Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday Feature: Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley



Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth. Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she‘s compelled to utter. Blessed—or cursed—with the power of an Oracle who cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to avoid anyone and everyone. 
 
But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls at school who ever showed her any kindness, disappears. Any time Aria overhears a question about Jade, she inadvertently reveals something new, a clue or hint as to why Jade vanished. But like stray pieces from different puzzles, her words never present a clear picture.
 
Then there’s Alex, damaged and dangerous, but the first person other than Jade to stand up for her. And Will, who offers a bond that seems impossible for a girl who’s always been alone. Both were involved with Jade. Aria may be the only one who can find out what happened, but the closer she gets to solving the crime, the more she becomes a target. Not everyone wants the truth to come out.

My thoughts:
First, I love the name Aria, and considering she almost sings her answers in a very prophetic manner, the name really suited this character. Aria has a gift, but she sees it as a curse because it makes her different from everyone else. She can't ignore questions. That means she mutters to herself in class, walking down the hall, and even when watching TV. And what really bothers Aria is that she doesn't always understand her own answers.

So when a girl from her school goes missing, Aria finds herself in a really awful situation. Everyone has questions about Jade, and Aria has answers. She just can't figure out what they mean. And when the two biggest suspects, Jade's boyfriend and the guy she's been seeing on the side, both want to befriend Aria, things get even stranger.

I have to admit I figured out who the killer was, but I still enjoyed the story. Decoding Aria's riddle-like answers was a lot of fun. This is definitely an enjoyable thriller.

16 comments:

  1. I like the sound of that. Congratulations to Kimberly!

    Have a happy Independence Day!

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  2. I love her name. I'll have to add it to my summer reading list.

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  3. That sounds interesting! Her name does fit. I like that.

    Happy 4th of July :D

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  4. Ooh, I do love the name Aria. Very pretty! And I like murder mysteries, but it sounds like you figured it out fairly early on?

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    1. I swear I'm cursed when it comes to figuring out books. I'm the same way with movies and TV shows.

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  5. You are very intuitive, Kelly, to have figured out who the killer was early on! This does sound like a very interesting book and I do love the name Aria.
    Happy belated 4th of July! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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    1. I wish I didn't find out the bad guy so early on but I usually do. Still this was an enjoyable read and I definitely recommend it. :)

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  6. Sounds interesting premise. Hope you had a great 4th!

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  7. Thanks for reviewing this book, the premise is intriguing! I do have a question... If someone is forced to answer truthfully, it could be the mere opinion and not truly fact. For example: Aria, is black licorice delicious? Yes, she says. Bleh!!!! says I, that's not true, Aria!!!

    Okay, I know, but I do wonder about that--just like Abraham Lincoln, just because he was honest, didn't mean that his words were true science.

    :)
    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

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    1. It was really cool how Aria didn't always understand her answers. It was like she was channeling someone else. It was really well done.

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