Saturday, June 30, 2012

Review: Shift by Em Bailey

Title: Shift
Author: Em Bailey 
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Source: Local Library 
Format: Hard Cover

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Olive Corbett is definitely NOT crazy.

Not anymore. These days she takes her meds like a good girl, hangs out with her best friend Ami, and stays the hell away from the toxic girls she used to be friends with.

She doesn’t need a boyfriend. Especially not a lifesaver-type with a nice smile. And she doesn’t need the drama of that creepy new girl Miranda, who has somehow latched on to Olive's ex-best friend.

Yet from a distance, Olive can see there's something sinister about the new friendship. Something almost... parasitic. Maybe the wild rumours ARE true. Maybe Miranda is a killer.

But who would believe Olive? She does have a habit of letting her imagination run away with her… (taken from 
Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Until it isn't.

My sister actually recommended Shift to me, and based on her stellar review, I knew it it'd be an intriguing read. The cover itself hints at mystery and danger. I'd never read a book about identity theft before, and I was fascinated by the idea of shape shifters in the read, non-paranormal world.

Olive is such a relatable character, despite her "Incident" and psychological trauma. Her wit and entertaining thoughts make it easy for any reader to get inside her head. Halfway through the story, Bailey drops a major plot bomb that shocks most of her readers. I, unfortunately, guessed at the twist before it happened, so I wasn't quite as blown away. However, it is still a brilliant turn of events.

The concept of stalkers and obsessions has always freaked me out. Ever since I devoured Laurie Faria Stolarz's Blue Is For Nightmares series, I've been on the hunt for more creepy mysteries. The eerie settings and paranoia that Olive experiences create a freaky feel. Although I was able to guess much of the plot, there were a few surprises along the way. There's no way someone will be able to predict all of these twists and turns.

Olive's romance with the new boy in school, aka "the life saver," is adorable. However, would a guy who barely knows Olive really chase after a girl who rejects him multiple times and is the teeniest bit crazy? I'm not sure. Even so, their friends-turned-more relationship made this novel even more addictive.

Overall, Shift is an intriguing trip into the mind of a young girl haunted by an obsessive friend and her own internal turmoil. Lovers of murder mysteries and spooky tales should definitely look into this book.

Rating: 4 Stars