Author: Lisa McMann
Narrator: Allyson Ryan
Length: 5 hrs., 18 mins.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
My Review: I’m a sucker for a good series and Crash begins the Visions series by Lisa McMann with a bang, literally. Sixteen-year-old Jules Demarco has a busy life between school and working at her family’s restaurant. Her depressed hoarder father rules the roost with an iron fist and her mother doesn’t lack behind in her strictness.
Thankfully, Jules doesn’t face the world alone. Her siblings, older brother Trey and younger sister Rowan, add great characters to this audiobook! I love Trey’s personality and humor, even at awkward times. Rowan may sound sweet and innocent but I can see her developing into a stronger character in future books.
Jules’ mind is blown when things start appearing on billboards and signs around her. Everyone sees the Jose Cuervo billboard.. except Jules. The same scene plays over and over. A snowplow barrels down the road, jumps the curb, smashes through the front of a building and blows up. Then there’s 9 body bags laying in the snow and only one face is visible… Sawyer.
Crash’s Romeo and Juliet feeling is obvious from the first mention of Jules’ love interest Sawyer Angotti. Sawyer’s parents and family run the rival Italian restaurant and both families have a mutual hatred for one another. Except Jules and Sawyer… They’ve loved each other since childhood but were separated when the families learned of their friendship.
The best part? The secret is more than lost business between the restaurants, it’s much deeper. And darker. Jules has to act fast to solve the clues in her vision and try to save the day. Nine people’s lives are counting on her to save them, but they have no idea of the danger dangling in the midst.
Crash was a great listen and I would recommend it to any young adult. The plot and characters kept my attention from beginning to end with lots of drama and action. The dynamics between Sawyer and Jules were awesome and I’m hoping to feel more of that spark in book two.
I’m really impressed with Crash and I’m thinking of dabbling in McMann’s other works.
Narrator Review: Allyson Ryan did a wonderful job of narrating. I found her annunciation to be a little much in the beginning but I adjusted quickly and enjoyed her reading. She packed great emotion into Jules’ character and my heart ached for the character during the dramatic, heartfelt scenes.
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