Thursday, March 28, 2013

ARC REVIEW (#21): Sketchy by Olivia Samms

Sketchy (Bea Catcher Chronicles #1)
by Olivia Samms
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
A popular cheerleader—raped, beaten, and left for dead. An edgy outsider with a gift. Can they team up to catch a killer?

Bea’s life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman—the one who survived—doesn’t remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new “skill”: she can see—and then draw—images from other people’s minds. And when she looks at Willa, Bea is shocked by what she sketches. Bea might be the only one who knows Willa’s secrets—and who can take down the killer before he strikes again

I was so excited to receive this on Netgalley! It looked so great and I had such high expectations, most of which were met.

I loved Bea as the main character.  She was very likeable.  She is recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and this new clear mind makes her about to draw images that people are thinking of.  She was such a strong, witty, and intelligent main character, but had her own faults too.  

I thought the romance aspect of this was a little weird.  The guy seems much older than her but I liked him.  He seems so respectful and he believed her when no one else did.  I loved Bea's best friend, Chris.  He makes me wish I had a gay best friend.  He seems like the greatest person ever!

The plot was very fastly paced and I can't wait to get to the next book, this one just seemed to end sooooo quickly!  The plot was a little predictable at times but it didn't take out too much of the  enjoyment of it.  I can't wait to see what else Bea can help the police do or the people she has to hunt down.

I will definitely be buying this when it comes out to add to my shelf and I would definitely recommend it to others.  It's a great mystery with paranormal aspects and I adored it!


  1. I really like the cover for this one but It reminds me so much of the covers for Ashes and Shadows by Ilsa Bick, when I first saw it I thought it was the next book in that series.

    I didn't know what this one was about but it sounds like it has some contemporary elements that I would love. I also like that it's pretty fast paced, but sad to hear it ended too quickly. Great review!

    1. Oh and I love the new design by the way! Soooo pretty :)

    2. Yes it does! I knew the covers looked familiar but I couldn't think of where! You definitely need to read this! It's fantastic!
      And thanks so much! I love it