Sherry has always known there was something out there. She’s eighteen, works for a tabloid newspaper in Chicago and has a brother, Danny who is a lazy mooch. They live a pretty normal dull life with hippie parents and a normal existence. Then the moon dissapears and people start to go missing only to reappear later, but different. Sherry has an abusive ex-boyfriend who shows up and claims to be one of these beings that have been showing up around the world. He’s no longer the same person in that body. He tells her he has come to protect her and her brother and takes her underground, against her will to save her, where they meet others like them. She begins to unravel the truth about Merrick, about what he’s really doing here, about the way he looks at her, about the crazy dangerous world they live in. Can he convince her that he’s here to help? Will she like what she finds when she opens up to the truth? Will he be the one to love her when everyone else has failed her? Will he be able to protect her?
Collide takes the concept of there are “others among us” to a different level. Keepers and Lighters are what would otherwise be known as Angels and Demons in other paranormal books, however these being are not specified as having come from Heaven and hell but from a whole other place. So throughout the book you pretty much see these beings as Alien Angels…weird, I know. What was even more weird is the fact that the evil “demon like” characters are known as Lighters which is only a little ironic…only a little. Anyway, Merrick just happens to be one of the Keepers, the good guys, sent down to protect what are known as Specials. I won’t go too far into the plot so as to avoid spoilers, but lets just say that Merrick is a little more focused on a certain someone rather than his Special.
When I first started reading this book, I was intrigued by the different names of these beings and new creatures, as well as the inevitable apocalypse already unfolding. Sherry, the main character makes for a strong female lead who takes charge, whilst Merrick makes for an attractive paranormal yet slightly passive male romantic lead. He is protective of Sherry, yet very hesitant at first, so there is some obvious struggle, which I enjoy in romantic books. It can’t just all be peaches and cream. However, this book took a downward turn.
The constant aggravation of this book was it’s inability to get to the problem at hand. Sure there were some definite suspenseful moments, but no sooner they started, they died out. I kept waiting for a climax that never came. There was honestly no discernible peak in this story. The telling of the character relationships and mundane day-to-day life seemed to drag on too long for my liking. I also felt like there were a few too many repetitive scenes as well. Yes there were some sweet romantic ones too, but there was just not enough paranormalness to back it up. If a plot line promises doom from the beginning there should be constant action and not so many nonchalant filler scenes, yes they can happen, just don’t drag them out. Please and thank you.
Would I suggest you read Collide? Well…if you really want to, it’s readable, and the next book could show some promise based on how the first ended. There just was not a big enough cliffhanger to keep me going with it. I would like to know if anyone has read this series though and if they think its worth continuing…comment below.
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