Destiny has a way of catching up...
Saddled with powers she doesn't understand, Etta Fleming's world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of.
One minute, she's an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy.
Plucked from the only world she's ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn't know, and a best friend who can't know.
So....I got an iPad for Christmas and, despite insisting I never wanted a kindle because there will never be anything like feeling the pages as you turn them, I couldn't resist having a look at what books were available to download. The cover of Parallel caught my eye, and the blurb sounded interesting too, as it would provide me with the relatively light read that I was looking for. I'd been struggling to find a book to read, which could hold my interest, since finishing The Hunger Games and Angelfall. This book did the job nicely.
I'm not saying this book is perfect - at one point the author refers to the wrong character in a scene, which was slightly confusing and I found myself re-reading and re-reading the paragraph trying to work out if it was me being stupid or not, before deciding it wasn't and moving on. I, personally, found this forgivable as I am used to reading proof copies where the odd mistake like that aren't totally uncommon. However, if I had paid for the book, I would have been slightly more annoyed and it does slightly put me off paying for the follow up books.
However, I am desperate to know what happens. Book 1 leaves you on a bit of a cliff hanger, a cliff edge which you want to jump off to plummet head first into the next book, Paradox, in order to find out what becomes of Etta.
The storyline is interesting and the characters are well drawn. This book is a Young Adult book, but being now, in my late-20's, I found it perfectly enjoyable. There were times where I had to re-read paragraphs to catch on to the mechanics of the plot, but overall it was a very enjoyable, fairly short and lighthearted read.