Review: Disruption – Jessica Shirvington

Review: Disruption – Jessica ShirvingtonDisruption by Jessica Shirvington
Published by HarperCollins
Published: October 4th 2016
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four-stars

The heart-stopping first chapter in bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series.

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?

What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation's M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer - heir to the M-Corp empire - has become key to Maggie's plan.

But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin's involvement destroy everything she's fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I had read a Jessica Shirvington book, Between the Lines/One Past Midnight, about 2 years ago on the suggestion of a friend that knows I love a good parallel life book. I really enjoyed it so I was excited when I saw her name as the author Disruption. I was even more excited when I saw what the book was about and then even more excited when a friend told me that I would love it because I loved Suzanne Young’s The Program series. Consider me hooked. And hooked on the book I was. Disruption was like The Program meets Free to Fall (Lauren Miller) meets Unleashed (Sophie Jordan) meets the love machine episode of Saved by the Bell and it was fantastic.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what I loved about this book. It could be the characters (Maggie and Quentin and Gus!!!), it could be the romance, it could be the plot, or it could be all 3 things.   The truth is, this book is addictive and I think it is because of all those things. I was on the end of my seat wondering what would happen to Maggie and Quentin. And even when I had an inkling on what I thought would happen I still wanted to read more just to know if I was right. It all unfolded so perfectly that I didn’t even care that some was a little predictable.

I guess in the long run I loved that this book reminded me of some many of my other favorite stories. It had so many moving pieces and the characters were so interesting I was sucked in from the start. In the end I was left dying for book 2 because I need to know what is going to happen after everything that went down in the final 30 or so pages. Disruption was a total surprise for me and I loved every minute of it.

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Blog Tour: Disruption by Jessica Shirvington – Q & A

I was lucky enough to get to read Jessica Shirvington’s newest book Disruption (out now) a few months back and I fell in love. So when I was given the opportunity to interview Jessica I jumped on it.

  • With all of the technology in the world changing, what feels like daily, Disruption is a concept that is very relevant. How did you come up with this idea for a book that is so now?

The idea for Disruption started with a funny conversation I had with a friend. She was telling me all about her internet dating experiences and I was laughing as we walked through a busy city area. Everyone around us had their heads down, on their phones, and I said, ‘Wouldn’t it just be easier if we got some kind of alert or text message to tell us when we walked by someone who could be a good match!’ It was such a random thought, but it stayed with me that day and the next until I started to think about how something like that could actually be a possibility. That led to the idea of combining microchipping, smart phones and pheromones… (It sounds really weird but it all worked out!).

  • Maggie is after revenge from the get go and wants it at any cost. Was it hard to write her and her motivations, especially after Quentin was brought into her life?

Maggie’s personality and motivations were what drove the story, without those traits and purpose I can’t imagine how the story would have turned out. Therefore, staying true to her character was always my main priority. Sure, there were times I wanted to shake her or gently point her in a new direction but Maggie is really strong so there was never any genuine way, other than to let her story play out in the way it did. When Quentin comes into the picture, he challenges her in a new way. It starts to create cracks in her armor but she doesn’t just crumble – that’s not Maggie’s style.

  • Speaking of Maggie and Quentin…holy chemistry! How did such a great love-hate romance come to fruition?

The elements of the above question also answer this question in many ways. Maggie has a purpose, one that defines her and one that she will not put on the backburner, will not sacrifice for anything or anyone else. She has worked way too hard to let emotions get in the way now. So this created a great dynamic between Quentin and Maggie.

Likewise, Quentin is a strong person too. He is moral and loyal but he isn’t a fool and he won’t be pressured or swayed easily. The push/pull between the two characters was a lot of fun to write.

  • I know the sequel, Corruption, has been out in Australia for some time. With it still months away from the US release, what can you tell the US readers to expect for the second half of the dulogy?

Corruption sees a great progression for the characters. So much has happened and their lives and hearts are forever altered. They now need to deal with the reality they are faced with. They must admit failings and take responsibility but they must also find courage and press on. The challenges that are before them are huge and they quickly discover they don’t even know half of what has been going on behind the scenes.

  • I ask this question in every interview I do. What is the one piece of clothing or accessory you couldn’t live without?

Jeans. I have a heap of them. But my standard blue skinny jeans are my go-to wardrobe choice. I’d be lost without them!

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Blog Tour: Disruption by Jessica Shirvington – Q & ADisruption by Jessica Shirvington
Published by HarperCollins
Published: October 4th 2016
Buy on Amazon
Add to Goodreads

The heart-stopping first chapter in bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series.

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?
Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation's M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

The heart-stopping first chapter in bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series. What if a microchip could identify your perfect match? What if it could be used against you and the ones you love? Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation's M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it. Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer - heir to the M-Corp empire - has become key to Maggie's plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin's involvement destroy everything she's fought for? In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

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Thanks Jessica for taking the time out to answer some of my questions.

Check back tomorrow for my review of Disruption. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed it!

 

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Review: One Past Midnight – Jessica Shirvington

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Title: One Past Midnight [Amazon]
Author: Jessica Shirvington [website]
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Parallel Life
Source/Type: Publisher/Paperback ARC
Stars: 4 of 5

Publisher Description:
Name of overseas edition of Between The Lives.
Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is…

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?

My Thoughts:
I’m a parallel life book junkie. I want to read them all. So when a friend suggested One Past Midnight and I found out it takes place in my city/state, I was sold. And then I read the description and I was intrigued. Then I read it and I was pleased, very pleased because um hello…PARALELL LIFE STORY.

One Past Midnight is about Sabine, a girl living a parallel life. Every 24 hours she goes from one world in Roxbury, MA to her other world in Wellesley, MA basically forcing her to live each day twice. Sabine has been like this her whole life and has hidden it from everyone that loves her in both worlds. Then something changes. Sabine breaks her arm while in her Roxbury life and it doesn’t carry over to her Wellesley life which has never happened. Now left with the question of whether it was a glitch or things changed, Sabine embarks on a series of tests that will alter her and both worlds forever. The question that remains is if given the choice which world would she pick.

I liked Sabine a lot right away. There was something about her that was just easy to relate to even though she was going through this crazy thing. She was so alone in both worlds but she did the best she could to fit in and not really stand out. However you could tell it was hard for her being two different people with two completely different realities. She had a harder life in one world than in the other and that weighed on her as the story progressed. She also could never truly be herself since she was constantly split in two. My heart went out to her. All she wanted was one life and the broken wrist was her chance at that. But it wasn’t so clean cut which life was better as things in both worlds spiraled out of control and she started to feel ties to someone she didn’t expect. It complicated things in Sabine’s already complicated life.

I also really liked how the author went about the parallel life aspect of the book. Usually people are living their lives simultaneously in these kinds of books, but Shirvington decided to have Sabine live everyday twice and I liked that tweak. It worked for this story and didn’t make it hard to follow. It also helped that she used too completely different areas of Massachusetts for both of Sabine’s lives. They are close enough location wise, but completely different in terms of demographics. That was also something that really worked.

I will say that the end of the story did take away from making this book awesome. Some of the stuff at the end was a little too plot point driven and didn’t seem to fit with everything that had gone on up until that point. I understand what the author was trying to do, but it felt off for me. I didn’t hate it but I do feel it took away from some of the good in the first 85% of the story.

But really all in all I enjoyed my experience with One Past Midnight. It had a great romance (which I didn’t talk much about as I didn’t want to give anything away), good characters, strong writing and a great storyline. It kept me interested and was a pretty quick read. Definitely a book to check out if you are a parallel life book lover.

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