|Product dimensions:||5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.72(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Kim Curran was born in Dublin and moved to London when she was seven. After studying Philosophy and Literature at Sussex University her plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts never quite paid off. So she became an advertising copywriter instead, specializing in writing for videogames. She lives in SW London with her husband - if they're not both off travelling. When she's not writing she fences and plays guitar. Both very badly.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What would you do if you could jump back in time, or ¿shift¿, and change something you¿d done? If you could go back and correct every bad decision, would you?Sixteen-year-old Scott Tyler recently developed this ability. As would be expected in this scenario, there¿s a government agency that wants to help Scott and other shifters control their power and, once they graduate from the special school, employ the shifters to help correct some of the wrongs in the world. But, with every group with good intentions, there¿s always a rogue group who wants these people for their own purposes. But which group is the right group? Will Scott make the right choice, and will his decision help him, and more importantly, will it help save the world?I¿m torn on this one. The premise made it sound like it was right up my alley. I love superheroes, and strange abilities and stories with lots of action. This book has all of that in spades. The villain is creepy, and the action top-notch. That being said, there were a few places where the overall book fell short.First, the characters didn¿t seem to have authentic teen voices. They all seemed (to me at least) to be more like early to mid-twenties, not early to mid-teens. Another issue I had was the pacing. It was fast ¿ Ms. Curran throws you into the story and drags you along with her, leaving you out of breath. This can be great when you have time to catch your breath, but I never felt I was able to. I¿m the type of reader that needs to slow down and process what¿s going on ¿ and then go again. I felt the quick pace hindered the story a bit. I wanted more of the how and why of shifting. Lastly, the end was only so-so for me. I felt it was rushed and it left me a little underwhelmed, and I still didn¿t feel I truly understood the how and why of shifting. With that being said, I felt that Ms. Curran has developed a great sci-fi story, I just wish that it had been fleshed out a little more.If you are a fan of lots of action, superheroes and a book with a (very) fast pace, strap on your seatbelt and give this one a try. Keep a bottle of water handy, though, and watch out for sharp turns.
Who wouldn't want to have the ability to go back in time and do something over. Like a mistake or a bad date. Maybe even a kiss.Who knows! But what if what you went back to fix, only made things worse. For instance....someone dying!I was offered to review this book and the first thing that caught my attention was the cover. It kinda reminded me of the movie Jumper, but I don't know why but I knew I was going to love it. The other thing was, the pov was in a guys perspective. Most of the time, I always read girl's pov...but this time was one of those lucky times. With me being a male, it always good to read a book from the same gender as me. Kind of different. This book was one that was non stop, fast paced and always had me standing on my toes, wondering what might happen next. I loved all the characters, even though sometimes they weren't always in the best. So, anyway words cannot really describe how amazing this book was. I hope everyone will take this chance and add it to their TBR pile. I give this book 5 souls!
Reality can take many forms. Imagine if you had the ability to change yours from something you didn't like to something you did. That's the world Scott Tyler lives in 'Shift' takes a normal average boy like Scott and turns his life around. 'Shift' has a story line that can leave you dazed, yet confused. It's a whirlwind of action packed, mysterious fun. What I liked most about this book is that Scott had a proper family. He had a mom, dad and a little sister. Sure, they weren't the most adoring family ever, but there was an edge of reality that I did like. I really enjoyed the relationship between Scott and his sister, even if they were together in small scenes. It played an important part to the thread of the story. Another aspect I liked was the camaraderie between Scott and the group he falls in with, especially since they were such a young crew. I adored Scott. He was the boy who stood on the fringes of popularity, but wasn't a part of it. He had the right kind of snark and daring. He wasn't afraid to help someone if they needed it. He could be an idiot, but he could be a hero, also. My kind of character. There's a serious creep factor in 'Shift' that had me shrinking into myself in horror. But, I have to admit it did take 'Shift' to another level. It actually gave it the edge to make it past a standard, run-of-the-mill, Science Fiction book (at least, taken into account what went on in it, I'm pretty sure that's the genre). I guess it could also be Paranormal. I also enjoyed the writing style and the fact that it was told from a male P.O.V. I never realized how much I enjoyed the male voice until I started reading a lot of them. The pace and writing of 'Shift' flowed really well, as well. One thing I didn't like was the confusion I felt when Scott started doing what he was gifted with. It wasn't written in a straight-forward way. I had to read on a bit before the pieces started coming together. I felt like I was missing something - that somehow the story had gone somewhere without me. It was a disjointed feeling and I didn't like it. All in all, though, it was a great read and a real page-turner. I would recommend 'Shift' to anyone who likes sci-fi with a slight psychopathic edge to it. Book review by Sandy at Magical Manuscripts.