Early Review: The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker

The Delphi Effectdelphi-effect by Rysa Walker
The Delphi Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Publisher: Skyscape

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

Wendy’s Review


I don’t even remember requesting this book.  I certainly didn’t remember what it was about.  I knew it was Sci-Fi, mostly because it looks like it’s Sci-Fi, but for some reason that synopsis wouldn’t stay in my head.  I would forget the premise moments after reading the blurb!  I actually feel bad about it.  What’s funny is that I’m pretty sure I requested this book because I thought the synopsis didn’t fit the cover.  There’s nothing on the cover that says ‘this book is about a girl that can host spirits’.  I think it looks more like aliens, or space travel.  That’s what it’s about, though.  Anna is a medium, but she carries the spirits of the dead inside her until their unfinished business is complete.

Regardless of my initial impression of the cover, which I do think is pretty even if I think it’s misleading, I was really surprised by how good this book was.  As a blogger we tend to request a lot of advance books that were just okay, or worse.  There’s not a lot you can tell by a story from the synopsis, and it tends to bite you more frequently than you like.  This wasn’t the case with The Delphi Effect.  I actually thought that the plot of the story was interesting, with new perspectives on psychic ability, and the action was elevated through the whole book.

First, I can’t really review this book without mentioning how Anna occasionally irked me.  In one section of the story I wanted to shake her.  Everyone knew she was making terrible decisions. The other characters knew, her friends knew, and we knew as the reader.  Yet, she follows the same path even after she’s shown it’s wrong.  Even after she herself admits that she’s probably wrong!  I can’t handle stupidly stubborn characters.

Regardless, and without going into too much detail, there was a wider range of characters than the synopsis provides.  The story is about more than just Anna, even if she is the MC.  I found the rest of the characters interesting and unique.  I am especially curious about Deo and where the story is going to take him.  (And Aaron, of course.  Because who doesn’t like the love interest.)

The best part was that when I got to the end I actually said ‘Oh Sh*t!’ out loud.  To myself.  In my dark bedroom.  At midnight.  That’s one of the best compliments you can give a book.  It means that I’ll be watching for updates on the sequel.

I’ve already started.

Thank you to Skyscape, via NetGalley, for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Stars = B

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