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Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Devin Sinclair had been missing and assumed for dead when she mysteriously reappeared with no apparent memory of where she’d been, or what had happened to her during the time she’d been away. Unfortunately, the only bit of information she seems to have is in the form of nightmares that leave her waking mid-scream and gasping for breath. This has caused her to spend the last seven months in a psychiatric ward.

Devin finally gets to go back home to her family, but finds that nothing has stayed the same. Her friends have grown up and become completely different people from what she remembers of them. Her parents have divorced and she has a new little sister. Devin tries to reclaim her old life, but ultimately decides to run away and start anew in a neighboring state. She hopes to become a fairly normal teenager and enjoy her youth, but every day leaves her further questioning her own sanity as she walks the thin line between reality and her nightmares.

I rather liked the idea behind the storyline in Vexation, but I found the style and flow a bit lacking. Devin is continually questioning reality and thus her sanity and I ended up questioning it along with her. Perhaps that was the entire point the author was trying to convey, but I ended up at the last page with a confused and unfinished feeling. I never quite figured out which part of Devin’s story was real or which was not. I also never got a solid grasp on what had happened during the time Devin had been missing. I couldn’t decide what was truly going on with the characters linked to that part of the story.

I would be interested in seeing if Elicia Clegg writes any more books and if her writing style develops into something more solid. I think I’d still read any other titles more out of curiosity rather than a true liking of the books.

Rating: 2/5

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Elicia Clegg. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.