Happy release day!!
Thanks to Diversion Books for sending Chandra and I advanced copies in exchange for our honest reviews.
BODY PARTS by Jessica Kapp is out now!
This suspense, medical YA novel is a crazy thrill ride – at just under 300 pages you’ll fly through this one. Let’s see what the duo behind #allthebookreviews thought of this one.
Chandra’s Thoughts: 4/5 stars
Tabitha became an orphan at the age of six – taken to an elite foster home where the kids are trained to be healthy and strong to find their permanent homes. Tabitha is finally paired and scared and excited to meet her new family. Instead, she wakes up in a hospital bed prepared for surgery and utterly confused. Rescued, she finds that the foster home is not what it seems and she was about to be cut up for body parts by PharmPerfect.
The world is actually going in this direction, I think. Maybe not so much in raising kids for body parts, but this world the author created consists of pills that can cure just about anything. Need a tan? Take a pill. Get rid of wrinkles? Take a pill. Want to be smarter? Take a pill. Want to excel at sports? Take a pill. I think you get the drift. The real world today actually has a tanning pill going through FDA approval and is approved in a couple of countries. I only know this due to my “allergy” to the sun and was almost part of a test group. So I can absolutely see this world Jessica created in our future… and it’s a scary one. This YA, sci-fi book has all the parts you would expect – instalove, love triangle, rescue missions and rebellion against the government/pharm company. Personally, I love these types of stories (well I could do without instalove sometimes but that’s all mood based) and Jessica Kapp does it RIGHT. At under 300 pages, it’s a quick and entertaining read and those who love YA books will definitely take a liking to this one as well.
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars
When I read the description for this book it instantly stood out to me. BODY PARTS by Jessica Kapp is a unique thriller with a topic that isn’t covered much. I loved how original it was and the suspense kept me flipping pages!
Tabitha is a 16 year old girl living at the Center for Excellence – previously from the Center for Growth. She’s been here since she was 6 years old, after her parents were killed in a car crash. She and the other kids are raised to be in peak physical and mental shape because they are told that potential foster families are looking for the best of the best. One day Tabitha is chosen by a family. The day she leaves to meet her foster family she wakes up in the hospital – drugged and on an operating table. In the confusion a group of teenagers rescue her.
Her rescuers tell her that there was never a foster family and that the sole purpose for the Center is to raise the children to be in peak physical shape so that their organs can be harvested when a match is found. With Tabitha being a redhead, she is sought after and unique. Can she and her new found friends save the other kids from the Center and bring down PharmPerfect to stop these practices?
This story had so many great elements to it. Suspense, enough confusion, and great character relationships. Who can Tabitha really trust? I loved the characters and the reader could really connect with them. There is a bit of a romance thrown into the mix, but nothing to make you roll your eyes at (for people that don’t like that element in a suspense novel). Also, with it being completely from Tabitha’s point of view, the book doesn’t read too much like a YA novel.
The first thing my boyfriend said when I told him the synopsis is that this needs to be a movie. I completely agree, this would translate very well on the big screen! I will definitely be looking for more from Jessica Kapp in the future.
If you want a unique premise for a lighter suspense novel, with well-developed and relateable characters, then this is the novel for you!
Again, big thanks to Diversion Books for the copies!