Sunday, September 28, 2014

LEANN'S REVIEW: Collide (Ashley Stambaugh)

Title: Collide
Author: Ashley Stambaugh


Melina Rowe never thought her quiet, simple life could change to one full of fear and confusion just by accidentally bumping into someone. But after she collides with an elderly man named Walter, she starts to hear people’s thoughts and have unsettling visions.

Walter reveals himself as a guiding angel and explains to Melina that she’s a rare type of human who can absorb angel powers. But her special ability is more of a problem for her than a gift.

The powers are too strong for humans and will eventually kill Melina unless she can successfully use them to help a select individual who’s in need of guidance. Her chances are slim, though, seeing that the handful of other humans this has happened to before didn't survive.

Scared for her life, Melina desperately tries to help a young man named Lee, but his continual resistance and her struggle with the powers make it almost impossible. Her situation only grows worse when a trio of soul-snatching demons is sent by an unknown entity to take her soul and kill her.
As a determined Walter sets out to discover who sent the demons and why, Melina must defend herself from their relentless attacks all while trying to use powers she doesn’t fully understand to help someone who doesn’t want to be helped. If she can’t figure out how to break through to Lee, the powers will ultimately destroy her. But if the powers don’t kill her first, the demons will.


This book took me a little by surprise... Looking back I am not sure what I expected, but this paranormal thriller wasn't it. I was hooked from the first page. I really liked the characters. Melina is a strong girl I think most will relate to. I also really liked Walter. 

Like I said, there was more action than I thought there would be, but I was perfectly ok with that. I love when an author can bring so much into one read. I am eager to get my hands on the next installment. I also love the cover. It is beautiful and between it and the synopsis is the reason I decided to read the book in the first place. Once I got to the first page though, I couldn't put it down. 


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