Monday, March 14, 2016

Magnetic Shift by Lucy D. Briand : ARC Book Review #2016DeAuthC

Title: Magnetic Shift
Author: Lucy D. Briand
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Press
Published Date: March 15th 2016
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance
Page Count: 260
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★.75

Goodreads Summary: 
The ability to magnetize and manipulate metal with the flick of her wrist makes seventeen-year-old Lexi Adams a crack mechanic, but it’s a disaster in the making when her stepdad trades her skills to NASCAR team owner Dean Grant for an entire season’s worth of sponsorship ads.

Now Lexi has no other choice but to suck it up and hope she can keep her magnetic impulses under control—that is, until she runs into NASCAR’s hot new rookie, Colton Tayler.

When Carl Stacy, the ruthless team owner of the defending Cup Champion, discovers Lexi’s secret and plots to use it to ruin Dean’s race team for good, Lexi must either expose her ability to save Colton, risking Dean’s career and her own freedom in the process, or watch the only guy she’s ever fallen for race to his death.


 My Review:
"I am who I am because of the cards I've been dealt. I know that now. My life wasn't all bad."


Before I say anything else about this book, I should say that my copy of this book was missing some parts here and they're so I might have missed something. (I doubt it, but it's possible.)

I really struggled with this book and it ended up falling a little flat for me.
I was expecting this to be a story about a girl mechanic that has an ability that helps her be able to do repairs super fast. Instead what I got was a teen romance story with racing and a small amount of actual mechanic work.
I feel like I should also mention that I haven't watched much NASCAR at all, but I do have a brother who would watch car repair shows all the time growing up and still talks about repairing cars and car parts all the time so I did have a fairly good grasp on what she should be doing to repair the cars.
 Lexi ended up only repairing the car once and we only saw her go to the shop once and work their as well. Most of the time she just ended up following Dean and Colton and doing her school work.
Lexi was constantly working on controlling her ability and going back and forth from avoiding Colton to being inseparable from him.
I feel like if you go into this book thinking of it as a romance you will enjoy it, but if you go into it thinking it's going to be about cars you will be highly disappointed.

The story-line itself was well paced except for the part right before the ending where we jumped forwards a couple months which was a little strange.
I think they're could either be a book two for this story, or maybe even a novella because it does end with a potential opening for another one.

"For the first time since Mama died, I had a home, a purpose. People actually cared about me and wanted to help me achieve something better than the solitary life I'd envisioned for myself. Funny how I needed to leave to realize and appreciate all that. "

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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