Thursday, July 3, 2014

Book Review: Pulled (A Flawed Short Story)

Eight-year-old Juniper has been labeled many things—troubled kid, orphan, runaway—but none of her foster families have known what she really is: a girl with a unique and brutally inconvenient ability to teleport.

Her spontaneous jumps are not only beyond her control, they get her into trouble. When Juniper disappears, no one believes her wild stories, so she's stopped trying to convince them.

One day when Juniper gets pulled away, finding her way back is harder than ever. Stranded on the side of a deserted highway, she must rely on her own instincts to determine who is a creepy stranger and who she can trust.
Resourcefulness may get her home, but is getting home enough when you don't have parents that love you?

Juniper knows something most people don’t: there are others like her with unexplained abilities. Until now, she’s exercised stranger-danger caution, but maybe these people can offer what she needs.

Will Juniper find a family she can share her secrets with?

Pulled is a standalone story set in the same world as Empath. Juniper is able to teleport but she is unable to control it. The author makes the abilities appear as a flaw but I'm glad to see that someone in the story sees these abilities as special and unique. As someone who would love to have a special ability I didn't love being told that it was a flaw but I am glad to see that not everyone in the story believes that.

I enjoyed Pulled from a younger person's perspective. It's been awhile since I've read a story from an eight year old's perspective but don't let the age deter you. Juniper is clever for her age. I'm terrible with directions so I'm sure if I was her age I would have gotten lost easily.

I had a good time following Juniper on her adventure as she struggles with her ability and trying to find a place to belong. It's something people today still struggle with and I think it's still a universal problem. Becca Campbell hits the nose on the head drawing you to empathize with the young Juniper.

I liked the addition of the side character. She has a very intriguing ability. One that I don't see or hear of too often. It's one I'd definitely be more interested in reading about.

The ending was a bit too abrupt for me. I'd like to have seen more about the minor characters and what they planned to do. At least a little bit of closure between Juniper and the other side character's relationship. It's not a huge deal but I thought they had a bit of a connection or at least developed a little bit of a rapport together.

Overall, it's a good short story and a quick read. I'd highly recommend it if you enjoyed Empath.

3.3 out of 5 rating for me

(An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

Author Bio

Becca J. Campbell is the author of the New Adult Romantic Science Fiction novels Foreign Identity and Gateway to RealityNew Adult Romantic Paranormal Thriller Empath (The Flawed Series #1), and Sub-Normal, a series of Science Fiction short stories.

An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity. You can find her on her Author BlogFacebookTwitterGoodreadsPinterest, and Amazon.

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