I'm celebrating the release of CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel by Jessica Park! This book will blow your mind in a good way!
Title: CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel
Genre: Parnormal Romance
Author: Jessica Park
Cover Designer: The Cover Lure
Release date: February 17, 2015
Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.
When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.
Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.
When the line between life and death blurs.
When an end is just a beginning.
When lust and rage rule.
Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.
Welcome to death tripping.
A thriller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.
I saw many of the teasers for this book leading up to its publication day and thought to myself, "That book sounds interesting," and carried on. I don't even think I read the blurb, or if I did, it was so long ago, I'd forgotten by the time I started reading. Basically I went into the book blind, which is what I'd strongly recommend you do too.
This is a book that needs to be read in order to understand the magnitude of its greatness. Jessica Park has one heck of a mind. Clear is unlike anything she's ever written and much unlike I've ever read before either. Some of the themes are familiar from her other novels, like loss, but the concept of death tripping, is totally new. I don't even know how to begin to explain it. I don't think I could do it justice or I might give too much away.
Let's talk about Stella. I fell in love with her character in the initial pages of the book. I couldn't understand how it was possible she was forgotten by those around her and how she was treated. Then things went from bad to worse and the one spot of brightness for Stella was Sam Bishop. I adored Sam. I had such high hopes when Stella went to find him he'd be able to help her again, but Sam was wrestling with his own secrets and pain. The two of them together were wonderful to watch; they somehow made the others pain lessen. I couldn't get enough of them. I was on the fence when it came to Costa. He might have been Sam's best friend, but I also didn't like what happened to Sam and Stella when he was around.
I read this book in no time and was left wanting more. I sincerely hope Jessica Park writes more set in this fascinating world. She writes in a way that has you trying to connect the dots, but leaves you gasping with surprise at the twists. Her characters are rich and well developed. You can't help but love them and feel their pain. I will admit to raging for the injustices they experienced and bawling and with pain and sadness when it became too much. Read this book and find out why Clear will become your new top favorite, like it did mine.
* Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
About the Author:
Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.
Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24