“ Genre: Fiction / Author: Keira Lea / Kindle Edition „
Kelsee Lewis has a new school, a prima donna best friend, and one week to write a hit play. Throw in a self-obsessed mom and an absent executive dad, and it's no wonder she has panic attacks--complete with time-warp special effects. When Kelsee meets comic book maven Quinn, she realizes the attacks give her the ability to rewind time.
Replaying life seems like the best way to erase mistakes. But will second chances leave Kelsee flailing in the orchestra pit alone?
When I read the synopsis for this I was instantly intrigued, and although the story did take quite a while to get started, towards the end of Replay I just couldn't put it down until I found out what had happened.
Something that I really liked about this novel was in the incorporation of chapter titles that matched the main characters ambitions to be a playwright. Which to some extent Kelsee already was, as a large part of the story revolved around the play - 'Predator's ball' - that was written for the school end of year performance. Each chapter was introduced like how a play would read with a small snippet about the location and characters involved in the upcoming scene/act or in this case chapter.
Kelsee was a really likable character she did have a tendency to be a bit of a brat at times, but on the whole I liked her. I found that her 'powers' were sometimes quite confusing because they didn't seem to be consistent, or they continual developed before I had gotten to grips with each stage. Kelsee could slow time, freeze time, fast forward time as well as the ability to make completely different time lines that could alter everything and everyone in her life. At times I wanted a bit more information on her powers and why they just suddenly started, but they certainly made for some exciting consequences.
Replay was a very well written and interesting idea for a YA novel that brought something slightly different to a bit of a saturated paranormal market. Although I don't think that this book was perfect I am still going to be interested to see what Keira Lea is going to do next. The ending of Replay has definitely left a lot of scope for a sequel, which I believe she is currently working on.
To summaries - Good start, a bit of a boring middle and then a great ending. I would recommend it.
Also because this is a self pubbed book I feel like I should say a bit about the writing, in the past I have been completely put off reading anything self pubbed because of bad grammar and terrible writing that really did need a good edit. However, the writing in Replay was good and although there was an odd mistake here and a bit of clunky writing once in a while I wasn't put off and I never once thought of putting it aside.
On a side note I think that Replay has one of the best self published covers that I have seen. The art work suits the story and is memorable. It's important to stand out in the book world and even more so in the self pubbed end and I think Keira Lea has shown a lot of promise in her first book.
(Maybe more like 3.5 stars than 4 - but I thought I should round up rather than down)
Genre - YA, supernatural, time-manipulation
Self published (April 2011)
E-book (under a £2)
Source - I received a copy of 'Replay' by Keira Lea in exchange for an honest review.