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School Library Journal
SLJ Reviews 2013 March
Gr 8 Up—Jules Demarco never knows when or where the vision of the explosion will appear. She’s seen it on billboards, windows, the TV at home, and anywhere there is a flat surface. The vision is always the same: a truck running into a building and exploding, then nine body bags laid out. She gets a glimpse of one face-Sawyer Angotti-son of a rival pizzeria-owning family and Jules’s secret crush. Not sure what to do, she thinks the first thing is to warn Sawyer that his life is in danger. Too bad her family has forbidden her to talk to him. As the vision appears more frequently, Jules is certain she’s supposed to figure out the when and where of the explosion and stop it from happening. In the process, her family believes that she’s starting down the same slippery slope her father and grandfather have been on. The story is told from Jules’s point of view, which gives readers access to her thought processes and the vision itself. It alternates between seriousness and humor as she describes life at school and working in the family’s pizzeria. As with her “Wake” series (S & S), McMann has created a strong female character determined to do what she must. An excellent first book in a new series.—Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Public Library, IL
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Booklist Reviews 2013 January #1
Sixteen-year-old Jules Demarco sees a vision, first on billboards and then everywhere: a snowplow crashes into a building causing it to explode, and then there are nine body bags. “It’s like a movie trailer with no sound, no credits. And nobody sees it but me.” Jules’ mission—once she puts aside issues of her own sanity—is to figure out when and where the accident is happening and try to prevent it. Mixed in is a long-standing family rivalry with the Agottis, owners of the other Italian restaurant in town (the DeMarcos live above their restaurant), and Jules’ forbidden love for classmate Sawyer Agotti. The popular author of the Wake trilogy and Cryer’s Cross (2011) will please her large fan base with this readable mystery, which has suspense, romance, and strong supporting characters in Jules’ siblings, Trey and Rowan. While the plot is a little slow to start, it speeds up enough midway through to ensure readers will be flipping the pages. The unexpected ending will leave many in disbelief and anticipating the second book in the series. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
The Horn Book
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Jules sees the vision–a truck hitting a building and exploding–everywhere; is she seeing the future or is she insane? Hoping for the former, she risks looking crazy to try to save the people in her vision: her family’s business rivals and their son, whom she secretly loves. This suspenseful series opener is fast paced and features a likable heroine.
Voice of Youth Advocates Reviews
VOYA Reviews 2013 February
When Jules Demarco looks at the world, every surface is covered with a vision of a horrific accident, played out on TV screens, billboards and windows, in which a runaway truck crashes into a busy restaurant. What a shock when she realizes the scene of that future crash is the Italian restaurant run by her family’s bitter rivals, the Angottis. In spite of family antipathy, Jules has loved Sawyer Angotti since grade school and she cannot let him die. Afraid people will think she is crazy (her father is depressive and a hoarder), she races to puzzle out when the accident will happen and stop it on her own, before the fiery explosion and the nine body bags in the snow become reality. Tension builds to a spectacular climax and to the revelation that even though the tragedy is narrowly averted, the visions have not stopped—for Jules or, to her amazement, for Sawyer Readers will devour this riveting story. The combination of mystery, suspense, and paranormal abilities makes for a sure winner. Complex family situations, strong characterization, and fluid writing add to the book’s appeal. The support Jules receives from her puzzled but loyal siblings is endearing and the cause of the split between the Demarcos and Angottis is suitably shocking. A promising start to a new series, this title is highly recommended for school and public libraries.—Kathleen Beck 4Q 4P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.