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Friday, June 7, 2013

Review: Disintegrate by Christine Klocek-Lim


Title: Disintegrate
Series: No
Author: Christine Klocek-Lim
Published: April 2013, Evernight Teen
Format: Ebook provided for review

Emily just wanted a normal life: a boyfriend, college, two parents who loved her. Instead, her dad disappeared when she was fourteen and her life at college is anything but ordinary.

When you can manipulate matter like putty and you have no idea why, how do you pretend to be like everyone else? What happens when you meet a guy who has the same powers? Do you trust him to help you find the answers you need?

Emily desperately wants to believe that Jax can help, but the stakes grow higher than she’d ever expected: someone is after them and they’re not afraid to use violence to get what they want.

Disintegrate is the story of Emily, and her life after she meets Jax. Emily is a bit different from most teens. For one, she’s in college and she’s only seventeen. Oh, and two, she has special abilities. Yep. She can warp physical matter. Pretty cool, right? It’s actually pretty neat, watching her as she warps something, and then swipes her hand back over it to bring it to its original state. And as the story goes on, her powers grow. I really enjoyed watching her evolve into something a little bit more badass than when she first started out.

But one night, while out for a bit, she feels compelled to go into this hole in the wall bar. She even has to beg the bouncer to just let her in, since she is underage. But she knows she has to get in, she’s just drawn to it and a voice she hears singing from outside. And when she gets in she sees him. Jax. And he sees her. And the two of them are drawn together. When he finishes his set he’s on his way over to introduce himself to her.  Jax is sexy, with his fabulous voice and guitar playing.  I instantly like him.  And then he turns out to be caring and sensitive, and it just makes me like him even more.

The story itself was pretty easy and enjoyable, for the most part. I really liked Emily and Jax, their growing relationship was nice and comfortable. And when it comes out and they both discover they both have the ability to manipulate matter, I’m so happy for them! They’ve felt alone their whole lives, independently. And now they have each other to confide in and lean on. And everyone needs that in their lives.

But it isn’t long before everything goes to hell for them, and they are being hunted by some bad guys, mercenaries of some sort. From here on out, while I still enjoyed the story very much, I had some trouble with it. I felt like it was kind of missing some back story, to help fill in some gaps. I would have also really liked some more detail, to help flesh it all out some more. There were definite times where it felt like it was jumping from scene to scene without a clear path in the middle, and moved a bit too fast for my tastes.

But even lacking the detail I was looking for, the ultimate storyline was pretty interesting; lots of drama and action. As time went on and they were on the run, I didn’t really continue to feel as invested in them though. It just kind of lost it for me, and that was a bit disappointing. All in all, it was a good story, but lacked the whatever it is that I wanted to see to just reach out and grab me.


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