CRASH (Visions book 1) by Lisa McMann {5* Review}

Series: Visions #1
by Lisa McMann
Published by Simon Pulse on January 8, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Thriller
Pages: 233
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

Opening Sentence:

“My sophomore psych teacher, Mr. Polselli, says knowledge is crucial to understanding the workings of the human brain, but I swear to dog, I don’t want any more knowledge about this.”

My Review:

5 Reasons Why I Loved This Book:

  1. The MC’s voice was light, funny, and perfect
  2. The story line was fresh and interesting
  3. It also included pieces reminiscent of beloved classics
  4. How could anyone not love this book?
  5. See above for reasons why

LOL. I mean, seriously, this book had me from the get go and never let go. The chapters were short which made me feel like I was whipping through the book at lightning speed…Oh wait, I really was. I just couldn’t put the book down!

Our main character, Jules, was like a breath of fresh air. She was funny, down-to-earth, and so Real. Although she has these visions, well one recurring vision, she tries to fight it. There is a history of mental illness in her family and she begins to become worried that she is going to be the next victim of this disease. Jules is our narrator telling her story in such a light tone that you almost forget the serious nature of her vision – a horrible crash resulting in nine body bags lying in the snow.

I can honestly say that I have not read a story quite like this one before. It was thrilling and mysterious. As the vision replays over and over again, Jules begins piecing together more of the pictures. Her vision is not in her head, instead playing like a commercial which she sees on the television, in windows, and as still frames on billboards and road signs, everywhere she looks. It begins to consume her life until she finally gives in and figures she is meant to do something to stop this horrible tragedy from coming to fruition. This one is a real page turner!

Even though the story is fresh and different from anything I have read, it pulls in some classic plot lines that had me drooling. Jules works in her family business, a pizza parlor, whose direct competition in their town is the Angotti’s italian restaurant. There is a long-time family feud between the Angottis and the DeMarcos (Jules’ family) and although she wants to honor her family, she cannot help her feelings toward Sawyer Angotti. They were childhood friends and grew very close while hiding their relationship from their families until the year before seventh grade. Jules accidentally smiled at Sawyer while their parents were in tow and both were forbidden to ever see or associate with the other again. This part of the story took on a Romeo and Juliet quality where they hoping their love would be able to repair the rift between their families.

How could anyone not love this book? It was simply put…AMAZING! Great writing, believable characters, social issues, star-crossed loves, all within a contemporary novel with a thrilling suspenseful plot. All of this culminated into an ending that had me on the edge of my seat and jumping as I got lost in Jules’ reality.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of romance, thrillers…heck everyone should read this one!

5 Stars

Have you read this book yet? Do you want to?

About Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling paranormal WAKE trilogy, CRYER’S CROSS, DEAD TO YOU, and the dystopian fantasy series beginning with THE UNWANTEDS.

You can find more info at Lisa’a website,, interact with her on Facebook or Twitter, or ask questions and find answers on her page.

About Meagan

Meagan is a Reviewing Wonderland founder and featured reviewer. Because reading books does not go far in paying the bills, Meagan is also an established certified public accountant (I know, right) and spends most of her time working or spending time with her family.
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4 Responses to CRASH (Visions book 1) by Lisa McMann {5* Review}

  1. Wow! This sounds like a must-read. I love your 5 reasons, more than enough to sell it to me. Most of all I love how unique it sounds, that isn’t always easy to find nowadays. Great review Meagan :)
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  2. Ellen says:

    Great review. This sounds really good and Jules sounds like a great MC. I’ll have to check this out.
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  3. Michelle says:

    I really really got into this book too!! I loved Jules and her ‘oh my dogs’! I can’t wait for book 2 after that crazy ending!!!
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