Friday, November 3, 2017

Jack & Hyde

Jack & Hyde
The Tracings Series Book 1
by Cloud S, Riser
Genre: YA Paranormal

Double, or.... Something

For the most part of his life, Jack Anderson has been plagued by a mysterious disease that makes him a weakling and unable to live the normal life of a teenager. Over the summer, he is shipped off by his parents to a special hospital located in a remote desert-like area where he is to undergo a groundbreaking treatment. After enduring months of questionable medical experiments performed by a group of doctors who are supposed to help him get better but in reality are keeping him sick on purpose all in the name of medical research, Jack escapes from the clandestine medical facility and heads for home. 

While Jack was being experimented on against his will, a clone of himself named Hyde was sent to his hometown as an imposter. Enter Jack’s good friend Kayle — “The Freakazoid” — and Claire — Jack’s longtime girlfriend — who begin to see the chinks in facade. To complicate matters, Hyde can’t stand the sight of Claire and begins to develop romantic feelings for Kayle. 

When Jack returns home, he comes face to face with his clone and while at first the two boys can’t stand the sight of one another, they soon stumble upon the plan to destroy them both and become allies to fight for their right to co-exist. 

Sci-fantasy adventure drama
If you thought high school was tough to navigate, try to figure out all that this collection of adolescents will manuever. Central to the story is Jack Anderson, who has grown up with the other kids and came to be accepted by them as the sick kid, the weakling. Under some strange set of circumstances he also became the boyfriend to Miss Popularity, Claire.

From the very first pages where Jack is literally running for his life to the final pages where you'll be holding your breath unsure what will happen next, this book will hold your attention and keep you guessing. It deals with emotions and deception, and science that may not all be fantasy.

The author uses a very difficult-to-pull-off approach of telling the tale from four alternating viewpoints. The reader must piece together what has happened along with what is happening and who can be believed and trusted. Your mind will not rest while it puzzles out fitting the pieces together.

As Jekyll and Hyde were two sides of one personality, are Jack and Hyde parts of the same person or totally different entities?
Cloud S. Riser is a Minnesota native. She has lived in Minnesota her whole life. She will probably remain there for her whole life too. The mother of The Squid, Skyscraper, and two cats, her life is definitely never dull. An adventure she braves with her husband. In order to stay sane, she creates massive amounts of fiction which she has decided to share with the rest of the world for the simple reason of: she is a storyteller.

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