Friday, October 14, 2016

The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

The Delphi Effect
Rysa Walker
(The Delphi Trilogy, #1)
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
In this thrilling new series from Rysa Walker, the award-winning and best-selling author of Timebound, a teen psychic is the key to stopping a government conspiracy.
It’s never wise to talk to strangers . . . and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.
When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

My Review
The Delphi Effect is a fascinating book. It starts off kind of strange, but in a good way. That's how it sucks you in. Makes you curious. And the farther into the book you get, the more curious you become. The middle of the book is a little slow at times, and I had to force myself through it so I could get back into the swing of things near the end. And, believe me, once you get to the last 20% or so of the book, that's when things get really crazy. 

You've got your main character, Anna, a teenage orphan who has the ability to "pick up" ghosts who are still lurking on Earth, desperate to finish something before moving on. And once they do, she's the lucky owner of their knowledge/talents. Pretty cool, right? Not according to Anna. 

Anna's ability is what sets off the entire story. She's picked up a "hitcher" named Molly, who happens to be a young girl eager to solve her own murder. Anna finds herself, along with her best friend Deo, stuck in a whirlwind of conspiracies, secret government labs, and an organization that will stop at nothing to get Anna into their clutches so they can use her for their own nefarious purpose.

Plot-wise, the book is pretty solid. It's different and unique, while also being fun and entertaining. Sure, it did get slow for me in the middle, but I flew through at least 70% of the book. The ending, like I said, gets pretty crazy, and you will definitely want to finish it as quickly as possible. It left me eager for more.

Character-wise, you've got a plethora of intriguing people to read about. Anna, of course, with her ability. Deo, her best friend, who is a very likeable character. And Aaron, Taylor, and Sam are a few others that you will end up meeting and liking along the way. Of course you can't have a book with no unlikeable characters, and you definitely find a few in The Delphi Effect. Dacia, Graham, Lucas, and at least one other who won't be mentioned because it might spoil things are the people you're going to dislike very much. 

Overall, The Delphi Effect is a really good read. It's full of action, mystery, a dash of paranormal (if you count having abilities paranormal), and a hint of romance. I can't wait for the sequel, and I definitely recommend checking this one out. I rate it four stars. 

Author Bio:
Rysa Walker is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she was a voracious reader. On the rare occasions when she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stoplight. She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is working on the next installment in The Delphi Trilogy. If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back to her Writing Cave.

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2 comments:

  1. Great review! This sounds like a fun book and unique, too! Glad you liked it! :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to the sequel!

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