Sunday, January 13, 2013

Parallel by Claudia Lefeve

Etta Fleming is an orphan who has bounced from one foster home to the next all her life.  And each time she's finished at each family, she has been returned to Dominion Home for Girls.  This year, she was picked up after her most recent family turned out to be downright criminals; and the father died.  However, this year is different.  Etta is going to be eighteen soon; so she'll be out on her own after this.  Without any money and a family adopting her, she isn't sure what to do with herself.
This is until she meets Cooper Everett at the nearby coffee house; a hot-looking guy who buys her a cup of coffee while she's waiting around for her best friend, Jaime.  As they begin to talk, Jaime drags her back to Dominion Home and tells Etta that Cooper isn't the kinda guy she wants to be with.  Cooper had been asking around the place before she showed up - well before!
One afternoon, Etta goes back to the coffee house to get away from the home.  She hopes to be back before curfew - which is 8pm.  And as she sits down, she finds Cooper is making his way to her again.  He tries to talk to her again, but Jaime shows up again and tries to pull her away.  This time, he takes a chance; and so does Etta.  They drive away in his car and he tells her that she doesn't belong there; and she's badly needed back where she originally came from.  Where? In this reality.  However, will Etta believe him?  Will she go back with a man she hardly knows?  And if she does, will everything be the same as before?  If not, how much will have changed?

I stumbled upon this free book on iTunes and thought to have a read of it.  Being a person who doesn't normally read Young Adult, I had a quick skim of the first few chapters and soon found myself reading further along.  This book has pulled me in and I have enjoyed the time traveling part of it.  It's a lot of fun and has it's funny parts as you're pulled along in Etta's thoughts and feelings how she deals with being introduced to new things about herself she didn't know.

Claudia Lefeve was born and raised in the Gulf Coast border town of Brownsville, Texas; a curious place where folks see curanderas in lieu of shrinks, tortillas are served at every meal, and even gringos speak Spanish. PARALLEL, the first book in The Travelers series, is her debut YA speculative novel. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and one precocious pug.   


  1. Oh, this sounds like an interesting book to read. I enjoy reading books from the Young Adult genre. In fact I've purchased a YA book yesterday while out daytripping with my hubby.

    1. I didn't think I'd like when I began reading first... however before long, I found I just couldn't put it down. :D

      Dontcha love books that do that to you? They're sneaky like that? Yeah, me too. :D