Review – When

By: Victoria Laurie
Release Date: January 13th, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

I am pretty sure I’ve had this book on my radar since the first day I saw it in Barnes & Noble in 2015. Still I didn’t buy it and I never read it until last year.

The premise is intriguing but I have to admit that there was always another book that caught my eye over this one. This book goes head to head with the human desire to know the future.

Maddie Flynn, a shy junior in high school, can see everyone’s death date hovering above their heads. Her mother, an alcoholic, forces Maddie to use the gift to get money but when Maddie provides a death date for a client’s young son the mother is upset. However, upset doesn’t cover it when, on the date, the client’s son goes missing.

Soon law enforcement is breathing down Maddie’s neck and she finds herself a suspect in his disappearance as well as the target of a murderer.

Yeah, if high school isn’t difficult enough.

Overall I enjoyed this book and was glad I decided to finally read it. I have to say the officers handling the case, and thus harassing Maddie, drove me up a wall. Again, as with most YA novels where teens are involved in dangerous things I want to scream about where the hell a responsible adult is and then to see adults harassing a teenager, well I was angry.

In the end, the characters were well done, the plot kept me reading and I finished this book quickly.

A fun side note if you look on the author’s website she herself is listed as a psychic. I wonder how much of this story was autobiographical in nature, if you believe in psychics that is. On that topic, for me, the jury is still out.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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