The first reviews of CELERITY are in:
Goodreads- Cassandra’s review ***** Sep 08, 2020 really liked it: Celerity’s father, a botanist, has just passed away and his last wish for her is that she does not follow his studies. She is not sure why, so of course she decides to find out what he was studying in the Darién jungle. Well let me backup a bit. Celerity is now deceased also. She died in a plane crash and her agent is reading her journal entries which explain how she went from Celerity, a student and decent runner to Celerity record breaking runner and NFL player. Her father had discovered something no one had ever discovered before and even though he told Celerity to not follow his research, she does just the opposite. While I enjoyed this book, So much happened SO fast. We are, along with her agent, viewing her journals so time is not exactly relevant, but for me everything happened a tad fast. As a reader you have to keep reminding yourself you are not dealing with the typical time frame and unless Celerity documented the days, a good bit is passed by. Over all this was a good read and I am thankful to NG, the publisher, and the author for allowing me to read this story.
Goodreads- Yamil Pautler’s review ***** Sep 09, 2020 it was amazing: I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. The blurb looked interesting so I gave it a shot. But WOW! I really enjoyed it. Read it all in one night! I liked the format of the book. The audio recordings concept worked well. It seems like almost like 2 different stories, the “before’ and “after”. It’s witty and funny and halfway thru takes a darker turn but it all works together. There are parts that seem like a science/history lesson and I really enjoyed that. All in all, a great story line, sympathetic characters, and great read!
Goodreads- Faith Hurst-Bilinski’s review **** Sep 05, 2020 really liked it, bookshelves: netgalley: Celerity is just an unusual book. Celerity is in a plane crash. Not giving anything away. That’s how it starts. As her life unfolds through the research of her agent we find out that she was the first female NFL player, a guitarist, and the fastest woman alive. Hmmm. So how did that happen. Through files from her laptop, her agent reads her journal of how she took her father’s research and made herself into what she becomes. It’s hard to say more than that, but I will say I really liked the way this was all brought together.
Goodreads- Cindy Lauren’s review Sep 09, 2020 really liked it: Super creative ideas here: and of course, the minute someone says don’t do it, there is nothing more urgent to be dome by the other person. In this case the daughter of a botanist inherits research and the warning was to his daughter, a regular person who liked to run. Be careful what you wish for, is the old curse. She found what she thought she wanted and with it came a whole bunch of other things she may not have wished for. It’s an entertaining story and an entertaining read. My favorite, however, is Bolt.
Goodreads- Emma Nelson’s review Aug 30, 2020: Celerity is an unusual book, it was an interesting concept – the main character is an average track star – nothing groundbreaking until she discovers her scientist/botanist’s father’s work – and ingests the serum from a plant he located in the depths of the jungle.
Without giving the plot away, Celerity becomes renowned worldwide as the fast female on the planet. She joins the NFL as the first female player on an all-male team but with her newly acquired wealth, comes a whole host of problems.
Cleverly written and a great unexpected twist at the end.
Goodreads- Misericordia ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ϟϟ ✺❂‘s review ***** Sep 05, 2020: it was amazing: Q: Celerity, the flavor of the manic month. (c)
The main idea: kids, don’t take underresearched substances. Not unless your key life goal is to start patrolling your living room with a knife and a gun. Well, if it is, by all means do it. All the best fun to you while you’re at it.
I’ve no idea what possessed me to read this one. It’s not like I get the all-American appeal of ‘stars’ or ‘celebrities’ or whatever the flavour this month’s obsession might be.
Meh. A girl playing for a male team on drugs. Granted, natural drugs but the side-effects… Then again, the ‘females’ they are displaying today as gymnasts and who actually take amph for supposedly ADHD and who take other stuff, including hormonal… that’s just no comment. I’m pretty sure that at some point we are all gonna get the 100% Dope Olympics.
Celerity – either her dad was really fond of his celeries (would not be out of his character considering he was a botanist) or this was a play on Celebrity without b… Whatever. I’m pretty sure it’s the latter but I like the former more.
Girl drinking up… Obsessed with some Tony Tango guru. <= This is precisely the sort of language this novel was written in. Chopped. Meh.
The ending is, once again, pretty incoherent. Triple meh.
Q: They had special shoulder pads made for me that extended down over my breasts—cups with flexible frames. That was the only change to the equipment—tit guards. Oh, and one more thing; they had to send my pants to their seamstress to remove the extra space for a cup. Obviously, I didn’t need that. Sans package. (c)
Q: A chaos crash is inevitable, he would say, the female and male species of the higher life-forms demonstrate a continuity of physical and mental attributes, a sexual selection process of peacock’s plumage… (c) Hopefully, we won’t get to the shemale singularity.
Q: Red Bull, used to be Gives you Wings. Did you know some guy sued them for false advertising because he drank Red Bull for ten years and he grew no wings or achieved any enhanced performance? No kidding. (c)
Q: I’m slowing the world down around me while they are all speeding up. I have hundreds of thoughts to their one. I can slip in between their shadows. Stalk like a specter between their spaces. (c) Sounds like a manic attack in process.
Q: That makes sense, I said. Please continue, my bipolar meds are kicking in now. (c)
Q: This could be contagious.
Can I give it to my dog?
Unlikely. I would avoid sex right now, though.
No problem, I don’t have sex with my dog. We’re strictly platonic, I say. (c)
Q: What, you think I’m a drug addict? That’s racist. (c)