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Posted July 6, 2014
I was given a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.
"Doppelganger" has been on my wish list ever since I first saw it on Goodreads a year ago. The idea sounded promising and as soon as I saw it posted on NetGalley, I requested it.
I cannot even fathom what it would be like to run into myself. But it seemed like the reactions by the characters in this story were pretty accurate. I could imagine myself freaking out just as Citrus did. I could imagine the completely RANDOM thoughts that were going through her mind, as being pretty close to what I'd be thinking. It made me feel like the characters were real. There are a lot of teen/young adult books out, and it seems like the characters are just cut from a mold. They are all beautiful, amazing, popular (or best friend to the populars) and flawless. This story seemed to really run the gambit of normal teens. And they didn't always have the answers. It was amazing in that aspect.
Another plus that I don't see too often in recent books, I was actually surprised by "the twist." I absolutely didn't see it coming! And it wasn't a twist that comes at you out of the blue or is so unbelievable that it doesn't belong in the story. (And yes, I do realize that it's a sci-fi book in which the unbelievable happens...) It was just the right amount of twist for the story.
Of course, the book was not flawless. I don't know how many reviews I have written with this same complaint. End the story line when you end the book! It's ok to write a series, and it's ok to have cliff-hangers, just don't stop a book mid-scene. Doppelganger is kind of in the gray area for me with this. It does stop mid-adventure, but it's not like a lot of other books that are out right now, that just stop mid thought. At least this one ended at a good point in their adventure. It's almost like ending a Shakespearean play after an act, and you have to go buy another play to find out what happens. But I guess this is better than ending the play at the end of a scene!
Other than me not liking how the ending was done for this book, I will be keeping my eyes out for the rest of the series. I'm very interested to see what happens to Citrus and the gang. Doppelgangers gets a solid 4 stars from me!
Posted February 14, 2013
Posted September 19, 2012
This is a great book for those who love and remembered the Animorphs.
Overall: This book reminds me so much of the Animorph series I loved as a child. Both have “aliens” (I say aliens but I’m not quite sure what these things are) impersonating high school kids and family members so well that no one can tell the difference. I’m assuming that the plan is to take over the world – like Pinky and the Brain. The doppelgangers hit one small snag in their brilliant plan, a girl with a very odd name, Citrus. She’s practically a loser in her high school and I thought it was hilarious that it takes something as strange as aliens for the popular boy to finally notice her.
This is a book that doesn’t fit into any one genre. I think it has the potential to attract fans of many genres. The narrative is aimed for the lower end of YA and innocent enough for MG students to read, but probably too innocent for adult romance fans to enjoy. Overall, I wish more things were resolved and explained in this book, but it is an interesting series and I’m hoping future books do explain.
Characters: I thought at times that the cast was too large. I’m not quite sure what the point was of involving adults like Citrus’s mother into the equation. Very little of the plot changed by involving this other group of characters and there was less room for development of the important characters. I’m not huge on romances, but I enjoyed the chemistry between Citrus and Aeden. Citrus was fairly immature and self-centered as a character (although I found myself laughing at her quite a bit), but Aeden was an all-around cool guy. I didn’t quite get why Citrus was so determined to hunt down the “real” Melissa when the two girls were never friends. Personally, I would have left the chick to the crazy aliens…but maybe that’s just me. I think Melissa was my favorite character of the bunch. She had such an in-your-face personality and was constantly at odds with Citrus, which made life even more difficult for Citrus.
Plot: Citrus overslept. Citrus finds out she has a doppelganger. Citrus doesn’t know what to do next. For much of the story, Citrus is reacting to the problem. She isn’t being proactive about any decision made. I do like the twist revealed about halfway through the book. Looking back there were so many clues leading up to it and I missed every single one. Well played.
Ending: The action really gets intense about 80 or 90% into the book – and it ends on a cliffhanger. I would be more pissed off it I didn’t know that a sequel is already in the works. I have high expectations for book two. As I said before, this story really reminds me of Animorphs and it took K.A. Applegate about a few dozen books to make any progress in her plot – so I can handle one or two more with this one. I do think that Citrus grew emotionally from the first page to the last. She seemed less focused on her own problems and more on the wide-scale problem of these doppelgangers taking over.
*I received a copy from a blog tour in exchange for my honest review.
Posted September 9, 2012
Ms. Harris pens "Doppelgangers" a total page turner that keeps you reading right from the beginning. I loved the way the book had all elements of humor, adventure, suspense and mystery and had a really hard time putting it down. Beware the ending is a real cliff hanger that you wish wouldn't end. Highly recommended for all paranormal fans!
This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Posted September 8, 2012
'Doppelganger' is a fun and interesting young adult paranormal novel that follows Citrus Leahy in her once ordinary teenage life - only to one day discover that she has a doppelganger. As if being a teen in high school wasn't bad enough, now Citrus has to deal with the weirdness that has invaded her life.
I think the concept behind this novel was a really interesting one that is new to the genre, which makes it refreshing and unique. The tone was pretty light-hearted and fun, which made this an easy read for me. The characters were pretty stereotypical without any real depth or originality to them, but it didn't bother me much due to the overall feel of the book. The writing was well done, although parts of the narrative did seem a bit cliched at times, and the flow of the story felt natural and easy. Overall, this was a fun book that dealt with a great new topic for young adult paranormal fiction - one that I would like to see more of in the future.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted September 3, 2012
This is my first run-in with Sci-Fi. At least I think this is considered Sci-Fi. To be honest I'm still not sure if we are dealing with a paranormal aspect or a sci-fi one. Still this book has intrigue that will keep you turning the pages until the very end.
Citris, and a bunch of kids at her school are being taken over by doppelgangers. For some reason Citrus and Aedan are the only two "real" people that the doppelgangers haven't kidnapped yet. The problem is, that leaves them to figure out what's going on and how to save the others, as well as not get themselves caught in the process. But it's not all bad since Citrus has a huge crush on Aedan and it looks like they are going to be spending some time together. Nothing like a life or death situation to bring people together. Now if only they can live long enough maybe Citrus will get lucky and Aedan might actually kiss her?
Like I said I am not exactly sure if we are dealing with a paranormal element or a sci-fi. I was intrigued the whole time just trying to figure that out. I am sad to say that the ending was a little abrupt, and I still don't know exactly what these "doppelgangers" are. Still there is a fair amount of action mixed with humor that kept me reading. I also think that this could have been a little better if it was just formatted differently. For example, if the author used italics in places it would have flowed better.
Overall I liked Citrus and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Posted April 29, 2014
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