Mini Review: Crash (Visions #1) by Lisa McMann

Title:  Crash
Author:  Lisa McMann
Series:  Visions #1
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Publication Date:  January 8, 2013
Pages:  233
Format/Source:  Hardback/Received from Publisher
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Fantasy, Paranormal

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of three books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode…and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more shesees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

I kind of raced through Crash and didn’t take many notes, so I wanted to just write a mini review, listing some of my notes:

  • Kind of reminds me of Wake, which makes sense since the two books are by the same author, but even though they are different, they were maybe too similar for some readers.  I liked both books, but I think I may have liked Crash more if I hadn’t read Wake so recently. 
  • I’ve seen a lot of books with characters named Sawyer lately, and in a few of those books, Sawyer’s love interest is named Julia or Juliet. I think this might have to do with some people’s obsession with the relationship between Sawyer and Juliet on Lost. (I was all about Sawyer and Kate, but that’s just me.)
  • In a lot of the book, Jules uses the phrase “Oh my dog.” I get that some people don’t cuss, and feel that saying “Oh my God” is bad, and that’s fine.  But then later on in the book she says almost every cuss word in the book and also says “Oh my God” a lot.  So the whole “Oh my dog” thing didn’t make sense to me, and it was more distracting than anything.
  • I love all the lists. (As you can tell from my mini reviews, I’m a fan of lists!)
  • I love all the humor.  Trey’s humor, Jules’s self-deprecating humor, and just the overall humor of the book.
  • I LOVED Trey, and Rowan was pretty awesome, too.
  • I liked the ending, although it raises more questions…

My rating for Crash by Lisa McMann:
4 stars.  I enjoyed Crash even though it reminded me a lot of Wake, and I think I enjoyed the sequel, Bang, even more (my review to come soon!).
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Simon & Schuster

You may also enjoy:  Wake The Raven Boys Intangible

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review (Thanks, Simon Pulse!). I was not compensated in any other way for this review.


  1. Brandi Kosiner

    October 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Loved the humor in this one too, and can't wait for the next one

  2. Bittner

    November 4, 2013 at 5:30 am

    What is funny is that I read your mini review for the sequel before I read this one! I was wondering about the whole "Oh my dog" thing. I hate to say it but that does sound really lame and distracting. I haven't read anything other then the Wake series by McMann. You'll have to tell me how this was for you, but one of the things I liked about the Wake series was how fast paced the writing style was. The sentences were all brisk and short. I would be interested to know if that writing style continues into her other work or that was something that was very specific for those books.

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