. Vicious and Vengeance are the remaining books in the trilogy and also available on Amazon.
Andrea Murray has been teaching English for longer than most of her students have been alive. She has taught everything from junior high language arts to concurrent credit freshman composition. She lives in a very small town in Arkansas with her precocious daughter, energetic son, and racecar-driving husband. When she isn't writing or reading novels for her students, she's probably watching reality television or cheesy science fiction movies. In addition to the Vivid Trilogy, she has also written Omni, her new YA dystopian romance.
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