In exchange for an honest review, new and up-and-coming author, Niki Cluff, provided me a free digital ARC of her newest YA novel, Head Case!
Courtesy of https://nikicluffbooks.com
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Official Blurb from Niki’s page:
Allyson has been in a coma for the last nine months. What’s worse, she can hear everything the doctors say. She knows they’re keeping her in a coma and that she’s at the mercy of the hospitals First In Human trial. A VR system implanted in her brain for a second chance at life, but Ally doesn’t want to leave her family behind.
Attached to the VR, Ally discovers worlds unlike home. There, she can do whatever she wants. But she misses her parents. Using hacking skills, Ally emails her mom in hopes that she’ll free her. When the emails don’t work, Ally learns to astral project. With help from Harrison, a rabbit-eared boy, they work together to free themselves from Aishwarya, the mad queen of the world. But when Harrison wakes up and doesn’t come for Ally, she’ll split her soul to the brink of death to save herself.
When Niki first reached out to me about reading and reviewing Head Case, I was so excited! An author actually liked one of my reviews and reached out to me, a newbie blogger and reviewer!
Even better, when I read the blurb for Head Case and felt an Alice in Wonderland vibe coming off of it, I knew that I just had to read this book.
First off, I’m just going to say that I really loved and enjoyed this book! It was fun and I felt a connection to Ally, the main character. Personally, she felt real to me, with her being a drum major (I was in my marching band’s color guard), her love of video games and anime, and her love of computer programming. Okay, I don’t love computer programming, but I am interested in it 😜
Second, I not only LOVED the Animal/Human characters of Chester and Harrison, but I felt like the author drew on a love for fantasy anime to create an image of these guys. Granted, I’ve been in a binge-watching spree of Kamisama Kiss and Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits, so I’ve been dreaming about Kitsune spirits with humanoid shapes. Hey, no judging. The Kitsune in Kamisama Kiss was voices by the same guy who voices Sebastian in the English version of Black Butler…silky, smooth, dark, and alluring….🤤🤤🤤
Ahem! I digress. Regardless of my fascination with animal/human hybrids, I also LOVE the Cheshire Cat! I loved how Chester embodies what I would imagine a human cat would be, aloof but loyal when it counts.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves an Alice in Wonderland type story and would like to see a little Sword Art Online mixed in.
I am extremely happy that I had an opportunity to read Head Case and I plan on grabbing a copy of Niki’s debut novel, Breed, the next chance I get! (Once I’ve whittled down my TBR list and can lift my book buying ban on myself).
I give Head Case 4.5 Stars for an enjoyable plot line, relatable characters (to me), and for the fact I will probably pick up a published copy down the road to reread once I’ve caught up on my TBR list.