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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Review: The Samantha Granger Experiment: Fused by Kari Lee Townsend

Age: 12+ (my guess)
Publication Date: November 2010
Pages: 208
Series: 1st in a series
Acquisition: received an ARC for review

After Sam is fused with her cell phone, she's ready to conquer the world! Or at least the 8th grade...
When Samantha Granger touches a meteor while talking on her cell phone, her life is changed forever: her body now has all the capabilities of her phone (GPS, phone, text, camera). She secretly calls herself a "Digital Diva" as she rushes to answer emergency calls. But will her identity be discovered when sparks fly (literally!) between her and Trevor, her dreamy crush? Samantha has to get a handle on her abilities and quick, because when Sam gets kidnapped and the entire town is in danger, she is the only one who can save them. (from Goodreads)

Quick thoughts:
Fun and cute! I very much loved the concept and really wished that I could somehow be fused with my cell phone :)

I really liked Samantha. She's a quirky kid who doesn't back down from a challenge. She's scared and confused but she's also confident (most of the time :)

As 'Digital Diva' she's amazing. Imagine being able to do everything your smart phone can do - in seconds - in your head! Now imagine that your smart phone is so much more then a phone could ever be. I loved how Sam had to read the intruction manual (also in her head) to figure out exactly what she was cappable of doing.

The pace was a little off for me. Could be an attrubute of it being an unfished copy but I felt like the actions of the characters were all over the place. It was hard for me to keep track of who was where doing what and at what times.

Also, the characters had a 'young' voice but the romance? Not at all fitting for a 13 year old and no13 year old boy has an 'impressive chest' - in my opinon. Sam's hormones are what gets her in trouble at times but I almost wished we could have had her story without the boy element.

Final thoughts:
A fun read that I think middle grade or tween girls would really enjoy. As a first in a series it deffinatly peaked my interest and I'm curious as to where Sam's special applities will take her.

Overall Rating:
3 / 5 Stars

The Samantha Granger Experiment Series:
Fearless (June 2011)
Freedom (November 2011)

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Author's Website


  1. Haha!! Love the cover. It looks funny and cute.

    My latest review: The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

  2. I saw this one today on a different blog and it seems like it will definitely be a cute and quick read. Nothing too heavy or complicated! Great review!


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