Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Untethered by Katie Hayoz: Review


Genre – YA Paranormal / Coming of Age
Rating – PG13
Sylvie isn’t comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can’t even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she’s sure of, it’s her love for Kevin Phillips. She’s willing to stake everything on it –her family, her friends, and possibly her soul.

Sixteen-year-old Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever. But everything is turned around when the boy Sylvie’s loved since fifth grade falls for Cassie. Devastated, Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible, even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the dark side of astral projection. She is positive her plans will give her what she wants, but she doesn’t count on it all spiraling out of control.

Finalist in the Mslexia novel competition, Untethered by Katie Hayoz explores the intoxicating and dangerous world of jealousy and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability. It is a touching, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking novel that speaks to the self-doubt lurking in us all.

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What an exciting story!  I was rapidly pulled into Sylvie’s world and it was very easy for me to empathize with her.  Sylvie is able to astral project, though at first she is not even aware that is what is happening.  The problem is that her family thinks she has mental health issues and the kids at school just think she is freaky.  During stressful times Sylvie’s soul soars out of her body, leaving her in an unconscious state, usually in a heap on the floor.
Her troubles escalate when her best friend blossoms over the summer into a beautiful girl, and suddenly becomes one of the popular girls. Sylvie’s world really crumbles, though, when a boy she secretly likes, not so secretly begins dating Cassie.  Meanwhile, Sylvie is beginning to learn how to control her abilities, and she comes up with a plan that she thinks will be the perfect solution.  Unfortunately, her plan backfires and what happens next is hilarious, frightening, and unexpected.  Undoing the mistake will take all the resourcefulness she can manufacture and will force her to confront her biggest fear.
This story captivated me.  It brought back memories of teenage heart-breaks. I loved the relationship portrayals. Both Sylvie and Cassie thought the other had the better family but I really ached for Kevin’s home situation. The characters and the relationships made me love this story all the better.  The premise is fascinating, the flow and progression of events smoothly rendered, but, for me, the characters and the various interactions between them catapulted this novel to one of my favorite reads this summer.
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J


Katie Hayoz was born in Racine, WI, the youngest of six kids. Originally, she wanted to become pope (for the awesome hat and fancy robes), but quickly realized reading was her true religion. Writing was always a hobby and she only decided to try her hand at it seriously when she ended up in Geneva, Switzerland. Now she's constantly at her laptop in the small apartment she shares with her husband, two daughters, and a very fuzzy cat. She devours YA novels like she does popcorn and black licorice: quickly and in large quantities.

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1 comment:

Katie Hayoz said...

Hi Laurie,

Wow! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the book and am humbled by your review. Thank you so much!!!