Published September 9, 2011
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Journeys of John and Julia begin.
The Twenty-Two are watching.
Reality is about to change.
It all starts when Julia’s parents totally mess with her summer. First Julia’s dad takes off to start a whole new family. Then Julia’s mom yanks Julia from cheerleader camp to spend the summer with her grandmother in the land of no signal, no mall, no best friend Kellie. Julia’s only hope for human contact is geeky John Freeman, who is six months younger than she and about a million years behind her idea of cool.
If only Julia knew that her mom plans to dump her at Grandma’s not just for the summer, but for a whole year. If only Julia knew that a collective of wondrous beings called The Twenty- Two are watching over her and trying to make contact. If only Julia knew that they could tell Julia every thought she never knew she had and bend her reality in any way they choose. And that she’d be with John Freeman when it happened. He’d think that was way cool.
And that is just the beginning. For this seemingly mismatched pair have cracked open the door to another reality. And their enemy-to-be, the beyond evil Niem Vidalgo Oten, is about to enter the picture.
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This book wasn't quite what I expected it to be. From the blurb, I was under the impression that we'd be following Julia. Well, we were, but we were also following John (which totally worked, just wasn't in the blurb). And yes, The Twenty-Two are mentioned, but I didn't expect so much of the book to be them.
When the book starts, it's with The Twenty-Two. (Does there seem to be too much alliteration here?) They do a lot of watching Julia and John. Honestly, I got really bored.
However, about a quarter of the way through, things picked up. I really liked John's story, and would actually have liked to have a lot more of it. Maybe in the next book. Julia's story is good, too, once you stop being interrupted every other minute by The Twenty-Two. (And really, I could have done with a little less of the psycho-analysis.)
I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes! And hoping that its focus is on John and Julia, because really, I could have done without the others.