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Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce – Review by Birna Bjornsdottir

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished reading Shortcuts (Singularities), by Amy Bearce.

Wow – this is a very intense story about Parker and her friends DeShawn, Avery and Ethan.
They are a very close group of friends and have more in common than just your typical high school hobbies!

Life is going relatively smooth for Parker and her friends until the new girl starts in school.
Mia starts in her new school with some epic weight on her shoulders – and as an empath, Parker is hit with Mia’s feelings, full force.

Always wanting to fix things and make other people happy, Parker is determined to help Mia fit in and tries her hardest to help Mia find some happiness and peace.

But being an empath doesn’t exactly come with a manual and Parker’s gift starts to morph into something she hasn’t known before.

Reading about this close group of friends and how they embraced Mia and Josh, really moves you.

This was a very powerful book that I couldn’t put down!

Taking shortcuts in life might be tempting – you might get there quicker but will you get there in one piece?

I’m immensely impressed with Amy Bearce and her writing skills – this is a must read!

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SHORTCUTS (Singularities) by Amy Bearce – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce

5-Stars

Shortcuts is an easy to read young adult novel. It focuses on a group of kids who are born with special abilities after their parents utilized a special fertility drug to conceive. Parker is the main character of this novel and is an empath. She uses her ability as a shortcut in a way with people in her daily life. Mia is the new girl and is difficult to read but could also cause problems for the group of friends.

I found this book easy to read and the storyline easy to follow. The characters were descriptive and realistic despite having amazing abilities. It was easy to picture Parker’s bubbly personality as the story progressed. I really enjoyed this novel.

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SHORTCUTS (Singularities) by Amy Bearce – Review by Erica Fish

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shortcuts written by Amy Bearce is a great YA read. I am older than that but seem to find a breath of fresh air because it deals with hard realities of teenage girls. This story, for me, would have been a great suggestion for me to read or my daughters to read. It deals with some troubling issues for teens. Topics of challenges, conflicts, mistakes and consequences are the highlights of this book and it shows that you can make it through with a little bit of help/ There is a fantasy story and Parker Mills is on her way to being popular. She has everything going for her, two-time winner Miss Divine Pecan Pageant, head of the eighth grade dance committee, and a secret empath. So she has everything going for her but there is a little nudge that has come into the her world. Will Parker be able to work out the details so that everyone can be happy? Will this be too much for Parker? I will be looking for more books by this author.

SHORTCUTS (Singularities) by Amy Bearce – Review by Sam Sheerin

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shortcuts by Amy Bearce 4 stars.
This is the first read for me by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Amy kept you know the edge of the seat with storyline and you couldn’t or dare want to put it down.
The characters all have a nice depth to them not, not too much given away with them.until the point that’s it’s needed. A nice few little twists and turn.
Amy is definitely an author I will be looking out for, for future reads.

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Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce – Review by Jenni Bishop

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce ​was is a fun and engaging YA fantasy story. The characters are interesting, and believable and have powers and the story is fast paced. The journey is one of friendships and family, and the usual that teenagers go through along with powers and consequences that could destroy it all and still trying to work out who they are and how they fit in the world. This YA fantasy is well written and captivates the audience no matter their age.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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SHORTCUTS (Singularities) by Amy Bearce – Review by Kerry Baker

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce is a brilliant YA novel that is clever and unique and such an interesting read. This is not only perfect for the age range it is clearly aimed at but also has that something about it that captures the attention of all age ranges.
The characters were all great to read about. The dynamics of their group worked really well and was believable of kids their age. That is something I think a lot of authors struggle to get right.
The story was varied and nicely paced – quick enough to hold the attention of a YA but also detailed enough provide an interesting story.
I have to say that I loved the cover of this book. It is eye catching and instantly draws your attention to it. It is what caught by interest in the first place.
I really enjoyed everything about this book and wouldn’t hesitate to read more by this author.

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SHORTCUTS (Singularities) by Amy Bearce – Review by Stacey Baxter

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my usual go to genre i must admit i was completely sucked into this novel. This had a great fantasy storyline that draws you in and you will find yourself lost in there world which is an amazing experience. It’s about a group of young children who have been friends all the lives but they all have super powers but still go through life normally even with there special abilities. The character’s were fantastic and really brought this story to life. This was a brilliant read and i look forward to reading morw from this author.

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SHORTCUTS (Singularities) by Amy Bearce – Review by Heather Lovelace

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This YA fantasy is beautifully written and will captivate it’s audience no matter your age. Bearce treats her young main characters with respect and intent, allowing them to truly develop and grow, while learning and stumbling along the way. I wasn’t certain what I would find when I dove in. But easily by the second page I knew I had a treasure in my hands. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book. Highly recommend!

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce – Review by Jana Teppih

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce is a perfect novel for young readers! It is a story of four best friends – Parker, Avery, DeShawn and Ethan. They all have psychic powers because their mothers were given a certain fertility drug. They all have developed different abilities that I can imagine the young readers would find very cool!
The story is told from Parker’s point of view, she is our resident empath! She is brash and bold and honest and caring and energetic … Avery is the PERFECT best friend ever … DeShawn is calm and wise and a young man with a golden heart … Ethan is our mischievous young rebel … and then we have Mia, a sweet and sad and complicated new girl, and Josh who is another new boy that brings his complications …
This story that I think would be a perfect reading early tween and teen set, tells us the story of friendships, family relationships, the power of social standing and the realities you must face when you hurt the people you love, even if you did not mean it to happen … it tells us a story of what the consequences of shortcuts are and that actually, there are no shortcuts in life as every action has a counter action … it shows us that everyone carries a burden and everyone deserves to have friends and to be loved! There are a loads of lessons that if you are open you might be able to learn by reading the book and not needing to experience them in person!

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Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce – Review by Angela Hayes

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Shortcuts by Amy Bearce is a delightful fantasy aimed towards children aged 9 to 14 years old. But I am waaaaay older than that, and still enjoyed the story. There are some tougher issues covered in this book- such as challenges, consequences, conflicts, and owning up to mistakes… which were handled really well by the author, who wrote in a way that was thought-provoking, yet would also allow the younger (teen) reader/s to understand. A story with a message/moral.
The characters are well crafted individuals who were interesting, and believable. They learned and grew as the story progressed. Coming out the other side stronger and wiser. The story has a fast pace and is a fun and engaging read.

Thank you, Ms. Bearce!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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