What if Oracles still lived among us? What if they had to
answer every question asked of them? What if they couldn't
stop the truth from coming out?
Aria Morse is cursed to answer every question she hears, no
matter how inconsequential or trivial. Her answers often
sound like nonsense, even to herself, but they are always
the truth—just like the truth from the Oracles of Delphi
thousands of years ago. Aria just wants her useless "gift"
to disappear, but when the one, and only, girl who was nice
to her disappears, Aria's truths may be the only thing that
can solve the mystery of Jade's disappearance. But not
everyone wants the truth to be told...
ASK ME by Kimberly Pauley is a haunting, edge-of-your-seat
thriller that is nearly impossible to put down once you
start reading. First off, the concept behind ASK ME is
without a doubt one of the best I've read. Combining myth
and modern day high school is by no means new to the young
adult genre, but how Kimberly Pauley does it is. The dark,
cryptic tone of an Oracle combined with the growing tension
and dread as Aria gets closer to the truth creates an
atmosphere worthy of the best horror novels. Add in the
sweltering heat of a Florida swamp and the painful awareness
of new love and you have a riveting YA novel.
Aria's growing attachment to two very good-looking boys also
supplies tension and suspense, because both boys had
connections to the missing girl and both could be considered
suspects. Being an Oracle proves no help at all when it
comes to romance. Aria can only feel her way through the new
emotions that come with the attention of two popular, and
potentially dangerous, boys.
ASK ME by Kimberly Pauley is phenomenal. I simply couldn't
bring myself to stop reading. I had to know what happened,
and I had to work to unravel the truth in Aria's words,
guessing and second-guessing their meaning. I had my
suspicions and I thought I knew what was going on, but the
ending caught me by surprise! I hope you'll love ASK ME as
much as I did. Aria is one of my new favorite characters,
and Kimberly Pauley is an author I'll keep on my auto-buy
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.