Series: Zellie Wells, #1
Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publisher: Self Published
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, the son of her mom’s high school sweetheart. At her sixteenth birthday party, held in the basement of her dad’s church, she finally finds the courage to talk to him. Turns out, the devastating crush is mutual.
As Avery takes her hand and leads her out onto the makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first vision of his death; shocking because not only are they both covered in his blood, but they’re old, like 35, and she is pregnant.
Afraid to tell anyone about the vision, (she’d just be labeled a freaky black magic witch, right?) Zellie keeps the knowledge of Avery’s future to herself and tries to act like any other teenager in love. When they get caught on their way to a secret rendezvous by her mom and his dad, they are forbidden to see each other.
Convinced that their parents are freaking out unnecessarily, Avery and Zellie vow to be together no matter what. They continue their relationship in secret until Zellie learns that their parents are just trying to prevent her and Avery from suffering like they did. The visions are hereditary, they’re dangerous, and if they stay together the visions will come true.
Now Zellie must choose between severing all ties with Avery, like her mom did to prevent his father’s death, and finding a way to change Avery’s future.
Zellie is standing in line to take the communion. Two people ahead of her is Avery, who looks delicious, as usual. She’s so busy staring at Avery she doesn’t see that the people in front of her move along. This results in the woman behind her stepping on her heel and a very loud shriek reverberating through the church. Everyone without hearing aids must have heard that. To make matters worse, she even manages to knock of the massive hat of the woman. Could this be even more embarrassing? Yes it can…. Avery saw everything…
Why couldn’t she just sink into the floor? That way nobody could see her dying of embarrassment. And that was not all, Avery just had to look at her when she tried to remove the bone-dry wafer from her palate. Oh my god! When will this day end? Oh well, at least he sits in front of her so she can spent the rest of the time staring at him and hoping that her latest mishaps will be forgotten before the service ends. And he can’t see her doing stupid things!
However everything changes the day she turns 16. She’s celebrating her birthday with a party and Avery is there too. But when he takes her hand to ask her for a dance (finally!), she get’s a vision. A vision of a pregnant older Zellie who holds a dying Avery in her arms… She manages to shake the disturbing feelings off for the night and spends it blissfully in his arms, but she doesn’t know that this one vision is only the beginning…
The first part of this book rocked. I had to hold my stomach several times, that’s how hard I was laughing. And that’s not something that happens often. I’m more of a quiet giggler 😉 What came after that first part was still fun, with some nice quotes here and there, but the story was less credible and captivating. Sometimes it felt like sentences were missing, or that the author forgot to tell us some very important information. There’s just too much happening and it’s being told in a short amount of pages. I’d preferred it if the pace was more relaxing, with more pages for explanations and room to breathe or to progress everything that just happened.
The romance blossoming between Avery and Zellie happens at the same neck-braking speed. It’s like the seed blossomed in one day! I know there’s an attraction between them and that they’ve checked each other out for a while. But they’re sixteen years old! Even when they have lots of hormones going through their body, I still find it hard to believe that you would take of your shirt the second time you meet! They both didn’t feel like 16 your old teenagers. At times they behaved older or they acted like little children. But never your average sweet 16. It was kinda confusing.
And now the Romeo and Julia concept. Although this isn’t the same story and they don’t die (at least not yet 😉 ), I got the same feeling of star-crossed lovers. And I didn’t like it one bit that their parents tried to keep them apart. I mean, the vision is obviously something that happens way in the future. This means there’s plenty of time to think of something to prevent it from happening. And even if it did happen, they are soul mates, meant to be. So they would have at least some time together they can spend in absolute bliss. Beautiful memories that Zellie can treasure for the rest of her life. What would you choose? Limited time with the love of your life (and a baby)? Or living separately, not able to love each other, in fear that one of you would die? I know what my choice would be!
What I liked most in this story (except from the beginning 😉 ) was the concept of the visions and the powers everyone has. It was well thought off. Almost every question that I had, got answered. And the ones that didn’t, well let’s say they motivate me to read the next book so much more! Cause the ending didn’t help much in creating some anxiety for the next book. It was a Disney ending: too sweet and perfect…
3 HEARTS. The story started very, very good. However the rest of the story was a bit pale in comparison. A lot of things happened in just a couple of pages. I got the feeling that it was a bit rushed and sentences were skipped. I didn’t like the Romeo and Julia, star-crossed lovers very much, but that’s just my opinion. On the other side, the concept of the paranormal powers was well thought of and on the whole: this story was a nice read.
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