Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"Contact" by Laurisa White Reyes

by Laurisa White Reyes

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Mira wants to die. She's attempted suicide twice already and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.
To make matters worse, Mira's father is being investigated for the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of the miracle drug Gaudium. Shortly after Mira's mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her "condition" Mira knows the truth, but proving it just might get her killed.

"Mira," her voice is quiet and calm. "Do you still have thoughts of killing yourself?"
"I always feel like killing myself."
Parked at the curb is Papa' black Benz. For a split second I wonder if he's come for me himself.
"It's a classic," touching two fingers to her lips and then the dashboard. She follows the same ritual every time she drives and claims it is her best disguise from the paparazzi. "They haven't caught me yet," she adds, pulling into traffic.
"I don't know," Mama says, tilting her towel-turbaned head to one side. "I kind of like the blue. It brings out your eyes."
"Red." Papa passes by my bedroom door with a cursory glance. "Definitely the red."
"Oh, c'mon Mira. Live a little."
Funny. That's what I was trying not to do.
"Mira," he says, "you did everything you could. Don't blame yourself."
Don't blame myself. How can I not blame myself? What's more, how can Papa not blame himself?
"Only after she's gone am I struck with the realization that I haven't seen Papa cry."
"I'm sorry," I say, but the look on his face tells me he's not buying my apology.
"Just give her more time, please. She wants to live."
"He never meant for her to find out."
"Hey, I was wondering when you'd come back for me - if you'd come back for me. I was beginning to think you'd found some other dashingly handsome invalid to dote on."

Featured Review
This is the first book I have read by Laurisa White Reyes. She immediately grabbed my attention in Contact and once I started I couldn't put the story down. The imagination and detail that went into Contact is just beyond epic. I love that Laurisa brought diversity to the table in this story, as a mother with hispanic children it's nice to be able to read stories they can somewhat relate to even if it is Urban Fantasy. I loved the characters, there was never a dull moment, there was always some type of drama unfolding and the suspense kept you on your toes. Can't wait to see what Laurisa brings us next!!

About the Author
Laurisa White Reyes is the Editor-in-chief of Middle Shelf Magazine and the author of two middle grade fantasy novels: The Rock of Ivanore and The Last Enchanter. She is also the mother of five kids, a graduate student, a fan of Broadway musicals, and a lover of all things chocolate.

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