Author: Gina Linko
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Random House (October 23, 2012)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!
All Emery Land wants is to be like any other 17-year-old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they’re much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to a mysterious town. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. They’re extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes. It appears that she’s tapping into parts of the brain typically left untouched by normal human beings.
Escaping from the hospital, Emery travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops on the upper peninsula of Michigan, where she meets Asher Clarke. Ash’s life is governed by his single-minded pursuit of performing good Samaritan acts to atone for the death of a loved one. His journey is very much entwined with Emery’s loops.
Drawn together they must unravel their complicated connection before it’s too late.
I was a little worried going into this one. When I had first glimpsed it on Goodreads there weren't very many review but by the time I got around to reading it there were more reviews posted and some of them were less than good.
I don't like to come into a book thinking I will love it and then be disappointed and the opposite can be said too. I don't want to go into a book thinking it will be terrible so that I never give it the chance that it deserves. So, I started this one with an open mind and tried to not read the reviews that were being posted while I read it.
And while I did have some issues with this story and the characters, overall I did enjoy it.
What can I say about Emery? I felt bad for her. The way her father and the other doctors treated her, but especially for the way her father stopped seeing her as a person and a test subject instead. I couldn't imagine how awful that must have been for her. How much that must have hurt.
And Ash. Hmm, Ash. Is it wrong that part of me thought he was just a little bit creepy? Hanging out at the cabin and sleeping outside while Emery was inside in the middle of winter. I don't know, that just didn't sit right with me. Yet at the same time, I wanted to tell Emery to invite him in, I mean there was snow on the ground for goodness sakes, it was freezing outside!
See? Doesn’t' make sense. He was creepy yet I still liked him in a strange way. Felt sorry for him. He seemed so lost and sad.
Of course, then we get to know him more and that changes how I feel about him. I didn't see him as creepy anymore but for what he really was. Why he was really there. His past. His secrets.
The ending of this book was......different. Not at all what I was expecting. I am still not sure what to think of it to be honest. I have been sitting here trying to decide if I liked it or not and I still don't know. Maybe I am in shock a little bit? I don't know.
Either way, this was a good read and (obviously) there were twists I didn't see coming. Overall, I think I would give this one 3.5 Stars.