The Intuitives – Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown (Review + Giveaway!)

Title: The Intuitives 
Authors: Erin Michelle Sky, Steven Brown
Publisher: Trash Dogs Media, 2017 (July 25)
Genre: YA Fantasy

**I received a copy of this ARC free from the publisher and authors in exchange for an honest review**

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

Ok, so you know how I feel about covers, and when I first got this, I was a little disillusioned…until I saw that it actually is a very strong cover:

I’ve been lucky enough to have this copy for awhile and I just always looked at it, wondering what the runes meant. The cover ties in pretty well with the story, so the cover makes a lot of sense. 

I can barely contain my excitement over this book: let’s just say I was really surprised and I wasn’t expecting what I got. What I got was a book I couldn’t put down…you’d have to pry it out of my hands as I read it, glued to the pages. 

Let me explain:

The POV shifts several times between our six teen (besides Roman, who’s 11) characters. 

We start with Roman, and we learn that he sees things around people that no one else sees: angry red bees around his bully of a brother or fairy wings sprouting from his little sister’s back. He is afraid to tell anyone bc he knows no one else sees what he does: he just draws it all in a sketchbook to keep his mom from worrying about his “hallucinations.” 

Sam intrinsically knows the time, all the time. She feels like she’s always waiting for something to happen, but she just doesn’t know what. It’s incredibly frustrating for her. The only time she feels a sense of urgency is when a strange test is announced af school: finally, Sam knows she’s supposed to take this test. She just doesn’t know why.

Daniel loves music and stays relatively upbeat. His friends, however, seem to call to mind certain music depending on their mood. Because of his perfect pitch, Daniel has a running soundtrack in his mind all day, but it doesn’t bother him while taking the strange standardized test at school that asks questions with no real answers, like “What is the best color,” or “when is it too hot?” He just goes with the flow and answers his questions as the music plays on in the background.

Mackenzie misses her dad: as a military “brat,” she goes from place to place, but she looks forward to the Skype calls every Sunday: this is when she can tell her father about all the fight matches she wins. She always seems to know when the opponent is going to move against her, and it has helped her beat them all. When she gets an invitation, after the test, to join a special school for the summer, she’s just glad to get away from the mundane house that seems to mock her with its plainess.

Kaitlyn works after school at a repair shop, fixing almost anything. It’s almost as she can just see what’s wrong with the machines and lacking schematics, she just find the issues and fixes it. It relaxes her and she is always looking forward to the next Broken toaster or lawnmower. When invited to the school, after her test, she worries about her grandmother…but the Institute assures her that she will be taken care of while Kaityln is gone. So she packs up to go meet the other kids involved in the summer program. 

Rush is a talented gamer: he’s so talented that he’s guaranteed himself a spot on the beta team, touring as a professional gamer. When he takes the test, he just fills in whatever because he knows it doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, when the results come back that he’s been accepted into the summer program, it throws a serious wrench into his summer plans and career goals. At the insistence of his father, he goes, but he’s not happy about it. 

These six “students” don’t realize they’ve just been recruited for skills they don’t even know they possess….

To stop a threat they didn’t even know existed.

Is It Classroom-Appropriate?

Oh, yes yes yes! This book has some great characters and each one is fully fleshed out. The plot is enticing and the concept of the “intuition” that guides us is a great discussion topic. This could bring up talents that we all don’t even know we have, and we can talk about the diffferent kinds of intuition we all have: fear, fight-or-flight, emotional, etc. it has characters that range from 11-17, so there’s someone every student can identify with, and there’s both girl/boy POVs so it’s not like it is geared more for this reader or that. 

A lot of fun could be had with this text: it ends in a good place but it also leaves room for speculation of a sequel. Mythology and modern-day meet to create an interesting concept of other planes of existence. The head of the group, Ammu, has an ancient text with all sorts of creatures that can be discussed, such as the Gryphon, who makes an appearance and becomes the favorite of all the characters:

The book is the guide to the realm and each person plays a part. I would defintely give The Intuitives ★★★★★ for classroom use, which is a rare rating for any book!

Age Range

We aren’t going to see any Lexile scores for this book…I would compare it to Michael Grant’s Gone only for the multiple POVs and that book sits at a 620L, which means a MG reader would comprehend this book with no issues. So I would recommend ad low as 11 if the reader was avid, but would settle comfortably at 13 if the reader is unmotivated. I feel this is s book that could motivate reluctant readers for sure.

End Result:

I LOVED The Intuitives! I want more. I NEED more. I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Let’s just say that if people like this, there will be more, so we NEED people to like this book! And that’s why I’ve got some cool news…but first, my rating, which I’m sure at this point you’re not surprised about….

It’s OBVIOUSLY ★★★★★, OR….



Lol, just kidding. 

But how would you feel about a HARDCOVER COPY of your very own? Or a SIGNED PAPERBACK?? A copy of The Intuitives just for you!!

Trash Dogs Media and I have set up a Refflecopter giveaway for THREE, COUNT EM, THREE COPIES OF THE INTUITIVES!! 

So without further ado, I will add the Link here so you can go enter! It will go until 7/18, so you better go enter QUICK!!

ENTER HERE:       Rafflecopter Giveaway – One Hardcover or two paperback copies, signed by the authors

*This is part of my blogoversary bonanza, and I’m also running a mini-giveaway, the second one, on Twitter for a Cassandra Clare Shadowhunters pin from ALA! More giveaways to come, but you can’t win if you don’t enter!*

Thank you to Trash Dogs Media and Erin and Steven for the copies for the giveaway…now GO! Enter! Your chances are GOOD! 

67 thoughts on “The Intuitives – Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown (Review + Giveaway!)

    1. Yay!! I would love for you to win this! It really blew me away, like Heir of Illaria. I’m having some amazing luck with these books lately. I can’t imagine anyone NOT liking this one! Thanks for being the first from the blog! (It’s on Twitter too so that’s why there were some entries already).

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    2. Oh no! The Twitter one just takes you here so you’re good. I think you have better chances here TBH. Goodreads is kind of rough: I’ve won a couple but not many. So many people enter just to win something for free 🙄.

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    3. Well, I hope you do win, but it’s good to know that you’re that interested. 😊
      I wish I could draw the winners but I did ask that they let me know who they draw to make sure no scammers or giveaway accounts win. I know the chances are much better than on Goodreads right now. I tend to win the giveaways when there’s more than one copy of a book available – I don’t recall if I’ve ever won one that was for only one copy! 😂🤣

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  1. Elise @ Roaming Reader

    I really like the cover– it’s simple yet intriguing! Your description of the multiple POVs makes me excited. I LOVE switching POVs (I don’t know why… maybe bc they’s more mains to love!) And thanks for the giveaway!
    PS this is the first post of your I’ve read and I can’t get over the fact that you rated the book in Pop Funkos! XD 5/5 Dumbledores!

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    1. I’m glad you liked my review!! Yay! And I am a fan of well-developed characters in multi POV, and each had a unique voice.
      My Dumbledores are for my classroom rating and my Rainbow Brites are for my overall – bc sometimes a book can be a great book but not great for the classroom. I’m glad you like them! They make me smile! (There’s a little guide to the ratings on the sidebar – I had to design my entire blog via my iPhone and iPad! 😂)
      I hope to see you more! ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. Elise @ Roaming Reader

        I didn’t realize that but that’s clever! I love when people get creative with their ratings! And yeah many books are great to read but wouldn’t work well in an classroom setting. I think you did a pretty great job for designing your blog all on an iPhone/iPad! I’ll be sticking around for whatever other things you post so hopefully we can have lots of fun book discussions in comments!

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    1. It’s great and original and I was so SURPRISED I loved it so much, because it is rare for me to pick up something and just think, “Wow, this is really well-written!” Should be a big pub book! Though I think Trash Dogs is doing a good job for them.
      Enter!! I’d love to see you win!


    1. Oh good! It’s definitely one of my all-time faves now! I would really like to see the students’ reaction to this one. You tend to root for all the characters even though Sam is annoying, but I really identified with Kaitlyn bc she’s so bright and chipper. There’s just such good chemistry between all of them. It reminds me a little of Westerfeld’s Zeroes but more creatively done. (And I love Westerfeld so that’s saying a lot!)
      I hope you win! It would warm my heart!

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    2. Oh, it’s so worth it. I hope I’m not overhyping, but I was just so surprised at how it flowed! It would be an excellent series, too…like this was the beginning, and then they have other problems they have to face. I would love to see some sequels from this book!

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    1. Thanks!! I’ll have to go enter yours now!! And yes, this book is great. I really literally said out loud to my mom, “This book is REALLY GOOD. Like GOOD.” I was just so shocked bc I wasn’t expecting to like it so much after the blurb…but it really is such a perfect mix of character development and plot! 😍😍😍

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    2. Thanks!! It’s not done yet but I think it’s one of those things that I’ll just work on over time and eventually it will be complete…I’ll go add The Intuitives to it now.
      As long as I keep up on it, it will be easier to maintain! 😅

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    3. Well, that’s brilliant!
      I just finished it! It reminds me that I haven’t been Blogging for as long as I thought…for about the first 100 books, I didn’t even review on Goodreads, and then there’s prob another 100 I reviewed when I didn’t have a blog but just my GR account!
      But I’m so glad it’s done now!!

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    1. Thank you and I’m glad you like it! Sometimes a book is really good, but not appropriate for the classroom, and vice versa. So a book I love could be five stars but only three for class use. I purposely put up the ratings on the sidebar so people could see what each means. I had to design it all via my iPad…so it’s hard to change at a moment’s notice. That’s why I went with something I really like.
      I hope you enter! This book is fantastic and has great characters! And the more people that like it, the more likely there will be a sequel, which will make me happy!

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  2. Awesome review, Steph! I haven’t heard of this one until now. I definitely agree with you about the cover. At first it might seem underwhelming but the more you look at it, the more it grows on you! I think it’s beautiful 😀 Love the runes. And the concept sounds amazing! I love it when authors switch POVs among several characters. It keeps you on your toes. And it sounds like they did an excellent job switching among them all. I’d love to read this book one day! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity ❤

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    1. Thank YOU for reading my review and for hopefully entering? Bc this book is just so good, it surprises you. I was just expecting a regular three star read, but I got so much more. I hope the people who win read it asap and can see what I mean. It’s the hardest to fangirl when you’re the only one at the fangirl party! 🤣😂🤣
      So if you DID enter, I’m rooting for you!

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  3. Wow this sounds like an incredible book Stephanie, and your review has definitely made me want to read this as well. Based on your descriptions of the different characters and their powers I’m reminded of the Zeroes series by Scott Westerfeld, that has six characters with strange powers and it’s a really good series. If this is anything like Zeroes I’m sure it’s brilliant book, the fact you rated it so high tells me that too! 😀
    Great review. 🙂 ❤

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    1. That’s so funny bc I mentioned Zeroes in my post somewhere…or in the comments! It’s very much similar in the character development but the story is very fleshed out and the plot is GOOD!
      Jodie enlterd the giveaway and YOU should too!!

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      1. I think I remember seeing it in your post but this book just really reminded me of Zeroes as well. I guess the whole idea of strange powers and six kids teaming up brings it to mind.
        Oh I’m definitely going to now, I want sure if it was an international giveaway or not. 🙂

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    1. Oh, how I know how wonderful that would be!
      These characters don’t really have a “superpower,” but more like the inuition of a superhero. So they can feel things or see things others can’t. But if they had your superpower, I’d want it too!.🤤

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