Monday, October 10, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Delphi Effect (The Delphi Trilogy #1) by Rysa Walker

The Delphi Effect
Rysa Walker
(The Delphi Trilogy, #1)
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

In this thrilling new series from Rysa Walker, the award-winning and best-selling author of Timebound, a teen psychic is the key to stopping a government conspiracy.

It’s never wise to talk to strangers . . . and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed fromone foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Ghosts, Mystery, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen--

When Anna was little, she was found abandoned with a note pinned to her saying that she was possessed. She has spent her life in and out of foster homes, group homes and the street, but finally seems to be doing well at a group home with her friend Deo, her unofficial little brother. But as she tries to be normal, one thing she can’t shake is her ghostly hitchhikers. Anytime she touches something that a spirit was tethered to, they come with her until she can help them with their unfinished business and Anna is left with their memories. The system calls her schizophrenic, but really she is a kind of psychic, but only Deo and her trusted therapist know the truth. When Anna picks up Molly, a ghostly hitcher who was murdered, she has no idea that helping her finish her business may be something Anna won’t survive.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. I had heard good things about the author but I had never read anything from her so I had no expectations going into the book. I was not even a little disappointed when I discovered what I got. The story was engaging, had strong well developed characters, a solid plot and plenty of twists to keep me on my toes. I guess I would classify this as a paranormal-mystery-suspense that is about teenagers, but based on the stories complexity and graphic murder stuff, I would say for an older teen or adult reader.

The story is told from Ann’s point of view, but with the other people she picks up along the way in her head at times too. It was interesting how she could have an internal debate with another person, or a full on conversation with multiple people in her head without others being aware. I thought Anna was a really strong character, she had plenty of opportunities to freak out or break down, yet she kept doing what she felt was needed. She kept a level head in the face of some very trying times, and only once did she do something so utterly stupid I wanted to shake her. I really liked the concept of her knowledge base also- whenever a hitcher passes on, Anna has all the memories, skills, emotions, ect, left behind in her head. She has found ways to use many of them to her benefit (like to pass out of most classes in high school or drive) but others she needed to box up and close off in her mind. This was a very different version of ghosts that I had never heard before and I really enjoyed what the author created here.

This is the first what I can assume is a very complex series (based on how the first book went), and with the way this story ends, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. The Molly mystery might have been solved, but that is just the tip of the iceberg in what is a giant conspiracy (how her conspiracy hitcher would love this). I enjoyed how little hints were left here and there to try to piece together, as well as how all the psychic skills were put to the test. I didn’t mention the side characters, but they were interesting, realistic and just as complex as Anna was. I am excited to see where the next book will take me (hopefully with more romance, but that is just a personal preference).

I received this title in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Rysa Walker is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she was a voracious reader. On the rare occasions when she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stoplight. She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is working on the next installment in The Delphi Trilogy. If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back to her Writing Cave.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting today, Katherine! This sounds like a different and fun read! I love mystery books so this is right up my alley!