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After a heart-pounding race to escape her pursuers, Sam ends up in a small Texas town, where she meets a guy who's eerily familiar. She's instantly attracted to him but has no idea why, other than the fact that he's tall, blond, all muscle, and a bit of bad boy. But Sam loves her boyfriend back home, so why can't she resist the guy she just met? And why can't he resist her? What Sam doesn't realize is that she's only just begun to uncover the shocking truth about herself.
Posted May 28, 2013
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A contemporary YA science fiction novel that drew me in quickly and ended with me satisfied and ready for the second book in the series. For those of you who have ever watched the Kyle XY series and enjoyed it, you will find yourself also fixated on this story. Genetics, romance, betrayal, loss and adventure are blended in perfectly and never fell flat.
This story starts off with a teen girl, working at the local coffee shop, straight A student, loving life as it is, family focused, football quarterback for a boyfriend who is as perfect as can be, cookie cutter life, early graduation, etc. Quickly things change. I found myself crying along with Sam, hurting along with her, wishing I could wrap my arms around her and make her pain go away. There’s not many stories that wraps me up so emotionally with a character but the author did it seamlessly and without bringing on resentment from me, the reader, for doing such a thing.
This one is a hard one to review. Not because of the writing, which is simple but in a smart way, but because as soon as things start changing I would be giving away spoiler after spoiler.
As I stated, the story drew me in and I really don’t have anything bad to say about it except certain areas just seemed to move to quickly and the bad guys needed a bit more development to them. Other than that, this story soars. Yes, there is a lot of science talk, a lot of genetics mumbo jumbo, but the author doesn’t treat you like a genetics flunky, you actually follow along with what is being said and understand what is going on.
I recommend this to any reader who enjoys a good contemporary science fiction story minus the aliens and sex. That’s right, no sex here and there’s no place for it. Another thank you to the author for not feeling they needed to add unnecessary fluff to a story that is extremely intelligent and all around interesting.
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Posted August 12, 2013
My mom and I both have a nook and we share books. She told me to read this. At first I wasnt sure if I liked it. At the beging its very slow all though its writtin very well. If you can get through the begining this book the rest is filled with action, love and cliff hangers. I really enjoyed reading it and am currently reading the second one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 15, 2013
I received a free copy of the book for an honest review.
So last night when I finished this I immediately wanted to give it four stars, but this morning when I tried to write this review, I kept remembering the beginning of the book and I couldn't rationalize four stars. The last half of this book was amazing, action-packed, and honestly deserved five stars, but the first half was slow, repetitive, and contained information that was not needed to further the plot. If you can get through the first half of the book, then it is definitely worth reading because of its unique plot. Also I loved the chemistry between Erik and Sam later on in the story.
I'm definitely going to get a copy of the next book in the series because we were left with quite a cliff hanger. I also can't wait to find out what happens between Colin, Sam, and Erik. I dearly hope the author doesn't make this into one of those impossible love triangles. I would recommend this book, but warn future readers that the end is worth the wait in the beginning.
Posted May 18, 2013
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I received it as an ebook.
I had such high hopes for this book, it just sounded interesting for the description and the cover looks intriguing. The problem is that the first half of the book is sooooooooo boring. It goes on about Samantha's oh so perfect everything in her life, in which for me is not how at her age life would normally be, so that was too far fetched. It did not seem to me to make the book interesting to hear how perfect everything for her is, I feel it discredits the writing and the rest of the book.
Then her parents die and the rest of the boring first half is about her basically being sad about that and I just felt it kept dragging on and normally if I was not reading this book for an honest review, I would have stopped reading it a lot earlier.
The second half is so much better as she goes to the cabin and gets kidnapped. At this point the book gets really good. If the first half was better thought out and had some excitement to it as the second half did, I would have given it 4 stars, maybe five. I just can not tolerate or have the patience to sit there through half of this book being bored, but I agreed to read the entire book, so I did.
There maybe people out there who do not mind a book that is slow then picks up after a while. I just feel that even through the first half, the main character, Samantha, was the character that I did not like in the book. I like all the others much better, I think because they were developed more in the writing. The character Samantha was not developed that much into who she really was, except for perfect everything. If a book does not develop the main character in the book, and then does develop everyone else, it just does not seem that thought out by the author very well.
Posted April 11, 2013
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Finding a young adult science fiction novel that’s fresh and interesting is not always such an easy thing to do but Stephanie Karpinske is on the right path with The Samantha Project, albeit with a few flaws. On the mildly negative side, I found Sam and her parents to be Pollyanna-ish and Sam is that goody two-shoes everybody sneers at in high school. There were moments when the three of them made me roll my eyes but, when you get right down to it, I suppose you could say their sappy behavior highlights the contrast with the changes that will begin to happen in Sam’s life and to Sam herself. The other characters that got on my nerves were the bad guys who were rather shallow and sterotypical bad guys, almost a parody of Men in Black. They are menacing but not nearly as threatening as they could be.
The other problem I had was with the REALLY slow pacing of the story in the first half of the book. The author takes much too long with the set-up and I might have given up if I hadn’t found the plot described in the synopsis intriguing and then the momentum starts to pick up. I also began to really like Samantha after a life-altering event when she begins to seem far more like a normal teen although with certain enhancements, so to speak. The girl is forced into a fast maturity but she doesn’t shy away from what must be done and her innate intelligence and fortitude comes to the fore at last.
Except for Samantha’s parents and the bad guys, I did enjoy the other characters, especially Dave and Jack, and in a rare instance of a romantic triangle being interesting (to me), I like that the reader can’t be sure from one moment to the next whether there really IS a romantic triangle. That uncertainty is heightened by the fact that both Colin and Erik are very appealing, although in distinctly different ways. The one evil-doer that stands out in the crowd, Alden Worthings, makes up for the meh-ness of his henchmen and I couldn’t help being engaged when he was on the page. Perhaps the most interesting character of all, however, is Brittany, a girl whose life is completely uprooted through no fault of her own; she personifies the unfairness of life.
So, the moral of *my* story here is, don’t let the slowness of the first half of The Samantha Project keep you from reading on. You’ll be surprised—and happy—to see the stakes get higher and the action take off, leading to a kick-butt Chapter 36. It’s a good thing we don’t have to wait for the next book because The Golden Couple is already out and the third book, A Chosen Destiny, should be released soon.
Posted March 31, 2014
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