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And thinking about romance in this sort of situation is just plain stupid. The plot is complicated. Josie is trying to get back to her world, where the insidious bitchy Jo has taken over her life.

There's the mystery of her disappeared mother, there's strange, mysterious, bloodsucking creatures flying around in the dark. There are government plots.

Constant fear of the dark. It is a shitty, shitty world, a hell of a parallel universe, and yet Josie can't help but want to stay in it She could stay here, with Nick, forever.

No one would know. She leaned her body closer to his, and closed her eyes. And yet for some reason the idea of leaving here—of leaving him—made Josie instantly sick to her stomach.

Josie realizes the ridiculousness of her feelings It was so utterly disappointing. I wanted a strong heroine, instead, I got a strong heroine who was weakened; personality and strength and rationality set aside for the sake of romance.

The plot is heavily reliant upon deus ex machina. People just happened to be there at the right time to save someone from a bitter fate.

Too many time, it happened. Oh, and this little exchange between Josie and her doppelganger father is just lovely. Byrne said at last.

The one up at Fort Meade. Byrne let out a slow breath. I can probably get them access for a few hours. All of the characters were just They didn't have any depth to them, even Josie, who should have been developing in complexity throughout the book.

Josie is pretty much the same lovesick character she was at the end of the book as when she started. She's supposed to have developed strength somewhere along the way, but I really did not see that complexity built throughout the book.

The side characters are more interesting than Josie, particularly the parallel-universe version of Madison, but we never got to see more of them than necessary, because Josie has to be the star of the show, and she stays that way to the detriment of the rest of the characters.

I never felt like Nick was anything other than a generic nice guy, and I can see how Josie is attracted to himbut I don't see how she's heads-over-heels in love with himin both worlds, with both versions.

One version of Nick supposed to be superior to the other, but considering the standard Nick was a cheating asshole, it doesn't take much to raise the bar.

A promising book, built on solid scientific theories and a well-executed premise of a parallel universe that was ultimately let down by an absurd plot and no character development.

View all 12 comments. Throw in some romance, mystery and danger and I was a happy girl. With her parents separated, her mother consumed with work, and her boyfriend, Nick, distant lately, she feels a little off-kilter.

Right off the bat, things go from off-kilter to bad, especially in the romance department, and your heart goes out to poor Josie. The Josie in the mirror, Jo, appears to be the improved, happier version, with parents still together, and Nick still normal.

Josie longs for things to return to normal so she switches places with Jo temporarily. Josie learns the hard way that things are not always as they appear.

I think this is somewhat inherent in a plot driven novel, and I love reading about a romance that feels real in its connection, so this was a little bit of a disappointment.

Still, I did enjoy this book and I was eagerly turning the pages to find out what would happen next.

I liked the concept of parallel existences, but to be honest, some of the plot felt farfetched. A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

View all 17 comments. Aug 23, Blythe marked it as to-read. The Parent Trap meets Event Horizon? View all 5 comments.

Sep 06, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was awesome! I have been on such a contemporary kick that I have been neglecting all of the other genres that I used to love.

Including fantasy and science fiction. Oh, how foolish I have been. I need to go find other fantasy books to read right away. This book is easily the best written, most exciting book I have read all year.

You could tell that Gretchen clearly did her research and she explained everything we needed to know really well through Josie and Penelope.

I loved that even though there are two doppelgangers, Josie and Jo in this story it was only told through Josie's point of view. It would have been easy to switch back and forth between her and Jo in the beginning of the book when they were first seeing each other through the mirror, but I was so excited that the point of view never switched.

I thought it really added to the story to have Josie put everything together for herself. Josie is such a smart girl- brilliant really, but she is also just a teenage girl that recently got dumped by her boyfriend.

So when she looked in the mirror and saw her boyfriend happy with her other self, she saw what she wanted to see. That is what made her go from a good character to a great character in my mind.

That sounds silly, doesn't it? She isn't perfect, she made some mistakes, but she more than made up for them in the rest of the book.

There are so many twists and turns in 3: Which made for such an exciting read! I couldn't put this book down. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole thing.

When I had to stop reading to run errands or to do some work, I was actually annoyed that real life was interrupting my reading time.

Gretchen McNeil knows how to write creepy. Man, the Nox was something I would have nightmares about. I would hate to live in a world with them.

But they were fascinating. Everything in her world was actually. If you are a "world building" fan, you will LOVE 3: Whether you are a fan of fantasy and science fiction or not, you need to read this book.

Mar 28, Nicole Wang rated it it was amazing. I don't usually start reviews like this, but Oh my fucking God. I can not live. I can not even.

So I absolutely have to start off with the sci-fi aspect of this. There is a ton of sci-fi in there and Gretchen McNeil obviously did her research.

There were so many theories thrown around, not to mention a ton of But the sci-fi is ha I don't usually start reviews like this, but But the sci-fi is hardcore in 3: I can't guarantee you'll understand, but I can promise that it'll blow your mind away!

And you guys, the plot. It was filled with suspense and anticipation read: It hooked me in straight away and then proceeded to kill me several times.

It was filled with so many twists I hadn't seen a mile away and smacked me in the face, leaving me astonished and shocked.

Not to mention, the ending? Oh, it just breaks your heart. I just loved our characters who were so brilliantly written much like the rest of the book and so wonderfully flawed, especially in the parallel world.

Josie is the kind of character you have to love. She's been through a lot and she's easy to relate to. I loved her voice and how she wasn't the perfect character.

She had her selfish moments and she had her brave ones. She was smart and a bit nerdy, but wasn't the stereotypical "loser" nerd.

Nick was sweet in our world, but, of course, was a dick later on. But in the parallel world? Oh God, you have to love him! I couldn't believe her, how she could change personalities so quickly!

It was disgusting and I sort of hated her. But she was definitely kickass in the parallel world and I loved seeing the few, but definitely interesting, interactions Josie had with her!

The romance isn't a big part of the book, but you can't help but cheer Nick and Josie on! I can't say much, but I need an epilogue.

This was my first Gretchen McNeil book, but you can count on it not being my last. With the amazingness that is 3: While I haven't read Ten despite having a copy , my friends have read and loved it, so I can only assume that McNeil is as much a genius with all her books.

I absolutely was not expecting to love 3: I had high hopes for sure, but And that's saying a lot. I have to recommend to absolutely everyone, sci-fi fans or no, everyone has to read this so they can scream with me.

View all 4 comments. Stand Alone I think Genre: Sort of…bu Nox, Nox…who's there??? The title and the cover are super awesome…and the synopsis is too.

I have a thing for parallel universes… This didn't exactly live up to my first impressions. While mostly entertaining, you just have to not think too deeply about it all, otherwise it's sort of unbelievable or just off kilter-ish.

The science of it wasn't always easy to follow, but I comprehended well enough most of the time. The Nox…those monsters were freaky crazy, maybe too crazy… The narration wasn't bad it's just narrated by the same girl as The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray and it threw me off because they have similar plot lines.

While mentioned, there is no actual explicit sex going on. Apr 05, Christina rated it it was amazing Shelves: All quotes and opinions will be of this version and not from the published edition.

I'd give it an actual rating of 4. Something more concrete about a possible reunion. This will make more sense after you've read it, which you absolutely should do.

Mar 09, Colette rated it it was amazing. Another action-packed thriller from Gretchen McNeil. Every book I read by McNeil is better than the last.

Feb 13, Angela marked it as to-read Shelves: This sounds amazing, omg. And it comes out a few days before my birthday. I know what I'm buying myself.

Sep 06, Marochka rated it it was ok Shelves: Nov 13, Joy joyous reads rated it really liked it. In My Own Words: Teens smarter than the average.

Scientific jargons that, surprisingly enough, I was able to understand. Matter can occupy the same space at the same time; meaning, two versions of one person can be on the same plane of existence.

It has the right mix of high octane action, romance and Sci-Fi that did not make my head spin. In short, this book was worth the In My Own Words: In short, this book was worth the read.

This book started out with an unforgivable relationship faux pas: But I persevere because I was on a mission. I somehow ended up with a couple of books of the same subject on my current reads last week: The other book being, Relativity by Cristin Bishara.

Admittedly, I started the latter first and have read more than half of the book already before I decided to try this one on for size. Relativity, unfortunately, was a little slow for my taste.

And I have a premonition that I will not be left with the same dissatisfaction as I now have with this one.

Books with this theme typically bore me. I read it in one sitting. The romance — though started on the wrong side of right — got ultimately better.

Aside from Penelope, everyone pretty much took on different personalites. The differences were startling. In effect, the two versions of Nick and Josephine was exactly how you would envision them in a Bizarro World.

Bravo, McNeil for throwing that wrench on what was turning out to be a smooth-sailing plot. She tells you who the good and the bad guys were.

I really like how McNeil used scientific jargons but then she made them sound so pedestrian. I must admit the Romance is a big seller with this book.

Oct 05, Abbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beyond a doubt this was a great book. There was action, suspense, mystery and science fantasy. But that ending made me want to pull my hair out.

I just I can't get over it. I love you non-asshole Nick!!! So anyway, let me just give out a short summary. Josie Byrne is an intelligent young science geek.

Her mom's a scientist too and is always busy. She becomes an emotional wreck after she finds her beau cheating on her w Why Gretchen McNeil?

She becomes an emotional wreck after she finds her beau cheating on her with her bff. Then she starts having dreams about a girl who looks like her but isn't her.

Then one morning she wakes up at 3: She gets tricked into switching places with her parallel Jo. And the rest of the details you just have to read for yourself.

I loved the book. I just really don't understand why parallel Nick couldn't be with Josie. Feb 13, Rebecca rated it it was ok Shelves: When I first saw this book, I was beyond excited.

It sounded amazing and there was no question that I would be reading it sometime soon after it came out. The only other novel I've read by this author is Ten, and though I had a few complaints about it, overall I enjoyed the story and thought it was a pretty good mystery.

However, I can't say I'm as happy with 3: There were bits of it that I liked, but mostly it was an execution fail for me. What's really frustrating is that this could have be When I first saw this book, I was beyond excited.

What's really frustrating is that this could have been a book I loved with lots of tweaking. I was actually thinking of giving it a higher rating than what I settled on, but when I thought back to all the bad stuff that bothered me I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

The cover is pretty cool, though. It's definitely something that would get my attention if I was just browsing in the bookstore. That aside, I think this review will be easier to do in list format because it seems easier and because I love lists.

There's been a lot of young adult books coming out lately about parallel universes, but this sounded different and intriguing.

Whoever wrote the summary did a really good job. Because of this, I honestly didn't have much trouble going back to the book, because I was interested enough to find out the ending despite my qualms.

I realize that there's going to have to be some kind of scientific explanation to make everything seem realistic. I appreciated somewhat that McNeil decided to include some of this, but most of the time everything went over my head completely.

Things are explained on a more basic level because of Madison, so that helped, but still. I had no idea what they were talking about with electrons and tons of other science lingo.

Since I was annoyed, I kind of skimmed those sections. Don't get me wrong, there were times when I really felt bad for her. Her boyfriend decides to cheat on her because she's "been distant lately" her parents are going through a divorce.

But after the break up, she just acted way too clingy. She goes to his track practice to spy on him while he's with the girl he cheated with. And much later she contemplates staying in the parallel universe with the second Nick even though there are freaking monsters that will eat you when they wake up at night.

None of them really felt fleshed out at all. Madison was the crappy best friend backstabber. Penelope was the science geek.

Nick was the dreamy love interest. Those other dudes he was with in the warehouse in the parallel universe were basically there to be there, and so I had a really hard time finding anyone in this book to care about.

When the characters were sad or angry I was mostly indifferent, and that is not how I want to be when I'm reading a book.

I realize that Josie would immediately have an attraction to the second Nick, but after knowing him for a few days, she decides that he's a much better guy for her and she connects with him in a way that she didn't with the first Nick.

Well, the first Nick cheated on her. The second Nick had nothing to live up to, seriously. His skin has been pecked off and lots of body parts have been detached.

Josie and Nick are forced to be in the same room when it happens, because if they move they might be attacked as well. Sounds pretty horrifying, right?

But almost immediately after it happens they start making out pretty heavily on the ground, and only stop when Josie accidentally brushes a dead foot.

I don't know if the author intended for that scene to be romantic, but all I could picture was all the blood and bone in the same room as them.

When Josie needs to get some information, she goes with Nick on a tour of the top secret government facility where's being kept under the ruse of Nick looking for a job there.

She easily convinces one of the employees to let her up to the fourth floor where she is not supposed to be. She then gets to go back by herself because she "left her purse in the bathroom.

One of them would just happen to have a friend or relative that made getting it possible. And when Josie has need of a big laser, she asks her fake dad to steal it from his workplace and he basically agrees with no issue even though he could be charged with treason if caught.

Josie really should have seen a red flag after that conversation, because it was not realistic at all. Cho, but she is dealt with way too easily after Nick and Josie's final confrontation with the bad guy.

She's mentioned, but you'd think after her ominous phone call she'd be a little harder get rid of. I also didn't really understand why Jo was suddenly helping them after Josie pulled her back into her world.

I mean, she left everything to be with her mom which I kind of understand given the fact that he dad was evil.

The only reason she'd have to go back would be to get the vial, but I don't she ever did. In fact, I'm not even sure what happened to it.

So even though there were a few redeeming qualities found within 3: And that's really a shame because I was looking forward to it so much.

Despite my disappointment with this, I'll still pick up McNeil's next book because like I said before, Ten was good. Jun 17, Tracy Banghart rated it it was amazing.

This is the second book I've read by Gretchen and I have to say, I think she's officially one of my go-to authors now. It was super creepy, suspenceful and cleverly written.

I was particularly impressed by the extensive science to her fiction I didn't understand any of it but it sounded super sciency and convincing!

She makes choices for the wrong reasons, has selfish moments, and doesn't always have th This is the second book I've read by Gretchen and I have to say, I think she's officially one of my go-to authors now.

She makes choices for the wrong reasons, has selfish moments, and doesn't always have the best judgment about people. I really enjoyed watching her explore the new world she finds herself in.

And having the juxtaposition of her doppleganger Jo was really cool. In general, "cool" is a really good word for this book. There were so many moments when I thought "that's so cool!

As I said, it was all so cool! So if you like thrillers, scifi, Joss Whedon, stuff that's cool Dec 10, Leah rated it did not like it Shelves: I have been looking forward to reading this book for a really long time.

The concept sounded so cool, but in reality it just fell face down flat on the pavement. I really wanted to like Josie, but this chick was just your typical year old YA book girl who hates her life and whines about everything.

Usually I can push past that because sometimes that's just what YA is. What really pushed me over the edge was when Josie started dipping over to the parallel universe and these So disappointed.

What really pushed me over the edge was when Josie started dipping over to the parallel universe and these Nox bird things start showing up Everything with Nick and her parents, it's just too much.

You can see it all coming from a mile away and it is just laid on too thick. Going to mark this DNF and not waste any more time.

Jan 26, Danielle is trying to escape reality rated it really liked it. Great little find here! I randomly picked this up at the library, and I'm happy I did!!

It's got some different ideas that you don't see a lot: I don't want to say anymore and spoil it for anyone: If you like good YA with a good dash of romance that's fast paced and well written, then grab this one up!

Oct 03, Addie R. This sounds so goooood! May 19, Jo rated it really liked it Shelves: I am not a science person so a lot of the explanations sailed right by me, but I enjoyed this anyway.

It needs a little more mature audience because of the language. Jul 20, pdbkwm rated it it was ok. Sadly, this book had a lot of potential but it got bogged down by a stupid romance and a parallel universe that didn't make much sense.

May 10, Gordon rated it really liked it Shelves: Das war richtig cool! Perfekte Unterhaltung für zwischendurch und spannungsgeladene, interessante Story.

Die Charaktere waren okay für meinen Geschmack eeeetwas zu stereotypisch , aber die Idee war einfach klasse. Jun 05, Sarah Stack rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: After nearly a month of this book sitting in my gift back from the writing convention I went to back in May, I finally dug it out and started reading.

It might be fifty-five chapters, but it took me less than 24 hours to read, which was great. Granted there were a few moments that I wasn't a big fan off, but overall I really loved this book!

Overall the characters were all well thought out and were developed well. There are a few exceptions to this pro, but mostly it's tru After nearly a month of this book sitting in my gift back from the writing convention I went to back in May, I finally dug it out and started reading.

There are a few exceptions to this pro, but mostly it's true. The storyline was fantastic. Who wouldn't jump at the chance to switch lives with someone who had everything you wanted?

Holy crap those things scare the shizz out me! It was a nice and easy read I thought the ending was just fine, but bittersweet. I feel as if there should be a sequel, but I'm not sure if there will be.

All of them were predictable, starting on Josie's first day in Jo's world. Some people may disagree with the number, but I think those are the major four.

I don't know exactly why, but the characters in this world just bothered me. Some of them just felt wrong, like they should know better.

This Nick really bothered me, especially in the end, what had Josie and Madison seen in him? There were three villains unless you count Jo and each were only the villain for a few chapters.

All three felt very underused. Yes, this was on my pros, obviously I'm conflicted! It made me sad, but it was a fairly good way to end it and left it open for a sequel.

She was a strong and relatable lead character. It was refreshing to finally have a main character who I didn't want to slap for being stupid every five pages, although there were a few times.

Josie's doppelganger is basically the girl that every other girl hates. We don't see much of her in the book, but her development was one of the best throughout the book.

You can't help but feel bad for Josie's mother, but the same can't be said for Jo's. Jo's mother was made out to be a big bad guy and I felt like she became under-used.

Josie's dad was rarely around so I can't say much about him except that I feel sorry he was just blindsided like that. Jo's dad was jerk and deserved what he got, but he, like his wife, was underused.

Josie's original Nick is the stereotypical teenage jerk and shows it in almost every scene he is in. However the Nick from Jo's world was pretty close to perfect, but not too perfect, and he is the reason I am conflicted about the ending.

I hated Josie's Madison, what kind of friend does that and then completely shuns their best friend? Jo's Madison was a slightly different story, but like many characters she was underused when she could have been great.

Oh my gosh, Penelope had to be one of my favorite characters and was the only one who I liked both versions of. While Josie's Penelope received no development, the other Penelope had just enough.

Her father, although only being mentioned in one scene, was also a great addition. Most underused villain ever!

There was only one version of Dr. Cho that we saw and she could have made a great villain, but McNeil really missed the mark with her.

There was a nice build up to her being the main problem Josie faced, but she never even showed up in the resolution although she was briefly mentioned.

I am unsure what happened to her and that is disappointing. Did they knock her out?

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The narrator tells us that Josie had changed, that she was smarter and stronger, but I never got a sense of any of that. Each character had one trait that they encompassed and that's basically what they were for the entire novel.

It's supposed to be clearly logical. Josie and her friend, Penelope, are supposed to appear smart. And I do appreciate McNeil having intelligent female protagonists solving the mystery.

My problem was that since the science behind the book was so very complex, I had an extremely hard time seeing a high school student or several of them!

Is everyone a physics prodigy and able to keep up with all those formulas? Josie just happens to know more physics than her teachers?

Maybe I could get behind this idea if all the science jargon didn't create so many opportunities to info dump. Let's be honest, hardly any readers will know what Josie knows.

So whenever Josie and Penelope went off of their science talk, there was conveniently another character in the room asking for the For Dummies version.

Look, I am not the kind of reader who is easily impressed with an author's ability to recite Big Science Words. So I need to be able to see some type of explanation, and I never really got that.

Instead, I got more questions: Where did the mirror in Jo's room come from despite Josie never having one in her room until she moved it there?

Why did Josie only start having the dreams recently even though the connection to both worlds had been open for 6 months? Then we move on to the actual logical fails 3: There's this part in the book where Josie and Nick go on a tour of Fort Meade a highly guarded military facility that houses different government divisions like NSA where they are given a tour by one of the Directors.

Somehow, Josie convinces the Director because he's attracted to her to give them a tour of a floor they have no business being on.

Somehow, conveniently the halls are deserted. That is so inaccurate, I can't even. Then she conveniently leaves her purse on that floor in the bathroom only to later bat her eyelashes at the Director for his access card so she can retrieve it alone.

I understand that this is fiction, but Josie was given way too many free passes in this novel. I don't care if she batted her eyelashes so hard that her eyes got stuck in a permanent twitch, there is no way someone is handing over their security badge at the Fort.

And there is no way she would make it back up to that same off-limits floor with no one stopping her. You can't just walk around the Fort unescorted.

It doesn't happen for security reasons. Where was the research done here? But I get it. Sometimes you just have to go with it when it comes to some books hard as that is for me most times.

This book was supposed to be built around scientific logic, so I expected basic common sense rules to be applied in other aspects as well. Clearly, I was asking too much because later in the book, Josie just thinks to ask her father in the alternate universe to steal a government laser from Fort Meade.

The exchange went ridiculously something like this: Can you steal that government laser for the highly guarded military facility?

I love you so much! Shall I pick you up some Burger King on the way out the Fort? For Josie to be so smart, I am actually surprised she thought this was legit a possibility even after her real mother specifically told her to trust no one.

Then, right after a character is brutally eaten to death by the nox creatures that haunt the alternate universe and eat people right in front of Josie and Nick, these fools start making out right there.

Things get hot and heavy, Josie has a moment when she realizes she's in love and she reaches up and grabs the dude's severed ankle. Is that a foot?

How did this body get here?! It was there 3: The book went from giving me a lot of these moments: To where I could barely suppress a laugh: Honestly, though, I was still being entertained So as if this couldn't get any worse, this happens: She'd never felt this way with her ex-boyfriend.

This was something different. Even though they had only known each other a few days, Nick knew her better than anyone else, and loved her even more because of it.

She's in love with this guy even though they've had maybe a handful of conversations all of them related to the plot and had nothing to do with actually finding out things about each other , one of which was sparked by him pointing a gun at her.

Boyfriend of the year! I never once felt the connection between the two. They were these character stuck in this situation and randomly, romance was thrown in because, hey, every YA book has to have its romance.

Obviously, that was sarcasm. But in the end, the romance didn't add anything extra to the reading experience and felt contrived and forced.

However, I might have even forgiven all of that if only the entire mystery hadn't been so predictable. I knew who the bad guy was, what happened to her parents, who was attacking the humans, etc.

Josie is depicted as a really smart protagonist, but again, spouting off science words is not enough if the reader is two steps ahead of your detective.

The really sad part is that the mystery wasn't bad at all, but really lacked better foreshadowing and a much tighter plot. Not only was the plot predictable, but the character actions.

And this is where I feel good old fashion character growth would have helped. Josie, as trusting and sweet as she was depicted, was, frankly, TSTL.

I don't think this was intentional, but when you keep telling the reader how smart your character is, but they continually do really dumb things, it rarely works for me.

In the end, 3: Had the plot and mystery been tighter, the characters better developed and the romance cleaned up, I would have probably really loved this one.

Would I recommend this? My first reaction is, "Eh, no. I would, instead, strongly recommend checking out a sample to see if the writing style works for you and then abandoning all sense of logic at page one.

More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. View all 33 comments. Feb 15, Lenore Appelhans added it Shelves: So when I was reading 3: If a lemur wants to read it, you know it's good: Aug 01, Giselle rated it liked it Shelves: For an entertaining thriller, 3: Some of it is overwhelming or far fetched, and specific parts made me cringe, but it's an action packed read that's great for a quick thrill.

With a title like 3: So from the start, the time stamp shown on every page works to keep us on edge as we know that something is coming - and soon.

All we know is it's ominous, and it's likely due to her mother's experiments - meaning science, and alternate universes.

This is when Jo starts coming into the story. First via dreams, then through the mirror. Jo and Josie are the same person living completely different lives.

And what else can you do but want to live where the grass is greener? As such, they decide to switch places. It's an interesting concept, one that was obviously well researched with scientifically solid ideas - ideas that stretch into sci-fi, naturally.

On that note, while I appreciate complex detailing for a realistic world building especially in this genre, the science-filled discussions were quite bewildering.

From profuse scientific jargon to age old multiverse theories with black holes and quantum mechanics… I'm a big fan of sci-fi books that touch on space—time continuum, but I stopped trying to wrap my head around the science encircling this one.

I'm also wondering how this town bred all these teenage Einsteins. These regular school kids could have put any scientist to shame.

So no matter how scientifically logical it may be though I couldn't tell you if it was , some parts of the book make it hard to suspend disbelief regardless.

Having given up on making sense of it all, I treated it more as a mindless entertaining read and was satisfied on that front! A distant mother, parental separation, a cheating boyfriend, a betraying best friend; Josie's in a place in life where everyone and everything seems to be against her.

Loneliness has sunk in hard, hence why she jumps at the chance to switch lives and savor what she used to have if only temporarily.

Though why she would want to go back to a cheating boyfriend - even if he's the doppelgänger - is beyond me. But she was heartbroken so I'll forgive her.

What I don't forgive is the part in the romance where they start making out next to a mutilated body. The scene is meant to be romantic, I think?

Then Josie acts all surprised and grossed out when, stretching from "romantic enjoyment", she happens upon a dismembered foot. So not sexy, guys!

Teenage hormones or something. Moving on from the gross.. There is a strong romantic sub plot in this book where Josie and Nick team up against an unraveling conspiracy.

Her still being in love with the other "him" from her real life, and him falling in love with the "new" her gives a unique romance that I found interesting, even mind boggling.

I both loved and hated how it ended, too. Her last conversation with cheating Nick: There are also invisible flesh eating flying beasts added in to give a touch of horror to this new world Josie has walked into.

I personally found this exciting but I can see some may be less happy about it invading a predominantly scientific plot. With that said, I feel like this book was trying to be larger than it could be, but it's an enjoyable read nonetheless.

For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads View all 8 comments. May 20, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok Shelves: Most of the time, the basis is simple, but then eventually the idea turns into a mess beyond comprehension, both plot-wise and conceptually.

This book executes the idea much better than most of the books with a similar premise The idea of the parallel universes were well-explained, but the plot and the characters leave much to be desired.

Here we have the sci-fi version of The Parent Trap. Josie Byrne is a brilliant student, she's got a wonderful boyfriend and a group of friends whom she largely ignores because her family life is a mess right now mom is acting like a mad scientist, dad is dating her school's former prom queen-cum personal-trainer, etc.

Also, there's been a lot of mysterious deaths in the woods near town. All caused by animals, according to the authorities.

Like anyone's going to believe that. In one Very Bad Afternoon, Josie gets into a quasi-car accident, gets fired from her job, and finds out that her wonderful-awesome-handsome-loving boyfriend Nick has been cheating on her.

With her best friend, Madison. All this started from that unfortunate car event at 3: From then on, Josie has dreams of someone who looks like her, named Jo.

Jo looks like she has the perfect life, because you can absolutely glean all that from glimpses of someone's dreams. Jo drives a sweet BMW.

Her boyfriend also Nick is loving and wonderful. Jo's got a lovely bedroom. Josie and Jo come to realize that the mirror in their room is connecting them and their parallel worlds, which is separated by 12 hours.

Josie is desperately envious of Jo. Specifically, she is envious of Jo's boyfriend, the cheating son-of-a-bitch Nick, whom she still loves and with whom she still wants a second chance.

It's a parallel universe! It changes nothing in her original world! She could be with Nick for one perfect day, he's still not going to have an idea of what transpired in her world.

Josie, you are a brilliant high school student, why are you acting like such a dumb chick?! It makes no sense to me that Josie made that decision.

Josie is not stupid. She really, truly is brilliant. From her demonstrated knowledge and discussions of advanced physical theories like the Penrose Interpretation, from her mother's reputation as a brilliant scientist she's working on some experiment involving deuterium , I really, truly expected more from Josie than the behaviors of a lovesick girl.

Once the two girls do their little switcheroo the normally frumpy Josie even gets her hair highlighted to match , Josie finds out that Jo's seemingly perfect life is not what it seems.

Sure, she gets a sweet car, and she's rich, and popular Was that what it was like to be popular? A kind of cold, fearful isolation? The parallel world is like hers, but with different variations, a darker feel to it.

In house after house, blinds were being drawn, shutters latched, like every household was hunkering down for the night.

As Josie tramped along, she got a creeping feeling up the back of her spine. The entire town had an air of hostility. The people are still the same, but they act differently Her best friend Madison hates her, the whole school is scared of her, the teachers react in shock when she answers a question in class.

Her other friend, Penelope, is absolutely terrified of her. And what's with this thing called The Grid? What the hell is a Nox?

The plot is interesting, the execution The romance is so ridiculous, so utterly forced. It is as if Josie falls into insta-love with Nick, someone she already knew, except And thinking about romance in this sort of situation is just plain stupid.

The plot is complicated. Josie is trying to get back to her world, where the insidious bitchy Jo has taken over her life. There's the mystery of her disappeared mother, there's strange, mysterious, bloodsucking creatures flying around in the dark.

There are government plots. Constant fear of the dark. It is a shitty, shitty world, a hell of a parallel universe, and yet Josie can't help but want to stay in it She could stay here, with Nick, forever.

No one would know. She leaned her body closer to his, and closed her eyes. And yet for some reason the idea of leaving here—of leaving him—made Josie instantly sick to her stomach.

Josie realizes the ridiculousness of her feelings It was so utterly disappointing. I wanted a strong heroine, instead, I got a strong heroine who was weakened; personality and strength and rationality set aside for the sake of romance.

The plot is heavily reliant upon deus ex machina. People just happened to be there at the right time to save someone from a bitter fate. Too many time, it happened.

Oh, and this little exchange between Josie and her doppelganger father is just lovely. Byrne said at last. The one up at Fort Meade.

Byrne let out a slow breath. I can probably get them access for a few hours. All of the characters were just They didn't have any depth to them, even Josie, who should have been developing in complexity throughout the book.

Josie is pretty much the same lovesick character she was at the end of the book as when she started. She's supposed to have developed strength somewhere along the way, but I really did not see that complexity built throughout the book.

The side characters are more interesting than Josie, particularly the parallel-universe version of Madison, but we never got to see more of them than necessary, because Josie has to be the star of the show, and she stays that way to the detriment of the rest of the characters.

I never felt like Nick was anything other than a generic nice guy, and I can see how Josie is attracted to himbut I don't see how she's heads-over-heels in love with himin both worlds, with both versions.

One version of Nick supposed to be superior to the other, but considering the standard Nick was a cheating asshole, it doesn't take much to raise the bar.

A promising book, built on solid scientific theories and a well-executed premise of a parallel universe that was ultimately let down by an absurd plot and no character development.

View all 12 comments. Throw in some romance, mystery and danger and I was a happy girl. With her parents separated, her mother consumed with work, and her boyfriend, Nick, distant lately, she feels a little off-kilter.

Right off the bat, things go from off-kilter to bad, especially in the romance department, and your heart goes out to poor Josie.

The Josie in the mirror, Jo, appears to be the improved, happier version, with parents still together, and Nick still normal. Josie longs for things to return to normal so she switches places with Jo temporarily.

Josie learns the hard way that things are not always as they appear. I think this is somewhat inherent in a plot driven novel, and I love reading about a romance that feels real in its connection, so this was a little bit of a disappointment.

Still, I did enjoy this book and I was eagerly turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I liked the concept of parallel existences, but to be honest, some of the plot felt farfetched.

A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. View all 17 comments. Aug 23, Blythe marked it as to-read.

The Parent Trap meets Event Horizon? View all 5 comments. Sep 06, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was awesome! I have been on such a contemporary kick that I have been neglecting all of the other genres that I used to love.

Including fantasy and science fiction. Oh, how foolish I have been. I need to go find other fantasy books to read right away.

This book is easily the best written, most exciting book I have read all year. You could tell that Gretchen clearly did her research and she explained everything we needed to know really well through Josie and Penelope.

I loved that even though there are two doppelgangers, Josie and Jo in this story it was only told through Josie's point of view.

It would have been easy to switch back and forth between her and Jo in the beginning of the book when they were first seeing each other through the mirror, but I was so excited that the point of view never switched.

I thought it really added to the story to have Josie put everything together for herself. Josie is such a smart girl- brilliant really, but she is also just a teenage girl that recently got dumped by her boyfriend.

So when she looked in the mirror and saw her boyfriend happy with her other self, she saw what she wanted to see. That is what made her go from a good character to a great character in my mind.

That sounds silly, doesn't it? She isn't perfect, she made some mistakes, but she more than made up for them in the rest of the book.

There are so many twists and turns in 3: Which made for such an exciting read! I couldn't put this book down. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole thing.

When I had to stop reading to run errands or to do some work, I was actually annoyed that real life was interrupting my reading time.

Gretchen McNeil knows how to write creepy. Man, the Nox was something I would have nightmares about. I would hate to live in a world with them.

But they were fascinating. Everything in her world was actually. If you are a "world building" fan, you will LOVE 3: Whether you are a fan of fantasy and science fiction or not, you need to read this book.

Mar 28, Nicole Wang rated it it was amazing. I don't usually start reviews like this, but Oh my fucking God. I can not live. I can not even.

So I absolutely have to start off with the sci-fi aspect of this. There is a ton of sci-fi in there and Gretchen McNeil obviously did her research. There were so many theories thrown around, not to mention a ton of But the sci-fi is ha I don't usually start reviews like this, but But the sci-fi is hardcore in 3: I can't guarantee you'll understand, but I can promise that it'll blow your mind away!

And you guys, the plot. It was filled with suspense and anticipation read: It hooked me in straight away and then proceeded to kill me several times.

It was filled with so many twists I hadn't seen a mile away and smacked me in the face, leaving me astonished and shocked.

Not to mention, the ending? Oh, it just breaks your heart. I just loved our characters who were so brilliantly written much like the rest of the book and so wonderfully flawed, especially in the parallel world.

Josie is the kind of character you have to love. She's been through a lot and she's easy to relate to. I loved her voice and how she wasn't the perfect character.

She had her selfish moments and she had her brave ones. She was smart and a bit nerdy, but wasn't the stereotypical "loser" nerd. Nick was sweet in our world, but, of course, was a dick later on.

But in the parallel world? Oh God, you have to love him! I couldn't believe her, how she could change personalities so quickly! It was disgusting and I sort of hated her.

But she was definitely kickass in the parallel world and I loved seeing the few, but definitely interesting, interactions Josie had with her! The romance isn't a big part of the book, but you can't help but cheer Nick and Josie on!

I can't say much, but I need an epilogue. This was my first Gretchen McNeil book, but you can count on it not being my last. With the amazingness that is 3: While I haven't read Ten despite having a copy , my friends have read and loved it, so I can only assume that McNeil is as much a genius with all her books.

I absolutely was not expecting to love 3: I had high hopes for sure, but And that's saying a lot. I have to recommend to absolutely everyone, sci-fi fans or no, everyone has to read this so they can scream with me.

View all 4 comments. Stand Alone I think Genre: Sort of…bu Nox, Nox…who's there??? The title and the cover are super awesome…and the synopsis is too.

I have a thing for parallel universes… This didn't exactly live up to my first impressions. While mostly entertaining, you just have to not think too deeply about it all, otherwise it's sort of unbelievable or just off kilter-ish.

The science of it wasn't always easy to follow, but I comprehended well enough most of the time. The Nox…those monsters were freaky crazy, maybe too crazy… The narration wasn't bad it's just narrated by the same girl as The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray and it threw me off because they have similar plot lines.

While mentioned, there is no actual explicit sex going on. Apr 05, Christina rated it it was amazing Shelves: All quotes and opinions will be of this version and not from the published edition.

I'd give it an actual rating of 4. Something more concrete about a possible reunion. This will make more sense after you've read it, which you absolutely should do.

Mar 09, Colette rated it it was amazing. Another action-packed thriller from Gretchen McNeil. Every book I read by McNeil is better than the last. Feb 13, Angela marked it as to-read Shelves: This sounds amazing, omg.

And it comes out a few days before my birthday. I know what I'm buying myself. Sep 06, Marochka rated it it was ok Shelves: Nov 13, Joy joyous reads rated it really liked it.

In My Own Words: Teens smarter than the average. Scientific jargons that, surprisingly enough, I was able to understand.

Matter can occupy the same space at the same time; meaning, two versions of one person can be on the same plane of existence. It has the right mix of high octane action, romance and Sci-Fi that did not make my head spin.

In short, this book was worth the In My Own Words: In short, this book was worth the read. This book started out with an unforgivable relationship faux pas: But I persevere because I was on a mission.

I somehow ended up with a couple of books of the same subject on my current reads last week: The other book being, Relativity by Cristin Bishara.

Admittedly, I started the latter first and have read more than half of the book already before I decided to try this one on for size. Relativity, unfortunately, was a little slow for my taste.

And I have a premonition that I will not be left with the same dissatisfaction as I now have with this one. Books with this theme typically bore me.

I read it in one sitting. The romance — though started on the wrong side of right — got ultimately better. Aside from Penelope, everyone pretty much took on different personalites.

The differences were startling. In effect, the two versions of Nick and Josephine was exactly how you would envision them in a Bizarro World. Bravo, McNeil for throwing that wrench on what was turning out to be a smooth-sailing plot.

She tells you who the good and the bad guys were. I really like how McNeil used scientific jargons but then she made them sound so pedestrian.

I must admit the Romance is a big seller with this book.

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