5 star rating
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.
How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.
Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.
Where oh where to start I absolutely loved this story I have never ever read anything like this before I feel in love with the story right from the start . My husband had to remind me to come get dinner as I was into the book and didn't realise how much time had gone by. I loved the fact that no one has written anything like this before which makes it even better . And the fact that the main characters are strong and never back down helps a lot as well . I am a huge YA fan and this is one book that doesn't disappoint in the least I will be picking up the next book ASAP. I have left rave reviews all over the net for this one......
I mean seriously who can go wrong with amazing glowing blue parts lol . Olivia is a fantastic main character and so strong in herself I felt myself very pulled to her from the start , it seems like she really doesn't have much in the line of a real loving family environment . Her father has passed away and she is left with a mother who really doesn't have the time of day for her . So when the new boy comes into school , you can really understand why is acts the way she does . I couldn't help but laugh out loud during the first 2 chapters . The way Ripley wrote it was fantastic , There is nothing better then a book that gets you to laugh , cry and just plain get mad at the characters. Once I was finished reading this story I also started to read this to my son who has autism and was having an extremely bad night . I was surprised when he started to calm down and really get into the story line himself . It takes a lot to get my little man to snap out of a mood but Ripley's writing did just that and helped take him to another place and time . His favourite character was Yale , he couldn't stop laughing his head off when he found out where his PSS was located .
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read outside the box and have a story line like no other . It is full of laughs , battles and a few egos along the way .
Stay tuned for the review of book 2
ABOUT THE AUTHORRipley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.
Ripley doesn't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.
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