Book Review: Slide (Slide #1) by Jill Hathaway

Posted September 12, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 7 Comments

Title: Slide
Series: Slide #1
Author:  Jill Hathaway
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre:  Paranormal
Size: 250 pages
Release Date: March 27th 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins
Source: NetGalley
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | BN | The Book Depository

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth–her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

I’m slumped at my desk, fighting to keep my eyes open.

Slide has a pretty interesting premise.  Rather than the usual psychic type abilities, Vee has the ability to actually see out of other people’s eyes and view/experience what they are seeing and doing for as long as she remains with them.  She can’t control who she slides into or when and finds that learning other people’s secrets this way is really not the fun that one might imagine.  When she slides into a murderer she knows that she now actually has to do something about her gift/curse without the whole world thinking her insane.

I loved the character of Vee and found her completely believable.  I also adored Rollins, but then you all know that I almost always am rooting for the best friend in the relationship triangles…and on that note…this is a book with yet another triangle…but it was only mildly annoying!

This book is fast paced and fluid…Jill Hathaway writes with a clear, concise style that will please many.  She also proves her skill at writing about complicated relationships.  I will confess however that I was a bit disappointed with the mystery portion and the final resolution.

On the whole Slide was a quick entertaining read that will be sure to please YA Paranormal fans.

3 Timepieces!


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7 responses to “Book Review: Slide (Slide #1) by Jill Hathaway

  1. I thought this was a really interesting premise too Melissa! I could have done without the triangle (I could do without all love triangles:), but like you, thought it was fun, quick read even if it didn’t blow me away.

  2. I just picked this up from the library and will be reading it soon. I like mystery type YA books so I think this will be right up my alley. Loved the review. 🙂

  3. I thought this was a super easy, very fast read too. I wasn’t sure that I’d love it, but I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I’m so glad you enjoyed it even though you had a few issues.

  4. I agree with you Melissa, I too was disappointed with the mystery portion and the final resolution! It was such an awesome premise it almost made it MORE of a letdown that the mystery wasn’t there. The ending just didn’t feel right either. :/ I was quite bummed with this one. I’m glad you enjoyed it despite having some issues though, I did find myself turning the pages all the way to the end so it can’t have been THAT bad 🙂

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