Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson

From and blurb):
Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.

He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic pas

I was asked to review Athena Effect by Anderson. I agreed since I had enjoyed her previous series. I also like the premise and the mysticism that the book seemed to revolve around.

I did enjoy it. I really liked Callie's ability to see people's auras. It was a different from other books I had read. Also Anderson has the ability to cause an emotional response. One particular part really sticks in my mind and honestly still has the same feeling as when I first read it.

Callie is a teenager and definitely has more issues to deal with than any other teenager. High school wasn't the best years of my life, but I also didn't have to deal with my parents death, being unfamiliar with modern technology, and living with a total scum bag! While she is a strong female lead I did find fault in her. There are times when I wanted her to do more, mainly help others in situations that she was dealing with at the moment. However she is a very likable character.

I do think most of the book relied heavily on the romance between Callie and Cal. It wasn't a rapid love affair, mainly due to Callie's ability. Also the more intimate parts were not overly detailed, which isn't a bad thing. I would say this book is appropriate for a moderately mature young adult since there is some things mentioned but not described in great detail.

I do wish we could have learned more about the experiment and some of the side effects, however I don't think it detracted from the story. Overall I would recommend this book for an escapism read.

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