The ability to magnetize and manipulate metal with the flick of her wrist makes seventeen-year-old Lexi Adams a crack mechanic, but it’s a disaster in the making when her stepdad trades her skills to NASCAR team owner Dean Grant for an entire season’s worth of sponsorship ads.
Now Lexi has no other choice but to suck it up and hope she can keep her magnetic impulses under controlthat is, until she runs into NASCAR’s hot new rookie, Colton Tayler.
When Carl Stacy, the ruthless team owner of the defending Cup Champion, discovers Lexi’s secret and plots to use it to ruin Dean’s race team for good, Lexi must either expose her ability to save Colton, risking Dean’s career and her own freedom in the process, or watch the only guy she’s ever fallen for race to his death.
|Publisher:||Spencer Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Lucy D. Briand lives in Ottawa, Canada with her comic book fanatic husband and her nonchalant Siamese cat. By day she works full time as a public servant for the Government of Canada, but by night her creative mind takes over and conjures up supernatural young adult gear-head romance stories. When not working, reading, writing, or watching way too much TV, Lucy likes to dress up as her favorite comic book characters, go on road trips to her happy place, Walt Disney World and play ridiculous amounts of board games. She's also a huge NASCAR Sprint Cup fan.
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I would like to thank Spencer Hill Press & NetGalley for a copy of this e-ARC to review. Though I received this ebook for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review. This is a sweet love story and a coming of age/self-discovery story all in one. Lexi's lout of a stepfather trade's her to a NASCAR team for an entire season in exchange for what turns out to be a truly ridiculous sponsor ad, yet Lexi is still going through with the deal. It's gotta be better than facing her stepdad again, even if she's going to be struggling every day to keep her secret skills hidden and under wraps. I mostly liked Lexi. Aside from her extra talent she's pretty much a normal girl, or would be if she'd ever stop bemoaning the state of her life. She considers her talent, and by extension herself, to be a freak of nature. And spends a bit too much time lamenting the fact that she's been stuck with this curse. That bit aside she really is pretty normal. She falls for Colton, but of course feels she can't have him because she'd have to trust him with her secret. But she takes her time falling for him, or at least that's what she thinks. On the outside it's pretty easy to see that she's been falling for him since day one. Which would explain all their fights, which, for the most part, she instigates. Colton is a nice enough guy, but comes across as being a bit one dimensional for me. He's got his racing career, his intense loyalty to Dean - the owner of the team he races for, and his feelings for Lexi. I did like him, but he fell for Lexi a tad to quickly for me. OK, he fell too hard, too fast; especially given the way Lexi kept treating him, swing from hot to cold in the blink of an eye. Granted the story is told from Lexi's point of view, but the reasons for his attraction to her were never really demonstrated or even explained. Yet even with that pretty glaring omission I still enjoyed him, and the sweetness of their budding relationship. Dean is also a worthy character, though I can't say why without giving away to much. But he's a good guy and a great role model. This story wouldn't work without him. As far as adults go, he's a keeper. So you've got a bunch of pretty entertaining characters, a storyline that moves along at a decent clip (only a few shorts lulls when the story could have picked up the pace a bit), and an interesting conflict to be resolved. The question of if it will be resolved, and how, hang over the story and help propel it ever forward. Other than a rather odd pause near the end this story's pacing was pretty solid, with the arc of the tale being relatively smooth, and the characters demonstrating emotional growth along the way. So I'm going to have to say that yes, I enjoyed this book. It didn't run quite as I anticipated, but that's not a bad thing. In fact, it may be a good thing, and may just have helped me to enjoy the story even more than I otherwise would have.
Boogity boogity boogity, let's go racing boys and girls! The green flag drops and the debut Author is in the pole position with this YA Paranormal Romance novel. Magnetic Shift is a refreshing and breezy read. Being a comic book nerd, the author grabbed my attention by having a protagonist with Magnetic abilities (think Magneto, or in this case, more like his daughter, Polaris). Control of her powers fluctuate depending on her emotional state which is quite the rollercoaster ride for a teenage girl that is constantly out of her comfort zone through the story. Snarky and angst ridden, Lexi is pretty much your typical teenager with a rough upbringing. She feels relateable regardless of her extraordinary gifts. The author also does an admirable job fleshing out the supporting cast. Dean (the mentor) and Colton (the love interest) are likeable with their respective doses of southern charm. The antagonists, Carl & Gwen, lean more on the 1 dimensional stereotypical bad guys side, but do provide some great moments to help the reader fall in love with the main characters even more. I was cheering every time Lexi, Dean or Colton got a leg up on them. The NASCAR setting is accurate and evident, but not overbearing for those who are unfamiliar with the sport. It helps ground the entire story in realism while allowing them to get into some pretty crazy situations. Some of the racing scenes add great tension and action that will have the readers chewing up the pages. The Romance element is typical of what you'd find in a YA novel. Lexi falls hard and quick for Colton (and vice versa), but they both have their reasons to not open up to one another. If you're a parent wondering about the book's suitability for your young ones, I would categorize this YA paranormal Romance as being on the tame side. There are a few instances of some strong language, maybe one or two kissing scenes, but that's pretty much it. If your child has read Twilight, Divergent or Hunger Games, they won't find anything unsuitable in Magnetic Shift. It's a fun, accessible read in a unique setting. I recommend it.
2.75 stars "I am who I am because of the cards I've been dealt. I know that now. My life wasn't all bad." MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Before I say anything else about this book, I should say that my copy of this book was missing some parts here and they're so I might have missed something. (I doubt it, but it's possible.) I really struggled with this book and it ended up falling a little flat for me. I was expecting this to be a story about a girl mechanic that has an ability that helps her be able to do repairs super fast. Instead what I got was a teen romance story with racing and a small amount of actual mechanic work. I feel like I should also mention that I haven't watched much NASCAR at all, but I do have a brother who would watch car repair shows all the time growing up and still talks about repairing cars and car parts all the time so I did have a fairly good grasp on what she should be doing to repair the cars. Lexi ended up only repairing the car once and we only saw her go to the shop once and work their as well. Most of the time she just ended up following Dean and Colton and doing her school work. Lexi was constantly working on controlling her ability and going back and forth from avoiding Colton to being inseparable from him. I feel like if you go into this book thinking of it as a romance you will enjoy it, but if you go into it thinking it's going to be about cars you will be highly disappointed. The story-line itself was well paced except for the part right before the ending where we jumped forwards a couple months which was a little strange. I think they're could either be a book two for this story, or maybe even a novella because it does end with a potential opening for another one. "For the first time since Mama died, I had a home, a purpose. People actually cared about me and wanted to help me achieve something better than the solitary life I'd envisioned for myself. Funny how I needed to leave to realize and appreciate all that. "
I really wish I had paid more attention to the blurb and realized the world of angst I would be thrown into when I picked up this book. Lexi is a mini-Magneto, and her powers are tied to her emotions. She is sent (read sold) off to a racing car company as a mechanic – like the worst place possible for a person who can literally feel metal and control it. Her prowess with mechanics and speed is thanks to her ability, and it is of course, a very big secret. When Colton, the lead racer, starts taking an interest in her, suddenly she goes haywire. Cue the endless angst as she tries to keep herself away from him, him chasing her, they having some kissing scenes, and then she again running away. Sigh! I really wish I could have enjoyed this book more, because the writing was pretty good. Lexi’s story had a potential to be so much more, with her background as an abused kid, the kindness of her employer and his family, her as someone who has to guard her emotions all the time, the slightly urban fantasy setting, the kindness of her employer and his family – but no, we get pages devoted to the back and forth between her and Colton. I get it – it is a contemporary-ish YA, and romance is a big part of the genre, but when the story was set up for so much and delivered not much in those areas, it felt like a disappointment; a slap in the face, if I must explain. There was a confusing second half where she was convinced she had to keep away from him to protect the team, but the issue was that she was on the team, not that she was his girlfriend, so I didn’t get that logic? As I said, unnecessary drama ruined this book for me, which otherwise was shaping up to be such a good plot.