September 9, 2014

REVIEW: Vision By, Lisa Amowitz

3.5 – 4 Stars

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The light is darker than you think…

High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer's next victim.

Vision was a pretty interesting read. It wasn’t something I expected even after reading the synopsis. It was more than a boy was a strange psychic power. The book was that but It was also about a boy trying to be a man while losing his sight and seeing horrifying images of dead victims.

Bobby Pendell has been taking care of his family for a few years. He is the only person that works while trying to get through school so that he can work more. One day the migraines start and those migraines lead to images of a women. Being chased, kidnapped, murdered. He thinks he’s going crazy. Until it keeps happening and the images get worse and so does his sight.

Bobby really has this whole “gift” thrown at him in the worst possible way. I cannot imagine seeing the things he sees in this book and not go insane. I really liked that Coco believed him. That’s what best friends are for and he was the best friend until the end.

Bobby also has the added complication of Gabe. His boss’s daughter. Someone he can’t stop thinking about and seems to want to pursue him. I really liked Gabe. She didn’t let Bobby get away with his self-pity and his need to protect himself. She kept showing up and eventually made her way into his heart. Even though the romance was a part of it, it didn’t seem to take priority. The romance moved pretty fast without getting many scenes with them together.

There are many twists and turns in this book that make you guess who the killer is and then second or even third guess yourself until Lisa Amowitz finally gives us an answer. I don’t know how many times I changed my mind throughout this book. Vision was an enjoyable read. The writing was done well and the pacing flowed well. The action started in the first chapter. There is no waiting for anything to happen. Lisa sucks you in and keeps you there.

Go pick this book up!

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About Lisa:

Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at  Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.

To contact Lisa try:  

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Tour Schedule

Week One:
9/1/2014- Word to DreamsInterview
9/1/2014- Books Complete MeReview
9/2/2014- Suzy Turner, YA AuthorGuest Post
9/2/2014- Her Book Thoughts!Review
9/3/2014- Mom With A KindleInterview
9/3/2014- The Bookie MonsterReview
9/4/2014- One Guy's Guide to Good ReadsGuest Post
9/4/2014- Reader GirlsReview
9/5/2014- Realm of the Sapphired DragonInterview
9/5/2014- Amaterasu ReadsReview

Week Two:
9/8/2014- The YA Lit ChickGuest Post
9/8/2014- Buried Under BooksReview
9/9/2014- Anonymous Interests - Interview
9/9/2014- Between The Lines - Review
9/10/2014- Curling Up With A Good BookGuest Post
9/10/2014- Dalene's Book ReviewsReview
9/11/2014- Avid Reader MusingsInterview
9/11/2014- Operation AwesomeReview
9/12/2014- kellyvisionGuest Post
9/12/2014- Reese's Reviews- Review

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for posting this review. Happy release day Lisa!