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Review: Magnetic Shift by Lucy D. Briand



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The ability to magnetize and manipulate metal with the flick of her wrist makes seventeen-year-old Lexi Adams a crack mechanic, but it’s a disaster in the making when her stepdad trades her skills to NASCAR team owner Dean Grant for an entire season’s worth of sponsorship ads.

Now Lexi has no other choice but to suck it up and hope she can keep her magnetic impulses under control—that is, until she runs into NASCAR’s hot new rookie, Colton Tayler.

When Carl Stacy, the ruthless team owner of the defending Cup Champion, discovers Lexi’s secret and plots to use it to ruin Dean’s race team for good, Lexi must either expose her ability to save Colton, risking Dean’s career and her own freedom in the process, or watch the only guy she’s ever fallen for race to his death.

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Lexi is now working for Dean Grant thanks to her step-father Roy who basically sold her.  She meets the driver of the Angel Insurance car immediately.  Colton tries to be as nice as he can.  Lexi seems very closed off and skittish.  Lexi is horrified when she realizes that Dean and Colton know how Roy treated her.  Dean seems determined to save her.
Lexi also has a secret that no one can know.  She can move metal with her mind.  Her biggest fear is being locked up or hurting someone when she loses control.  Colton makes her nervous and her heightened emotions can affect her curse as she calls it.
She tries to ignore Colton but her feelings for him grow.  She tries to stay away from him for his own good and everyone else’s.  Then when a racing rival owner threatens Dean and Colton using her secret, she begs to be sent home before everything explodes around her.
Her secret becomes known when she has to use it to save Colton.  Now she has no idea what to do from there.
This story was very interesting.  The racing aspect isn’t something I normally read about but it really worked with this story.  I loved Lexi’s ability.  She is so afraid of losing control.  She is virtually alone dealing with her life and ability.  The reader doesn’t really know much about her except her mother dies and about her step father Roy.  There is mention of her father but that is a huge mystery which floats throughout the storyline.  I like her gallant effort to keep everyone safe by sacrificing herself.  She shows she is a strong female character which I love.
Dean and Colton were also great characters.  Dean gives her a chance.  He is an accepting person.  I like how the author portrayed him and his family.  Colton is a bit cocky but he’s young and an upcoming driver.  So his personality comes across really well in the story.  The author gave him more sides to his character though.  Loved him.  He refused to give up.

The part about this book I didn’t like was the fact since it was an advanced copy there were “not for distribution” words in big black print on every digital page.  It cut into the story and I missed parts of the story because of it.  It really irritated me and I almost stopped reading it.  It would have been a shame.  I would have missed a good story.  I give it a 4 out of 5.




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