Chapel Ryan isn't crazy. At least, that's what she's been trying to convince herself of for most of her life. But after being hallucination-free for three years, Chapel finds herself facedown on her English classroom’s gritty linoleum floor. When she looks up, everyone around her is suspended in animation. Mouths hang open mid-yawn, feet hover mid-cross, Ms. Freeman’s arm flexes mid-sentence diagram. It's another hallucination. Or, is it?
Chapel prepares to tear herself back to reality when something happens. Something that has never happened before in any of her hallucinations--someone moves. And not just any someone—it’s the new guy with a scar over his lip and a reputation as black as his perfectly styled hair. And all of the sudden Chapel's white-knuckle grip on her life has slipped, and with it, her assurance that what she's experiencing isn't real.
● Genre: New Adult Fantasy
● One Sentence Description: After she learns the true nature of her hallucinations, high school senior Chapel Ryan must decide who she can trust in a world where the rules of genetics do not apply
Holly was born and raised in a small town in North Georgia. The third of four children, Holly grew up telling stories to get herself out of—and her siblings into—trouble. When she was eight years old, she penned her first publication: a newspaper called Sunny Dayz News. While she didn’t sell any actual copies, her sympathetic grandmother did peruse through the edition at least once.
When Holly isn’t dreaming up new plotlines for her next book, she enjoys breakfasting at Picnic Café in Dahlonega, Georgia with her (handsome) husband and their two (adorable) daughters.
RATED 5 STARS
Chapel Ryan can stop time and no one ever knows until she sees Isaiah Halstead move during one of her episodes.
Isaiah keeps showing up in her life from then on. He already lives next door but now he shows up to walk her home from work. Zay, as he wants to be called, keeps trying to convince her to go out with him but Chap has been burned before by her longtime friend and recent boyfriend, Logan, so she refuses anything but friendship.
Her home life is a mess too. Her policeman father died when she was little and her mom has remarried and had twins with a man Chapel just cannot stand. The only one who seems to keep her connected to her dad is the family friend, Hunter Carter who is also a coach at Chap’s school.
In spite of herself, Chapel finds herself falling for Zay. She keeps having more episodes until it if finally revealed that she has a special gift and she is being recruited by two factions of people who have unusual talents such as hers.
With decisions to be made about college, a suspicious step father, a repentant boyfriend, a mother who leaves notes at Chap’s father’s grave, the poor girl is confused and doesn’t know what to do.
A big surprise at the end of the book may change Chapel’s life forever.
Chapel was an interesting girl. Besides having an exceptional talent, she has all the normal problems of a teenage girl. She was cheated on, has an enemy who doesn’t hide it and unusual things keep happening to her at a higher and higher rate. I loved that she detested her stepfather but adored the twins he had with her mother.There were a lot of surprises with other characters that I won’t reveal but trust me, they are unexpected.
I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone even though it is a Young Adult book I found the characters engaging and the story intriguing. Can’t wait to hear more from this new author.