Title: Magnetic Shift
Author: Lucy D. Briand
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Sci-Fi, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
Seventeen-year-old Lexi Adams has a secret ability that allows her to manipulate metal—something that comes in super handy as a mechanic. But, her power is unpredictable and her control isn’t the best—especially when experiencing extreme emotions.
So when Lexi’s stepfather sells her skills to NASCAR team owner Dean Grant in exchange for a season’s worth of sponsorship, it’s no surprise that she has reservations—after all, NASCAR is anything but calm. Then add in an attraction the sport’s hot new rookie, Colton Tayler, and tons of metal.
After multiple outbursts, rival team owner Carl Stacy discovers Lexi’s powers and threatens to destroy Dean’s racing team for good. Lexi must decide if exposing her power—and losing her freedom—is worth saving those she loves.
The NASCAR aspect is what really drew me to Lucy D. Briand’s Magnetic Shift. I’m not a fan of racing, but it just seemed so different than anything I’ve read recently.
Lexi as a narrator was great. Between the passing of her mother, her abusive stepfather, and strange ability she has in no way lived an easy life—giving her a strong and spunky attitude. It was easy to route for her, and great to see her change throughout the novel as she experienced new things and emotions.
“I AM WHO I AM BECAUSE OF THE CARDS I’VE BEEN DEALT. I KNOW THAT NOW. MY LIFE WASN’T ALL BAD.”
Especially emotions regarding Colton—who was attractive, sweet, and driven. Totally swoon worthy. Even though his role in the story was that of a professional racecar driver, he was still just a teenage boy who occasionally screwed up. I didn’t have a problem with the insta-attraction between the two, but their relationship—that I still totally love—developed really quickly and without them really getting to know each other.
The romance along with the setting made this feel like a contemporary read, but with a twist, considering Lexi’s paranormal powers. I liked how she struggled with them and she was willing to concede her own happiness for the sake of controlling them and keeping others safe—it was very mature. I think the secrecy and threat of exposure also created some great tension and problems.
Magnetic Shift is a fun, light read that I absolutely tore through. I started it at night before bed and just couldn’t bear to put it down. The book won’t be out until April 12, 2016, preordering is available on Amazon. Let me know what you think in the comments. Plus leave recommendations for my next book!