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Embraced
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Science Fiction

Publisher:  self-published ISBN-10:  1479228036
Pages: 

424

Copyright:  Sept 7, 2012 ISBN-13:  9781466468054

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Abby believes the clickings she hears in the fillings of her teeth are messages from aliens. She's right.

Curtis says the clickings in the fillings of my teeth are messages from aliens. He’s 14. What does he know?

The writing paper by my bed is another thing. I didn’t put it there. Curtis says I have to write letters to the editor. Okay, I’ll humor the kid. Can’t do any harm.

Oh My God! Everything I’ve asked for is coming true. I’m so scared, I can’t breathe. Now what do I do? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt
“More drawings?” Curtis gestured at the papers she held.
Abby looked down at the pages and willed her hand to stop trembling. The three pages of code drawings seemed to shimmer and shiver with a life of their own. “Yes. Three pages. From Friday, Saturday, and last night. They’re pretty … they’re … pretty well done, I’d say.”
But Curtis was no longer listening. He waved the papers she’d just handed him and almost shouted with excitement. “These are amazing. Way better than the first drawing you brought us.”
Abby stifled a small grin, but she had to agree. The drawings outclassed her scratches a million times over. “My friend developed instant artistic talent.”
“I’ll say.” Curtis shuffled the pages back and forth. He shook his head slowly and muttered “wow” over and over. Finally he looked up at her. “Miss D, thanks for getting so many. Now we have four to compare. We’ll see if there are any repeated patterns or sequences of symbols. Your friend is great to share these with us.”
“No problem.” Oh God, I’m such a liar. Of course there was a problem, and not just because she was lying to Curtis. My friend. How lame was that? The mere existence of the pages was the real problem. Some nights the clickings chattered incessantly in her fillings, almost driving her crazy. Those were the nights of very little sleep. The weekend had been eerily silent. That was a new phenomenon since Friday, no clickings, instead Coder Guy had begun leaving the pages filled with drawings. Either way—no escaping the code.
A while back, she’d grown tired of sharpening the pencil she used each night and replaced it with a pen, which was now almost out of ink. She’d have to remember to get out a new one tonight. Or maybe not? What would happen if there was no writing utensil?
“What’s so funny?” Curtis asked. Abby hadn’t realized she’d laughed out loud. The lack of pen wouldn’t stop her night visitor. She stifled another burst of laughter she knew bordered on hysteria. Truth was, much as the pages of code scared her, she’d be devastated if no more came. The person—being, alien, Coder Guy—was an integral part of her life now; his existence had established a rhythm that kept her balanced. Or so she thought. Maybe she was completely off her rocker.


Professional Reviews

Intriguing Twists
I find it really strange that this book isn't doing as well as some other books I have seen. The story line is good. The plot keeps you glued to the pages. Each character appears to reach out to readers so am not too sure what is holding this book back.

What I did find fascinating were the twists and turns. A teeny bit similar to that of Agatha Christie's multiple twists that explode in a conclusion that will make you flip through at least parts of the story if not the full book.

Would I recommend this read? Sure, I think it deserves a lot more recognition than it is getting.


Fresh new look at alien intervention
Getting coded messages in your teeth tends to get your attention. Once Abbey realized what this clicking in her teeth really meant the story really takes off. First one, then two, then several aliens all manipulating her as they tried to make a better Earth through this one person. The result takes Abbey through extreme highs and to extreme lows as she tries to cope this concept without going crazy. Very enjoyable read that contains, adventure, suspense, intense love all taking the reader to an unexpected end. Pick up a copy and enjoy this unique and fresh new Sci Fi Thriller.

Personal Pick - Unique
Cover - Truth be told, this is what stopped me from giving it the full five stars. Yes, never judge a book by it's cover but there's so much effort put into the book, I'm surprised the author couldn't do the same with the cover.

Formatting / Appearance - Everything was in place and I have no issues in this section.

Story - I loved this unique story. You have these sci-fi elements that keep you turning the pages and the romance that keeps you entertained. Then, there are the characters. I liked Abby. She seems to be this searching soul who has more strength than she gives herself credit for.

What I liked - The overall concept was fantastic. It's strange cross between City of Angels and Just Like Heaven.

What I didn't like - I've already mentioned the cover. I think the pacing could have been improved. Some sections were smooth and others dragged a little too much.


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