Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on the Ask Me Blog Tour! I am excited to take part in the tour, and I have a review of Ask Me below.
About the Book
Author: Kimberly Pauley
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mythology
Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth. Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she‘s compelled to utter. Blessed—or cursed—with the power of an Oracle who cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to avoid anyone and everyone.
But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls at school who ever showed her any kindness, disappears. Any time Aria overhears a question about Jade, she inadvertently reveals something new, a clue or hint as to why Jade vanished. But like stray pieces from different puzzles, her words never present a clear picture.
Then there’s Alex, damaged and dangerous, but the first person other than Jade to stand up for her. And Will, who offers a bond that seems impossible for a girl who’s always been alone. Both were involved with Jade. Aria may be the only one who can find out what happened, but the closer she gets to solving the crime, the more she becomes a target. Not everyone wants the truth to come out.
About the Author
Kimberly Pauley is the award-winning author of Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA
Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and a paranormal mystery starring an oracle, called Ask Me. Born in California, she has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband and son. She is also the founder of YA Books Central, one of the first and largest teen book websites in the world. Visit her online at www.kimberlypauley.com
My Review of Ask Me
Ask Me is powerful, tragic but beautifully written mystery. While Aria always tells the truth that does not mean her answers are very forthcoming. I think trying to solve the real answers behind Aria’s prophecies was the most exciting part of reading Ask Me. The author, Kimberly Pauley, does a beautiful job of pulling readers in and keeping them enthralled with trying to find out what happened to Jade. I could not put down Ask Me if I tried.
The burden of being an oracle has cost Aria everything, and it makes her hide herself from fear of what others may do if they discover her ability. When something happens to the only girl that was ever nice to her, Aria’s world is turned upside down. Suddenly everyone had questions and Aria has to answer each one she hears. This time though, she is hoping to get real answers out of all the nonsense. As she begins to use her gift, she actually starts to open up to the possibility of being somewhat normal. Even though, Aria views her powers as a curse there is a beauty in it. Many of her answers are rhymes or even pieces of famous literature, which gives bit of beauty even when the answer is dark or just plain nonsense.
While the mystery does take up most of the book, that does not mean there is not a bit of romantic interests that pop up. With Jade’s disappearance, everyone looks to those closest to Jade. Alex and Will both become targets of suspicion or rumor. That negative attention causes them to pull back, and they seem to notice Aria for the first time. The problem is one of them may have something to do with Jade’s disappearance, and Aria maybe the only one who can figure it out.
Ask Me is a fantastic mystery, and I loved the mythological elements. I know that I would love to read more from Kimberly Pauley. I would recommended this book for any young adult mystery fan, that also enjoys paranormal or mythological elements.
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**