Saturday, March 17, 2012
Author: Jill Hathaway
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: March 27th, 2012
Thanks to Little Shop of Stories for giving me the ARC for Review
Slide tells the unique story of Syliva (Vee), a teen who can slide into other people whenever she passes out. After witnessing a murder from the killer's POV, Vee must discover who the killer is before someone else is next.
The very idea of Slide is what originally drew me to the book, but with that being said I also knew very little about the story. I think in the case of this novel, knowing less before you read it, is actually more. The explanation of Vee's backstory, the slower introduction of the supporting characters and the novel's pacing all help to further the murder mystery plot line and keep you invested in the story.
Vee is a wonderfully realistic character. She's funny, sarcastic and a bit angsty. Her ability has made her jaded but she also doesn't let it control her life. Its a heavy secret to be burdened with, especially because Vee feels that she can't share it with anyone. Its not long before you see what kind of toll that starts to take on her and its not good.
The family dynamic between Vee, her sister Mattie and their father wasn't something I was expecting. Though its a very strained relationship, all three of them care deeply for each other. They've mentally reached a place where they're not sure how to talk to one another anymore, but are desperate to. I think its especially true for the character of Mattie, who comes off rather unlikable several times in the book. So often family relationships are not something YA books explore enough and I was glad to see it done so brilliantly here helping to flesh out all 3 characters personalities.
To my surprise Slide actually features some romance. Its not a main part of the story but it was certainly featured more then I thought it would be. There are two guys (Zane & Rollins) that factor into Vee's life but both in ways you might not expect.
I think author Jill Hathaway blended the paranormal, contemporary and mystery elements extremely well. Even when you can see some of the plot twists coming before they happen, it surprisingly doesn't take too much away from the novel. Its a quick read and one that was extremely enjoyable to read, flaws and all. I think anyone who enjoys YA murder mysteries or characters that possess a slight paranormal ability will likely find Slide the perfect read.