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Premonitions

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Premonitions

Gracie knows when bad things are about to happen. Or sometimes when they've already happened. She begged her mother not to board the plane that crashed, and now, living in Washington with her aunt Shay, Gracie has visions that involve her best friend Emily. Gracie would prefer that her psychic powers didn't exist, but when Emily disappears, she has to use every vision she gets as a clue to solving the mystery.

The problem with Gracie's visions is that she doesn't know exactly what she's seeing. Sometimes she sees the past, sometimes the present, and sometimes she misinterprets her visions completely. Assisted by her cousin Diego, Gracie follows her visions in hopes of finding Emily. After a few false starts and a little research, she finds Emily's trail and is taken captive by Emily's kidnapper. Trapped in a guarded house, Gracie has to use her visions as well as her wits to save herself and the others held by a disillusioned madman.

Fans of supernatural mysteries may find PREMONITIONS to be a good read, but those who aren't particularly interested in the genre will find it too predictable and jagged. Gracie is unlikable and obnoxious, though her aunt and cousin are interesting and well developed. The kidnapper's motives are supposed to be sympathetic but come out laughable and melodramatic. Recommended solely for die-hard fans of surreal literature.

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Reviewed by Carlie Webber on October 18, 2011

Premonitions
by Jude Watson

  • Publication Date: July 1, 2004
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 043960995X
  • ISBN-13: 9780439609951