Summer Davis sees deaths before they happen. She attempts to live a normal life by focusing on the dance team and her quarterback boyfriend. But then the way-too-cheery Angel of Death shows up and tells her she’s a Cipher—a person chosen to help people who are going to die resolve problems with their loved ones. Ashlyn Moore, one of Summer’s classmates, is going to die, and she needs Summer’s help before that happens.
It’s nearly impossible to get through to Ashlyn, who surrounds herself with chess nerds and geeks and makes it clear she doesn’t want to be friends. Desperate to complete her Cipher task before it’s too late, Summer turns to Troy, the guy who’s always been there for her and one of the few people she can trust. With his help, she makes progress. In fact, the closer she gets to Ashlyn and her friends, the more she feels like she’s finally found where she belongs.
Just the beautiful cover alone makes you want to pick up this book, which Living Fictitiously had the honor of being a part in the revealing. And behind this beautiful cover lies an awesome, authentic, interesting story.
I knew from the moment I read this opening -->> 'Nothing to worry about. I'm only going to remember this night for the rest of my life.' <<-- that my eyes would be dancing around the pages of Cipher by Cindi Madsen.
As the clock starts running down on Ashlyn’s life, Summer decides she's going to tweak her objective. She’s going to save her new friend before it’s too late—even if it means messing with fate.
Summer learns she inherited a trait, which is quite an interesting characteristic to have in dealing with death. Summer is a Cipher. She's like a mediator for the soon to be deceased and brings unity between the dying and their loved ones. Her responsibility can be beautiful and with great purpose, but yet a burden. While Summer struggles with her responsibility, the dying would want to have her on their side to ensure their death is guilt free and to help them achieve a peaceful passing. Maybe?
And then there's the whole becoming attached to your assignment thing. During her mission, not only does Summer gain an awesome friendship that is very heart felt, but she also gains herself back.
I really like Summer's personality. She is sarcastic and sincere and we have the same taste in music. She does all the sports I would love to do- dancing, surfing, skating. She falls into the 'I think I'm the shit' girl squad- but what counts is she finds herself. She is totally someone who I'd want to be great friends with in high school.
And there's this guy. Troy! A skater. A music connoisseur! I'd get all electrified every time he touched Summer. I love their encounters and how they act around each other; their development and curiosity towards each other. There is something mysterious about him that makes him not only hot, but intriguing. His mysteriousness wasn't what I thought it would've been, but totally suiting.
This is an author whose stories do not disappoint and if you haven't read any of her work, you are missing out on some major literary entertainment, heart pumping goodness.
Madsen can nail a break-up scene and the feelings to go with it. She can snag some death scenes too. I love how her stories are really original and different and interesting and emotional. That's some pretty cool adjectives to describe her work and I'm quite confident and honest you'll feel the same way.
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