BOOK TITLE: Into You
AUTHOR: Riley J. Ford
GENRE: Fiction – Paranormal Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 253
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
REVIEW BY: Shree Janani
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review tour – Premier Virtual Author Book tours
SUMMARY: What if you could know exactly what your friends are thinking? High school student Winter Reynolds can, but there's a catch...
She can only read people's thoughts when she's kissing them.
When a member of the track team is murdered, Winter has an opportunity to use her special ability to find the killer. Trouble is, kissing everyone on the track team isn't such a good idea when you have a new boyfriend. Talk about complications!
Should Winter persevere using her secret power to catch the murderer still in their midst, even if it means risking her relationship with her one true love?
Disclaimer: Mild profanity and a graphic murder scene. While humorous, this book also explores the underbelly of teen life. May not be suitable for younger teens
The book is what exactly it claims to be - A light and humorous read for teens. For someone who is out of teens (I have no qualms about stating my age!) the book is like a reflection of the past- The teen life, the pressures, the highs and lows of it.
The writer has used the most foolproof recipe to get that instant connect with the readers: A rather predictable combination of Boys high on testosterone, possessive girls, mean girls, high school drama and to top it all the main suspense element, A murder of a ‘softling’ (My word for that silent, calm and shy girl of a class!)
I couldn’t find any loopholes in the plot but I did find the end sort of predictable. Any seasoned mystery lover would find the plot rather usual. Nothing really surprising or to put it simply there were just two unexpected twists. JUST TWO – One the murder itself and other the ability of our protagonist to read minds when she kisses people.
The writing was simple and was mostly in present tense. Few people might find this whole “Present Tense” narration a bit uncomfortable. Winter’s whole thought process is annoying at times. The narration made it a little bit more difficult to plod away quickly. Even a seasoned reader needs some time to get comfortable with the writing style.
In spite of a predictable plot line and a simple language I was really hooked to the book. It’s the fool proof combination at work I suppose!
I really loved the character of Winter’s boyfriend. He is the typical and desirable type of guy (But in reality dear Ms. Writer does such a specimen exist?)
Overall, the book was light and humorous to read even for a non teen.
PLUS: Suspense kept alive sans a loophole in the plot. Paranormal element helped a lot in that.
MINUS: A predictable ending and the present tense narration.
VERDICT: YA lovers go for it. Rest of you, go for it only if you desperately need something “ light” . The book will certainly snap you out of that emotional jam.
RATING: 3.5 on 5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Riley J. Ford is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in English. After teaching at both the high school and college levels for a number of years, she turned to writing full-time. Her non-fiction books are used in college classrooms around the country, and her essays have been featured on such websites as MSNBC.com.
She is the author of three fiction books, INTO YOU, a young adult mystery, CARPE DiEMILY, a romantic comedy caper, and FIFTY SHADES OF FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, a satire. She enjoys running with the bulls in Pamplona and downhill skiing in her free time.
Riley J. Ford is the WINNER of Blogger Book Fair Reader's Choice Award, Humor Category
EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Kindle, Paperback
PRICE: Rs.219 (Kindle Edition)