Book Review: When by Victoria Laurie

January 13, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: When by Victoria LaurieWhen by Victoria Laurie
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 2015-01-13
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Law & Crime, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: NetGalley
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Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father's premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually deathdates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching deathdate of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she's unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?

My ThoughtsNew to me author!

This is my first time reading Victoria Laurie. It will NOT be my last. Her writing is amazing and by the end of this book she was able to bring around plot lines that I had completely forgotten about. She tidied up everything so well that I had tears at the end!

The story

This starts, moves, changes, and ends all so wonderfully! It is currently 2:30 AM and my normal bedtime is 10 pm. That has to tell you something right there. I knew from page one that I would not be able to put this one down. There is just something about Victoria Laurie’s writing and the why she folds the mystery and drama that just make you want to keep turning those pages! Not only did I want to keep turning I wanted to learn speed reading so I could find out what in the world was going on!

The characters

I loved the main characters. Some characters I even hated but the main character Maddie is fabulous. Having the ability to see the deathdates of everyone she meets has made her life a living hell! Literally. She has to go through so much in this and to be honest I wanted to be up a few characters. There are those, like Maddie, that I just absolutely wound up loving! Mac and Stubbs of course were my favorites. Mac really threw me for a loop though and caught me off guard. I did not like his attitude AT ALL at first but he wound up worming his way into my heart.

I cannot name names because it will be a spoiler, but there are a few characters that I just did NOT trust in this. Sadly, I did not even come close to pegging the real killer! Not even freaking close!

The drama

There is a lot of drama in this that maybe seems a bit far fetched. It all starts when a woman tells Maddie that she is a fraud when Maddie tries to tell the woman that her son is going to die in a WEEK. What mother wouldn’t do absolutely everything necessary to ensure that her son would be safe? This mother not only does NOT trust Maddie but becomes the major source of drama in this. And the cops surrounding the investigation just drove me insane. I wanted to smack them right upside their heads.

To make matters worse, Maddie and Stubbs also get bullied in school. But not only by their peers, by their teachers! This was a lot of drama but it winds up coming around and as I said above in the end the drama all gets explained.

The end

I was just about crying from 80% on. At the end there were some serious tears wanting to be shed! I loved the way this ended!

In short: A little paranormal but not too out there. Definitely a mystery but even for a non-mystery fan like myself it can be enjoyed! Ya at its best!

Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.8 / 5



The Author

About Victoria Laurie

Victoria Laurie is the New York Times bestselling author of 26 books and counting. Victoria divides her time between her two adult mystery series, (The Psychic Eye Mysteries, and The Ghost Hunter Mysteries), and a Y/A thriller, When (Formerly titled Death Date), to be released in early January of 2015.

As a professional psychic, Victoria's protagonists - psychic Abigail Cooper, and spiritual medium M. J. Holliday - tackle the tricky world of the paranormal while fighting bad guys and demons with plenty of plucky humor and determination.

And using that keen understanding of the paranormal, Victoria also created the character of Maddie Fynn, a teenager with the unique intuitive ability to predict the exact date of someone's death.

To showcase her writing range, Victoria has also penned a children's epic adventure series, The Oracles of Delphi Keep.

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