Genre: Fantasy, Teens
Recommendation: Yes, for younger to middle age teens.
Type: Series, the ending is left open but I am not sure when the next installment will be released or what the focus will be.
Summary: +predictable but cute -one dimensional characters +fast paced -open ended -/-lack luster romance (very tween-ish, but then again I think that is the targeted reader)
High school is hard enough, Em knows. Her freshman year introduced her to all the cliques, annoying teachers, and tough homework assignments. But discovering you have super powers and not knowing how to control them is a whole new level of complicated. Thankfully, Em isn’t alone. Her best friend Roz starts having unusual dreams that come true, and Tommy, Em’s secret crush, can hear the softest whispers in class. A romance blossoms with Tommy. But just as things are looking up, people start dropping like flies. A telepathic serial killer is on the loose and only Em and her friends have a hope of stopping him. Or do they? If they don’t figure out the killer’s identity soon, one of them could be next.
Connected by Kat Stiles is a cute and predictable novel that in my opinion, will probably appeal more to a younger crown vs. an adult age range. Reading it, after being in the habit of getting completely enthralled in whatever complex story I have poked my head into the day before, left me a bit disappointed because all the emotions and characters in this story just skim the surface. It isn’t that it is lacking in plot or detail, it just happens exactly how you would expect, and the characters respond pretty much the same. I wasn’t really surprised at all.
So here is my give when it comes to this book. I am old, and I don’t remember what I read when I was 13 or if I was even reading anything then. So I feel it is a bit unfair of me to judge this based off what I like as an adult, if it is aimed for the younger teen/tween crowd. I can describe the world building, which is minimal. The chemistry between characters is very cute, but it doesn’t go much beyond that. There is no level of complexity in Connected, but it isn’t dull or boring. I found it hard as an adult to keep focused but as stated previously, this may really be something your tween would like. Just keep in mind there are mild sexual references, so as a parent a pre read through will probably be necessary.
Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Kat Stiles.