Review: Clear: A Death Trippers Novel by Jessica Park

 

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Title: Clear: A Death Trippers Novel

Age: NA

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: Jessica Park

Cover Designer: The Cover Lure

Release Date: February 17, 2015

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Synopsis

Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.

Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.

When the line between life and death blurs.

When an end is just a beginning.

When lust and rage rule.

Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.

Welcome to death tripping.

A thriller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.

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Meagan’s 5 Star Review

I hate reading books like this. It actually makes me angry. Why? Because this book is so mind blowing, so fucking unbelievably fantastic but just because it’s a “romance” a lot of people won’t read it. I loved this book. I even hate saying I loved this book because we’ve become immune to people saying they “love” something. How do I explain how original and crazy this book is, how can I make you understand how much it moved me? Because this wasn’t one of the best science fictions books I’ve ever read, or one of the best romance books. It was one of the best books I’ve ever read, period.

The panic in my chest weighs heavily.
Something is terribly wrong with me.

I admit to skimming the synopsis of Clear. A girl running away from home, there’s a guy and a conflict, pretty standard stuff. I’m a fan of the authors previous novels so I thought I’d give it a read. Maybe if I would have paid attention to the details in the synopsis I would have been better prepared. Although I don’t think I would have ever guessed the plot of Clear even if I did, because as soon the story starts you don’t know who to trust. Stella may be the narrator of Clear, but her life is so odd we don’t know what to believe. With an unreliable narrator it becomes difficult to make sense of what is happening. Do we trust what Stella is telling us? Form our own opinions about how she perceives things? Is her family really so awful? Is Stella crazy? Even after finishing the book I’m still not certain.

As far as hallucinations go, you’re a pretty good one. So come on in, and let’s see what my fucked-up head does with you next.

The first part of the book was an amazing story of finding yourself and fighting for your first true love. It was absolutely beautiful. I highlighted the shit out of my Kindle and swooned like a motherfucker. And then . . . and then it exploded. I’m not sure what I said; I’m sure something super original like, “Oh my god” or “Shut the fuck up.” Definitely not anything that could capture the shock and confusion I felt when the book started to twist itself into something completely different.

“Fuck you for making me trust you”

“That’s not very nice, Sam” [someone] responds evenly. “Sometimes we have to do things that are hard. This is one of those times. You’ll thank me later. Really.”

“Never. I’ll see you in hell,”

I’m going to make my husband read this book and then I’m going to buy it for all my friends, I’m going to make my book club read it. You think I’m joking? I’m not. I need to discuss this story with someone and even though I’m going to blog, tweet, Facebook, and whatever else there is, I need to talk to someone face to face and see their reaction. See their disbelief when that happens, hear their predictions, discuss what we think the addition to the bracelet means and wonder if he might be connected to Stella’s problems in her apartment. I need to know I’m not the only one who was totally blindsided by the storyline.

I though we cared about each other. I wanted us to. But he’s irrevocably broken, and now I’m just a tool in his thrill seeking and his addiction. In his never-ending quest for fulfillment that he’ll never find.

Read this book. Read it without worrying about what genre it falls into. Read it because it is one of the best books I have read in years. It’s not perfect, thank god, because perfect is boring. It’s wild. It’s crazy and unexpected and so. fucking. good. I can understand how easy it would be to become addicted to death tripping. I only read about it and I’m hooked. The next book in this saga can’t come fast enough.

meagan

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About the Author

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Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24you

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