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Monday, July 23, 2012


by Kim Curran

Published September 4, 2012
416 pages

This book was provided by the publisher, Strange Chemistry, in exchange for an honest review.

When your average, 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he's not so average after all. He's a 'Shifter'. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he's ever made. At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed. In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.

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What a great book! Since most of the books I've read recently have been from a girl's point of view, this made a nice change. Scott is a wonderful character, and the plot is fun and fast-paced.

I do have to say that the blurb led me to expect something a little different than what I got. Which is fine, it doesn't really bother me, but I know some readers get annoyed by that.

There was one point where I didn't want to keep reading, but only one. And once I made it past a single page, that feeling went away.

ARES, a covert branch of the government, kind of made this book for me. It fed right into my spy-loving bones. And the SLF, a group trying to bring ARES down, was a great addition.

4/5 stars

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