Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Bookish Snob Promotions Book Review: Replay

Author: Keira Lea
Title: Replay
Publish Date: April 12, 2011
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: The Bookish Snob Promotions and the author
Book Blurb: Kelsee Lewis has a new school, a prima donna best friend, and one week to write a hit play. Throw in a self-obsessed mom and an absent executive dad, and it’s no wonder she has panic attacks—complete with time-warp special effects. When Kelsee meets comic book maven Quinn, she realizes the attacks give her the ability to rewind time.

Replaying life seems like the best way to erase mistakes. But will second chances leave Kelsee flailing in the orchestra pit alone?

Review: Who wouldn't want to rewind time? I know I would, but as Kelsee learns using her powers has consequences.

There is much to love about this fast fun YA read. Kelsee is pretty much your average teenager. She has a crush on a cute guy but is scared to do anything about it. She has family troubles. She has a unique BFF.

She doesn't discover that she's able to manipulate time until midway through the story. The super power if you want to call it that, is more a secodary thing. The imporant things are the real girl things; trying to get her play written, trying to get the cute guy to like her, figuring out why here parents are crazy.

The story starts out slowly, focusing more on Kelsee's normal life, her school, her mom, the trips to the shrink. It is through that that we start to get a clue about her. Her panic attacks are more than just that. When she meets Quinn she starts to realize she's different.

Once she realizes what she can do, she uses it to fix things, however that's when things start to backfire.  Kelsee needs to learn that you can't mess with the time line.

I really liked Kelsee and Quinn, from the get go, I knew they would be a better couple than Kelsee and Patrick. The popular hot guy is never quite as good as you think he's going to be.

The best part of the story is the dialogue. I loved Kelsee's witty, sarcastic/snarky dialogue. She just really comes across as a typical teenager. Her thoughts and words were laugh out loud funny most of the time. She's got good reason to be sarcastic too. Her mom is too clingy, her dad has a new girlfriend, her best friend isn't acting the way a best friend should...and there is the time manipulation thing...oh and a play that is make it or break it for her school's creative writing program

It is no wonder this girl is stressed, and when she gets stressed time does funny things. As the story goes one, when Kelsee tries to fix things...she breaks them even more.

Keira Lea really pulls everything together in the end too. It is hard to explain all the things going on in Kelsee's life without giving away the plot, and really, this is a great book, so I don't want to spoil it. Just grab this book and a nice comfy chair and read away! This book is fab and fun! The perfect summer read!

Rating: 5 flowers


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