Aria Morse has to answer any question she hears... and only
with the truth. It's the curse (or gift, according to her
grandmother) of being an Oracle. Unfortunately, it also
makes her a social pariah in high school where all she does
is mumble or answer questions in an odd, lilting babble of
words that only make sense after the fact. Aria hopes she'll
outgrow her curse, as her grandmother did, but it's causing
her even more issues now that a girl at her school is dead.
Suddenly, Aria finds herself at the center of attention from
two boys, Will and Alex. One may be a murderer... but which
What an intriguing tale! ASK ME offers readers a modern day
perspective of what it would be like to live as an Oracle.
Instead of knowing all the answers the teachers ask, Aria is
forced to respond to every bit of nonsense she hears asked
in high school. Kimberly Pauley ensures that Aria has enough
spunk that ASK ME doesn't deteriorate into one of those
cringe-worthy books where every page is agony heaped upon
the character. Instead, we begin to see Aria blossom, as she
explores her heritage and the scope of her abilities.
ASK ME is a fast paced young adult tale that takes readers
into the viewpoint of an Oracle. The identity of the
murderer is probably more of a mystery to Aria than to the
reader but the way that Kimberly Pauley unveils the murders
is quite clever. ASK ME is one of those books that hooks you
quickly and the pages fly by as it's hard to put down. I
look forward to reading more by Kimberly Pauley in the
Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth.
Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she's compelled
to utter. Blessed-or cursed-with the power of an Oracle who
cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to
avoid anyone and everyone.
But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls
at school who ever showed her any kindness, disappears. Any
time Aria overhears a question about Jade, she inadvertently
reveals something new, a clue or hint as to why Jade
vanished. But like stray pieces from different puzzles, her
words never present a clear picture.
Then there's Alex, damaged and dangerous, but the first
person other than Jade to stand up for her. And Will, who
offers a bond that seems impossible for a girl who's always
been alone. Both were involved with Jade. Aria may be the
only one who can find out what happened, but the closer she
gets to solving the crime, the more she becomes a target.
Not everyone wants the truth to come out.