Saturday, 19 October 2013

Shift by Em Bailey

Blurb (from Goodreads):
"There were two things everyone knew about Miranda Vaile before she'd even started at our school. The first was that she had no parents - they were dead. And the second was that they were dead because Miranda had killed them."

Olive used to be the school queen-bee. But that was before her breakdown. Now she's the class loner, and can only watch as new girl Miranda latches on to Olive's ex-best friend Katie. Soon Miranda is talking like Katie, dressing like Katie - even going out with Katie's boyfriend.

And then Katie dies. Everyone seems to believe it was a tragic accident, but OIive isn't so sure. What if the wild rumours are true? What if Miranda really is a killer...?

Shift by Em Bailey

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Shift(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Teenager Olive has almost no friends, and is picked on by the most popular girl – Katie, who used to be her best friend.
When Miranda starts at Olive’s school, Olive takes an immediate dislike to her, but she somehow ends up becoming Katie’s new best friend.
Olive and her friend Ami wonder if Miranda is some sort of evil shape-shifter, trying to take over Katie’s life, but discard the idea as just fantasy.
Something is wrong with Katie though, and Olive can’t shake the feeling that Miranda is behind it.
What is happening to Katie? Is Miranda to blame? And what can Olive do about it?

This was an okay story, but it really annoyed me in places.

Olive was a bit of an odd character, and it was obvious at times that things that she perceived, weren’t always perceived the same way by other people. I also thought that her dramatic switch in her behaviour towards certain people was also a little weird, and not well thought out.

The storyline was okay, although I did guess what was going to happen at several points, so the sudden happening weren’t so sudden to me. I disliked the fact that Olive’s ‘incident’ kept being referred to, yet it took a long time for us to get any information on this at all.
I thought the turn the storyline took at the half-way point was just ridiculous. I really didn’t understand why Olive’s behaviour changed so much, and why she suddenly did a total 180 of her opinions. It made no sense, especially considering how Olive behaved at the beginning of the book.
The ending was okay, but again it wasn’t anything special. I got the impression that this book is probably aimed at younger teens, and reminded me a bit of some of Kate Cann’s books.
Overall; an okay story, but Olive’s logic was definitely missing.
6.5 out of 10.


  1. Seems like you are on a "just average" book streak.

  2. Goes to show you that staying in character is a must.