Monday, April 29, 2013

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Title: Crash
Author: Lisa McMann
Narrator:  Allyson Ryan
Series: Visions, book #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Source: purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling 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 she sees. 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.

What can I say?  Not impressed.  This book just dragged out at times.  I feel as though I could have read maybe the first two chapters, one somewhere in the middle, and the last one or two (they are very short chapters, btw) and known all I needed to know about the book.  So much filler.

The narrator for the audio, Allyson Ryan, just has this voice that annoyed me.  She made Jules' voice sound so boyish and the guys' voices all pretty awful as well.  There were several long pauses throughout that made me question if something was wrong with my phone (that I was streaming it on), but no, just Allyson's weirdness.

I'm sitting here trying to remember exactly what happened to try and critique this, but, I'm serious, there's not really much to go off of.  If I told you what I liked or didn't like, I'd be giving away the few things that actually did happen.  One thing I will point out.  The truck with the giant meatballs they had to drive around for their pizza shop.  I'll admit, it's pretty funny, but I do feel like it was mentioned maybe just one too many times.

My sis told me there's a sequel, which I wasn't aware of.  I thought, "huh?  she's got even more dumb stuff to write about two rival pizzaria-owning families?"  You've got to be kidding me.  It left off with a little bit of a cliffhanger, but I still feel like that could have been the end of it.  Everybody eventually learns to get along.  The end.  I'm not sure I care to read the next one.  Might just have to let Jen read it and tell me if it's worth the agony.  LOL.

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About the author:

Hi, I'm Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of fiction for young adults and children.

My fantasy series is for ages 9 and up, called THE UNWANTEDS. It's about a society where 13-year-olds are sorted into groups. The strong and intelligent kids are Wanted and they get to go to university. The creative and artistic kids are Unwanted and they are sent to their deaths. Follow 13-year-old twins Aaron and Alex as they are forced down opposite paths. Book 2 in the series, THE UNWANTEDS: Island of Silence, comes out Sept 4, 2012.

I'm also the author of the WAKE trilogy, about a seventeen-year-old girl named Janie who gets sucked into other people's dreams. I have two stand-alone thrillers, CRYER'S CROSS and DEAD TO YOU. Coming soon: CRASH -- it's the first book in the VISIONS series.

I grew up in Michigan and now I live in Arizona with my husband, two teenagers, and two cats.

Find Lisa:

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


  1. I have never read a Lisa McMann book thought I've heard good things about the Wake trilogy!

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. Sorry you didn't enjoy this one. It's been on my shelf for a while an i've yet to make time to get to it. I like your honest review though.


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