Apr 27, 2013

Sketchy by Olivia Samms Review

Sketchy by Olivia Samms
(Bea Catcher Chronicles, #1)
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing; 238 pages
The first book in a series about 17 year old Bea Washington, an edgy, charismatic outsider and recovering addict, who discovers that with her new-found sobriety, she has a disturbing new ?skill? ? an ability to see, and draw, people's thoughts. Alarmingly, these visions are only getting stronger and increasing in frequency. As another girl in school is raped and left for dead, Bea must come to terms with her talent, learn to face her own truth, and try to help identify and stop the killer before he strikes again.

This book is dark, the content that is talked about is definitely tough subjects for a lot of people (drug/alcohol addiction, rape, murder) but if you can get passed that, it's a great read. The characters are very realistic and people you wished you had in high school. The ability to be able to sketch what a person is thinking is pretty insane but absolutely comes in handy.

The book starts off pretty intense. Two boys sneak away from school to smoke a joint and stumble upon a girl from their school, Willa, who was missing and she's in bad shape. We find out later she was raped and left for dead - very lucky to be alive. Then we meet Bea, who has been clean for three months and counting. She's just getting out of rehab and relocating schools since she was kicked out of her last school.

Ever since Bea got clean she's been able to see things but only when she draws. Her first time realizing something was weird with her was when she was in rehab and drawing her roommate; something changed and she automatically started drawing a small fetus inside the womb and that's when she knew her roommate was pregnant. The follow day, it was confirmed. Talk about creepy, right?

But when trying to find a rapist / murderer, this gift comes in handy. But it also puts her in a lot of danger; danger she doesn't realize.

I adore her friendship with Chris, who is someone she met previously at a summer camp. He's a lot like her yet they're not carbon copies of each other. He makes her feel at home in a place that's completely new to her; he's there for her during a time that is extremely hard. Helping her each and every day to make sure she stays sober.

This is another one of those books not filled with romance and I'm definitely thankful for that. It wouldn't fit, with a story as dark as this. Now I'm not saying there isn't anything I'm just saying it's not one of the main focuses on the story and I'm grateful for that. However, there's two guys and I'm not sure if it's going to be a love triangle or not. We have her ex-boyfriend, Marcus who was also her drug dealer and then we have the mysterious, older Sergeant Daniels. (I must also note I cracked up when I found out his first name. I will not spoil it because it will ruin the humor of it all)

While I can't say I enjoyed this story, per say, because of it's content I can say I appreciated the story and how it was told. It's definitely a tough subject to not only talk about but for someone to write about it and it was done in a way that seems realistic and kind (not exactly the word I'm going for but it's late). This is a first in a series and I am hooked enough to want to read more. I especially want to see where her friendship with Sergeant Daniels is going to go and how she will use her gift in the next book.

Thank you to Amazon Childrens Publishing for sending me a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

(It must also be noted that while this book is getting a 3.5 star rating and that's categorized as 'Totally Swoon-worthy' that's not the case here . . . just a fyi)

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