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Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: FLOAT by Roni O'Connell

By Roni O'Connell
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Paperback, 258 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / YA

What if your only memory is of who you aren't, not who you are?

Seventeen-year-old Rashelle Santos fights her way out of a coma to find she doesn't remember her life, except for her parents and dog. Brain damage doctors tell her, but Rashelle knows with absolute certainty that Shellie (her nickname) died at the bottom of Kaweah Lake, bequeathing her death memories to Rashelle.

Rashelle leaps into a relationship with Shellie's boyfriend, Aiden Brody, because he stirs her feelings and fills the void within her. As their relationship becomes serious, she questions whom he really loves.

When threats appear in the form of notes stuffed into her locker and calls in the night, Rashelle wonders if she can stay alive long enough to discover who wants her dead, because somewhere out there Shellie's attacker watches and waits to finish what he started.

And what the hell, she wonders, is she deranged or could dead Shellie be lingering to keep her alive?
FLOAT by Roni O’Connell is a book I went into reading with little expectations, as I normally don’t care for teen mystery/suspense novels. However, I was immensely surprised.

O’Connell’s characters are well developed, the plot is fresh and well fleshed out, and the book is overall very addictive.

I read the entire novel, cover to cover, in two sittings! I loved the blend of fast-paced mystery, romance, and the paranormal twists thrown in gave the book a definite edge.

I was actually tempted to cheat several times and try to see what the ending held, but I was good and made myself read each page. Don’t let yourself cheat – because you will want to! – And will end up missing out on several key plot points.

I was very impressed with Roni O’Connell and will happily agree to read any of her coming books.

Guest Review by: Victoria Lucas

Roni O’Connell lives with her husband and two dogs high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She finds inspiration in the forest, wildlife, and lakes around her home.

A former English teacher, Roni enjoys the company of young adults, their spirited opinions, great enthusiasm, and outrageous humor.

When Roni isn't writing novels, you can find her hiking in the forest or contemplating the wonders of nature.

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