Reviews

Review Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by:  Indie Book Reviewers

To say “Secret Visions” is totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before would be an understatement! I’m not sure how to even describe this book as SO much happens, and it seems to touch on so many elements, themes, and subjects. Smooth pacing, plenty of action, and diverse characters, along with current-day issues (despite being on the paranormal side) makes this a definite winner in my eyes. I think that you need to take your time while reading it to really grasp everything the author is saying, as it will require some deeper thought and reasoning, and might even change your perspective on some things. The prose is lovely and much ‘classier’ than one normally sees in a YA novel, and at times it reads and feels more mature. But teens like to read “up” so they might appreciate this, as will older readers who want to read ‘younger’ but don’t want it dumbed down. Very interesting, and recommend to fans of literary/ paranormal/ spiritual adventure fiction.

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Review Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by:  Indie Book Reviewers

“Secret Visions” by Pat O’Connor was awesome! I finished it a few weeks ago and am still digesting it. I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever. For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero/protagonists of YA lore, but instead all had demons, motivations, secrets, obstacles to overcome, flaws…and I don’t want to focus too much on it, but I thought the whole paranormal aspect was pretty cool too with their magical ‘powers’ – different from the norm in how it was used and portrayed, that’s for sure. Cool though. So often I read YA action/fantasy and it feels like I’m reading the same story over and over. Not there though. I like that there were several well-thought out storylines here but it doesn’t get too convoluted, and all came together to create a fresh-feeling novel that was out of the ordinary and kept me hooked throughout. I was shocked by the twist towards the end and didn’t see it coming. This appears to be the first in a series and I for one can’t wait to see what the three will do next! Recommend for teens and adults alike.

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Review Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by:  Indie Book Reviewers

Holey moley, this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing! It was all I could do though not to rush it—this isn’t a ‘quick-easy beach read” by any stretch, but more like something you sink back with for a while and let it take over your soul and let you mind wander with the possibilities.

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Review Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by:  Indie Book Reviewers

Secret Visions (Annie McDoogan Series Book 1) by Pat O’Connor is hands down one of the most original and well-crafted YA paranormal novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the different scenery and locales, and her attention to detail, especially with the characters. We feel transported not only into the various characters’ heads, but the places they are, and it was a fun escape from reality. This novel covers so, so much it’s impossible to sum up, and it was interesting to see how it all tied together but there will still be more to come. An fun literary treat, to be certain, well written and with beautiful narrative. I was really impressed and would recommend this book  to fans of YA adventure/action/light fantasy. Would love to read more from Pat O’Connor in the future!

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Review Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by:  Indie Book Reviewers

This is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. Pat O’Connor is a talented writer who knows how to grab and keep our attention! Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and event to the next.   The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful…. Had a very deep, spiritual, almost philosophical quality, especially for a YA book, which I found to be refreshing. I felt like I was genuinely inside the characters’ heads experiencing the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I would love to read more from this author in the future as the series continues (this is just book 1). She has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and developing deeply memorable characters with a great positive message. Recommend for ages 13 and up (even adults!)

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Review Rating:
5 stars!
Reviewed By Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

In a unique and intriguing entry into the genre of young adult paranormal fiction, Secret Visions, Volume One of the Annie McDoogan series by debut author Pat O’Connor is a book that will hook young readers from the very first page and will keep them reading until the very end! Follow the story of three teens from South Florida with diverse religious backgrounds (Buddhist, Catholic and Muslim) as they grow in friendship as well as in the desire to spread peace through their amazing gift of telepathy. Readers will be intrigued with both the characters’ unique backgrounds as well as the idea that telepathy could be used as a channel for peace. This is a highly action packed novel as our three heroes encounter many threats from those who fear them, and you will simply need to read to the very end to find out what happens!

 

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