The Doctor said I should be dead. My heart beat furiously. I looked up at the flashes of lightning in the sky. Yes, I should be dead. Why wasn’t I?
Seventeen year old Lisa Brown’s life is falling apart.
First, her mother and father divorce, then their house forecloses and now, her mother has decided to commit herself to a psychiatric hospital. If that weren’t enough, she must leave sunny south Florida to attend a boarding school full of geniuses in cold, Lynn, Massachusetts. The city where the locals chant “Lynn, Lynn, city of sin; you never come out the way you went in.” And, they aren’t kidding. Lisa must live in a tiny shack with two strange teenagers, a dog named Pig who growls when you look at him and a cat named Rat. “Mind the cat,” everyone says.
What the heck is wrong with this place? Lisa thinks she’s landed in her own house of horrors with the anti-social Alex and his facetious sister Ally. But, the real drama begins the day she is struck by lightning…
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In this book we meet Lisa, she is being sent to live with a distant Aunt, who she has never met before, who runs a boarding school in Massachusetts, while her Mother goes to live in a psychiatric hospital (I’ll come back to this later). She is not happy with this, not least because it involves leaving Florida and all of her friends.
On arriving at her Aunt’s she is met with two unusual characters, Alex and Ally. They seem to talk in riddles, appear out of nowhere, and don’t socialise. There are also a couple of very strange pets who don’t like to be touched and seem rather aggressive.
Then she is hit by lightening and things go from strange to out of this world.
To start with this book had a really interesting premise and this is what kept me reading, but it wasn’t as well formed or written as I would like. I felt like there was a lot missing from the story in terms of character and plot development and that really not a lot happened.
I didn’t feel very connected to the protagonist, Lisa, and felt much of the story was awkward and disjointed. There wasn’t a comfortable flow to the story and I felt much more could have been made of the suspense and developing many of the supporting characters.
I felt very uncomfortable with the way mental health was referred to in this book and almost gave up on this book as a result after only a few pages. It was very stigma heavy and used references to mental health that made me very unhappy. I understand that the book was trying to put across the relationship between Lisa and her Mother and how her Mother’s mental health issues were upsetting to Lisa but I felt it was done in a very insensitive way at a time when we need to be knocking down walls of stigma, especially for young adults.
I also felt very offended at the naming of the dog as Bipolar just because it was friendly one moment and aggressive the next, this showed a massive misunderstanding of what bipolar disorder is.
Overall this was a good and enjoyable read but not a series I will continue.
Thank you very much to Christina Leigh Pritchard via Xpresso Book Tours for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Title: C I N
Series: C I N #1
Author: Christina Leigh Pritchard
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
Publication Date: 8 April 2010
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
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