written by Patricia Vanasse
published by Pants On Fire Press
Why did I pick this book: I was given the opportunity to review this book via Candace at Candace’s Book Blog and CBB Book Promotions. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: Resilient is a cross between Twilight and X-men, but with fewer mutants and less angst. Well, maybe just a little less angst. There were a few things that irked me (I’m not sure an aversion to the elements really jives with genetic engineering, for example), but mostly I enjoyed it. Livia and Adam are easy to like, and though I found myself wishing for a bit more polish in the text, I nonetheless spent most of the weekend reading this book. I want to know what happens next!
Would I recommend it: Sure. It’s a quick read, and it’s fun. I might get tired of reading about teenagers with special powers falling in love someday, but today is not that day.
Will I read it again: I’d love to read the next book in the series!
About the book – 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.