There are three things Kori knows for sure about her life:
One: Her army general dad is insanely overprotective.
Two: The guy he sent to watch her, Cade, is way too good-looking.
Three: Everything she knew was a lie.
Now there are three things Kori never knew about her life:
One: There’s a device that allows her to jump dimensions.
Two: Cade’s got a lethal secret.
Three: Someone wants her dead.
The Infinity Division series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Infinity
Book #2 Omega
Book #3 Alpha
About the Author
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.
Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.
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By Jas Accardo, Liz Pelletier
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"It's a miracle I haven't been caught yet ..."
Sure, I was technically talking to myself. And yes, in some circles that might fall strictly under the someone get Kori Anderson a white jacket with pretty silver buckles and rubber room, stat category. But this thing was freaking huge — and no one had a clue I was the culprit. I was pretty damn proud.
I'd heard chatter around town, and even at school. It was thrilling to hear them talk. An even mix of opinions ranging from pure vandalism to unequivocal talent. Some nights I wondered what they'd do to me if my identity were discovered. An award or scholarship to a prestigious art school? A slap on the wrist or a short stint in the pokey to teach me a lesson? No matter what, it would have all been worth it.
The spray can fizzled and spit until nothing but air came out. "Damn." I set it down, resisting the urge to send it flying across the grass. Along with my thick chestnut-colored hair and dark brown eyes, I'd inherited a good portion of Mom's hair-trigger temper. Running out of midnight blue was going to cost me time I didn't have.
I'd started the mural less than five hours after my mother died. Dad was on a mission at the time, but I was there. I'd been right beside her when she slipped away. Funny how even when you can see something like death coming from miles away, it always seems to take you by surprise. A sucker punch to the tender parts that shreds your insides good and proper.
I sat there for hours, shocked despite the inevitability of it all, with my cheek pressed against hers, until her skin had cooled and my entire body went numb. The memory was still so clear, her last words, Promise me that you'll live your life in vivid color, still haunted my every move. Sometimes at night, when I lingered at the halfway point — not awake, yet not really asleep — I'd find myself transported back two years, to that hospital room. The sound of the machines filling the painful silence. The sharp scent of disinfectant and medicine, along with her unnatural stillness. I would never forget the look of her skin missing that subtle vibrancy that came with life.
When I finally found the strength to leave her behind and walk from the building, it was almost midnight. There were men from the army base waiting to take me home. Dad's subordinates were all nice, but I'd wanted to be alone. Needed it. I gave them the slip and wandered around the city for an hour, finally ending up on the edge of Clifton Park. That's when I found it. The wall.
I ran my fingers over the uneven brick. When I pulled them away, there was the smallest trace of blue on the tips. I'd gotten the night sky done, and most of the stars. They'd been the hardest. Partially because eight feet of the wall was night sky, and also because of the subtle shape I'd arranged them in. The only things left were the silhouette of a woman, a few finishing touches, and the words. Love from here to infinity.
It's what had been etched into my parents' wedding bands. What I would insist be etched into mine, should I ever find a guy willing to put up with my array of irritating habits and low tolerance temper. It's what mom said to me each night before I drifted to sleep ... Real love, she always said, knew no bounds. It wasn't hindered by space or time. It couldn't be weakened by death. Real love started in your heart and went straight through to infinity.
I set the empty spray-paint can down and grinned at my masterpiece. Pulling the clip from the edge of my shirt, I twisted my long hair and secured it atop my head. If all went well — and I managed to bring the right supplies — a few weeks and I'd be finished. I would have to be careful, though. Getting caught would be disastrous at this point.
Something crackled behind me. The kind of sound a shoe made as it stomped down on twigs, or leaves ... I whirled around, heart hammering, and saw ... nothing. It was just me, the trees, and the wall.
The wall ... It had become something of an urban legend in the area. I'd done so many over the years. Everything from jungle scenes loaded with exotic animals stalking their prey, to panoramic landscapes of treetops and epic mountain ranges. Whatever my mind deemed peaceful at the time. Each time we moved I'd pick an out-of-the-way spot, something dank and depressing, and work my magic. Turning garbage to gold, I liked to think of it. The previous ones hadn't been easy. Living on base made nighttime forays into the city impossible. I'd had to be crafty. Pick low traffic areas I could work on during the day when it wouldn't look suspicious leaving the base.
This last one was different, though. Much more personal than the others and, obviously, far more visible. I'd chosen the inside section of the wall around the park, about a hundred feet from the lake. Unlike the other ones, this needed to be seen. Proper tribute needed to be paid. But my choice in location had come with a price.
For months after I'd started, the police patrolled the park looking for the vandal — aka me. The whole thing pissed me off. Here I was adding a little culture and class to an otherwise dreary area and they wanted to punish me for it? Once I'd even had to start again. Seven months in, the mayor had city workers paint over my work to prove that vandalism wouldn't be tolerated. Because the grime-covered wall with its chipped bricks and scattered profanity were so much better than actual art? I'd been crushed at the time, but a few weeks of crying and a whole lot of peach frozen yogurt later, and I came back with a vengeance, determined to show the world my tribute to an amazing woman.
The wind kicked up, and I heard it again. Definitely not my imagination. And this time when I turned, I saw that I wasn't alone. "Oh my God!"
"Not quite," the guy said.
He was tall — probably just over six feet — with a long face and dark hair. He took a single step forward. The move brought him into the full beam of the park light, revealing brown eyes and a somewhat crooked nose. He'd broken it at one point, I guessed. But the injury gave his face depth. Personality. As an artist, I lived for the imperfections. The small details that made things unique. Perfection was boring. Give me complication and bumpy roads and I was a happy girl.
I glanced at the wall, then turned back to him. "I, uh ..." Yeah. What was I supposed to say here? I was standing in front of the wall, paint cans all over the ground at my feet, covered in blue. There wasn't any way to talk myself out of this.
He snickered, but said nothing.
"This isn't what it looks like?" I tried.
Still, nothing. All he did was stare — which was starting to freak me out a little.
"Are you okay?" He didn't look homeless, but maybe he'd been in an accident? "Do you need help?"
"Oookay then," I said, taking a step back. "Well, if you speak English, do me a favor and don't rat me out."
He laughed again, and took a single step toward me. "You have bigger things to worry about." Then, without another word, he turned and started to walk away.
"I think that's it for tonight," I said to myself as he faded into the night.
I wiped both hands down the sides of my jeans. My uniform. Every color of the rainbow streaked the lovingly worn denim, making the jeans a piece of unique artwork themselves. I'd had them for years; they were stretched and frayed, and Mom used to joke that when I was a famous artist, she'd frame them and hang them in the hallway.
A quick check of my cell told me I was in trouble. It was almost one in the morning. I hadn't meant to stay this late. Dad was traveling to Washington in a few hours, and that meant he'd be up at half past a rooster's ass. If I wanted to get back into the house without being caught, I needed to move fast. Besides, I didn't want to be around if creepy guy came back around.
I tugged down the sleeves of my oversized sweater and grabbed my bag, stuffing supplies inside. Several colors of spray paint, a few brushes, and a tube of white. A car passed on the road just beyond the back gate of the park, slowing suspiciously. I held my breath and pressed myself flush against the wall, waiting. But it was fine. The headlights faded and the car didn't double back.
Snatching up my jacket, I zipped the pack closed and started for the gate. The town of Wells, New York was small, consisting of barely two thousand people, most of which lived on the Fort Hannity Army Base. We lived off base, in a small cul-de-sac about five blocks away, and I thanked God for that every day. Base life was like living under a microscope. No privacy, stomping boots and gunfire at all hours of the day and night, not to mention more green than a Seattle forest. No thank you. This was the first place Dad had been stationed that we hadn't lived on post. The freedom was intoxicating, and I'd admittedly gone a little nuts with it.
I picked up the pace. The wind howled, sending a shiver down my spine, more from the sound it made — like a woman screaming bloody murder — than the chill, though I wasn't a fan of that, either. Fall. I hated this time of year. Everything was in the process of dying. The smell of leaves that fell from the trees and rotted on the ground turned my stomach. I'd been born on an army base in Hawaii and was convinced my body simply wasn't made for the lower temperatures. Anything below eighty was just too damn cold. And the snow? For the polar bears and elves. If God wanted humans to trudge around in all that white crap, he would have given us fur-covered bodies and skis instead of feet.
The leaves beneath my sneakers crunched and crackled, and about three blocks from home, I heard another noise. Not the howling wind. No. This was softer. Muted and more controlled. Slowing my pace, I took a deep breath and listened. Thud. Thud. Thud. Faint, but unmistakable. Footsteps. Had that creepy guy from the park followed me?
I stopped walking for a second and peered over my shoulder. A row of nondescript shadows stretched along the buildings, cast from the streetlamps overhead. Several mailboxes. Dark storefronts. The bench I'd puked on last year after drinking too much blueberry vodka at the one and only party I'd ever gone to ... All typical roadside denizens.
Nope. Nothing to see here ...
Adjusting the pack on my shoulder, I gripped the strap just a little bit tighter. It was heavy enough to be used as a weapon if necessary. Dad made sure I knew at an early age that good soldiers were always prepared. One never knew when danger would come knocking. You had to be prepared to knock back. Hard.
I took a deep breath and was about to start forward again, but something in the distance clattered. A loud sound that echoed through the empty streets and sent my heartbeat thumping double-time. A second later, the danger walked into the light.
Well, danger if you counted destruction at the paws of a stray dog.
It looked like a collie mix and trotted into the light of the streetlamp from the alley to my left, and I let go of a breath. It paused momentarily, staring me down with clinical interest. Once it assessed that I was no threat, it continued on its way without so much as a second glance.
Convinced it was safe, I resumed my pace, but half a block farther I heard it again. Footsteps. Much closer than last time. Okay. Not the dog. It was that guy. It had to be. I readied my bag and sucked in a deep breath. When I whirled around, I lost my balance, nearly tumbling to the ground.
"A little late for a young woman to be out on the streets, don't you think?"
Instead of the weird guy from the park, a man in a dark uniform with broad shoulders and a bushy moustache towered over me. He was vaguely familiar. Officer Hennas or Hensley, or something. He'd almost caught me at the mural a few times. I tried to get out here at least once every week. Last week I'd had to scrunch myself up inside a bunch of pricker bushes a few yards from the lake to avoid detection. It'd taken hours to get all the tiny needles out. I was still convinced I'd missed a few.
He folded his arms and began tapping his elbow with his ring finger. Tap. Tap. Tap. "Mind if I ask what you're doing out here?"
"I, uh —" Something told me out for a midnight stroll wasn't going to cut it here. Suddenly the guy's cryptic warning made sense. He'd either seen the officer in the area, or had scampered off and tattled. Either way, I was screwed. "Studying at a friend's house. Didn't realize the time."
His gaze dropped to my pack, and suspicion erupted across his face. "I'm sure you won't mind opening your bag for me. Show me your books?"
I didn't move.
"What were you studying?" he tried again. He held out his hand, wiggling his fingers and giving me no choice. I handed over the bag.
As he unzipped the main compartment and peered inside, I held my breath. Time seemed to stand still for several moments. When his gaze finally lifted to meet mine, I saw the understanding spark there. The subtle hint of triumph.
I swallowed back the acid bubbling up in my belly. "Um, art?"
Yep. I was so screwed.CHAPTER 2
After calling Dad, the nice officer — whose name was actually Henley — escorted me back to the mural to wait. Dad didn't rush — probably letting me stew in it for a bit. By the time he arrived, I was freezing my toes off and had to pee like never before.
Officer Henley nodded as Dad extracted himself from our red SUV. "Sorry to wake you, sir, but ..." He inclined his head in my direction. "This belongs to you?"
Dad looked from Henley to me, lips pressed in a super thin line, then rounded the corner to glare at the wall. I hated it when he got quiet like this. It'd be fine if he raised his voice. Yelled and screamed and sent me to my room like a normal parent. But Dad wasn't normal. He was twenty plus years of restraint and perfection rolled into the body of a U.S. army general.
"Technically I should take her into the station," Henley continued with a frown. "I'm sure you're aware that this thing's been a sore subject for the mayor for a while now. However, I'm going to let you take her home instead."
"I appreciate that," Dad said. He took my bag from the officer, then handed it back to me. I almost didn't take it. That thing had sealed my fate, and that didn't put us on the best of terms.
"The mayor — all of us — have the greatest respect for you Fort Hannity boys. I'm sure he'll be willing to work something out about the wall."
Again, Dad nodded. The only hint of his anger with me was the smallest twitch of his right thumb. When that thumb flicked, you knew you were in for it. "I'm leaving for Washington in a few hours. I will contact him as soon as I get back to town if that's satisfactory."
Henley eyed me.
"Don't worry." Dad clapped a hand down on my shoulder, giving a firm shake. "I've already arranged for supervision while I'm away. You won't have any more trouble from her. Isn't that right, Kori?"
"Yes sir," I answered, standing a little bit straighter. He hated when I slouched.
"Thank you, General Anderson." Officer Henley tipped the rim of his hat. "Have a safe trip, and Godspeed."
We watched him make his way toward the gate and back to his squad car, and I waited, breath held, for the lecture to begin.
Dad turned from me to face the wall. He traced one of the lines of stars with his finger, then sighed. "Do you really think she would approve of this?"
She. Mom. It was the first time he'd brought her up in a long while. It was an unspoken rule, we didn't talk about her, and I hated it. She'd died, but he treated it like she'd never existed. Like merely the mention of her name might bring an end to the world in a shower of hellfire and brimstone. "I think she'd understand."
His brows rose. "She would understand defacing public property?"
This time I didn't answer. Mom used to tell me stories about her wild-child youth, but he was right. She wouldn't have approved. This had nothing to do with simple teenaged rebellion, though, and deep down I think he knew that. But slapping a vandalism label on it was easier to face than the truth. Two whole years and Mom's loss was still a raw, open wound. It'd changed both of us. She'd been the glue that held things together. The light in our now dark house. And we each had our own way of dealing. Mine was art and, um, freedom of expression.
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What an incredible journey! I mean unbelievably believable and a great way to start a series! I accidentally lucked into a copy of Book Three of this series without knowing it was a series. Once I realized I couldn't start there, I back tracked. This is my adventure into Jus Accardo's world. The sci-fi nerd in me is loving this book. I grew up watching Sliders and this book is the teenage girl inside of me's dream. Her very own adventure with out needing to grow the really big brain. Let's face it not all of us are super nerds that can do quantum mechanics, or can even spell that. But this adventure will have all its readers on edge. A chance to fix things, a chemistry so hot that it burns without touching, and the guilty. The feelings and actions in these pages are enough to bind the reader not only to the characters but to easily become the next mega fan of the author. I am trembling with excitement to learn everything!! Absolutely everything that is to come!
Kori is a free spirit and isn't good at following the rules. After getting into a little trouble, her Army General Dad sends her a babysitter, while he is away. Cade isn't what you would expect. He's intense and clearly more than he seems. Kori has more problems than the law. Everyone has their secrets, but some are bigger than others. Her family are at the forefront of a scientific discovery that could change everything. This is a sci-fi fantasy book with romance, mystery, and a whole lot of trouble. It creates an interesting fantasy concept that will leave you wanting more. Book 2, Omega out November. 4 stars out of 5. *I received this book in exchange for a fair review*
This book was awesome and I loved every single minute while reading it! The characters are well written, the story and plot were interesting and even though I had my doubts about how the author was going to make it believable it was amazing! This is a story that has a complicated romance, action, suspense and even humor. What more can you possible want from a book? Of course there is the whole ending thing…that is frustrating since I am super anxious to read what happens next! Book two needs to be here NOW! *I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from Netgalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own. *
When I saw that Jus Accardo had a new book out, I almost did a little dance. I adored another book that I had read by her (Rules of Survival) and I had super high hopes for this one even though it was science fiction. Nothing wrong with scifi but that genre seriously hates me. It seems like no matter what I read from that section, it just doesn't work out. I figured if anyone could break me out of that bad never-ending funk, it would be Accardo. But it just didn't end up like that even though I wanted it to. I'm not entirely sure what it is about science fiction that I just don't seem to mesh with. No clue. I used to read Michael Crichton all the time! Maybe he ruined the genre for me. No clue. So anyway, when I saw the blurb for this one, I jumped on it. It sounded super intriguing and like a story I could fall into and not get hung up on the scifi aspects. And that's what happened at first ... I just loved Kori when I started the book. I thought that she was a little spitfire, super spunky with a bullheadedness that I couldn't help but relate to. Not that I'm bullheaded. Unless you ask my husband and he's wrong. He's always wrong. The aspects of Kori's character that I adored at first quickly became something that was just irritating. Stay with me for a second, this is going to get gnarly but when I was thinking about her character, I was thinking about the wreaths that I used to make. Like I said, stay with me ... so I would make these mesh wreaths and the best way to do it was to make it as gaudy as possible with ribbon and extra crap you throw on it. It's ugly as hell at this point but the way to make it perfect is to add one more aspect ... more ribbon or something big and sparkly ... just take it one more step past gaudy. Then all of the sudden it all makes sense and it's gorgeous. It felt like Kori was like my wreaths ... she had all of these attributes and it made her a little over the top but if she was taken one step further in her character development, I think that she would have been perfect. I just always felt that something was missing with Kori. No clue what it was, but there was a hole that needed filling. You know, I didn't really like any of the other characters either. I didn't connect with them on any level and while I liked most of them at first, it wasn't enough to keep it going throughout the entire book. Unfortunately, the characters broke this book for me. It ended up not being anything to do with the science fiction stuff in the book, it was only the characters. I wanted to either love them or hate them or feel SOMETHING. But I didn't. I felt indifferent. And it killed the book. I am most definitely almost completely alone with my feelings on this. This is a really highly rated book from an amazing publishing house. We just didn't fit this time. Maybe the next one. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
I loved “Infinity.” It is a quick read with an interesting premise that still manages to pack in some heartbreak. All of the character interactions and backstories were amazing, with the premise of inter-dimensional travel making it possible to develop them on many extra levels. The science was explained just enough to feel plausible without making my eyes glaze over. I can’t even begin to explain how perfect and psychotic the villain of the story is. I read it all in one sitting. “Infinity” is a great read for anyone who enjoys some science fiction mixed with reality and a dose of romance. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
* I received this book from Entangled Publishing LLC via Netgalley for an honest review. As always, I only ever write my true thoughts * Best parallel universes book I have ever read (and trust me, I tried a few). Infinity was... wow. Not what I was expecting. I had no idea this book was going to render me unable to do anything other than reading it. My heart was pounding. My mind was all the way in. The risks were high and I was constantly scared for the characters. My favorite kind of book. I usually don't like to compare books to other things but, for lack of better words right now, I would say this book was somewhat of a mash-up between The Long Game, Hunting Lila and the anime Steins Gate. In other words: it was fantastic. ∞∞∞ Kori is a 17-year-old artist. She's witty, tough, and a rebel who goes by her own rules. That's how life is when you have a commander for a father and a mother dead from cancer. After getting caught for vandalism and her father too busy to deal with her, Kori finds herself babysitted by two strange army guys who are practically her age. She doesn't need babysitting, but it doesn't seem like she has much of a choice in the matter. What should have been a one time deal turns into a chase across the city after a bloodthirsty psychopath from another dimension. A psychopath who's not only determined to wreck havoc until he finds what he wants but also kills Tori. Again and again and again. He doesn't really care how many dimensions it's going to take. Well, this Kori cares. And she'll be damned if she does nothing to stop it. Ignore the official synopsis on Goodreads. Ignore everything. This is a book that needs to be read. I can't tell you much more because most things in this book need to come as a surprise. Which is why I'm assuming there is hardly any actual information in the official synopsis. I tried to give here as much as I could but I don't want to ruin the experience for you. So... read it. And then discuss it with me. Okay? (: For the full review (with spoilers): magiverse.blogspot.co.il
"Received an advance reader copy for a fair review." Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Infinity by Jus Accardo! An Army general's daughter is trying to spray paint a mural in remembrance of her mother. The police and her father don't appreciate it. The general has to leave town, so he has two soldiers watch over Kori, but she sneaks out to get a look at her progress on the mural before the mayor has it painted over. While out, she's attacked by a stranger named Dylan and she is terrified. The two soldiers, Cade and Noah, save her. Kori unwittingly discovers alternate dimensions and family secrets while running for her life. Science fiction usually isn't my favorite genre, but Jus Accardo put all of the pieces together flawlessly and interestingly. I love everything about this book - 5 stars for suspense, creativity and dynamic characters!
To be honest, the main reason I chose to read this book is because of Jus. I have promoted several of her other books and have always wanted to read them so the stars finally aligned and viola! Here we are. I find her to be an exciting young author with a lot to say and her books always garner plenty of attention. With INFINITY being the beginning of a new series, I’m sure this one will be the same. The basic storyline revolves around Kori and the fact that her Dad works for a super sekrit (yes, I know I spelled that wrong…it’s a joke folks) department of their military call the Infinity Division, where they can jump interdimensionally. As we learned from The Vampire Diaries, it really plays havoc on your life when you have an evil doppelgänger somewhere in the cosmos near you. And while talking about things in multiple dimensions and other technical jargon can become mind-blowing, Infinity never did. It helped that Kori was a fantastically funny character with smart mouth comments that were usually spot on and helped her stand up for herself. Totally my kind of character!! While I find that SciFi books can become a bit tedious, INFINTY never did. I actually sat down and read it cover to cover in just about 5 hours flat without having any intention of doing so. Seriously!! So be prepared! I wouldn’t have done that without the kickbutt storyline Jus dreamed up in that magical mind of hers. This story intermingled all of the above with a tale of finding love, losing it and the lengths you will go to find justice. Just so amazing!! Thank heavens it’s a series!! So when it comes out tomorrow, get yourself a hot-off-the-presses copy and get to reading. I just know you’ll love it just like me!! *****5 Stars***** ***I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I received it in exchange for my honest review and all opinions are my own. ***
I’ve been a fan of Jus Accardo’s writing ever since I discovered her Eternal Balance series. Her new series, The Infinity Division, is another science fiction hit. The story is about rebellious Kori, who’s dealing with her mother’s death, and trying to keep her family together. As the daughter of an Army general, it’s not always easy, but Kori is used to being a military brat. After moving around over 12 times in her life, Kori knows the deal. Keep your head down, and don’t get invested in anyone. But when her father sends one of his Privates, Cade, to babysit Kori while he’s away on government business, Kori discovers that some things are easier said then done. You probably know how much I love sci-fi, so Infinity was right up my alley. Kori discovers she’s caught up in a secret experiment her father has been working on for years. Inter-dimensional travel is real, and while her mother is dead in hers, she may be alive in another. Time travel has always fascinated me, and this book reminded me of one of my favorite childhood shows, Quantum Leap. With this new technology, Kori could leap to another dimension, and get her mom back. Since this novel is the first in a series, there was more character and world building than leaping parallel universes. Another aspect of the book I really enjoyed was the development of Kori and Cade’s relationship. When Kori finds out about her father’s project, she learns that in every dimension there’s a Kori and a Cade, and they always fall madly in love with each other. This adds a whole new level to the star-crossed lovers trope, and it was interesting to see if these two would hook up. There was enough baggage in both Kori and Cade’s past to make you wonder if Accardo would throw a curve ball into the romantic plot. While the story may not be anything new, it’s very well done. In fact, I believe it to be better written and engaging than Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger. Similar concept, but this story is better written, has better developed characters, and moves at a steadier pace. Parallel universes, a deranged killer, and a deadly game of hide and seek propel the plot forward. I really enjoyed this novel, and recommend it to fans of sci-fi, and time travel.
There is something that just happens, something that just clicks when you read an amazing story. You start off not knowing what you're getting yourself into and then somewhere along the way you start falling for those characters and rooting for them. The most amazing part of all of this is when an author can make it so seamless that you cannot even pinpoint when it occurs. Jus Accardo has that ability. With Infinity, this story is such a mind-whirlwind that you cannot help but instantly be invested with and I loved every minute of it. I have to admit, I adored the way this story started off. Our main character Kori, is an artist and that right there was an instant quality I loved about her. However, I wish we revisited this opening scene or location (without giving anything away) and I hope that if there are future books, it will come up again. With all that being said, Kori is such a strong protagonist. She is spunky, takes no crap, athletic, adventurous, and probably the most important selfless. You cannot help but stand behind her during every decision. With our other characters, I honestly have to say I really liked Noah. He is so strong through and through. At first, you are not completely sure of his M.O. or what he is thinking but as the story continues you get to watch Noah change and develop, and I adored that. Cade was a little bit of a different story for me. I definitely rooted for him and Kori, however I didn't fall in love with him as much as I wanted to. Maybe it was the instant click with him and Kori (for obvious reasons), I'm not completely sure. Then again, with some people when you know... you just know, right? The concepts in Infinity instantly made me love this book. I am such a sci-fi, suspense, romance guru and it definitely gets my book-loving going when a story combines all three. Infinity is definitely another stunner from Jus Accardo and I cannot wait to see where this story goes to, literally. "If I get through this, I promise to do something about it. I swear I'll live my life like my art. Take chances. Live in vivid color."
it took me a while to get into infinity, the first book in the infinity division series by jus accardo. it wasn't until cade and noah actually started filling in the back story that it really caught my interest. and part of me wonders if the bonus pov scene included at the end would have maybe worked better as a prologue. because even though we would have been very confused, i feel like it would have upped the stakes for the story in a way that the first couple of chapters needed. but maybe the author tried that and it didn't work. regardless, once this story gets going it's good. noah and cade belong to another world, and in their world kori armstrong is dead. she was the love of cade's life and noah's sister. and she is in danger because dylan, also from the same alternate world as noah and cade, is out to kill her. in the guy's original timeline, dylan's love, ava harris, died in a car accident while cade was driving. and dylan wants her back at any cost. he's willing to destroy everything and anyone who gets in his path. to save her life, kori joins forces with noah and cade in order to stop dylan. in the process she learns that there are so many infinite possibilities and struggles with the fact that she feels cheated by her reality without a noah and a cade. the intensity of their mission forces the characters to place trust in one another and open themselves to finding that they care about what happens to each other. it's not just kori's life they are trying to save. they don't manage to save everyone, and as dylan keeps changing the rules of the game he is playing, the stakes keep getting higher. and as the novel comes to a close, it's with the promise of so much more. and believe me i am interested in seeing where it goes. **infinity will publish on november 1, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing in exchange for my honest review.
This is my first read by author Jus Accardo. I have to say, i'm impressed. I adored this book! I was sucked in from the beginning and am already craving the next one in the series! Kori was such a great character. I loved the complexity the author created in her. She's a military brat that likes to act out. She's no drunk or druggie, no she's a vandal. She vandalizes with a purpose, though. She wants to bring hope to others. To Kori, art is like a sliver of hope that she can bring to others. I liked the poetic theme there, especially with the mural she dedicated to her mom. She was used to being on her own, until one night a cop has to call her dad, a general in the army stationed at the local base. He promises the cop Kori will be dealt with. Since the general had to leave town right away, he sent two guys from base to watch her until he returns. Except, they don't look like ordinary military types. She's suspicious, but with identification she lets them in. This is where we meet Kade and Noah. There is so much more going on than she could have ever realized. After overhearing a conversation that sets her mind reeling, she bolts. Unfortunately, it's strait into danger. As the story unravels, things get very interesting and there are lots of twists I didn't expect. Relationships are revealed, family secrets come to light, and there's even a dose of romance involved. This story was original in a way that kept me guessing. I really need to know what happens next! **Warning: While the story wraps up at the end, there is a cliffhanger that sets things up for the next book.** I highly recommend this book to young adults and adults alike. It gets five glittery stars for being a stellar read!
4.5 STARS!! Oh My Goodness! I loved this book. I'm just so frustrated to have to wait for more story. Don't misunderstand, this wasn't necessarily a book with a cliffhanger. There's a satisfactory conclusion in this first installment, but there's just more story to be told. And I can't wait! Kori is a high school student with a penchant for art via graffiti. When she lands in trouble one too many times, her military father enlists two soldiers as Kori's guardians while he's away. Unbeknownst to her, they are from a parallel universe where they are closely acquainted with the Kori of their world. They are actually there to protect her from a parallel universe-jumping enemy rather than from getting herself in trouble. Although, there's that too! I'm kind of a junkie for sci-fi when it involves time-travel or parallel universes. Combine that with the YA romance genre and I'm sold. This book hit all my sci-fi reading buttons with coherent writing and well-developed characters. I was able to connect to the characters plights, as well as immerse myself in the sci-fi elements with plausibility. There was just enough romance without it overshadowing the action and suspense. To put it simply, I enjoyed this story and will wait in anticipation of the next installment. I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Jus Accardo first caught my eye when she released Touch. It rocked my teenage heart! Fast forward a few years and she's caught it again with Infinity, the first in her Infinity Division Series. As much as I loved the Denazen series, I have very mixed feelings about Infinity. The premise is right up my alley: parallel worlds and constant action. Unfortunately, the execution and complicated love interested left me feeling a little less than enthusiastic. It turned out to be so far from what I expected from this author. The story was rushed, the narration choppy, and only saved by the anticipation of a fun multiverse hopping adventure (which didn't feature as heavily as expected). The story was repetitive and lacked the world building details that would make this a strong foundation for the series. It's primarily built around Kori, a girl still reeling from the death of her mother and trying to use art as an outlet for her pain. Learning that her mother could potentially be alive in an unknown number of different universes gives her a hope that she can't bring herself to believe. There's a danger that follows that hope and he's determined to wipe her out. The characterization is on point. The main characters are emotional and determined in their beliefs, even when they're wrong. Jus Accardo has always been skilled at bringing teen angst to life in her stories. Readers get the sense of evil super villain versus the unexpected new hero. Infinity didn't blow me away like I thought it would. However, I know readers who love quick, action filled reads will dive in and love it. *eGalley provided in exchange for an honest review* Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
***4.5/5 Stars*** Infinity haunted my dreams and interrupted my thoughts throughout the day. I couldn't stop thinking about this book. I loved getting swept away by the action, adventure and the unknown. And when I reached that last page, I wasn't ready to stop being in their world. Even though it ended absolutely perfect and left me so excited for where the next book is headed! But till then, I went and added every series and standalone this author has written to my to-read list. This is the first book I've read from her, and I can't wait to read the rest. Starting out, I didn't know much about this book other than the few words in the synopsis. And after the first two chapters, I wasn't sure if I was going to connect to Kori Anderson. Oh, I was so wrong. Yes she did graffiti, yes she came across as abrasive, but she was so much more than that. Kori had a beautiful heart, she was selfless, she was a fighter, she could be so confident and strong and then so unsure. She was completely relatable and I loved being in her head! We learn early on that her mother passed away, and her father has to travel for work since he's a General in the Army. When he’s away, he has people in the military watch over Kori. This time he sent Cade Granger and Noah Emeal. And because of these two, her whole world was about to change. Cade Granger slowly captured my heart. I liked him from the moment he showed up on Kori's doorstep. But as I watched his patience, hope and determination play out, I found myself being pulled further into him. Then when light was shone on his past, I was a goner. Cade was perfectly imperfect, and so were his interactions with Corey. It always felt as though there was so much emotion packed between them. Like I was standing there waiting for them to explode from the sexual tension, the unanswered questions, and the two of them constantly being pulled together. Cade and Kori were emotionally addicting! There's a ridiculous amount of things I want to talk about, but I can't. So many of my favorite things and even moments are shrouded around some mysteries, and I can't spoil them for you. BUT know that my heart was put through the wringer. I had so much hope for some things, and it felt like I was kicked in the gut time and again. But it couldn't be any other way. And the more I learned, the more I ached thinking about being put in those situations. In those people's places. It was extremely thought provoking, annndddd I want to say more yet again but I can't. I can say a few things about the 'someone who wants her dead'. And I may be one of the few who do, because this person was a psychopath. Yet I was intrigued by what he was going to do next. My interest in this villain definitely disturbed me, yet he's such a fascinating character whose death I constantly wished for. There were two small hangups I had while I was flipping through the pages and the first was that some of Kori's internal monologues went on longer than I would have liked. At certain moments I wanted to tell her shhhhhhh, even though I loved all of her thoughts. And the other was that I desperately wanted Case and Noah to have a gun. It could have been helpful, but *shrugs*. Besides those two little hiccups, I loved everything! Especially that ending! I wanted to laugh, scream and cry all at the same time. So yes, I definitely recommend this book! And I hope you fall for these characters and the story-line just as much as I did! P.S. Can I please beg for a Nove
I received an ARC from the publisher/author via Netgalley for an honest review. I loved this book. From the start it had me hooked. Until the very last word I was excited to read it and couldn't wait for more. I am honestly going to be buying the physical copy of this book ASAP even though I have the ebook now. It was so good. The characters were explained well. You felt their emotions, you got to know them, everything about this book was well written. Jus Accardo does an amazing job writing this novel and I am beyond excited for the next one. Just sad it will take so long to get it!
"Infinity" begins with Kori, a teenager whose mother is dead and whose father is frequently gone on business trips. She acts out by painting murals around town. It is on one such trip that she finds herself captured by a man who is demanding that she tell him the location of Ava Harris, a girl she has never heard of. Luckily, the soldiers assigned to watch her while her father is out of town show up in the nick of time and save her life. However, things just don't seem to add up and soon Kori learns that the two soldiers are actually her brother and boyfriend in another dimension where her life and personality are drastically different. Dylan is on the hunt for Ava, his girlfriend whose death left him destitute and hopeless- until he learned about the Infinity division (created by Kori's mother Cora in their dimension) and inter dimensional travel and believed he could get her back. Dylan is also on a mission for revenge and seeks to kill Kori in every dimension. The book explores potential differences between dimensions and loves that transcend dimensions, positing that some people will fall in love no matter what the circumstances. An amazing quote from the ARC is when Kori soaks about her mother: "Real love, she always said, knew no bounds. It wasn’t hindered by space or time. It couldn’t be weakened by death. Real love started in your heart and went straight through to infinity." I think that says it all. The beginning is a little confusing as we follow Kori and she slowly pieces everything together. By the middle of the book, we are caught up and I went back and reread some key scenes with new context that helped a lot. Regardless, I really enjoyed this book. It's a combination between sci-fi, thriller, and romance, and it really bad me hooked. I would have liked to see more scenes from Cade's point of view. We get one at the end, but I'm hoping in future books, we'll see chapters from his perspective. I think it would give more context and balance. Altogether, I think this is a fantastic beginning to an intriguing series, and I'm really looking forward to the next installment in Kori, Cade, and Noah's adventures! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
(I received this ARC copy by the publisher via Netgalley). I read Infinity in one sitting! It was fast paced from the beginning and I loved it. Infinity is about a teenager named Kori that has a knack for getting in trouble. Her father is in the military and has a high ranking not to mention he is very much over protective of Kori. Kori rebelliousness causes her father to put things into his hands and have two "supervisors" watch over her while he is gone away. In the mist of the two strangers and other dangers Kori's life gets complicated and things that she thought she knew about her life was not entirely correct. I liked Kori's character. She has an extremely smart mouth and is very sarcastic. She didn't want anyone to pity her. She was strongwilled which was something that I really loved about her. Her personality didn't take any BS from anybody and she may have made some reckless decisions but her heart was always in the right place. Cade and Noah are the two strangers that are sent to her by her father. They both have a story with Kori and they try desperately to hide their true feelings because of events that happened in their life. Dylan is a villain that you want to hate but you can't because in a nutshell...he is hurting. Not to justify is actions but that is pretty much it. Confession: He is my favorite type of villain. The writing was so good. I read this in one sitting and I couldn't believe how much fast paced this was and not feeling rushed except for the ending. I was looking for a little bit more action with the ending but it was still good. The setting was very interesting. I loved the parallel worlds and jumping from different worlds. This is one of my favorite type of sci-fi books. I'm really looking forward to the next installment.