Blog Tour Book Review and Giveaway: Contact by Laurisa White Reyes

Contact by Laurisa White Reyes is a young adult novel about sixteen year old Mira, a girl with a unique ability that is driving her to attempt suicide. When ever she touches anyone else skin to skin she gains their every thought and memory. Some might see this as a gift, but Mira sees it as a curse. Complications are mounting, as if things are not hard enough for Mira. Her father is being investigated for misconduct in unsanctioned drug trials that lead to the deaths of several volunteers, and Mira's mother starts asking questions and ends up in a coma. Mira cannot let it go, and her questioning could very well led her to the death she had been hoping for just as she finds something worth living for.

Contact had me interested from the very beginning. Mira is a sympathetic character with desire to end the torment she feels when she touches anyone else skin to skin. She also carries guilt for this desire, and love for her family, and disappointment with her father's distance. The combination makes her a well developed character with a lot of room to grow and develop further as the story goes on. Her parents are each caring, though in their own ways. I really enjoyed that no character felt like they were exactly what they appeared from the beginning. Even Mira's new friend slash love interest was a multi layered character. The mystery and suspense aspect of the story had me intrigued and while I suspected part of the twist, I did not see the full extent of the reveal coming.

I would highly recommend Contact the young adult, new adult, and adult readers that enjoy dynamic characters and a unique story. The mystery, suspense, and deep character development kept me turning pages several times instead of tending to dinner or going to bed. A book, or anything really,  that an make me delay bed time after the kids have crashed is pretty special. The story left me satisfied with the ending, but also with plenty of room for a sequel. I cannot wait to see where we go from here.


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Links:
Goodreads: 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5244611.Laurisa_White_Reyes
Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Laurisa-White-Reyes/e/B006IL8HUK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/lwreyes
Blog:
http://laurisareyes.blogspot.com

Web: http://www.laurisawhitereyes.com

Author Bio:
After earning her B.A. in English in 1995, Laurisa White Reyes spent many years writing for newspapers and magazines before gathering enough courage to live her dream of writing novels. Contact is her third published book. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in creative writing, is a book editor for Hamilton Springs/Xchyler Press, and is the Editor-in-chief of Middle Shelf Magazine. She lives in Southern California with her husband and five children. 


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