Saturday, January 26, 2013

Crash by Lisa McMann

Hardcover, 233 pages
Read: January 2013
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Published By: Simon Pulse
Visions, #1
Source: Own
For fans of: Nice Covers, GLBT, Supernatural, YA

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Timesbestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

     Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.
     What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.
     The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more shesees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.
     In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

     After seeing so many mixed reviews about this book, I needed to find out  for my own whether it would be something I liked or not. And lo and behold, I did. Don't follow EVERY review you see.
     A long time ago, before I started blogging, I read Wake by Lisa McMann. In short, I HATED it. Her writing style worked my last nerves. It seemed as if she was trying wayyyyyy too hard to be the age she portrayed her character and in the end she still failed miserably. This book is unfortunately the same way. I just can't make myself like her writing.
     Because of this, the fact that I wasn't exactly blown away that this book didn't surprise me. What did surprise me is the fact that it had so much potential to be a great book, but it just didn't. It turned out feeling like a modern day Romeo and Juliet with a small twist of Juliet seeing visions. Sound weird? Yes? Well that's exactly what it was. 
     Now there were a few things I did like. Mainly the characters. And Sawyer was the number one thing on my character like list. I'm not sure why I liked him so much.... Well besides the forbidden love. I really have a soft spot for it. And this one was quite funny. (This is why I mentioned Romeo and Juliet earlier lol Warring families and all smh)
     I also liked how fast paced this was. The chapters were short and because of this it kept me saying Just one more chapter" and ending up reading it until it was over. If it hadn't been for the short chapters making it feel like the story was moving quickly, I'm not sure that I would have finished it. It had the potential to be a gripping, fast paced, mystery where she had to learn about all the clues and then piece it together and save them in the nick of time from the body bags that keep popping up in her visions. But uhhhhhhhhh of course not. That was definitely wishful thinking. Although the premise is cool, I found myself caring about her family's and her crush's business rather than her vision. That's how I KNOW that I wasn't too intrigued.
     But the ending! Wow. The best part was the 2 am part. And then the set up for book 2 now has me super intrigued to see what else is to come from this series. Let's hope the writing gets better.... 
     All in all, it wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't a good one either. It was a fast paced novel that kept me thumbing through page after page and feigning for a slice of pizza.
Overall, I give this


  1. I've been contemplating this. I read Wake and Fade and enjoyed those but HATED the final book. I didn't even finish it. That's why I'm skeptical of this one. At least it was okay lol Lovely review :D

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  2. Chapters being short has never ended well for me before. I've only read another review where that person really liked it. I'm really interested myself to see how this book is. You've got me curious especially about the ending (:
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  3. On the contrary, I liked Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy, but still something is keeping me from reading Crash. Maybe it's the vision theme. I'm glad you liked it enough to continue the series. I'll give it a try. Thanks!

  4. I'm a big Lisa McMann fan! I loved the Wake series and even read her first middle grade :). But I haven't gotten the chance to read this one :(. I plan on checking it out even though I'm not quite sure what it's about! The cover drew me in. Sad to hear it wasn't all that but happy you decided to continue the series :). Great review!


  5. i've never read a book by McMann but I have her entire dream catcher series. sorry this one didn't quite make an impression on you though...

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