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Insight: 1

Insight - Jolene Perry Having heard such great things about Jolene Perry's books I jumped at the chance to read one of them. Although it's funny that it's the cover for book 2 that initially attracted me to it. While this one is nice, the sequel's cover is so pretteh! As for the book, overall I thought it was a pretty fun read, though some aspects of it definitely stopped me from loving it. The most prominent of these aspects is the forced nature, or stiffness, from the characters and events. It's hard to even pinpoint examples as it was mostly a feeling that I got throughout the book in regards to the characters' reactions, dialogue, as well as the flow of the story. Some of it seemed artificial to me, to either push a point, or insure certain plot developments. Nevertheless, the book kept my interest, even to the point of having me reflect on her situation hours afterwards--what it would be like to see visions every time you touch someone, not knowing if it's the past or present, or if you could potentially save someone's life. What would I do with these visions? Although not the first time I come across a similar premise, I had fun with it and it was well executed for the most part. We did get some hints on the cause of her ability, where it came from and why she has it, but it didn't go very deep in that area. This novel seemed to have been mostly about Micah coming to terms with her situation and being around people. Learning more about what she can and can't change as well as opening up about it. The sequel will hopefully go into more details about the legend we're introduced to, including the creepy shadows she's sensing in the woods.The romance is one part that I did enjoy regardless of the lack of truly deep emotional output, which is surprising, considering. I thought it was a realistic portrayal of a teenage romance with the expected amount of mistrust and skepticism, but also wanting to jump all in. The love interest, Landon, is a sweet guy, however I was not convinced of his turning from player to perfectly loyal boyfriend in such a short time. All in all there could have been some improvement in character development and growth towards not just Landon, but Micah as well. Neither are unlikeable, but they aren't especially memorable either. Even though it was a little stilted, the book is interesting and I was told that the sequel is worlds better, which is always encouraging when you didn't completely love the first installment. Knowing this, I will most likely be continuing with the series and hopefully find the flow more natural in books to come. --A copy was provided by author for review.For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads