First Visions by Heather Topham Wood
Release Date: April 27, 2012
Format: Paperback, 230 pages
Series: Second Sight
Source: Author for blog tour
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Description from Goodreads:
Two years ago, 21-year-old Kate Edwards became deathly ill and slipped into a coma. While unconscious, she crept into the mind of a missing boy and awoke with the knowledge of his location. Friends and family were skeptical and wary of her new ability to see into the minds of others. Their fears prompted Kate to keep her psychic powers a secret. Feeling alienated, she dropped out of college and spent most of her days holed up at her mother’s home.
Now another child has been abducted. Police detective Jared Corbett seeks out Kate for her help in solving the case. Reluctantly, Kate agrees and they must work together to bring 8-year-old Cori Preston home to her family. Although attracted to one another, Jared has a girlfriend with ties to the abduction case and Kate is sarcastic and guarded since her coma. With visions she can’t control and an uncontrollable attraction to the detective, she wonders if she can leave the past behind and finally stop hiding from the world. Otherwise, Cori may be lost forever.
Oh, this book. This book was completely refreshing. It's different from other books I've been throwing myself into lately. The characters are their own, the story is interesting but not the same, and the writing made me smile. Sitting down to read this book made me happy! And I swear, the time spent reading this book flew by. I pretty much read this book in oe sitting, y'all.
Kate: Kate is magnificent. She is snarky and independent. But most importantly, she's funny. I love her attitude! Seriously, she has an attitude problem and it amuses me to no end. She's not obnoxious, but she's not prim and proper either. She's just...KATE. A character now added to the short list of female MCs that I actually like. So yay!
Jared: He is nice, sweet, and caring. But I have to admit, his "morals" made him somewhat boring at times. Not always, but sometimes. And I did not like Nikki. At all. So moments with her were no fun. But other than that, I like him! I can't wait until we get to know him even better. He's the sweetheart type, that's for sure.
Plot. This story is written in third person, shifting between Jared and Kate. There was neither I liked better, which is awesome because I'm usually partial to the guy's POV. But Heather wrote this story very well, and I was fine either way. She did a great job of setting the story up and letting it evolve at a steady pace, until the big BOOM happened. I completely enjoyed reading this story!
Romantic encounters. Jared and Kate are a couple that I kept waiting and waiting to get together. As I've said, I did NOT like Nikki at all, so it felt like FOREVER while I waited for Jared and Kate to become an actual thing. But working up to it was so cute! They fed ducks, guys. FEEDING DUCKS RULES. So yeah. This couple? Awesome.
The ending. Me likey. I honestly cannot wait to get the next book. This one ended right at a point that I'm excited to see book 2 take off from. I can't wait to see Jared and Kate grow as characters and as a couple, and also for them to get a better handle on Kate's ability, hopefully.
Overall, First Visions is a great story that is written very well and doesn't always follow the path that we expect stories like this to stick to. And that is a wonderful, wonderful thing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and can't wait to get my hands on the next!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Topham Wood’s obsession with novels began in childhood while growing up in a shore town in New Jersey. Writing since her teens, she recently returned to penning novels after a successful career as a freelance writer. In 2012, she published the first two novels in her Second Sight series: First Visions and New Revelations.
Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as USA Today, Livestrong.com, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, Heather is a pop culture fanatic and has an obsession with supernatural novels and TV shows.
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