by Cindi Madsen
Published: July 22, 2013
Source: eBook provided by author for honest review.
Summer Davis sees deaths before they happen. She attempts to live a normal life by focusing on the dance team and her quarterback boyfriend. But then the way-too-cheery Angel of Death shows up and tells her she’s a Cipher—a person chosen to help people who are going to die resolve problems with their loved ones. Ashlyn Moore, one of Summer’s classmates, is going to die, and she needs Summer’s help before that happens.
It’s nearly impossible to get through to Ashlyn, who surrounds herself with chess nerds and geeks and makes it clear she doesn’t want to be friends. Desperate to complete her Cipher task before it’s too late, Summer turns to Troy, the guy who’s always been there for her and one of the few people she can trust. With his help, she makes progress. In fact, the closer she gets to Ashlyn and her friends, the more she feels like she’s finally found where she belongs.
As the clock starts running down on Ashlyn’s life, Summer decides to change her objective. She’s going to save her new friend before it’s too late—even if it means messing with fate.
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My Thoughts: I just love Cindi Madsen's books and I was really excited to read her latest release, Cipher. Cipher is the story of Summer Davis, a teenage girl who can see people's deaths before they happen. Summer started having her "visions" when she was just a young teen. She tried to brush them off, but when one of them struck too close to home, it pretty much threw her for a loop and into a deep depression. Summer finds out that she is a Cipher, someone whose job it is to help people who are going to die reconcile and make peace with loved ones before they pass on, which is a job Summer really doesn't want. Nevertheless, she takes on her first assignment, Ashlyn, which proves to be a bigger challenge than she anticipated.
Before finding out she was a Cipher, Summer was very popular, had the jock football star boyfriend, hung with the popular crowd, etc. When she tries to get to know Ashlyn, she finds herself associating with the not so popular crowd, a group who her friends call the rejects. When Summer breaks up with her boyfriend, she soon finds that the girl she is supposed to be helping, and her group of misfit friends, wind up helping her more, making her feel more welcome and accepted than she has ever felt with her popular friends. Meanwhile, she begins to see her best friend Troy, who is a total hottie that gets along with everyone, in a whole new light. Feelings she had for him that had been pushed back into the friend zone begin to resurface, but she isn't sure if Troy feels the same way.
In Cipher, Summer discovers what it means not only to help others, but what true friendship is all about, the importance of relationship, and even finds love and romance along the way. I loved Summer's character and enjoyed watching her grow and come to terms with her past, her present, and her future. I loved Troy and enjoyed watching the romance between them develop. I really hope these two can stick it out together as the series progresses. Cindi Madsen did a wonderful job in this paranormal story of depicting issues and situations that real teenagers have to face and deal with, while adding a little magic and excitement to the mix. Cipher is an enchanting story, the characters are well written and fun to get to know, the romance was sweet, and the magical/paranormal aspect was fresh and from a different perspective than I've seen before, which made the story even more enjoyable. If you enjoy YA paranormal romance, then Cipher is a really fun book that you might want to check out.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA novelsAll the Broken Pieces and Demons of the Sun, bestselling short romance Falling for Her Fiancé and the women's fiction novel Cinderella Screwed Me Over.
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