Collide by Shelly Crane

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360 pages | Published June 12th 2011

Sherry has always known there was something out there. She’s eighteen, works for a tabloid newspaper in Chicago and has a brother, Danny who is a lazy mooch. They live a pretty normal dull life with hippie parents and a normal existence. Then the moon disappears and people start to go missing only to reappear later, but different. Sherry has an abusive ex-boyfriend who shows up and claims to be one of these beings that have been showing up around the world. He’s no longer the same person in that body. He tells her he has come to protect her and her brother and takes her underground, against her will to save her, where they meet others like them. She begins to unravel the truth about Merrick, about what he’s really doing here, about the way he looks at her, about the crazy dangerous world they live in. Can he convince her that he’s here to help? Will she like what she finds when she opens up to the truth? Will he be the one to love her when everyone else has failed her? Will he be able to protect her?

Review: 2.5 Stars

Shelly Crane introduces you to a world where aliens known as Lighters are invading the bodies of the deceased on Earth.  They’re jealous of the lives we live on Earth and wish to take over, polluting our minds and take over our bodies.  But do not fear! There are a good group of aliens known as the Keepers who watch over ‘Specials’ (humans with a special destiny) and wish to save Earth from the lighters.

Our main character is Sherry, a young photographer who has a REALLY annoying habit of constantly putting herself down. She has a stalker ex-boyfriend who has previously physically attacked her and regularly shows up on her doorstep drunk, yet for some insane reason she has not reported him to the police or gotten a restraining order against him. She has a brother who is only 18 yet Sherry insists on nagging him constantly about what a slacker he is because he’s not quite sure what he wants to do with his life yet. Sherry doesn’t really seem to have any friends because, let’s face it, Sherry is annoying. (Did you get that I don’t like Sherry very much?)

And enter Merrick. Merrick is an alien Keeper who watches over Sherry’s brother, Daniel (SEE Daniel’s not a slacker! He has a special purpose in life, unlike Sherry! I mean come on, give him a break!! HE’S ONLY 18!). Merrick saves the day when he takes Sherry and Daniel away from their home and puts them into hiding. Merrick is also total and completely in love with Sherry. He’s also taken over the body of Sherry’s stalker ex-boyfriend… weird? Yes, totally. But Merrick is the total opposite of the ex, essentially transforming the body into someone else entirely. I liked that this wasn’t another insta-love or love triangle story. Instead they’re romance is sweet and supportive, growing out of time and an understanding of each other. I actually really liked Merrick and his other alien keeper buddies. He’s sweet, kind, brave and a bit of a jokester. However I didn’t like the chapters that were from his point of view. Usually I love a good male PoV, but I don’t feel like these chapters really added anything to the book except to make it longer.

The story is quite action packed, which I liked. There’s fighting, loss, hope, love and friendship. The alien narrative gets quite complex throughout the book with the introduction of several forms of aliens and abilities. At times I found this to be a little bit too much, I found myself saying “really??” a little too many times.

Overall I enjoyed the concept and I thought it had a lot of potential; it was like the alien version of angels and demons. The idea was intriguing and the plot was action packed. But I had a lot of issues with the main character that I had difficulty getting past.

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