Monday, September 2, 2013

Blog Tour Review: Resilient by Patricia Vanasse

Welcome to my stop on the Resilient by Patricia Vanasse Tour hosted by CBB Book Promotions.

Published: 2013 by Pants on Fire Press
Genre: YA Paranormal
Edition: Kindle
Read as part of blog tour

Goodreads Summary

Livia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it’s maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplainable ability has manifested, and her life isn’t about to get any easier.

Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he’s the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia’s accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he’s not alone.

Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can’t read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart.

Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal. 

But she doesn't empathize with him...

 I couldn't pass up signing on for this blog tour since I really enjoy reading about people with supernatural powers. It must stem from my love of all things X-Men.

The Good

I enjoyed the supernatural powers the kids had and diving into them all as they developed. The story is told in dual POVs with Livia and Adam narrating. Each of these characters have powers that they don't understand and that no one else in their families do so it bonded them together (without them even knowing it at first.)

There is the catalyst of some people being after them so an air of mystery and danger follows them through the pages. There were quite a few times that I didn't know who to trust and I love that.

There were also a few things in this book that I haven't read about often before including horses and adopted kids. The change of pace to me was nice as was learning tidbits about things I haven't read up on a lot previously.

The story-line is really great. I am looking forward to the following installment so I can see where all this leads.

The Bad

The characters have a bit of immaturity that annoyed me at times. I'm hoping that this aspect turns into character growth throughout the story-line.

Resilient was mainly learning about the characters, their powers, who to trust, and what the story really is. The ending is a major cliff-hanger and I was disappointed that more didn't happen in this story. All that went on in this book set up the next installment very well, but I feel like with the way it was written and the ending that the second one will actually be better because of it. I was lucky to get to read an epilogue and the first chapter of the next book so I really appreciated that.

The Romance

Adam and Livia make a cute couple. They fit together rather well and since I got to read each of their thoughts, I know they both truly care about each other a lot. They have a very YA love, but it's a nice little romance to read.


Overall the powers and story-line are very interesting and I want to know more about Adam and Livia and where their story goes from here. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book since there is so much going on at the end of this one. Recommended for readers of YA Paranormal that don't mind the cons that I've listed.

About Patricia Vanasse:

Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two adorable children, and two crazy dogs. She has been trough Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength- believes that everything is possible.

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  1. Hmmm, I am fifty fifty on this one. I does sound interesting but doesn't sound super exciting though.

  2. The romance and super powers intrigue me

  3. I liked the chance to get to know the characters and to learn about their pasts, etc. So I guess I was happy with how much happened because if it was more I might have felt like it was rushed. I'm glad you at least mostly enjoyed this one! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

  4. What an awesome read. The book was really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. This sounds like a good read, Jaclyn. I'm intrigued by their superpowers and the mystery you mentioned. The immaturity issue would bother me as well, but I think it's somewhat expected in YA. And hopefully, like you said, the characters will mature in the next book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Resilient.

  6. I'm really looking forward to the next one. For me, this one was a learning experience to get to know the characters and their powers. Thank you so much for the chance to read it and for stopping by!

  7. I'm honestly not sure how you would feel about this one. The characters, the powers, and the plot were fun, but there wasn't a lot of action. With the way it ended, it was a definite set-up for the second one to be a lot more exciting. I think the series overall with be a great one.

  8. They both have a wide range of powers that are very interesting and they meet more characters with powers as well so that was fun. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  9. So glad you enjoyed it! I really appreciate you stopping by :D

  10. Definitely, I don't mind it so much in a YA book because it is a bit expected. The powers, mystery, and romance were very fun to read though. Thank you so much for stopping by :D

  11. This one sounds really interesting and I'm excited if there are horses in it!

  12. Thanks for being part of the tour Jaclyn! I appreciate your honest review, and I promise you that Awakened won't let you down! ;)

  13. Better then good is good.

  14. I also love it when you have no idea who to trust. I can't coach the character to go here or there when I have no idea what's safe! Great review. I hope the next one takes you on an adventure!

  15. Yes, you don't see horses very often so I really enjoyed that! I hope you enjoy it if you get to read it :D Thank you so much for stopping by!

  16. Thank you :D I am really looking forward to Awakened. I really appreciate you stopping by!

  17. :D Yes it is. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  18. I love it so much. I'm over here biting my nails thinking, "Is this person gonna end up bad?", "No, wait, it's this person!", "Hold on, they all can be bad!". It's so much fun. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  19. This book sounds like, something I would love to read. :) I'm adding it to my TBR list. Thank you for giving me the chance to win this great giveaway. I love your blog! :) Good luck to all & Happy Reading

  20. Can't wait to read! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  21. Thanks for the review and giveaway! Yayy!!

  22. So glad to hear that it's something you would like. Thank you so much!!

  23. Thank you so much for stopping by! Good luck.


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