Friday, August 25, 2017

JASMINE'S THOUGHTS on Vicarious by Paula Stokes

Young Adult
Psychological Thriller
Science Fiction
Vicarious, #2
Publish Date:
August 15, 2017
Tor Teen

Paula Stokes returns to the world of Vicarious in this sequel, a high-action psychological thriller with a protagonist out for vengeance.

When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter―finding what’s left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis to Los Angeles back to South Korea, where she grew up.

Things get increasingly dangerous once Winter arrives in Seoul. Aided by her friends Jesse and Sebastian, Winter attempts to infiltrate an international corporation to get close to her target, a nefarious businessman named Kyung. But keeping her last remaining loved ones out of the line of fire proves difficult, and when all seems to be lost, Winter must face one last devastating decision: is revenge worth sacrificing everything for? Or can she find a spark of hope in the darkness that threatens to engulf her?


Don't miss the thrilling sequel and final book in the Vicarious Duology
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**About the Author**
Paula Stokes is the author of several novels, most recently Vicarious and Girl Against the Universe. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

 This is the a first for me reading any of Paula Stokes' books. I was drawn in by the synopsis of both Vicarious and Ferocious. But, let's talk about Vicarious! The synopsis alone boasted it's fast-paced adventure/thriller that played with the mind. And... I have to say that it does live up to it. I am so glad that I did read this!

Where to begin, Paula Stokes wrote an interesting story with an interesting and mysterious plot. Filled with suspense and adventure, Vicarious also has dark undertones implying the very real issues that are really happening today. Paula, moreover, has written with a subtlety that drew me in to this dark-side of these characters lives without me even knowing that I am already captivated by the twists and turns of this book.

Anyways, the setting alone already implies the dangerous world that Paula's characters survived and is living in. The development and detail to description to the characters drives this story filled with twists and turns that got me turning the pages. However, as for setting, it seemed a bit lacklustered. The suspense and mystery did kept me "gasping for air" since I just had to wrap my mind around it as answers/secrets were revealed. Yup! This definitely kept me riveted to the book. 

So, after all that, I was just "exhausted" after reading this! Haha... Yup! "Exhausted" from all the suspense and adventure, mystery, and danger that Vicarious put me through, page after page! Okay, now... Really!?! A cliffhanger.... pfft! Yes, the end of this book did have that cliffhanger which left me wanting more. It will leave with wondering what is next for Winter. Well, I will find out when I dive into Ferocious... Right?!?

My rating:

I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher for an honest review, all opinions are my own

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