Series: Bea Catcher Chronicles #1
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Published by Amazon Childrens Publishing on April 30, 2013
Reviewed by: Julia
References to sex, mention of oral sex and rape.
A popular cheerleader—raped, beaten, and left for dead. An edgy outsider with a gift. Can they team up to catch a killer?
Bea’s life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman—the one who survived—doesn’t remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new “skill”: she can see—and then draw—images from other people’s minds. And when she looks at Willa, Bea is shocked by what she sketches. Bea might be the only one who knows Willa’s secrets—and who can take down the killer before he strikes again.
SKETCHY is an excellent balance of YA Paranormal and Thriller, and once I cracked the cover I didn't put it down until I was done. Part of the attraction was due to the main character. Bea is a talented outsider that I was eager to know better, even without the murder mystery which kept me glued to the page.
Though the action in this paranormal thriller didn't break the mold, it is an excellent example of type. The same can be said of the characters, who I enjoyed despite their easily decoded archetypes. There were a few critical traits that had provided more support to the structure of the story than depth in the characters themselves. Chris being gay seemed like shorthand for "platonic relationship" between himself and Bea It also provided an excuse for him to be outside the school's social structure, like Bea's drug addiction. And that addiction, rather than being the wrenching, all consuming anchor that drags down Chess from Downside Ghosts, is mostly an additional layer of danger to the story. Rehab means Bea is the Cassandra that no one believes, and provides an extra frisson of danger every time Bea faces the temptations of her old life.
While I did spend a lot of my time decoding the characters and action elements of this story in hindsight, while reading it none of these elements were distracting. SKETCHY was thrilling story with charismatic characters, which is why I found myself admiring the simple, clean moving parts that make it so engrossing. Bea's artistic magic was well integrated with the story, with interesting little hints of it's origins. The gambit at the end was the only part that didn't work well for me, but my interest in Bea almost guarantees a return for book two.