Clicks – When you just know.
Born and bred to win, Cami’s family expects her to join a secret society called The Guard, marry one of the two identical twin boys next door, and stay on Pinhold Island for the rest of her life. But she has other plans: work beach patrol, win the Surf Carnival and get a sponsor so that she can leave Pinhold to compete in international surf rescue competitions and see the world.
Home to epic waves, black sand beaches, and the world-famous Surf Carnival, Pinhold Island is regularly voted the top surf spot in the country. People come from all over the world to ride the waves or just relax in the natural beauty and rejuvenating water. While visitors are jealous of the few hundred people who get to live there, sixteen year old Cami feels stifled and trapped by her small community and her family’s expectations. Thanks to the intense link she shares with her twin brother Mica, she can’t even be alone with her thoughts. As decedents of the ten families who originally settled on Pinhold, Cami and Mica are part of a new generation of extreme surf lifeguards who are expected to earn invitations into The Guard.
But a seemingly small injury knocks her out of the first event and turns her summer upside down. It’s suddenly impossible for Cami to resist the magnetic attraction to Blake, one of the twins next door; the one she’s never been interested in. Just as the Surf Carnival competition starts to heat up, the best swimmers start to drown. Pulled to the ocean floor, they’re found barely alive , stuck in unexplainable comas. When Mica goes down too, Cami can no longer wait for those in charge to figure out how to help him. To save the lives of her brother and their friends, Cami must ignore what she sees and what she’s told, and instead must learn to trust the clicks, her instincts, that help her find the truth in heart even when it goes against everything her brain thinks it knows.
MY REVIEW (Neelam)
Ever wonder about the connection between animals and humans? Animals have been used to help and heal humans for a long time. Clicks explores that connection between dolphins and humans. Pinhold is the island the where the book takes place. Pinhold is comprised of descendants from ten families who originally settled on the island. The main characters, Mica and Cami, are a set of twins from the younger generation. They have a secret communication (clicks) that appear like text messages and pictures in their head. All the twins on the island have this special communication.
One by one, teenagers from this special town are being drawn to the ocean floor into a coma from which they can’t be woken up. By the time Mica goes down, there have been two other islanders who have suffered the same fate and two mainlanders who have died. When Mica is in his coma, Cami does not hear the clicks from her brother anymore and cannot wait around to find out the connection between these events or wait for the elders to solve the problem. Thus begins the mystery of why these children are falling into a coma and what the connection is between the dolphins and the humans in Pinhold.
This book was unlike any other paranormal book I’ve read. It read more as a mystery with the added effect of being like an X-files. Some things can’t be explained. I rarely choose to read paranormal books but was glad that I gave this one a chance. It was a very interesting and intelligent read. There was a small romance between Cami and Blake (a twin who lives next door), but the romance aspect is light.
There were two things I really liked about the book. One is that the author was very descriptive and had knowledge of dolphins and nature. She included this in the Prophecy and Legend of Pinhold Island. The other is that her characters’ names were anagrams of each other: Cami and Mica, Alysha and Shayla, Blake and Kaleb, etc. I thought that was a very clever touch as it accentuates the connection between twins.
Overall, I found Clicks to be a very enjoyable read. I would recommend it for those who like a mystery and are open to the connection between humans and nature, even if that connection is not visible.
Amy Evans is a wife, mother, ocean lover and storyteller. She’s created multi-platform mobile apps, social media games, and interactive story worlds for HIPnTASTY, a company she co-founded in 2001. She loves dolphins, aliens and pugs, and sometimes writes for so long they all look like the same thing. Clicks is her debut novel about instincts, a Surf Carnival, an endless summer and the hottest beach patrol on the California coast. Clicks are truths you can feel, the sounds that the universe makes when it warns you that your world is about to change forever. If you listen to them, you get on the wave before it crests; control your path, surf into your destiny. If you ignore them, the wave crashes around you, and you try desperately not to drown.
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