Gasp [Visions, #3] by Lisa McMann

Simon Pulse | Hardcover, 274 pages
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Young Adult | Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

The last book to Lisa McMann’s Vision series finds our young heroes struggling to find the next heir to the curse. The curse that started with Jules, that she consequently passed on to Sawyer when she saved him from imminent death. While they saved a number of students from a school shooting, Jules knew that somehow, someone must have inherited the vision curse.

When they eventually find the unfortunate carrier, their efforts to stave off a fatal disaster were met with strong opposition. So much so, that they were not able to prevent the tragedy from happening. Jules was not impressed, and a little pissed at the person who didn’t try harder to save those who died. Redemption comes in the form of another tragedy, however. Jules and the gang are determined to save lives. This time, they’re even more prepared; well-researched, and very hopeful that they could at least minimize the number of deaths. But would it be enough?

At home, the Demarco family suffered a tragedy and a blessing at the same time. Without divulging too much information, they will be given a chance at new beginnings. Jules hopes that their dad doesn’t fall back to the same abyss of depression that incites a need to hoard things. Meanwhile, her relationship with Sawyer remains strong; Trey has found a boyfriend in Ben, and Rowan’s on-line relationship with Charlie seems to be unstoppable. All in all, personal and family life is infinitely getting better. Another reason why I didn’t mind this series coming to an end. I knew that these kids are going to be just fine.

Lisa is very adept in writing an eventful book packaged slightly thinner than your average novel, which, admittedly is what I like about her YA series. They tend to be fast reads; and yet the reader would be not left unsatisfied that something was missed, nor would they suffer from a case of the whiplash. In this book, not only did they have to deal with one disaster, but three. <spoiler>The Demarco’s house and restaurant burned to the ground<end of spoiler>; plus the other two disasters which I would leave for you to read. This time around, Jules and Sawyer has the help of Trey, Ben and Rowan; which makes for an almost smoother sleuthing for our heroes. All in all, everything that I’ve come to enjoy about these novels were amped up in the third book. It’s funnier, sweeter, and more suspenseful.


  • Ok I seriously need to pick up the first book. Anya @ starships and dragonwings gave me the second book last year and so I never got to it.

  • I read the first book in this series but i just don’t remember giving the rest of a series a shot and you’ve got me wanting to fix that. I enjoyed the first book enough and i’m curouis about how everything ended. Lovely review

  • Oh it’s nice to see this one was really good and ended up lika that. I didn’t know this one I confess but it’s intriguing. thanks for the discovery!

  • I’ve seen Lisa’s books in book stores and they do seem very thin! It’s so awesome that she doesn’t bog her work down with unnecessary information dumps and filler pages. Definitely think I’ll need to give this author a go, after all, it’ll probably be a quick fast read 😛

  • I didn’t enjoy the first book in the series much, but I’m willing to give this series another try if it is as good as you say. Great review! 🙂

  • Christy

    Well hell, I already have the first book on my tbr. Guess I should get on it, huh?

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    “Lisa is very adept in writing an eventful book packaged slightly thinner than your average novel” This! Exactly. I didn’t read this series but I’ve read all her other books and totally agree, they are great. Glad you were satisfied with this one.

    • It helps boost the reading goal, yes. But more importantly, they’re great reads. 🙂

  • I’ve been seeing lots of her books out recently and I’m not sure if I should pick it up. I love the concept of the book but I never really got around to them. Great review Joy 😀

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

    • She’s an auto-buy for me; she hasn’t failed me yet. 😉 Give them a chance!

  • I liked the first and these two are on my tbr

  • Faye M.

    I didn’t read the entirety of this one because I plan to read this series, but I’m glad it was a satisfactory ending. I liked how it became “more” in the end, like every facotr improved. This is very promising!

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • Yes, you will especially like the awkward almost shmexy time between Jules and Sawyer. *winks*

  • Oooh the suspense sounds really good in this one, and I’m glad they pack a punch in their short length! The compulsion to hoard is definitely something to relate to. Lovely review Joy!

    • Hahahah! Me hoarder. Yes. Totally relatable.

  • Tragedy? Tragedy NOOOO
    I am not very happy to hear about this tragedy .-. but I do see her father has changed for the better so I am definitely looking forward to reading that.

    I had no idea this would be the last book until recently so now I’ve just been putting off reading this because I am so not ready to let these characters go :/

    Fantastic review, Joy! 🙂

    • 🙁 I know right? I’m sad to see them go too. But hey, good things in the horizon. 🙂

  • Amazing review Joy. <3 I'm glad you enjoyed this final book 😀 But I'm sorry you didn't fully love it. I didn't either. Sigh. But I did like it. Just like I liked the first two books. And yess. They are short and fast reads 🙂 Which I enjoyed too. <3

    • Oh it’s perfect! I loved it. I’m just glad it’s over, that’s all. 🙂

      • I meant, I’m sad it’s over. Not glad. Sheesh. Lol.

  • I am glad you enjoyed this and were happy with the way it ended. I remember reading her Wake trilogy and really liking it.

    • This is quite similar. So if you like those, you’ll like these ones as well. 🙂