Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self published
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Citrus Leahy is having a really bad day. First she’s late to school. Then she runs into the girl who drives her nuts because she always calls her Orange instead of her name. To cap it all off, when Citrus finally makes it to class, she sees herself already inside. Wait. What? Citrus Leahy has a doppelgänger! It’s probably aliens taking over the world and her life has just turned totally upside down. Goodbye, normal. Hello, paranormal! Luckily, her crush Aedan has the exact same problem!
Overall: This book reminds me so much of the Animorph series I loved as a child. Both have “aliens” (I say aliens but I’m not quite sure what these things are) impersonating high school kids and family members so well that no one can tell the difference. I’m assuming that the plan is to take over the world – like Pinky and the Brain. The doppelgangers hit one small snag in their brilliant plan, a girl with a very odd name, Citrus. She’s practically a loser in her high school and I thought it was hilarious that it takes something as strange as aliens for the popular boy to finally notice her.
This is a book that doesn’t fit into any one genre. I think it has the potential to attract fans of many genres. The narrative is aimed for the lower end of YA and innocent enough for MG students to read, but probably too innocent for adult romance fans to enjoy. Overall, I wish more things were resolved and explained in this book, but it is an interesting series and I’m hoping future books do explain.
Characters: I thought at times that the cast was too large. I’m not quite sure what the point was of involving adults like Citrus’s mother into the equation. Very little of the plot changed by involving this other group of characters and there was less room for development of the important characters. I’m not huge on romances, but I enjoyed the chemistry between Citrus and Aeden. Citrus was fairly immature and self-centered as a character (although I found myself laughing at her quite a bit), but Aeden was an all-around cool guy. I didn’t quite get why Citrus was so determined to hunt down the “real” Melissa when the two girls were never friends. Personally, I would have left the chick to the crazy aliens…but maybe that’s just me. I think Melissa was my favorite character of the bunch. She had such an in-your-face personality and was constantly at odds with Citrus, which made life even more difficult for Citrus.
Plot: Citrus overslept. Citrus finds out she has a doppelganger. Citrus doesn’t know what to do next. For much of the story, Citrus is reacting to the problem. She isn’t being proactive about any decision made. I do like the twist revealed about halfway through the book. Looking back there were so many clues leading up to it and I missed every single one. Well played.
Ending: The action really gets intense about 80 or 90% into the book – and it ends on a cliffhanger. I would be more pissed off it I didn’t know that a sequel is already in the works. I have high expectations for book two. As I said before, this story really reminds me of Animorphs and it took K.A. Applegate about a few dozen books to make any progress in her plot – so I can handle one or two more with this one. I do think that Citrus grew emotionally from the first page to the last. She seemed less focused on her own problems and more on the wide-scale problem of these doppelgangers taking over.
This is a great book for those who love and remembered the Animorphs.
I walked the rest of the way to my classroom, totally forgetting to obsess over World History facts and instead wondering if I had any face wash in my gym locker to try and head off that pimple. I couldn’t remember if I had taken it home or not. I crossed my fingers that the face wash would still be there, in my locker, when I had gym in a few hours. I tried to even out my breathing and dabbed the sweat off my face with the bottom of my shirt. I wasn’t going to give the other students anything to talk about by running in, out of breath, and sweaty. I was just going to walk in and hand Mr. Meadows the tardy slip, ask for the test, sit down, take it, and get a decent grade, and hopefully not a pimple. Then I could get back to reading my fun book and not worry about my grades for the rest of the day.
My mind was already planning how it was all going to turn out, as I caught a glimpse of the classroom through the window in the door. That’s when everything froze for me. The Receptionist in the Main Office had been correct in thinking that the attendance reports were strange because they were. How else could I be standing outside of my World History class waiting to go in and take my test and also be inside, already busy with the business of test taking? I swear. I’m not kidding. I was dressed in different clothes, but it was definitely me – same body type, a little longer than shoulder length dirty blonde hair and side swept bangs, oval face, and green eyes. Well, I’m guessing her eyes were green because the girl I was looking at was focused on her test and not looking directly at me. Still, it was me in there. I just knew it.
The thing is – I didn’t have a twin. What I was seeing was totally impossible. I couldn’t be in two places at once. What in the world was happening? And, really, could my day get any worse?
About the Author:
Author Milda Harris is a Chicago girl who ran off to Hollywood to pursue a screenwriting dream! She has a dog named after a piece of candy (Licorice), was once hit by a tree (seriously), and wears hot pink sunglasses (why not?). Between working in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, andThat’s So Raven and playing with her super cute dog Licorice, she writes young adult murder mystery, horror, paranormal romance, and chick lit novels.
Her books Doppelganger, Adventures in Funeral Crashing, Adventures of a Graveyard Girl, The New Girl Who Found A Dead Body, and Connected (A Paranormal Romance) are for sale now!
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