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Series: The PSS Chronicles #1
on November 30, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: the Author
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Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.
How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.
Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.
A lot of the time, self-published (or vanity published, or small press published… you get the point) novels tend to be… well, it’s obvious that there was a reason why they’re only indie, right? This book, however, is one of those ones that sparkles and doesn’t seem at all like it should have been self-published. Instead, the text is well written, the story is engaging, and the characters are strong and well-written. This, my friends, is a diamond in the rough of indie books out there. Within the first page I was already in love with the characters and the idea of Psyche Sans Soma (PSS).
Olivia has a ghost hand, so her PSS is noticeable. Usually she has no problems controlling it, but one day in class she loses control and her ghost hand slips into another girls body. It only lasts a moment, but when she brings her hand back out it’s with a handful of razor blades that she drew from inside the other girl. If that isn’t strange enough, Olivia is thrust into a strange world where people are out to get her, and the only person she can trust and rely on is Marcus, the new kid in school who is hiding a lot about his own life.
Olivia is a little over powered, and her ghost hand gives her a lot of new abilities that no one has ever heard of before. She uses that ability to save herself as well as the people around her. Unfortunately, that’s still not enough to get everyone safe for good and we’re left with a ragtag group of runaways who still have a lot of problems that need solving.
This story was original, full of wit, and was nothing but fun to read. There was slight hints at romance (okay, a little more than slight) but the romance doesn’t take over the story like it seems to in a lot of other YA novels. Instead, it’s just something that happens, much like in real life, but it’s not the be all, end all of Olivia’s life on the run. There is a lot of action and adventure in this short novel, and it’s definitely highly recommended that you pick this up soon.
The next book in the series comes out soon, and I cannot wait to get my hands on that one and read it!