Gasp by Lisa McMann

2015-08-15 18.24.28

Title: Gasp
Author: Lisa McMann
Genre: Young adult paranormal
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

After narrowly surviving two harrowing tragedies, Jules now fully understands the importance of the visions that she and those around her are experiencing. She’s convinced that if the vision curse passed from her to Sawyer after she saved him, then it must now have passed from Sawyer to one of the people he saved.

That means it’s up to Jules to figure out which of the school shooting survivors is now suffering from visions of another crisis. And once she realizes who it is, she has to convince that survivor that this isn’t all crazy—that the images are of something real. Something imminent.

As the danger escalates in this conclusion to the Visions series, Jules wonders if she’ll finally find out why and how this is happening—before it’s too late to prevent disaster.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

Just like the first two books, the visions are still happening.

Jules has realized that when you save someone from a vision, you accidentally pass on the vision.

They saved a lot of people from the school shooting so now they have to figure out who they passed the visions to in order to stop the next tragedy.

Bed-ridden for a while due to the shooting, Tori finds it hard to help Jules and the gang solve the next disaster; especially since she’s the one having the visions. Ben, who they saved from the shooting, helps them along the way.

Together, Jules, her two siblings, Ben, Sawyer, and Tori solve the next tragedy.

It isn’t until much later they realize how Jules got the vision in the first place. I found the answer to that question to be very satisfying. It was great how Lisa McMann brought everything full circle.

There’s no explanation how the visions came to be in the first place, but that’s left up to the imaginations of the readers.

Gasp by Lisa McMann gets 4 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Too bad there’s nothing admirable about being a fraud.” –Lisa McMann, Gasp

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Bang by Lisa McMann

2015-08-15 18.24.14

Title: Bang
Author: Lisa McMann
Genre: Young adult paranormal
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.

Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.

Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

They don’t understand how, but Jules passed along her vision “curse” to the man she loves–Sawyer.

Now Sawyer is seeing visions everywhere and his are much more gory than what Jules saw. Sawyer hears 11 gunshots and can see people dying from gunshot wounds due to a school shooting.

With the help of Trey and Rowan, Jules’s two siblings, Jules and Sawyer piece together his visions to figure out when and where the shooting will happen.

This novel felt repetitive. The only difference between this novel and the first one, Crash, was that Sawyer was seeing the visions instead of Jules and the disaster was a school shooting and not a car accident.

I still loved the characters and the plot even though it was more or the less the same as the first novel. It was another quick-read and two new characters were introduced as a result of the shooting.

I do have to give credit to Lisa McMann because school shootings have been pretty big lately. Plus, the culprits opened fired at a club meeting for people who are gay. Another controversial topic. She did really well capturing those two issues in a unique way.

Bang by Lisa McMann gets 4 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Hell, I wish all guys could just cry and not have it be such a big stupid deal. Shed a tear. Be a man. Whatever.” –Lisa McMann, Bang

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Crash by Lisa McMann

2015-08-15 18.24.05

Title: Crash
Author: Lisa McMann
Genre: Young adult paranormal
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode…and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

Jules tells the story about how she witnessed an accident–except the accident didn’t happen yet. She doesn’t know how or why, but she keeps having visions of a truck crashing into her family’s rival pizzeria.

She can see seven body bags. She doesn’t know who is going to die or when the accident is going to happen. She just knows that she needs to stop it somehow.

With the help of her brother, Jules figures out that one of the people in the body bags is her crush, Sawyer; who also happens to be the son of their family’s rival pizzeria. Knowing this new information, Jules knows that she needs to stop the accident somehow.

As the vision gets worse, Jules learns how to look closer at it and figure out certain details.

Long story short–and the novel is only 233 pages–Jules and her brother save everyone in the crash. Instead of seven body bags, there is one. The driver of the truck ends up dying due to a heart attack he had while behind the wheel; which was the cause of the crash in the first place.

The plot was interesting enough and the characters were fun, but the overall novel was kind of anti-climatic. However, that didn’t stop me from going out right away to buy the last two books in the trilogy.

Crash by Lisa McMann gets 4 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“My sophomore psych teacher, Mr. Polselli, says knowledge is crucial to understanding the workings of the human brain, but I swear to dog, I don’t want any more knowledge about this.” –Lisa McMann, Crash

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