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Connection, by Emily Ann Ward

Emily Rachelle Reviews


Anna and Aaron have read each other’s minds – literally – since they met as kids. Eight years later, their touch sets off massive electric currents and a mysterious agency claims there are others like them.

I’m just going to jump right in with this one, since I can’t come up with an introduction.

The characters in this book were realistic and varied. Some of them were more irritable, while others were definitely lovable. I enjoyed the spectrum of people shown, especially the siblings that you could tell were related but were still very distinct, different people.

The plot was okay. I love the premise of mind-reading kids who find out they’re not alone at the same time they start having weird powers with any contact. I don’t love how I felt like it took nearly half the book for the story to go anywhere.

The first half of the book was Anna and Aaron healing their estranged relationship from a year-past fallout, while hanging out with friends/love interests and discovering their new power. The second half was them learning they’re not alone, practicing their powers, and cool stuff like that. I felt like the two halves shouldn’t have been distinct – the scenes should have corresponded more, with the appearance of other Pairs being sooner in the book. Since this is the first book in a trilogy, the pacing of this book’s plot might make more sense in the trilogy as a whole. As its own book, it felt imbalanced.

The writing was good enough to keep me reading despite the first half’s slow pace. I felt like the book was lacking something up until the other Pairs showed up, but the writing still drew me in enough to get me to that point. However, there’s a lot of strong language and innuendo/inappropriate content I certainly didn’t appreciate.

In all, I give this book 3.5 stars. I’m not sure if I’ll get the other two books when they come out; it will probably depend on the price.

I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Member Giveaways program. No promise of a review was given. All thoughts expressed are entirely my own. ~Emily Rachelle

Find me every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at my blog, Emily Rachelle Writes, where I discuss books, family, media, faith, and life as an atypical American girl.

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