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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (73): Charisma by Jeanne Ryan

Charisma by Jeanne Ryan
Release Date: March 3, 2015Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals.   The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery. . . .
A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences in this Sarah Dessen-meets-Robin Cook thriller.        Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it's too late.
        Part medical thriller, part social justice commentary, Charisma will have readers on the edge of their seats.

Little bit worried that the summary calls itself a social justice commentary piece, but who knows?  This might be the kind of book that can be taught in a class and enjoyed with a cup of tea in footsie pajamas.  A part of me is a little curious if the drug turns people into zombies because strange illness usually are zombies, but maybe this will be different.