Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Locket by Stacey Jay

The Locket by Stacey Jay

Released: February 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary
Pages: 288
Source: Teen Book Scene

Rating: ♥♥♥.5

On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him— with their mutual best friend Mitch, no less—he dumps her, leaving her devastated.

And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie's chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present.

Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything—and everyone—she loves?


Stacey Jay is the first author who gave me zombies. So when I saw she had something completely different coming out, I was pretty interested. I have to say, I think I like her writing more 'contemporary with a twist' better than the whole paranormal world.

I love stories that are based on the what ifs. What if I could go back in time and change a moment where I screwed up? Right now mine would be signing the lease on the apartment I hate. But for Katie, it's going back to the time where she made the mistake of cheating on her boyfriend, Issac, with her and his best friend, Mitch.

Katie was a character that you could easily slip into her voice. My only problem with her was her boyfriend, Issac. I really didn't care for Issac at the beginning, and throughout the novel kept wondering why this chick kept changing the course of events for him. A lot of the book and moments seemed to revolve more around her and her best friend, Mitch, so in some ways I wasn't exactly able to get the chance to like him. The friendship between Mitch and Katie was very genuine and written well.

Regardless of that, I loved how Katie never knew what was going to happen when something changed. Things were sometimes a bit slow paced, but The locket took her wherever it felt the need to take her.  At first it was just little things that started to change around her, but soon she noticed that by trying to change her big mistake she was alternating people's lives. And soon a domino effect happens, and one massive alternation that had my jaw dropping!

I would recommend The Locket for those that like the Groundhound Day effect or are wondering what it would be like to go back and change a mistake they've made.



Erica said...

This one looks so cute! I 'm excited to read it

Tuning Into YA Books said...

Thanks for the review. I saw this book around so I can't wait to actually read it