Oddily

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There are three things the shy,
awkward Oddily knows for sure.
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ODDILY (Oddily Series #1)

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Overview

There are three things the shy,
awkward Oddily knows for sure.
She would rather be anyone other than herself...
She wants to fit in at school...
And strange things are happening to her.

For Oddily,
she tries to keep an open mind...
But what she discovers is too unbelievable to think about...
Too magical to consider,
And to dangerous to ignore.

ODDILY BECOMES TRAPPED
in an adventure like no other.

EXCERPT:
The surprise attack came right after lunch. Oddily was waiting for the huge crush of kids to leave the cafeteria when she spotted Kip at the side door, chomping on a toothpick.

"Come here," he waggled his finger at her.

"Me?" Oddily pointed to herself.

Kip nodded, but when Oddily remained in her seat, he marched over to her table and snatched her backpack from off of her shoulder.

"Give it back!" Oddily chased after him through the rear door and around the corner. She found Kip standing in front of the trash bin, and his hands were empty.

"Where's my backpack?" Oddily glared at him.

Kip nodded at the dumpster as his smile took on the likeness of a sneer.

"Will you please give it back to me?"

"Yeah, right!" he started to bark, but calmed himself. "Get it yourself."

Before Oddily could think, Kip grabbed hold of her waist and threw her, head first into discarded trash; soggy, smelly food, and paper waste.

"Ewww!" Oddily shrieked. While listening to Kip's horsy chuckle, the strangest thing happened. All of a sudden he sounded startled and unnerved.

"Hey man, back off!" Kip's agitated voice and heavy footsteps began to fade until her surroundings became eerily quiet.
Oddily grabbed her backpack from the trash and was about to climb out of the dumpster when she overheard someone say, "Hello?"

She froze for a long moment and waited, holding her breath. The magical sound of the voice wasn't familiar to her, except maybe in her dreams.

"Do you need some help?" She overheard the comforting tone again.

Oddily slowly raised her head above the edge of the garbage bin and looked into the most exquisite face she had ever seen. Vibrant sky blue eyes stared at her while the boy's mouth remained unresponsive to any smile. Inch by inch, Oddily lowered herself back down into the trash.

The stranger's brooding eyes grew wide with surprise. "Does this mean you want to be left alone?" he tried not to express amusement, but he couldn't fully contain himself. A strangled laugh caught in his throat.

Oddily raised her head again, enough to peek over the rim and couldn't help but stare at his now parted lips. She got a glimpse of his perfect, white teeth while he smirked at her. Oddily's gaze moved up to the hood of his sweatshirt, catching a hint of blonde hair, and then back to his pale blue eyes.

He reached over and removed a piece of lettuce from her hair, and the befuddled redhead gave him a goofy grin in return. He took note of how her smile began far down in her eyes and flowed outward to her face as if a shadow coming into sunshine. She was enchanting.

"Will you please help me out of here?"

Oddily stood up and stretched out her arms to him. Her innocent, trusting gesture caught him off guard, and he staggered a little while helping her from the dumpster. The closeness of her body sent a wave of sensation through him like none he had ever experienced. There was an unfamiliar physical connection with her he couldn't define, nor wanted to accept.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460985960
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/25/2011
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Pohring lives in Southern California with her hubby, and two cats, Princess Popeye and Pee Wee.

She is currently working on her next book of the Oddily Series titled: MAXIM -A New Kind of Human

For more information go to:
lindapohring.weebly.com

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    This was a very good book. It was the storyline that got me the

    This was a very good book. It was the storyline that got me the whole time, it was very unexpected with a very unexepcted paranormal side to the novel that we didn't see coming.

    What did annoy me was Oddily. The way that she was so easy to give away her trust, especially to those who had made her life a living hell for most of her life since living with the family. She just let them all walk straight over her, that she didn't realise the extent of her believing them and doing everything they say just made her life worse. Her constant thoughts on how they could change their attitude towards her and actually become her friend because they're trying to make her belive that so they can make it more torturing for her in the end. She is too innocent and doesn't realise the extent of their tormenting that makes her very gullible and a heroine which we don't want to really get to know because we are too caught up in wanting to shake her that much so that she realises that they don't want to be her friend, they don't want to know her, and no matter what they say to not believe them. We do feel sorry for Oddily, but in many ways her constant trust of everyone just puts her tormenting on herself. That thing we see many times in the book called a conscience is what we want her to believe, not ignore and act like she can't change it or has no control over what she does. She does have control over herself.

    I really do want to slap this girl half the time, especially when she is in her own little world. She is such a child! you would think that her constant moving around home to home and being a foster child wouldn't make you like this. You would think that she would have trust issues and not give it out freely to everyone! You would not act like a child and be so utterly rediculous.

    When we meet Maxim and his sister, we want to know the truth about them. Who they really are and the secrets they are keeping. When we are in Maxim's perspective we see things differently on their side of the fence. We see his evergrowing love for Oddily and all that he wants to do for her. When we learn one of the biggest secrets that involves both Oddily and Maxim's family we see the what really happens and that this is some sort of fate in their world from what happened. It leaves us on a cliffhanger for what is to come in the next novel and if there will be a meeting. The excerpt at the end of Oddily of the next novel then leaves us with an even bigger cliffhanger because we know who is there, yet we don't know what will happen when he realises what they have done to the little world they have created. Especially who he brings back to the house.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    amateur writing

    Rich, beautiful boy with extraordinary abilities and pretty, but low self-esteem girl…really(?) Bad writing “I have an idea, let’s write a book” does not work. An author must be talented. Read Dan Brown, Dumas, Sheldon…twilight saga

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!

    This book is great! I agree with the perivous review it was refreshing something different then vampires and wolfs'. I could not put this book down until i finish it. I can't wait for book 2.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

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    Refreshing

    This book was refreshing and light. It has a time traveling twist and an innocent first love. This book was compelling and thoughtful. I look forward to reading the second in the series!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2011

    Highly Recommended-you must check it out

    The book, Oddily is wonderfully written, has well defined characters, and is completely unpredictable. Move over Edward and Bella...a new love story is in town!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Gross

    This book had a good plot but the way she acted made the book for me awfull i could not stand the way she acted

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

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    Tear Jerker

    While reading this I at times felt so sorry for Oddily. Even her name was so out of place. She did not have a chance with all of the Jerks she went to school with. Hurray for her other worldy rescuers. Good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Oddly Awesome!!

    From the very beginning this Cinderella story will grab at your heart strings from all the torture she is put through by her peers and past/current foster family. Her innocence at times is "smack your head" embarrassing but if you keep reading you will be brought into a fantasy world all it's own! This has been a great read and I look forward to reading what happens next!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Onlyhandofdoom

    Not bad at all , worth the money

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Uhh

    The book was great...until it stopped moving on pg 107. Almost to the end, and it stopped. All my other books work. It wasnt fair because this is a great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    Awesome story. I loved this book, it was very easy to fall in

    Awesome story. I loved this book, it was very easy to fall in love with the characters. Different from most of the books I have read recently, it was a breath of fresh air.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Great book

    Great book. Only, bad thing was how innocent and paranoided Oddily was. But, other than that great book. P.S I hate paul

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Unpolished talent

    I want very much to like this book and the characters within it but I kept falling short of it. The storyline, while having some very interesting undercurrents regarding timetravel and parallel universes, was slow moving and at times redundent. I specifically refer to the sequenses where Oddily finds herself within a virtual reality game and she becomes confused about reality and fiction. These portions were ammusing and entertaining but ultimatly had nothing to do with overall plot or helped in moving the main story along, in fact it seemed to stall the story for several chapters. The characters were also hard to swallow. Oddily was endering and she had flashes of humor and a quick wit but the development of her as a person I wanted to care about came way to slowly which caused me to feel more annoyance than anything else. The other characters were either so 1 dimensional that they seemed like cardboard cutouts or they were given to much background without any type of filter leaving me confused. However, I was enchanted by the glimpses of humor and real human drama that was thread throughout the book. I think that Mrs Pohring has a real talent and I hope she continues to develop and hone it. I look forward to reading more from her and seeing her skills build and become more defined. Overall, a pleasent read and an interesting cliffhanger ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

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    YA Paranormal Recommended

    Talk about feeling like the redheaded step-child, this is literally how Oddily feels. For example the poor kid has an Odd name, and not to make matters worse, she has been adopted into a snotty rich family to make themselves look good for election purposes.

    Oddily does not know love. She does not know kindness, she knows no respect. Starla - her nemesis/adoptive-sibling treats her like she is the scum of the earth. Makes fun of her at school and looks for ways to make her existence miserable every day.

    Kip, one of Starla's minions is always tormenting Oddily as well. That is until they have Oddily sneak into an estate to take pictures. Once she does, she finds some unlikly friends.

    Maxim and Nexa, a set of twins that hide from the world, live in the Manor and encounter Oddily. Maxim becomes strangely infatuated with her and makes it his duty to protect her from everyone, even herself. Watch as Oddily's new life unfolds before your eyes and see her evolve with love.

    YA Paranormal Recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Great story!

    This is a really sweet story, you hope that everything works out for Oddily, but when it doesn't 1) its not a surprise 2) you want to swoop in and save her, or want someone else to (thank god for Maxim) and 3) wish she would wise up and stand up for herself. I am anxiously awaiting Maxim, however my stupid e-reader broke and now I cant read the new book until I get it back!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    This book was very good....and i liked seeing her happy and not so tormented by others.....a great,quick read :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

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    Oddily has been from foster home to foster until she ends up wit

    Oddily has been from foster home to foster until she ends up with one family that actually keeps her. The only bad thing is that they have a daughter, Starla, who makes it her life’s mission to hurt Oddily. Oddily takes it all with silence. That is until Maxim shows up. He is strange, smart, and beautiful-everything Oddily know she can’t have. Or can she. Maybe he will be the one to get Oddily out of her shell. But nothing is that simple when Maxim is hiding a secret. Will he tell Oddily or will he walk away?

    It’s time for Oddily to take charge.

    I don’t know whether to give this book a 2.5 or a 3. I liked it well enough. I thought this book was going to be awesome because I’ve been dying to read it since I read an excerpt. I probably didn’t like it much because Oddily was always putting herself down and not standing up for herself. The writing itself was alright, but there was certain times when I thought about not finishing the book. The reason I did finish was because I wanted to know what happens. Also, everything didn’t feel believable to me. I mean a whole school is not going to be after one girl, am I right. And the deal with the sister and brother...well I feel like the author just put that in there to give the book some flare.

    Overall, I liked it, but it was severely lacking in certain areas. I would recommend that you check this out at the library before you buy it.

    Oddily- I don’t know whether to feel sorry for her or to berate her. During the entire book, she let’s people run over her. She is always telling herself she is ugly because that’s what she's always been told. Frankly, I just got tired of it all. She was just so gullible and leaning towards stupid. I mean really. All these people hurt her and yet she trusts them and always falls for there tricks. SIGH

    Starla- She made me sick to my core. THAT IS ALL.

    Maxim- He was too good to be true. Yes, he is a nice guy and there is nothing wrong with him, but that’s the problem. He was flawless. At least give me a crocked tooth or something. The only thing I can probably tell you about him is that he obsessed with protecting Oddily.

    Nexa- She was by far my favorite character in the book and we hardly get to see her. She was the only one with sense and she was pretty bad A**. LOL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Ausom Great book

    Loved the book

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    I liked this book I thought its something different besides the

    I liked this book I thought its something different besides the usually vamps and werewolfs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Great book!

    This was a great book but it would have been nice if she had at least one friend at the beginning of the book. Also she should hsave been less trusting and more independant when dealing with the other kids at school. Other than that it was a great read and i didn't regret reading it. P.S. Did anyone else notice that her locker combo in the beginning of the book(p.3 on nook) was different than the combo at the end of the book(p.130 on nook)

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