identity-break If you’re of a certain age, chances are you’ve seen the episode of friends where Joey is reading Little Women. He’s so upset about how sick Beth is, he has to take a break from the book, and put it in the freezer for a while to chill- and lessen the intensity for him.

That’s a bit what reading Stifyn Emrys’ Identity Break was like for me. I’ll tell you why after you take a look at the synopsis below:

How far would you go to find yourself?

Imagine everything you thought you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie, and you didn’t know who was telling the truth. Imagine you possessed a secret so dangerous that, if it were exposed, it would reshape the entire world.
What would you do if that secret were your very identity?

In almost every way, Palo Vista seems like a typical California city, with office buildings, schools, and homes sprawled out across suburbia, filled with families making a life for themselves at the dawn of the new millennium.
But two seniors at Mt. MacMurray High are about to find out that nothing is as it seems. Jason Nix is a star athlete and honors student who can’t seem to remember anything about his childhood. Elyse Van Auten is a budding artist from a broken home whose father left her mother two years ago – or so she’s been led to believe.

Like most teens entering adulthood, Elyse and Jason just want to find out who they really are. For them, however, the stakes go far beyond their own personal quest. Join them on a journey of self-discovery that becomes a desperate fight for survival against enemies determined to conceal the truth … and find out what happens when that fight becomes personal.

There were times that so much was happening in Identity Break  that I had to take a break from the story for a bit. I was afraid something terrible was going to happen to Jason or Elyse.  At the same time, I was dying to know what this hidden truth was, and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out.  Although the stories are different,  I got the same little thrill reading Identity Break as I do reading Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. It’s that entertaining. There’s plenty of action and colorful characters, and more than one squirm inducing (in a good way) scene.  

My only criticism is that I feel like some seeds were planted in the story that were not fully fleshed out, but I hope that means a sequel is coming. I like the characters, and I feel like there is a lot more story to tell here, both backstory and the implications of what Jason and Elyse learn in Identity Break.

I’m glad to be a part of the blog tour for Identity Break, and think this is a great vacation read for you to check out.

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