Book Review Culture Shock

CoverTitle: Culture Shock

Author: Jeanette Pekala

Genre: YA Paranormal

Rating: 9/10

Purchase: Amazon (paperback), Amazon (ebook), B&N

CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.

Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend’s death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she’s in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don’t add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea.

You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. They must dodge zombie assassins, shifty shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpetrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Especially when Macy has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality…

Culture Shock is young adult paranormal romance the way it should be. It’s well-written, the supernatural element is well-researched and developed in such a way it isn’t blatantly obvious what’s going to happen from the start, the main character is the right mix of original and relatable, and the plot is fast-paced and never drops a beat.

Macy hardly talks with anyone since her best friend passed away. Her parents move to a quaint, small town to try and start anew. But before she realizes it, Macy dives head-first into one of the town’s most well-guarded secrets: some of its inhabitants aren’t exactly…human. Then, when Macy is trying hard to come to terms with all this, she starts having strange, unsettling dreams.

Some parts of the book were a bit predictable, so that’s why I only rated it nine points out of ten. However, I had a blast reading this book, so I’m willing to look past that and tell you all how much I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the characters, who were as believable as can be, considering some of them are supernatural beings. I also loved the setting, the small, quiet historical town, and the book had some fresh, interesting plot points.

Another letdown (although I didn’t take off any points for that) is the cover. The title isn’t even very clear on the cover, and the cover doesn’t really fit the story that well. I feel like a story this good deserves a better cover.

If you’re a fan of young adult paranormal, check this out. I enjoyed it, and I hope you will as well.

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