Review - To Whatever End by Lindsey Frydman

To Whatever End by Lindsey Frydman
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: January 1, 2021
Date Read: December 30, 2020
Length: 320 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
★★★★☆
What if with every person you met, after just one touch, you have a vision of the last time you’ll see each other? Ever. Normally, these visions are innocent—two friends just drifting apart, a random stranger that brushed past you then never crossed your path again.

But not today.

When I accidentally touch him, within only moments of our first meeting, I’m bombarded by visions of his death.

And from what I can see, I’m the reason he dies.

Now I just need to figure out why, and how to stop this from happening. Because not only am I to blame, but his very last words to me are...I love you.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
 My Review

I enjoyed this one.  The description of this book really appealed to me from the start so I thought it would be worth a try.  I was really curious about how the ability to see when your relationship with someone would end would play out in a story, and I think that it worked pretty well.  This was a really quick read, and I found it to be quite enjoyable.

When Quinn touches someone for the first time, she sees how that relationship will end.  She knows if it will be a long term relationship or if it will end quickly.  I thought that this was a really interesting ability and it made sense that it would have a big impact on Quinn's life.  Do you go out on a date with someone you know will break your heart?  Unfortunately, even though she knows what is going to happen, she can't do anything to stop it. 

Quinn meets Griffin at an art gallery.  They are both there to find inspiration: Quinn for her photography and Griffin for his music.  When she touches him, she sees that he will die soon while telling her that he loves her.  As fate would have it, she soon learns that he lives in the same apartment complex as she lives with her grandmother.  They are drawn to each other and love spending time with each other but Quinn is afraid that she might be the cause of his upcoming death.

I liked the characters in this book.  Quinn had been through a lot in her life and her special abilities have not made things any easier for her.  Griffin has had his own challenges and is trying to start fresh on his own in a different state.  It really seemed like these two needed each other and I thought that they were good together.  Quinn's friend Olivia was a good source of support for her and her new boyfriend, Jack, seemed like a good guy as well.

I do wish that we would have had the chance to see Quinn have to deal with her powers more often in this book.  I only remember it happening twice in the story and I think it would have made the story more interesting if it came up more often.   I didn't find the mystery to be too hard to figure out but I was still eager to see how things played out.  There were a couple of times in the story when things felt a little too convenient but nothing that I couldn't look past.

I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that this was a fun story with an imaginative premise.  I wouldn't hesitate to read more of this author's work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Entangled: Teen via NetGalley.
About the Author

Lindsey has been writing since she was nine years old, when she discovered the awesomeness that is Harriet the Spy. Her books always include a romance, though sometimes there’s an added sci-fi or magical realism twist. She lives in Columbus, Ohio (where the weather is never quite right). Her BFA in Photography and Graphic Design has granted her a wide assortment of creative knowledge that serves as inspiration (and not much else). When she’s not crafting YA and NA stories, you'll likely find her spending waaay too much time on Pinterest, playing a video game, singing show-tunes, or performing in a burlesque show—because she enjoys giving her introversion a worthy adversary. (Plus, it's the closest to Broadway she’ll ever get.) Lindsey was a proud 2016 Pitch Wars Mentee and thoroughly adores being a part of the wonderful writing community.

Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter

Comments

  1. Oh that's nice, I didn't know about this one. Happy New Year!

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  2. Sounds intriguing. Not sure I would want such a power though. Too much stress.🙂

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  3. This sounds like a good read. That's too bad she doesn't use her powers more in the novel. I would have thought you would. I do not think I would want a power like that myself.

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    1. It would have been nice to see her powers come up more often.

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  4. That would be rather horrible, or sad. What a gift to have

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  5. Wow, sounds fascinating and a little frustrating. Fantastic review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  6. The premise is unique. I'd like to read it.

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  7. That's a very interesting superpower. You piqued my interest!

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  8. This sounds like a good premise and interesting read. It is too bad that her powers weren't better developed but it still sounds like one I'd enjoy.

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