Author: Patricia Vanasse
Publisher: Pants on Fire Press
Publication Date: September 2, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Livia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it’s maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplainable ability has manifested, and her life isn’t about to get any easier.
Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he’s the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia’s accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he’s not alone.
Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can’t read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart.
Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal.
My Review...I really enjoyed this book. I read it right after spending a week reading a long book with very thought provoking material. This was the perfect read to kind of cleanse my palate That's not to say that it was a fluff read with no substance. This wasn't a completely original premise, in fact, I have read a handful of YA books with this theme just this year. This take on the "super" abilities makes for a very interesting story. I just hope we don't have to wait too long for the 2nd book in the series!
This story is told from alternating 1st person POV's from Livia and Adam. I actually quite like reading a story that's told like this. It's a nice change to be inside the minds of both main characters without it being an omniscient POV.
Livia is a teenager whose life is being uprooted. She is getting ready to start her senior year of high school when her parents decide to move from New York City to the Pacific Northwest. Both her parents are doctors and she has twin brothers who are only 6. She has always known that she was adopted and when she was younger she realized that she had the ability to read the emotions of the people around her. She doesn't know anyone else who is like her and to make matters more complicated, as she gets older she starts to develop even more abilities. She keeps these new discoveries from her parents, but she does confide in her uncle. Once she moves to Whidbey Island and meets her new neighbor Adam things start to get even more complicated, especially when he seems to be the only one whose emotions she can't read (sounds a little familiar doesn't it?).
I loved Adam! He is Livia's age, he's her closest neighbor, his dad is an old friend of Livia's dad. He trained the horses the Livia's dad bought. He's just an all around good guy. He is more similar to Livia than she knows. He doesn't read emotion but he can control anger (remind you of anyone, maybe Jasper Hale?). The difference is that the only one he confided in was his best friend, even his parents don't know about his abilities.
Things have already been stirred up for Adam, but Livia's appearance brings even more trouble for the both of them. They each learn things about each other, themselves and their families that will alter their lives and eventually take them on a journey far away from the people they love.
If you are a YA Paranormal fan then I suggest picking up a copy of this book. Like I said, it's not completely original. There are things that reminded me of books like Twilight and The Luxe Series, but overall it's a great story. The characters are very likable and there was no lull in the story. At times the writing is very simple, but I was so immersed in the story that I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next installment.
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