Thursday, February 12, 2015

"Failing Test" by J.M. Pierce!

Failing Test by J.M. Pierce
Failing Test
(The Shadow Series, #1)

~By: J.M. Pierce

~Published: April 14th, 2010

~Length: 382 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi

You know him, but you can't remember his name. He is the one that is always there, in the background, all but invisible to those roaming the hallways. What if he had a secret? What if it was a secret that even he didn't know?

Test Davis has always been a blur to those around him. He's a shadow like a million other kids--not smart enough for the academic team, not beast enough for the football team, not extroverted enough for the drama crowd. In all things Test is just...not, which is why no one ever notices him.

But what happens when someone does notice him-- Nicole Paxton, a cheerleader, no less? What happens on the night that Test finds out there's nothing average about him and that a powerful gift has been hidden within, secretly waiting to be set free and alter his life forever? The question is, will that power save him and those he loves or tear them apart?

 ~ 5/5 Roses ~

Every loner teen-age guy dreams of having super-powers, and being a hero.  They daydream about that pretty girl who doesn't seem to ever take notice of them.  They have one friend who's been there since Kindergarten.  They hate their home life, and can't wait to turn 18 so they can get out on their own.  They have a car that's an extension of themselves, that they love til the end, even if others spit at it.  Sound familiar?  Well, that's Test's life in a nutshell.  Til now...

What do you do, when you suddenly have super-natural powers that seem pretty limitless?  Apparently, in Test's world, you just try to fly under the radar and not cause trouble...after impressing the girl of your dreams, and your best friend, of course.

After some unfortunate accidents occur from his new powers, Test is thrown into a world of running, survival, and searching for answers.  With the help of friends, both old and new, he sets out to figure out the secret behind his past, and try to figure out a future that doesn't include being a lab rat, or prison.

With good writing that flows well, this fast paced story keeps you on your toes until the last page, and leaves you wanting more.  It is a story I think any guy can relate to, and any girl will enjoy.  I'd recommend it to any YA fan.

J.M. Pierce is a simple midwestern man with a creative side who has found writing as his primary outlet. He lives happily with his wife and two children in rural Kansas and finds happiness in a good cup of coffee, a Kansas sunrise, a good book, the sound of his daughter singing, his son's laughter, and his wife's eyes. Everything else is gravy. 

~ Connect with J.M. Pierce Online ~

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~Originally posted on May 16th, 2013.  Re-posted for TBR review post.
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