Shock Me

Shock Me

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by Ashley C. Harris

A promising gymnast, Donna Young is a shy, quiet nobody from the wrong side of town. The only exciting thing in life is her secret friendship with Ryan, her childhood crush. But after the accident—one that should have killed her—she discovers she has impossible powers! Why now, at sixteen, can she transform into something shocking and inhuman? Donna

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A promising gymnast, Donna Young is a shy, quiet nobody from the wrong side of town. The only exciting thing in life is her secret friendship with Ryan, her childhood crush. But after the accident—one that should have killed her—she discovers she has impossible powers! Why now, at sixteen, can she transform into something shocking and inhuman? Donna doesn’t know how to use her new abilities or who she can trust, but unveiling this mystery might lead to conclusions about Ryan that are deadly.

Rich kid, Ryan Applegate is the most popular guy in town. He has a face that should be on a poster in every girl’s bedroom and dates the hottest chick in school. But ever since the big explosion at the town’s power plant, Ryan has been keeping secrets of his own, that if revealed could force him to choose between his family and the girl he's forbidden to love.

As their electrifying puzzle unfolds, so unfolds a town where friends become enemies, and enemies become unrecognizable and intertwined. Tortured heroes just might be the bad guys, and Donna discovers that her and Ryan’s secrets are powerful enough to destroy everyone... including themselves.

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Ashley C. Harris
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Shock Me , #1
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Shock Me 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, so, SO good!!! "Shock Me" by Ashley C. Harris is the first in series about a group of teens with super powers. This particular story revolves around seventeen year old Donna Young and begins with her freaking out and running home after someone told her that they would kill her if they saw her. The story is then flashes back two months and it takes almost the entire book to get back to what happened in the first few pages. I have to say I loved this story! It took me a little while to follow it as the POV is told in third person and switches between the multiple characters, even though the main focus of the plot is Donna. Our main character Donna Young is your average teenage girl. She just wants to make it through high school then she can essentially escape her small town and never go back. However, after a near brush with death, something strange happens and it happens in front of her two best friends, Rebecca and Spencer. Rebecca is a straight-laced, all A's student, never gets in trouble and always does what she is supposed to do. Spencer is the nerd, the class-clown, who as a town transplant (meaning he didn't grow-up in the small town) is an outcast. I have to say that I was severely disappointed that Donna's two best friends ditched her because they were scared, did they not think Donna was? At first I really didn't like either of them for this, but they grew on me and redeemed themselves in the end. The antagonists/love interest in this story are intriguing. Ryan Applegate is the youngest son of the town's namesake and was Donna's closest friend growing up. Then one day he just started ignoring her. Donna assumed it was because she was heavy and not popular, however there is more to Ryan than meets the eye. When I read his first POV, I knew there was something different about him, his brother Randy, and his girlfriend Lynn. The three are always together and little comments they make towards each other let you know that there is something amiss. Even in the first chapter, Randy lights a cigarette without a lighter and when Ryan scolds him he simply says "I am a lighter. LITTLE brother, Chill." Then there's Paul. He is the penultimate nerd and a conspiracy theorist. Living in Applegate his whole life, he researches the town's power plant which before he was born exploded. Now he believes it's a cover for the government, but what do they want him for? He also happens to be head over heels for Rebecca who is oblivious. So impressive set of characters, and this is only the one's who we get a sampling of their POVs. What I liked is that these characters are intertwined and the author seamlessly moves from one POV to the next. It did take a little getting used to with such a big list of characters but I really enjoyed seeing things from everyone's perspective. Though I was able to predict with little accuracy what was going on in this small town, I was still shocked (no pun intended) at what all happened at its climax. I won't spoil it because it needs to be read to be fully appreciated! If you enjoy YA lit, suspense, action, a little sci-fi mixed with fantasy, then go pick up a copy of this book. As far as first in series go, it hooked me right away and I can't wait to see just where the author takes it from here. Not to mention the awesome semi-cliffhanger!!!! So please, oh please, hurry book two!! ***I received a copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I have to say I loved the stories idea. Of a girl having unexplainable things happen to her, and not at all in the good way. At least not yet... Donna is a loner, some would say a loser. She only has two friends in the entire world, and one old friend who is rich and popular, and used to be her BEST friend. Now, he acts as if she doesn't exist. Only having a secret friendship with her. Everything changes when she turns into something she, nor anyone else can explain. Now, I'm not sure who the other main character is, because there are a lot of different point of views. There is Ryan, who I kept waiting for something with him. And as for the brother. I almost liked his character a little more than Ryan's. There were dull moments in the book, but I still found it to be a fast and enjoyable read. Even though there were a few area in the book where I had to reread a couple of times, because they didn't seem to make much sense. As well as quite a few grammatical errors. I think if this was worked through, it could definitely have more potential. I would still read the next book, to see what happens and how their journey develops, like I said, interesting plot. This book was given to me for free for a honest review. Very interesting Ashley. ;) Thanks for the read.
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Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Lovers of young adult science fiction/fantasy novels should not miss Shock Me by Ashley C. Harris, the first installment in the series with the same name. Harris beautifully creates her own unique world where people with special abilities live amongst the rest of the population. While reading Shock Me, I couldn’t help but think of the TV show Heroes. High school student Donna Young is not part of the popular crowd and hopes winning the a spot on the state gymnastics team will allow her dreams to come true—to leave the town of East Applegate. But, when Donna survives an accident that should have killed her, it turns her world upside down and exposes her incredible special abilities. Unsure of whom to trust, Donna works hard to keep her abilities a secret while at the same time trying to figure out exactly which abilities she has and if she can control them. Completely captivated by Donna’s character, I couldn’t but fall in love with her because despite not knowing what she is turning into, she accepts that she is now different from everyone else. Ryan Applegate, the most popular student in school, harbors a secret crush on Donna. But, Ryan never acts upon his feeling because he has undisclosed information that would hurt Donna. Ryan is a difficult character to gauge because you are not sure if he is a good or a bad guy. Future installments of this series, I have no doubt, will answer the lingering questions about Ryan’s character. Although the reader can see the potential for a romance between Ryan and Donna as the chemistry between them sizzles, Shock Me is not that book. Harris does a brilliant job of adding depth and developing secondary characters, Randy, Rebecca, and Spencer, who will be integral to future stories in this series. Also, the author is masterful at developing her original plot with plenty of surprising twists that keeps the pages turning. Memorable characters and plot momentum will keep the reader fully engaged right up to the pulse-pounding, dramatic conclusion with a stunning ending that I didn’t see coming! Shock Me is a gripping beginning to a new series. I, for one, look forward to the future adventures of these characters. I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
foxreads11 More than 1 year ago
First thoughts: I didn't know what I was expecting, but I wasn’t expecting this! Wow, what can I say? This book grabs you at the beginning with the prologue. You are slightly confused and left wanting more.  The book is told in third person, which gives you an insight to everyone's thoughts. Normally, I don’t like it this way but it really works.  I think I would have been more opinionated and lost without it. I am not sure if I like Ryan or not. The ending is a cliffhanger. Gah! I need it now. Other than a few typos and grammer errors, it flowed well. You have got to check it out if you like nonstop action, xmen, the avengers, marvel comics in general, Susan Quinn's Mindjack Trilogy, The Hunger Games, geeks, hackers, if you hate bullies, good friends, forgiveness, lost families, kindness, small towns, good friends who are enemies, an intense story, a belief that everyone can be a hero. Story: We jump right into the story with only what we are given from the synopsis and the prologue to guide us to figure out what is going on. Normally that would bug me but she makes it easy to jump right into it and try to figure things out along with the characters. You have little to go by and it makes for an intriguing mystery.  This story is mostly about Donna. She lost her brother who ran away years ago. Her mother died. Her father has sacrificed everything to find his son. Donna has even spent time with no gas, where the water doesn't work and gets her clothes at goodwill. She has lost a lot of weight and has been the source of bullying about her weight. Even though she lost it, she is still bullied by the head cheerleader. Her clothes are too big for her now. She is a gymnast. Donna is humble and sweet. Her only friends are Spencer and Rebecca. Ryan used to be her best friend growing up until they weren't even talking to each other any more. Donna knows something is wrong with her after a car hits her but doesn’t because it goes right through her. She burns up and Spencer and Rebecca witness it and Donna pretty much passes out and Spencer takes her and carries her to the river because she is so hot. She is so hot that she burns Spencer in the process of him carrying her to the river. Spencer and Rebecca freak out about it for different reasons and kind of abandon Donna. Donna feels alone and afraid because she doesn’t know what is happening to her. Her father is too busy helping others who seem to have “lost” their child and finding her brother that Donna isn’t really able to talk to him about it. So, Donna has to figure out what is happening to her and how to control this thing that makes her translucent and glowing and absorbing and discharging electricity. Ryan's girlfriend is Lynn, the head cheerleader. Ryan does nothing when Lynn humiliates Donna. Ryan runs with Donna everyday but they never talk. On birthday's, they leave a note or a little gift for the other on a bench they run by, but don't run that day with the other. You can tell Ryan cares about her and buys her these running shoes that he saw her try on but couldn't afford. Donna figured it was him who left it at her doorstep. Donna doesn't even know how Ryan feels about her. That's why I am not sure either how I feel about him. He is the son of Mr. Applegate and obvious bad guy (Mr. Applegate that is). Rebecca is a very smart girl, literally. She starts to hang with Paul another very smart kid. In fact he is so smart that he uncovers something very powerful and knows he is in trouble from what he has uncovered. Spencer is in hiding with his attractive mother who gets hit on by Ryan’s older brother who has been held back twice in school. We learn more about Spencer through the book.  In the end: I don’t want to give much more away, but there are others in the small town who also have abilities and when things come to full light. Someone will make the ultimate sacrifice in aiding to uncover the evil that is lurking in this town. Everyone can become a hero. That is what I got out of it. Well a lot more but that was a really powerful message. It keeps you on the edge of your seat to see what will happen next. I can’t wait for the next book and look forward to more from this new author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, when is the second one coming out?