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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Micky O'Brady's 33 Degrees is a paranormal tale for young adults. Gwendolyn O’Karran is 17. She and her friend Sarah are kidnapped, and while Gwendolyn survives, Sarah does not. Gwen also can't remember anything about the kidnapping; her life is in tatters. Kai Harrison is also 17, and he tries to commit suicide. He and his twin were both in an accident and their hearts stopped. Kai saw firsthand what lies beyond and now he wants to flatline and bring his brother back from his coma. Intrigued, Gwen gets together with Kai, and they decide to flatline and experience near death. This can only bring pain and sorrow, and as Gwen begins to experience visions, she is forced to confront what happens when you part the veil, especially when she realizes that the door is open both ways. Gwen is about to be confronted with what happened when Sarah died, and she's about to discover a web of secrets that challenge everything she thought she knew.
What a wonderful story! Micky O'Brady's 33 Degrees is a haunting tale of life, death, and the fine line between them. It's also a story of secrets, lies, and the lengths people will go to keep things hidden. The two main characters are well-developed; they show realistic emotions, are easy to relate to, and are oh-so likable, even when they are experimenting with things they have no business being anywhere near. The plot is unique and full of action, and it twists its way to the end as you follow their individual stories, especially Gwen's, and experience the pain survivor's guilt can bring. It's bad enough for an adult to deal with, but even harder for those barely adult. The subject has been dealt with compassionately and expertly. There's also a lesson in not messing with things you don't understand, especially if you aren't prepared for the consequences. This is an excellent story; I enjoyed reading it and believe anyone else will too.