Saturday, November 23, 2013

Review: Resilient by Patricia Vanasse



 Description from Goodreads: Livia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it’s maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplainable ability has manifested, and her life isn’t about to get any easier.

Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he’s the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia’s accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he’s not alone.

Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can’t read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart.

Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal.

I received this in exchange for an honest review.

  I was very intrigued with this one. Its full of action, suspense, and romance. It starts off with Livia's point of view. You learn that she's different. She has these abilities and she doesn't know where they come from.  She can empathize with people and later learn about some of her other traits. Livia seems like a very sweet and intelligent girl but she can't get close to anyone for fear of them figuring out she's different and her not being able to shut out there emotions. 
  We then meet Adam. You think he's the typical jock, who gets whatever girl he wants. Also come to find out he's the only person that Livia cant read emotions from. He came of as kind of jerky at first but then you realize that there's more to him than you know. He's different too. He can control peoples anger. He finds out that he also cant control Livia's anger. 
  They have this undeniable connection with each other but still have that fear of getting close to other people for fear of their secrets coming out.  They have to learn to trust each other. Also with a threat looming with these mysterious people coming around and asking questions.  It was frustrating with the back and forth of them not trusting each other and saying I'll tell you my secrets if you tell me yours. I wanted them to just start working together. Then it was the typical it will be safer for you if we stay away from each other.
  All in all I really enjoyed the two of them together and the story. They we're both great characters and you got insight into both of with the alternating POV's in the chapters. I had fun trying to figure out what they were.  The only downside was it did end on a cliffhanger that has me anxiously wanting the next story.


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for reviewing it!

    1. No problem! Thank you for letting me! :D