Monday, November 5, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Reflection by Jessica Roberts



Jessica Roberts

Release Date:  
Feb 1/2012
Epub copy provided for tour


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Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards. But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.

Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance. And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with? 


I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis of Reflection. I have been a longtime fan of fiction that involves a coma patient, and was excited to see the direction that the author was going to take this book in.

The book opened slowly, but quickly picks up as Heather begins to recount what she remembers before the accident that landed her in a coma. Jessica's use of imagery and style of writing during these scenes made me feel deeply connected to what Heather was experiencing. Even though, as the reader, I was slightly aware of the truth behind the strange moments Heather had-it was as if I was being guided through the same fog-like dream that she was. I felt like I was right beside her. I could have been one of her classmates; a silent witness. I love authors who have the ability to place their readers inside of their worlds, inside of their heads.

As the "memories" continued, I grew more and more anxious to get back to present day, and in turn, began to lose some interest in the storyline-but that was my own impatience. The author brought me back at just the right moment, and I was able to put the whole story into perspective.

I enjoyed the characters-their dynamics and diversity. There are not many YA books I've read of late that incorporate all walks of life, a variety of races and ethnic backgrounds. I think Jessica Roberts did an amazing job of being descriptive enough with her characters that the readers were well aware of what they looked like-there was no guesswork, or assumptions. For this reason I gained deep respect for her as an author, and as a person.

Reflection concluded at just the right moment, and with just enough of a cliffhanger for readers to hold on to. I can't wait to read book 2: Reaction.



And then all of a sudden Nick got up. While my brain was determining where he was going and if I’d gone too far, my eyes studied his physique as it strolled away from me. His t-shirt clung to the evident muscles of his upper back, hanging flawlessly in the hollow down to his waist. I’d never noticed something like that. To my eye’s dismay he hunched behind the counter. I was fascinated and confused by the draw I felt to him and the alien emotions pulling inside my stomach. Emotions I was certain I’d never processed before.

A few seconds later his eyes fastened on me. “Garbage?”

“What? Oh.” I stood, laughing sheepishly. “Yeah. I don’t have one. I mean, I need to get one.” I placed my clumsy hands on my hips and then glanced behind me because I didn’t know where else to look.

Visually I followed him as he wadded the white paper in his hand, snatched his keys off the counter, and strolled toward me. But because my eyes were nervously stiff I didn’t really see him. I twisted Creed’s ring around my finger; then my hand scratched the back of my neck; and then my foot propped behind me on its tiptoe and I almost lost my balance.

Say something! He’s leaving! 

“You’re leaving already and I haven’t even finished my sandwich.” I scrunched my nose at what came out. “Not that I want you to stay or anything. I mean, it’s your choice to stay or leave but—” 

His nearness cut me off. In the course of my bird-brained comments, he had been advancing toward me, finally stopping uncomfortably close to me. His lips were curved in a wicked grin and I swallowed with a bashfulness I rarely felt. 

To my utter shock, a hot finger lifted my chin and our faces came even closer. Too close. 

Breathe, Heather. 

“Would you like that, if I stayed?” 

My eyes dropped from his, but they only made it to his chest since he was holding my head in place. 

“Actually, I have so much to do today,” I said, trying my best to sound bored. But my voice held a nervous quiver that most likely made him smile more.

Though he dropped his hand from my face, he didn’t back away and his deep voice rumbled through my head again. “Some of us attend class.”

My nose scrunched. Had I missed class this morning? Before I had time to pinpoint what day it was, he was gone.


JESSICA ROBERTS grew up in the San Francisco, California Bay Area where she spent most of her time playing sports alongside her six siblings. She was crowned Miss Teen California her senior year of high school, and went on to Brigham Young University where she graduated in Human Development. 

Her love of family, church, writing, athletics, and singing and dancing keeps her life busy and fulfilled. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three children.


  1. Thanks for the fun review. I really liked how you commented on the diversity - I'm pretty sure you're the first!

    I would love for you to stop by my blog today for the launch party of book 2, Reaction. I'm giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and some other fun prizes!

    Thanks, again!

    1. No problem! I really enjoyed reading it!

      I will definitely stop by your blog to enter the giveaways. I am also participating in the promotional tour for Reaction, my post will be up shortly =).


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