The Athena Effect

Rated 4.29/5 based on 67 reviews
Cal has been raised in secret by two very troubled people. Despite her parents' tragic past, her life in the backwoods of Northern California has been idyllic, lived in tune with nature, and enriched by her love of books. When a terrible accident forces her to leave her isolated cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her to live in a world she knows very little about... More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781476059273
About Derrolyn Anderson

Derrolyn Anderson is a visual artist and writer of young adult fiction.
She is the author of the four book "Marina's Tales" series and the four book "Athena Effect" series.

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Review by: Chrissy on Aug. 01, 2014 :
Did I enjoy this book: I love it. I love that the good guys are the tattooed motorcyclists and that the heroine’s never heard of body waxing. I love that the main characters have the same name. I love the way Anderson manages to make every single character REAL – even the ones who don’t do much other than mispronounce words. I love love LOVE that Anderson spends the entire first half of the book on exposition; I don’t doubt Cal & Cal’s love for a second (though I might have if we’d skipped to the drama). I can’t wait to see what happens in Book 2.

Would I recommend it: Absolutely.

As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nenia Campbell on July 19, 2014 :
I received a free copy of this book for review. The author is my friend, but that doesn't impact my opinion. (No, seriously; I'm such a bitch, I give some of my friends 1- and 2-star ratings. I'm not sure why they keep coming back for more....)



The Athena Effect was a pleasant surprise for me: the story is polished, features some remarkable character development, and manages what I always thought impossible for YA fics: it features a heroine who is naive without being TSTL.



I know right?



Caledonia is the daughter of two very intelligent but mysterious individuals. Her parents are brilliant but have severe psychological problems that result in seizures and paranoid delusions. The three of them live off the land in the wilderness, because they are afraid that someone will steal their daughter.



This isn't as unreasonable a fear as it sounds: Caledonia has psychic powers that manifest themselves in synesthesia. She can see and taste auras, and is learning how to project her own emotions onto other living creatures in order to manipulate them--usually for the good.



When Cal's parents die in a car crash, she is sent to live with her aunt and her aunt's boyfriend Phil in California. Her aunt is a nice but easily swayed woman, who is rather too quick to believe her pedo-boyfriend's lies. Cal is instantly miserable.



Meanwhile, down the street is a house always surrounded by motorcycles. One day, when walking around at night to avoid Phil, Caledonia encounters a boy in the middle of some trouble. She fights off his attackers with a knife. That boy is Calvin (Cal and Cal!), our womanizing love interest.



One thing I really loved about this story was how hard Calvin had to change before Caledonia would accept him. His "you're not like the other girls," and "I don't like it when you dress like them," don't work on Caledonia. She doesn't let herself love-love him until it's quite clear that he's learned how wrong it is to use women the way he does. I really appreciated that.



I also love how bad-ass Caledonia was. A lot of stories, it seems like only bitchy women can be self-sufficient. But Cal is a sweetheart, and she knows how to compartmentalize. She can be girly and sweet, but when it's time to kick-ass she takes no prisoners. I really liked that a lot.



Nice girls don't have to finish last!



Add to that witty dialogue, a really believable and sweet romance, and a very evil villain, and you've got a pretty wonderful story. I'm surprised this doesn't have way more reviews than it does.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Diamond Cronen on July 11, 2014 :
I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.

This was a very good read. The concept: a girl, Caledonia, is raised in complete isolation is left orphaned. She has the power to see people's auras/feelings and manipulate the, (including animals). She is transferred to the outside world to live with her aunt and her aunts creepy molestor boyfriend Phil. Once In high school she just tries to blend in, and avoid notice. But she's special. Eventually she meets bad-boy troubled soul Calvin, and a friendship and crush develops. Soon though, sinister forces that had her parents running for their lives 20 years ago; find Caledonia and want to take her away. An evil Dr. Reed enters the picture and Caledonia meets twins with similar abilities as her own.

As crazy as it sounds, I didn't find this predictable or cheesy. A major feat, considering how often the "girl with special powers" thing has been done in young adult. I thought her personality was charming, and her powers fascinating. Oh, and the fact that she keeps a knife on her person at all times, wielding it with such bad assery even Katniss would be impressed. I really liked the relationship that developed with Calvin, and her strength which was juxtaposed nicely with her naïveté due to living in complete isolation. Towards the end I simply couldn't put the book down. It felt like a thriller at the end, but the book had a contemporary feel to it that I enjoyed. It was nice that the supernatural elements didn't overwhelm the story. The only reason I'm not giving more stars is because sometimes the romantic dialogue became repetitive between Calvin and Cali.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this book to others. It's unique plot and characters had me hooked. I was left surprised at the end, and I am definitely curious about where the story will lead in the sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kookie Krysp on May 10, 2014 :
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved everything about this book! It was the perfect fit for me! don't you just love it when that happens?

While I was reading I experienced all of the feelings that remind me why I love to read. I found myself rushing to get back to it whenever I was doing something else, and I became momentarily depressed when I noticed that I was halfway through because that meant that it would be over too soon. I'm so glad that it's a series! I want to have as much time with this story and it's characters as possible.

Usually when I read a romance, I find myself getting bored when the story focuses on anything other than the Hero and Heroine for more than ten pages. If it's not about their relationship, I tune out. The other storylines just aren't important to me, and I start to get that antsy "just get to the good part" feeling. I never got the chance to get antsy with this story!

Cali is my new favorite romantic novel heroine! I tend to get annoyed with the woman in romantic novels at least once while I'm reading, but that never happened with Cali. I was always on her side and even if I didn't agree with her choices I understood why she was doing what she was doing. She grew up very sheltered from the world, and when she moves in with her aunt after her parents death, she experiences a lot of things for the first time. She also has an amazing ability that involves seeing emotions. The author does such a great job of developing this ability, and if I tried to describe it, I wouldn't be able to do it justice so you'll just have to pick up a copy if you want to find out more. ;)

In an attempt to protect her, Cali's parents brought her up in a very secluded environment and never allowed her contact with the outside world. Even though they were being hunted down like animals and suffered from the side effects of the experiments that they were subjected to before she was born, Cali's parents worked hard to provide her with a loving home and mad sure that she was very well-educated They taught their daughter how to survive, and gave her what I consider to be a priceless gift by opening her up to the world of books and art. Cali may have been innocent, but she was never naive, and I give her parents full credit for that. They did the best they could in a terrible situation, and their best was responsible for raising an amazing child.

I would say that this book is a light read, but sometimes it felt like Cali couldn't catch a break. Not only was she being chased down by an evil scientist and his thugs, but she was afraid to go home most of the time and face the predatory creep that lived with her aunt. Cali is a girl who knows how to take care of herself, and that's what keeps the book from becoming depressing. Every time I found myself wishing that Cal would show up and rescue her, she would surprise the heck out of me and save herself! I love that!

Cal was such a great hero! He started out as a jerk, but that was until he met Cali/Cal ( I love how they have the same nickname!). Once we get to know him, we find out that Cal isn't quite what he seems. He was very lonely and bored before he met Cali; sleeping around and occasionally engaging in criminal activities was the only life he knew. Meeting Cali doesn't turn him into a different person; it wakes him up and helps him find out who he wants to be. He actually has to put forth some effort, because he know she won't have him any other way. From the beginning, Cali accepts him for who he is, but she wasn't willing to put up with his crap either. When faced with the choice of either growing up or being placed in the friend zone, Cal grows up over night. ;)

Whenever Call and Cali were together, sparks flew! I adored how much they cared for one another. Cali had some insecurities about Cal and how experienced he was, but she never let those insecurities get her down. When she had those moments where she questioned what type of feelings he had for her, she decided that being friends with him was going to have to be enough. The girl had standards, and she stuck with them!

Cal was actually more insecure than Cali. He felt like he wasn't good enough for her because of his past, and that caused him to overcompensate by placing Cali in the "do not touch" category. He drove me crazy with that, but I also loved the suspense!

You know that scene in The Little Mermaid when they're trying to get the prince to kiss her and break the spell, and they keep almost kissing? Tell me that scene doesn't make you smile and want to pull your hair out at the same time?! When the prince FINALLY "Kissed the Girl" at the end of that movie, it meant so much more because he earned it.

That's what Cal is determined to do. He refuses to even kiss Cali until he earns it. He needs to know that he will treat her with the respect that she deserves before he will attempt to take things to the next level.

If you're one of those people (like me) who hates reading a romance where the main characters don't get together till the end, don't worry. You will get plenty of adorable moments with them as a couple, but I suggest that you enjoy everything that leads up to them getting together. Those almost kisses were just as romantic and sweet, as the many actual kisses that they share later.

I smiled constantly while reading this, and I dare you not to fall head over heels for the two Cals and their love story! If you're in the mood for an overdose of cute, an interesting adventure, and some fantastic characters then I suggest you...

READ! THIS! NOW! :D

This book is very clean, but there are some mentions of sex and a few "fade to black" love scenes.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Desislava Pavlova on Jan. 15, 2014 :
I got the book for free in exchange for a honest review(Lovers of Paranormal). The following review may contain spoilers.


Rating 8 of 10

Very interesting read. I loved the story. And I think the idea of the names is really sweet and funny.

The main heroine, Caledonia, is a shy teenage girl. But she knows how to take care of herself, or others, if needed. I liked her very much, mostly because she really seems to be a smart girl. I had a great time reading how she dealt with her aunt's pity excuse of a boyfriend or how she played Dr. Teddy and the escape with the sheets was just fabulous.
The second Cal in the book, Calvin, is a jerk at first but showed his good side pretty fast, so I didn't really had much time to detest him. He then turns into the perfect boyfriend. I liked the fact that we actually saw the relationship between Cal&Cal grow and it wasn't an instant love. The biker boy had to win the trust of the girl. I just didn't understand how he did the stupid thing do bring Calli to his grandparents' house when they were running. It was only logical that this is gonna be the first place for Dr. Teddy's team to check.
I sort of also liked Layla. She might grow to become a favorite of mine in the next books. For her brother thought I still don't have an opinion but he sure acted like an idiot.
Now enters the villain - Dr. Teddy. He is the typical mad scientist - he doesn't care who he hurts or even kills as long as he gets what he wants. Oh, I loved how he got played in the end.
I am curious what Max's plans are from now on. And what he wants from the twins? Is it just money or it's something else?
Altogether the book is a great read. Some things reminded me a little about Firestarter by Stephen King (a girl who's parents have been part of some sort of an experiment is wanted by these who'd done it for her special powers) but not too much. I would love to read the next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Patricia Blikkenhorst on Jan. 14, 2014 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review for the group LoP.

This was a great book.
Cal(edonia) is a fierce girl who you love instantly and she has a great secret.
The moment she sees Cal(vin) you know she is in love, but because of the life she lived she does not give in to it that easily. When they become friends her surrounding sees it as a terrible thing because he is a biker boy. And they try to keep them apart.
When someone else finds her and wants to use her secret, it's a fight for love and freedom!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cori Pettrey on Jan. 13, 2014 :
I really liked this book. It's about a girl named Cali, whose parents raised her out in the middle-of-nowhere. She grew up without electricity, she foraged & hunted her own food, and got away from it all by reading voraciously. Her parents die unexpectedly and she's sent to live with her aunt and her aunt's repulsive boyfriend. Cali is different--I won't say how because that might be considered a spoiler. You do find out very early on in the book though.

Soon after arriving at her aunt's, Cali meets Cal. Cal's a bad-boy biker who doesn't care about anyone but himself, and maybe his brother's dog. Then he meets Cali. He sort of becomes obsessed with her. In the end, then fall in love and they change each other. She makes him a better person and he shows her everything she missed out on during her childhood.

The story is fast-paced and interesting. At times, I thought it was maybe a little *too* fast-paced and things seemed rushed, but not enough that it ruined anything for me. I did really like the author's writing style as well, and was pleased that the book was told from the third-person perspective. Sometimes when reading a first-person narrative, especially when that person is a teenage girl, the exposition can get annoying.

I will say--the book was moving along quite nicely and almost exactly half way through it, it headed in a direction I wasn't expecting. That's a good thing, because who likes a predictable story?

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review, from the LoP group on Goodreads. I enjoyed this one and look forward to reading the next in the series!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Silent Reader on Jan. 08, 2014 :
Hey
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal)*

This is the book which reminds of one Indian festival of colors - it's splash of colors
Fitlrstly the cover of this book was so good n shows the exact Cali as describd by author with gorgeous eyes
The story starts with Cali n her native surroundings
And moves on steadily with all the problems being faced by her. Story line good, characters n surroundings r well describd and every thing, every person,every incident is well connected. Nothing is starting or ending abruptly
The Cal n Cali chemistry is fantastic and the way things goes easy with their laughters is touchy.
I can't wait to read its sequel to see where cal n Cali headed too.
Also hope Layla too find her escape n love of life.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Anastasia Agrotera on Jan. 04, 2014 :
Ooops forgot the star rating.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Anastasia Agrotera on Jan. 04, 2014 : (no rating)
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal)*

Rate: 4.25 stars
"You know, when I first saw you I thought you were a ghost," he whispered. "When I first saw you I thought you were an idiot"

I started reading this book last night and I didn't, correction couldn't, put it down. It started off a bit like any other uninteresting book. What really caught my attention was the isolation. It was odd for a ya story.

My favorite aspect of the author's work is how the romantic spark was created. It wasn't the typical "love at first sight" it was more of the protagonist, Caledonia, knowing exactly all of Calvin's defects and sort of ridiculing him internally. Calvin's insistence on being with her was beautiful and also plausible. Yes it's typical bad boy but, hey, we like bad boys!

Back to the isolation, I think this quote describes her perfectly "She knew so much, and yet almost nothing at the same time." Her ignorance (for the most part) wasn't the annoying "What are you doing stupid character?!" when they get themselves into a situation that no one would get into in real life. Caledonia's lens was a really refreshing way to see the world/ lifestyle that most of us live in. Her truth telling was absolutely hilarious, as demonstrated in the quote above.

The only reason The Athena Effect doesn't get the other .75 necessary to be perfect was because of the
******SPOILERS AHEAD*********SPOILERS AHEAD******


Calvin leaves Cali RIGHT AFTER she was nearly abducted....like really... Also when Cali (like other parentless characters) for a moment completely stops fighting her imprisonment in an attempt to know more about them. It's just ridiculous. The X chromosome portion to explain the Athena compound was a bit odd because Michael got an affected X as well. Well now that I think about it, maybe two are needed for the powers to manifest. So that's not a good reason to detract star points.

**********SPOILERS DONE******SPOILERS DONE*******

Overall a very entertaining short read. I recommend it to anyone wishing to have a bit of doubt and novelty of the world around them implanted in their weensy brains. And of course to my ya romantics!

What I got out of this: Appearances are deceptive. Those constantly judged aren't any worse than those that are hardly judged.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Maria Dodd on Jan. 01, 2014 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, Lovers of Paranormal.

I was torn between 4 and 5 stars on this one - I would really like to give 4.5.

This book was great and something different, with our main character, Cal/Cali/Caledonia being able to read auras. Being raised in the wilds and away from civilisation obviously did no harm to our heroine, she is tough but caring with her priorities in the right place.

A nice love story runs through this book. Who can resist a bad boy turned good?! Our other Cal/Calvin also shows how good will out.

It was also good to see the deranged scientist get his come-uppance. Maybe in hindsight it was all a bit 'all's right with the world' but it was enjoyable anyway.

Lots of nice detail and a well paced intriguing plot kept me gripped from the very beginning right through to the end.

This is definitely one to add to your 'to read' list. I am off to add the sequel to mine! :-)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Brenda Romine on July 20, 2013 : (no rating)
WOW, WOW, WOW.... Did I say WOW?? What an amazing story! I was so engrossed in this story that I could not it down! The characters are just pure awesome and you fall in love them. Caledonia (Cally- Cal) is an outstanding character all in herself! She captured me right from the start of the story.She is a loving girl that has been hidden away for most of her life.With all good reasons that I will not reveal,(You just have to read this amazing book!!)

Caledonia is shipped off to live with her Aunt. An aunt she never even knew she had.She's thrown into a school system,something totally new to her.Because she was home schooled by her parents and lived in the sticks and was used to hunting for her dinners and fighting off wild animals. The city life and school was all new to her.

Then she Cal (Calvin) the "Beautiful Idiot" as she referred to him. Cal tries hard to gain her trust and to learn her name.(Which I thought a funny part of the book)Cal and Cally become close and fall in love with each other after many trials.Only to be split apart after her kiddnapping....

Okay, Okay.... I'm going stop there. I don't want to blow the whole story for ya! Anyway, I totally fell in love with this story!! I HIGHLY recomend you read it!!

***FAIR WARNING...... MAKE TIME FOR THIS!! YOU WILL NOT PUT IT DOWN!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lili Lost in a Book on June 30, 2013 :
I really liked this book! I thought Cali's power was just super cool and really interesting.

Cali was a great character! She was very likable, and her character development? Wow! It was amazing! I felt so bad for Cali sometimes, the thing with her parents and her current situation, but really, she's very strong and independent. As for the other Cal...I adored him! He was very protective, sweet, totally swoon-worthy, and a yummy bad-boy! *swoons*

The plot itself was really interesting too. Even though some aspects of the story reminded me of Marina's Tales, Derrolyn sure has a way of pulling emotions out of me! Hate, for example, is a common one. I love books with emotion, and that is one of the reasons why I love Derrolyn's writing!

The creeper doctor dude...total creeper! And he made me so very frustrating. He was practically harassing Cali and I just wanted to punch him in the neck! Cali's aunt and the aunt's BF were very frustrating too. The aunt was never around and totally ignorant. And the BF was also harassing Cali...ugh! He made me sick!

I wonder what other craziness ('cause I KNOW the crazy creeper doctor and his creepy crazy guard aren't done with Cali yet) Cali will have to go through. I am so glad she has Cal at her side though!

If you have read and loved Derrolyn's other series, Marina's Tales, but have not had the chance to read The Athena Effect yet, well, you should get on it! You will definitely enjoy this read!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: ariella holstein on May 13, 2013 :
I love this book. I love the character. I'm giving this book 5 stars
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dale Ibitz on March 13, 2013 :
I loved this main character, Cali. The author did a smash-up job portraying a girl who has lived her whole life without electricity, heat, hot water (oh, the horror!), and friends. Living off the land, completely secluded, with just her parents and the occasional visitor. Imagine her confusion and insecurity when she's plopped into an urban setting. Cali is vulnerable and alone and naive...yet she can kick some serious ass! She is so real and life-like that if I was to meet someone in Cali's situation, Cali is exactly what I would imagine this person being like.

I didn't like Cal as much...at first. He's a player through-and-through. He can get the girls with a wink of an eye, and he knows how to use his assets (hee hee) to his advantage. Again, this character is so real in his portrayal that you have to give the author props. The games people play, what they're thinking, what they're after...all extremely well done.

It got to the point where even *I* started to believe Cal's feelings for Cali (I have to admit, I don't blame her for being wary). What the summary doesn't get in to is Cali's unnatural ability to see people's auras, so she knows what they're feeling...hard to slip a lie past this girl.

My favorite part of this story was when Cali was telling Cal how she killed a mountain lion with a jack knife. Shocked, Cal asked her what her parents did about it. Cali's response was hysterical: "They got me a bigger knife." What made it so funny is Cali has no idea how completely insane and out-of-the-park that concept is. She's so unassuming, she thinks all girls would have done the same thing. She didn't think twice about it. Loved it!

I think I would have preferred a little more focus on the supernatural aspect of the story and a little less on the 2 characters coming together...which is a good 75% of the story. The story really got exciting when the evil mastermind started to get involved, but by that time the story was almost over, and, for me, there wasn't enough time spent on building up a suspenseful ending. It just kind of happened quickly with a lot of unresolved issues in the end...which made the ending feel a little flat.

But the story continues in the next book, and I will keep reading this series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tami @Into the Night Reviews on March 07, 2013 :
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

It took me longer than I would have liked to read this book - and that was no fault of the book. Unfortunately life kept getting in the way of my reading time!! Every opportunity I got I read little bits, keen to learn more about Cal and Cal. Ordinarily I don't like reading in short bursts, I like to sit and get lost in a story, but it really didn't detract from the Athena Effect, which I think says a lot about how well it is written.

I thought both main characters having the same name was going to be confusing, but it really wasn't. They were often referred to as Cali/Caledonia and Calvin, particularly when they were talking to each other and I didn't have trouble working out who was who.

I really liked Cali and would love to have her ability to read what people are feeling. Cal was also a really great character and I liked the way he developed as he got to know Cali better and their relationship grew. It was also good that there wasn't 'insta-love' between them, that would have been so unrealistic - the way Cali survived in school after a lifetime of really only spending time with her parents in "the wild" was actually believable as was Cal's interest being sparked when she didn't respond to him like all the other girls.

The supporting characters also added great value to the story - I loved both Jarod and Crystal and laughed out loud when Crystal 'entertained' Phil to help get the information they needed. While Layla and Michael only had a small part towards the end of the book I couldn't help but develop a connection with them and I hope they'll feature more in the second book. Teddy was a psychotic old man and Max is seriously scary - but I do love a good bad guy!!

I really enjoyed The Athena Effect and will be watching for book two "The Mackenzie Legacy".
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Louise Tassiker on March 07, 2013 :
I got this book free in a read4review.

I really don't know where to start! If it wasn't for the fact that I absolutely had to leave the house last night I can honestly say I would have read this in one sitting. I was hooked from page 1.

It was well written, the characters were well formed and the descriptions were just right. I loved the way the two Cal's developed throughout the book and the fact that it included a love story without the stereotypical love triangle that is seen so often in this genre. But most of all, it's so well written that it is believable. The author has clearly put a lot of thought and effort into this book & it shines through in the story.

I will definitely read this again and look forward to the next one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Erin C on March 06, 2013 :
With a title like "The Athena Effect" I wasn't totally sure what I was going to get with this book. It ended up being about mystery, adventure and love which I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

The story begins when Cali is taken away from the wilderness where she grew up and moved into the big city. Interwoven with the plot of a young girl trying to find herself, is a story about finding love and a story about psychotic maniacs and the life Cali's parents left. The stories are all told beautifully giving you just enough of each to make you feel satisfied but still leaving you wanting to no more.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It is light enough for younger readers but has enough to keep more mature readers interested.

A very interesting and exciting read! I cannot wait for the sequel!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emma White on March 06, 2013 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is amazing. I expected it to be sappy and full of teen angst, it was not! It was a nice love story with mystery and a little bit of fantasy. It kept me guessing and I really look forward to reading the next book. I loved all the characters, especially Jarod who seemed willing to do anything for his brother. The story flowed easily, I cannot fault it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shannon Neal on March 06, 2013 :
I was given this book in exchange for a review.

I really enjoyed this book! It was a very quick read with likable main characters. Cali was so sweet and naive. Her innocence made us sympathize with her and laugh when she was aloof to some things (like asking about what kind of dancer Crystal was). I also liked Calvin - he had a bit of the bad boy/player attitude going on, but he cared deeply for his brother. Cali brought out the best in Calvin and Calvin accepted Cali for who she was - simple enough love story, but it was well done in The Athena Effect! Getting to have both Cali and Calin's POV was nice for this story - it was nice to see their insecurities, back stories, and to see how it all came together.

The supernatural elements to the book were interesting, but I think that the love story between Cal & Cal was more enjoyable to read. The Professor, Max, and Layla were introduced too late. To bring up another PN series, the Black Dagger Brotherhood, they have a bad group of vampire hunters who appear in every book, and we get insight of them throughout the book. In The Athena Effect, it just came too late! Although we knew there was something out looking for Cali, it was introduced too late into the story.

That being said I definitely will want to read book 2! This was a well done high school love story, and I want to see what's up next for them. Lastly, I loved that it took place in San Francisco! (Where I currently live).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Denice Cordero on March 04, 2013 :
Thank you Never Too Old for Y.A. Books and the author for providing an ecopy of this book...

Cover: I love her eyes...

Title: At first, I was curious why the title like that, and as the story goes on, I discovered why it's named that way...

Caledonia:

Love her name... What I like about her is that she knew how to protect herself despite her fragile appearance... She was very smart and she loves nature... She was cautious on how to act with other people, well her gifts made her a walking lie detector that's why she knows immediately what people are feeling... I think this is one of those rare times when I don't have any complaint about a particular character... She was very easy to like, with her seemingly naive attitude people will surely like her...

Calvin:

He was a lovable character... He looks after Caledonia even if it's clear who the stronger character was... He was trying to make Caledonia's life easier through many ways... He makes her happy and of course makes her laugh... And he also made Caledonia feel love...

Story:

Did you know that the 2 main characters are individually known as Cal? Because of this, Calvin decided to call Caledonia, Cali so that they won't be confused who is who... So cute...

The story was really interesting... I thought that it was a paranormal story at first but when I reached around 60% of the story it became clear that it was not, it was actually a sci-fi... And let me tell you, I'm not a big fan of sci-fi but this story made me think twice... It was really good... And the ending!!! I guess karma's a reall b***h, isn't it? Take that you Professor Meanie!!!

Happy Reading!!! Thank you!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Ricketts on March 04, 2013 :
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through the Goodreads group Never Too Old for YA Books.

Wow! I can't stop thinking about this book even though I finished it three days ago. I need to buy a hard copy for my shelf because I'll be reading this over and over. I love this book! It's extremely well written - I was completely engrossed in the story, feeling like I was right alongside Cali, experiencing everything she experienced. I hated having to sleep. I'd tell myself, 'One more chapter, just one more chapter,' but that one chapter would turn into three or four more. :)

I was completely invested in the story and the characters. I could see why Calvin was living his life the way he did with all of his grief and bitterness bottled up inside. I could understand why Cali was so reluctant to spend time with Calvin, fearing he could never change. Cali had a lot to process for a girl her age - she has an ability she needs to keep secret, she's in danger but is unsure who poses a threat to her, she feels out of place after living in the wilderness away from other people for her entire life, and then she also has her grief.

Cali's ability begins developing and becoming stronger, changing in ways that surprised me (I won't give away how her ability changes, sorry lol). She can see colors around people based on how they're feeling, and I thought the author did a fantastic job showing Cali's ability rather than telling the reader about it - I felt like I was able to see the color of emotions, too. I loved how Cali was so strong but also had her vulnerable moments. Those moments made her so real and relatable.

Just when I thought I knew the extent of the evil intentions Dr. Reed was capable of, they became much much worse than I could have imagined. His plans are absolutely chilling!

An entire range of emotions were brought out in me, and I love it when a book can do that. My heart melted with the best swoon worthy moments I've read in a long time. During the times of danger, I'd find myself so into the action I thought my heart would burst out of my chest from the stress! I felt the sting of loss and grief right along with the characters. At times I forgot I was reading words - I was experiencing them, and that's exactly what a book should be able to do for its reader.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marylene Ruiz on March 03, 2013 :
spoiler alert ** I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a honest review.

I really liked this book. I can't wait for the sequel. First, I wanted to say, who would have thought to come up with 2 main characters with the same name once you use their nicknames "Cal". Some may think that might be a bit annoying or confusing, but I just thought it was so adorable. It did not confuse me at all. They are both very strong and very different characters. Of course, later in the story Calvin decide to give Caledonia a nickname for her himself "Cali". Personally, that sounds so much better for her. Also, the twist to the story with Cali having powers to see peoples auras/state of feeling, really caught my attention and her ability to control animals and people with this power...

The beginning of the story was very interesting with Cali living in the woods with her parents very secluded away from everything. Right away my brain was trying to figure out why she had to stay away from society. What was wrong with her parents? Why couldn't they be out in the open? What happened? Then the story goes on to show how ok Cali is with it as she has never seen anything different. In one moment in the story, it talks about Cali hitting her fave spot in the woods, "a glorious hidden meadow", but then goes on to talk about movement caught in her eye and she drew her knife in a flash. That was beginning of showing us how self sufficient she is. I was sad for her when her parents died, but I knew somehow she would be fine.

When she first started school, I thought I started feeling bad for her being picked on and made fun of, but very quickly the story showed us that she could get through all of it. I love how strong the author made Cali. Then she meets Calvin in the woods and saves him. That was awesome! I love how the girl saves the boy in the beginning of this story. He was the bad boy that every girl wanted and/or had already. It was great to see the girls get jealous as he started paying attention to Cali. He saw her different than the other girls, but not in a bad way. It was great to see how the love story developed between them. It was very realistic to me. It wasn't like many romance books where all of a sudden the characters are in situations that most people can't even dream of.

The author had me feeling bad for Cali with the part of the story talking about the aunt's boyfriend trying to get at her in horrible ways and the aunt believing him over her own niece. That made me feel bad that she lost her parents and she can't even count on the only family she has. I did love how she was able to learn to develop her powers to be able to control him enough to not be afraid of him anymore. It was good to watch him be put in his place. I just wish the aunt had done it. I wish she had seen what was happening and did something for her niece. I caught myself saying "how could she?" while reading alone. It's good that I was alone, otherwise people would be wondering who I was talking to.

I couldn't believe at the end how the aunt and boyfriend just sold her off to the professor for him to be able to continue with his study that killed so many people already including her parents. It made me so angry. Later I came to find out that the aunt was swayed by Layla's ability which was the same as Cali's. The aunt was weak, but the boyfriend just didn't care. He just wanted the money. She ran away before they could take her away, but quickly found her at Calvin's house. I was in shock when I found out that they took her in the middle of the night and no one had noticed. I'm so glad that Calvin was start enough to look into the situation with her parents and had come across the information about the professor. This allowed him to be able to find her. I was so glad to see that he was able to come and rescue her. It was a bit corny to see that she put sheets together to climb down out of the window. It also made sense though as they were raised very secluded. Layla's idea based on "cartoons" really made sense at this point. It was great to see them get away...

What will happen next though? Will Max catch up with them? The end when Max (the professor's right hand man) turns on the professor for his own plans really has me intrigued. Will Cali try to save Layla and her twin? Will Max find Cali and try to add her to his plans? I really can't wait for the sequel. So many thoughts crossing my mind...

This was a great story with both a hero and a very strong heroine. It was also a great love story, but still had a twist of fantasy. I would recommend this book to all of my friends and family.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marylene Ruiz on March 03, 2013 : (no rating)
spoiler alert ** I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a honest review.

I really liked this book. I can't wait for the sequel. First, I wanted to say, who would have thought to come up with 2 main characters with the same name once you use their nicknames "Cal". Some may think that might be a bit annoying or confusing, but I just thought it was so adorable. It did not confuse me at all. They are both very strong and very different characters. Of course, later in the story Calvin decide to give Caledonia a nickname for her himself "Cali". Personally, that sounds so much better for her. Also, the twist to the story with Cali having powers to see peoples auras/state of feeling, really caught my attention and her ability to control animals and people with this power...

The beginning of the story was very interesting with Cali living in the woods with her parents very secluded away from everything. Right away my brain was trying to figure out why she had to stay away from society. What was wrong with her parents? Why couldn't they be out in the open? What happened? Then the story goes on to show how ok Cali is with it as she has never seen anything different. In one moment in the story, it talks about Cali hitting her fave spot in the woods, "a glorious hidden meadow", but then goes on to talk about movement caught in her eye and she drew her knife in a flash. That was beginning of showing us how self sufficient she is. I was sad for her when her parents died, but I knew somehow she would be fine.

When she first started school, I thought I started feeling bad for her being picked on and made fun of, but very quickly the story showed us that she could get through all of it. I love how strong the author made Cali. Then she meets Calvin in the woods and saves him. That was awesome! I love how the girl saves the boy in the beginning of this story. He was the bad boy that every girl wanted and/or had already. It was great to see the girls get jealous as he started paying attention to Cali. He saw her different than the other girls, but not in a bad way. It was great to see how the love story developed between them. It was very realistic to me. It wasn't like many romance books where all of a sudden the characters are in situations that most people can't even dream of.

The author had me feeling bad for Cali with the part of the story talking about the aunt's boyfriend trying to get at her in horrible ways and the aunt believing him over her own niece. That made me feel bad that she lost her parents and she can't even count on the only family she has. I did love how she was able to learn to develop her powers to be able to control him enough to not be afraid of him anymore. It was good to watch him be put in his place. I just wish the aunt had done it. I wish she had seen what was happening and did something for her niece. I caught myself saying "how could she?" while reading alone. It's good that I was alone, otherwise people would be wondering who I was talking to.

I couldn't believe at the end how the aunt and boyfriend just sold her off to the professor for him to be able to continue with his study that killed so many people already including her parents. It made me so angry. Later I came to find out that the aunt was swayed by Layla's ability which was the same as Cali's. The aunt was weak, but the boyfriend just didn't care. He just wanted the money. She ran away before they could take her away, but quickly found her at Calvin's house. I was in shock when I found out that they took her in the middle of the night and no one had noticed. I'm so glad that Calvin was start enough to look into the situation with her parents and had come across the information about the professor. This allowed him to be able to find her. I was so glad to see that he was able to come and rescue her. It was a bit corny to see that she put sheets together to climb down out of the window. It also made sense though as they were raised very secluded. Layla's idea based on "cartoons" really made sense at this point. It was great to see them get away...

What will happen next though? Will Max catch up with them? The end when Max (the professor's right hand man) turns on the professor for his own plans really has me intrigued. Will Cali try to save Layla and her twin? Will Max find Cali and try to add her to his plans? I really can't wait for the sequel. So many thoughts crossing my mind...

This was a great story with both a hero and a very strong heroine. It was also a great love story, but still had a twist of fantasy. I would recommend this book to all of my friends and family.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elise Loring on March 02, 2013 :
This book was a typical love story with a fun and unique twist. I loved the relationship between Calvin and Caledonia. I loved Caledonia's character. I also thought that the love story was cute and beautiful. There were a lot of parts that had me squealing or going 'awwww' in it and the descriptions of the colors helped emphasize their feeling for each other.

This book is about a girl named Caledonia who has been living in hiding her whole life. She doesn't have electricity, no phone, no tv, no music, and they get their food through hunting and gathering. Then one tragic day her parents die. She is forced to move in with her Aunt who lives in the city. While there she saves a boy named Calvin from getting beaten to death. Calvin is the typical good-looking, girl=magnet, playboy that Caledonia knows to avoid but for some reason he just can't leave her alone. His stubborn determination to know her finally gets through to her and they become friends. As she gets to know him more she realizes maybe he is trustworthy and so they fall madly and deeply in love with each other. But Caledonia has a secret that one man would do anything to get his hands on. Caledonia has the Athena Effect or the ability to change animals and later peoples emotions. This ability makes her able to change how they feel about her and their surroundings and so effects the actions they take. Professor Reed the scientist who her parents were hiding her from will do anything to get his hands on her and Calvin will do anything to protect her. I thought that the Athena Effect was an interesting twist to a beautiful love story. I loved that the main character had two different eyes colors and I loved the love story between Calvin and Caledonia. It was cut and had me going 'awww' in quite a few places.

I loved Caledonia's character. Even though she was naive and ignorant she was willing to learn and grow. She could also take care of herself quite well as she proves over and over and over again. I loved that she didn't use fer abilities with malicious intent and just used it for self-defense or a good cause. I thought that Calvin was personality was typical. I've seen character like him done time and time again in love stories and yet despite that I loved him. I could clearly and honestly tell that he loved her even if her abilities didn't tell us he did. He treated her like she was his goddess and his development was good.

Overall it was a good book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Brenda Ayala on March 02, 2013 : (no rating)
Wow. I literally just finished the last page, and I'm astounded. I haven't come across a book I liked this much in a while. The Athena Effect is absolutely a book I will recommend to anyone and everyone. I was able to read this in exchange for an honest review, something I'm glad to do.

The plot given on the website is nothing compared to the actual book; it doesn't do it justice. Frankly, when I read the summary given on GoodReads I didn't think it would be something I would fall in love with. It's a general description of two teenagers from different walks of life with the same nickname. Cali is from "the country," and Cal is a "biker bad boy." The thing is, these descriptions don't fit either of them accurately at all.

I'm not sure if the description was purposefully vague, but I think it should reflect the actual plotline, which is this: Cali literally lives off the land with her parents, living with no ties whatsoever to the modern world aside from books. When her parents unexpectedly die, she's forced to move in with her aunt she's never met and discover a world far beyond her understanding. And she must hide her special ability from everyone.

Except Cal. He comes across it accidentally, and suffice to say that he's dumbfounded by a girl who is so unequivocally different than any other person he's ever met.

When a mad scientist (literally) hunts her down, their feelings are tested as well as Cali's determination and strength.

It's amazing. Truly. The novel was well written and fluid. There were never any moments where I was confused as to which Cal was being talked about, which is a triumph in itself. And I loved both Cals. Cali's strength is amazing, and I admit I wish I could do half the things she can do. Cal was heartwarming, in the way that he was trying to run away from his feelings about his parents. When Cali forces him to rethink his life, we see a transformation. Hence, heartwarming. Not to mention Jarod and Crystal. While they both have their faults, they are truly lovable characters and I found that I cared about them surprisingly more than I though I would. The same goes for Layla. I ached for the childhood she could never have, and I wanted her to have the experiences of being a normal teenager that she desperately wanted. Even Michael was relatable. Poor kid was always shunned to the side, since he didn't have the same power that his sister Layla did. He was always an afterthought, that much was clear just in the short timespan we see him in the novel.

The plot is fantastic. It was well thought out and well articulated. My only complaint is that I don't want to wait for the second one. I am amazed this book doesn't have a bigger following. But rest assured, I will be whoring this book out to everyone I know. I personally am going to be anticipating the second book. I'm hooked.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie K on Feb. 26, 2013 :
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review

This was a different idea for me and I liked it. But I must first get this one thing off my chest, I am sure that the main characters names was intended to be cute... well I did not like it, Calvin and Caledonia of Cal and Cal as they are called at the beginning which was changed to Cal and Cali but it also went back and forth so sometimes I was confused for a second, but now that I have said that I really did enjoy this book
It was interesting to see Caledonia go from a wild girl in the woods to a city life and her discovery of all things modern, but when she gets closer to Calvin he learns just as much as he teaches. I was pleased to see their affection grew to love they were curious about each other at first and after spending time together and many cute moments, Caledonia lets down her guard a bit and after everything she had suffered I didn't blame her for being careful:
"She feared heartbreak much more than she feared loneliness."
And weaved in this adorable love story is Caledonia's past and why she was hidden in the woods, which was very cool and exciting and I don't want to spoil anything but trust me it is great and I was caught off guard, happy and little sad by the end and I am curious to see what happens next so I will be continuing this series.
Now because I thought this was a really great part of the story I want to share this quote with you:
" Like a light at the end if a tunnel, She had signaled a way out of the darkness that had become his life. She'd made him question his shiftless existence and want to be a better person. His grandmother had guessed right, she was the one, and he could never go back to the way he was before she came along."
Overall this was a good read, thank you to the author for allowing me to read this book it is a fresh read for everyone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alisa Kepner on Feb. 26, 2013 : (no rating)
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a honest review.

At the beginning, it was very interesting. I loved how Cali saw auras, but didn't complain a lot. She was very interesting to read, since she was an outsider. Add the fact that she liked to read, and I was hooked.

Cal, the love interest seemed a bit uninteresting at first. He wasn't focused on what to do after graduation. However, when Cali came into his life, he pretty became perfect.

There was some insta-love, which was annoying.

Some parts in the book dragged at times.

The writing was overall well done, but seemed forced at times.

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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Erica Abrams on Feb. 24, 2013 :
"This was a fast easy read. I enjoyed the romance in this and it managed to touch on some mature subjects while still being young adult.
Things I liked
1. Cali she was unique and although it is overdone for a heroine to be unique and beautiful while shy and completely innocent to her beauty. This didn't bother me as much as it could have.
2. The love- I am happy a love triangle was not invented. And even tho they "fell" into love kinda fast it was done cautiously enough that I actually believed it.
3. The super hero " Athena effect" I like the idea and aura work and manipulation is borderline believable enough.
4. The overall story. Simple enough easy read.

Things I disliked
1. The writing, I both liked and disliked this but the reason it's here is because it was done in a way where it often switched point of views, this could have worked but I felt like it switched to often and tho it wasn't written in first person while switching describing the feelings of each one person then another in the next paragraph kinda bothered me. I also felt like it was someone telling me a bedtime story or giving me a quick montage during a movie. I liked the characters but it wasn't written in a way where I actually felt really strongly about any of them. I know I am coming off reading an extremely well written book previously so maybe I am spoiled. I just felt the point of view and writing style could be improved.
2. The ending. i get that there needed to be something to get readers to want to read book two. But the way it was done did not really rub me right. I like teddy being the big bad crazy genius ugly. And as smart an manipulative as he is I don't really see things going down the way they did... You telling me he could full neurosurgeon grad students but fails with a thug?

Either way I do really want to read the next installment, tho I disliked the writing because I wasn't as emotionally involved as I could be I also liked it because of that! It means its a blazingly fast easy read!!"
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: elien mauriën on Feb. 22, 2013 :
This book got me hooked from the very first page. It was one of those books that you can read all night long without knowing that time is passing by. The two Cals are people you can easily like. Cali is a sweet innocent girl, but at the same time she knows how to defend herself, she is though in her own way. Cali is naïve but it wasn’t annoying at all, it was just a part of her personality. And unlike other naïve characters she couldn’t do anything about it, plus she was willing to learn new things each day. Cal is a great guy, while he was a total player and a jerk when we first met him in the book he really cares for Cali and for his brother. And when further in the book you can see that is actually is a very sweet boy.
The storyline of the book was also amazing, it started as just a normal love story but it unfolded as so much more. Near the end we finally got to know what the Athena Effect was and I am dying to get to know more about it. So I am definitely going to read the next book.
This was definitely a book that more people should know about!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rachmi febrianty on Feb. 19, 2013 :
This is a story about a girl who lives in the country cabin for her entire life. She never gets formal education yet she’s smart. She’s unique and beautiful but skilled at blending in to the background. She’s good with knife but afraid when have to attend a public school. She had read Grey’s Anatomy but didn’t know its movie. She read a lot but doesn’t know what google is. This is a story about Caledonia McKenzie.

Caledonia or Cal reminds me of Jodie Foster’s Nell. She live away from modern life, it makes her seem naïve and innocent but strong and capable of things most people don’t. I can’t help myself to not love her, she’s so unique. I think she’s the most unusual character in contemporary romance YA books I’ve read. The fact that she’s an avid reader is a plus to love her more. As Calvin said she’s a contradiction.

Calvin or Cal is a senior at the same school with Cal, or he prefer called her Cali. My first impression of this Cal is an ignorant boy. He doesn’t care about school or anyone think and doesn’t have a plan what he’s going to do with his life after high school. But after he met Cali, he’s hard to resist. He’s so focus and persistent in a good way. He teaches Cali and vice versa. I love the way they teach each other. It’s kind of cute and sweet while in some part hilarious.

She met his curious eyes, “How did you know what Caledonia means?”
He looked sheepish, smiling, “I Googled you.”
She looked confused, “You what-ed me?”
“I searched you on the net.” She looked even more confused, and he realized that she really did grow up without electricity. “You know, on a computer.”
“Oh… computers. I don’t know how to use them.”
“It’s not that hard, and you can find out anything you want to know.”
Her eyes flew open wide, “And you found me?”

“It’s good,” Jarod nodded, surprised. “What did you put on the potatoes?”
“Rosemary.”
“Where did you get that?” asked Calvin.
She looked at him like he was mad, “It’s growing all alongside of your house!”

Through Cali & Cal eyes I can see that even a simple thing in live can be a big one for other eyes. Cali spent many her first experiences with Cal while he sees it in a different way. What I like the most about their relationship is it goes slowly. Lots of relationships in the story I read connected with such a rush, an insta-love. It didn’t happen with both of them but it feels more real for me. I can feel their connection grow each pages.

As much as I like the writing, in some part I wish that it wrote in first person point of view. Maybe it’s because I’m dying to read through Cali and Cal’s mind, to know their opinion about each other. But then again, though this story wrote in third person POV Ms Anderson wrote it well. And I still really enjoyed it.

To be honest it’s kind of hard to decide how many stars I give it. I really enjoyed it but there are some parts that blur to me. The part that Cal seems has money but I don’t know where he got it. I mean I kinda want to know whether he got it from work or his brother gave him or what else, while I picture him as a middle class citizen without a job with his father in jail. The professor isn’t bad enough for me. Yes he caused many problems but he seems too easily to be tricked. And there are scenes that I’m quite hard to imagine it. I gave it 3.5 stars but since I like the prologue and epilogue which make me want to read it more I rounding it up to 4.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sara Gordon on Feb. 19, 2013 :
I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was about Cali who has been raised way up in the back woods hidden from the world. She has the ability to read auras and manipulate feelings in animals and people. Her parents always told her to trust no one. But then they died in an unfortunate accident and Cali must move in with an aunt she has ever met, but is the only relative they could find. Her aunt seemed to never be around, and a terrible gurdian, and her live in boyfriend was creepy on so many levels. To steer clear of him, Cali stayed out late at night and wandered the neighborhood, and even had herself a place she would sleep in the outdoors.

On one of her walks she meets Cal or Calvin. Yes they were both Cal. Anyway she ended up saving him one night, and after that he was intrigued and followed her around and eventually they become more than friends. To make a long story short, they discover what her parents were hiding her from, and then they are on a race to stay away from uber creepy mad scientist, Teddy, and his crazy science experiment, The Athena Effect.

Sadly, I cannot say that this book was my favorite. For one thing I felt it was too long and dragged a lot. Her aunt and uncle were both disturbing and terrible guardians. The aunt really had no clue Athena was never home. Teddy was just creepy and dilusional. And his servant, Max, seemed like a side story all his own. I did not feel like his thoughts and feelings were really needed. Except it does sound like the story is taking a turn in his direction, so maybe there is something there.

Things I liked. I liked Cali. Even though she was raised with no experience in the world, she was tough as nails. She seemed fragile, but could defend herself, and would. I think I liked Calvin. Sometimes he was like a lost puppy. Like his dog Rufus. The romance was sweet.

I would probably read a sequel to see where this is going. I recommend to older teenagers that like books with a science supernatural element.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Danielle Kerins on Feb. 19, 2013 :
I was given this book in exchange for review.

Summary: Cal is a young woman raised in isolation by her parents away from electricity, society and government. When her parents die tragically, Cal is sent to live with her aunt. She possesses the ability to see and manipulate the auras of animals and humans due to genetic manipulation in-vitro as her parents took part in an experiment called The Athena Project.

I really liked this book. It was easy to read, enjoyable and I liked the character of Cal. To be honest it was her story as the classic "fish out of water" that intrigued me more than the subplot of her genetic abilities and the villain plotting to take her away.

Cal was so sweet, innocent and genuine that every new experience she partook in was fun to be a part of and her abilities to calm the animals and humans around her was never abused by her which made her twice as likeable.

Her relationship with Calvin, a sweet boy who after the death of his mother is being led down the wrong path was compelling and lovely. The two learned so much from each other and really came to realise they were the missing part of each other's lives that finally gave them peace and contentment.

The other characters were meh. The "bad guys" Teddy and Max were in interesting for me. While the idea of The Athena Project was interesting enough, that whole plot could have been easily sacrificed for the simple love story of a girl and boy from two different worlds. The author did such a good job of that story that by the time the subplot emerged I was frustrated and wanted to skim it rather than be immersed in it.

All in all it was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it. I'm looking forward to the sequel and I hope Cal and Calvin are in it and Layla gets a happy ending but it is the human aspect not the science that I am really looking forward to.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Danielle Kerins on Feb. 19, 2013 : (no rating)
I was given this book in exchange for review.

Summary: Cal is a young woman raised in isolation by her parents away from electricity, society and government. When her parents die tragically, Cal is sent to live with her aunt. She possesses the ability to see and manipulate the auras of animals and humans due to genetic manipulation in-vitro as her parents took part in an experiment called The Athena Project.

I really liked this book. It was easy to read, enjoyable and I liked the character of Cal. To be honest it was her story as the classic "fish out of water" that intrigued me more than the subplot of her genetic abilities and the villain plotting to take her away.

Cal was so sweet, innocent and genuine that every new experience she partook in was fun to be a part of and her abilities to calm the animals and humans around her was never abused by her which made her twice as likeable.

Her relationship with Calvin, a sweet boy who after the death of his mother is being led down the wrong path was compelling and lovely. The two learned so much from each other and really came to realise they were the missing part of each other's lives that finally gave them peace and contentment.

The other characters were meh. The "bad guys" Teddy and Max were in interesting for me. While the idea of The Athena Project was interesting enough, that whole plot could have been easily sacrificed for the simple love story of a girl and boy from two different worlds. The author did such a good job of that story that by the time the subplot emerged I was frustrated and wanted to skim it rather than be immersed in it.

All in all it was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it. I'm looking forward to the sequel and I hope Cal and Calvin are in it and Layla gets a happy ending but it is the human aspect not the science that I am really looking forward to.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ikelia Francis on Feb. 18, 2013 :
It’s been a few days since I finished this book and I’m still thinking about it, going over favorite parts I highlighted and telling my sister and friends that they need to hurry up and finish what they are reading so they can start with The Athena Effect.

Cali was raised in isolation in the woods by her parents and when her parents are in an accident she moves in with her Aunt, and is suddenly thrust into this new world. One night Cali comes across the schools “bad boy” Cal being brutally beaten by a group of men and intervenes saving his life. Since that night Cal is intrigued with the new weird girl from school that saves his life and has to know more about her, all the while Cali is trying to keep her ability of seeing the auroras of animals and people a secret.
(I’m terrible of synopsis, but I think I summed it up with out giving too much away, LOL).

I loved that as Cal is showing Cali new things, she is helping Cal rediscover himself without even knowing it. Through all this new discover they form a friendship that forms into something more. Even though it seemed like it took forever for them to admit their feelings for each other, I actually like that it wasn’t immediate like so many other books do. I could relate to being friends with someone and so badly wanting it to be more, but you aren’t completely sure if that person feels the same way, and the mere thought of them not reciprocating your feelings is extremely scary.

I loved everything about this book. One thing I keep coming back to in my mind is how the book was written. Usually when there are two main characters, you have alternate chapters from their perspective so its back and forth, but in The Athena Effect, the author Derroyln Anderson has perfected coming from both the main characters perspectives without having to do the flip flop of chapters. It is all done right there in the scene and I never got confused as to which character the point of view was coming from. I actually think I prefer it this way than the flip-flop of chapters taking turns.

The book was a great read, and I will be reading it again, and I recommend that anyone who loves Young Adult/Paranormal books to definitely read it. You will find yourself thinking about this book long after you finish it. I went through some emotions while reading this book, a lot of the time; I felt my heart sink into my stomach and my nerves where all over the place at times. I can’t wait for book 2 in the series. Sad that I read it so fast as I usually do with the books I read, I never want them to end because they are so good, but at the same time I didn’t want to stop reading it.

A favorite quote from the book (which I find to be very true):

“…with a really good book you get something new every time you read it. Because…well…because you’re a different person each time.” ~Cali
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: purpinkrose on Feb. 18, 2013 :
I read this book in just 24 hours, I couldnt put in down. The description of the book had me thinking this was another boy meets girl, falls in love, throw in a twist. Ermm did'nt see that twist coming.

I loved the twin names Cal and cal/Cali I never got confused by which one I was reading about. I loved the personality of all the charactors-apart from Professer physco Reed. I felt so sorry for Cali when her parents died and had to move to a new place, especially when she went to school. I have never read a book about someone like Cali who could see auras. I feel like it was done correctly and in context. Not knowing why her parents suffered with the problems with their heads was correct it left me guessing and later in book when she gets captured it all fits in then.
i found myself getting annoyed with layla and micheal and the way their relationship with reed. But glad in the end lalya didnt give Cali away. Reeds character was very good he made me want to lock him in a room and was glad when max double crossed him. Max i think we will see a lot more of in the next book. I cant wait to see what he is up to and what he has in mind for layla and Micheal

I was devasted when the book finished, I cant wait for the next one.
I would recommend this to anyone and everyone I think it would appeal to all ages.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: iri on Feb. 18, 2013 :
I was really happy to receive a copy of this book for review because it caught my eyes on goodreads before so this opportunity to discover this series was fantastic and if I hadn’t be unwell I would have read and reviewed it before now. The great thing is that I wasn’t disappointed at all despites my high expectations of this book!

The story starts with 2 teenagers on the run, they seems really scared and not healthy but deeply in love. Then we go forward 17 years, nearly 18 in the future and we discover they become the parents of a very special young girl called Cal as a diminutive for Caledonia. Cal is a little savage, she loves being is the wild surrounded by animals and nature however she is also educated, loving to read anything she comes by in a scheduled house. She knows she is special, that not every one has the same power as her being able to see the emotions of living creatures and to influence them. The fact that her parents are hiding didn’t escape her, but the nature of their nightmares eludes her. They protected her, taught her lots of things but also warned her to be cautious, that there were dangers lurking around without telling her which danger or to tell her how to avoid them though.
So when they die in a tragic accident, Cal is left alone without knowing how to act in the big city where she is sent to live with her aunt she never knew. She has a vast knowledge literally but in practise she didn’t use electricity before so everything seems new.

Cal don’t like living with her aunt who didn’t really want to take her in even only for the few month until she turns eighteen, worse she always sticks to her boyfriend whose intentions are a little too clear. To avoid troubles, Cal prefers to stay as little as possible at home when her aunt is working but that means spending the night out wandering. When one night she sees a boy being bitten she jumps at his rescue without hesitation. Calvin thought the girl who saved him wasn’t real, used to having a different girl on his arm each day; he is playing the playboy to hide his pain and suffering. However, when he discovers that the new weir girl at school, avoiding everyone is the girl who came to his rescue he gets curious. Even more, she is the girl how managed to calm his brother‘s pit-bull. He starts to follow her, trying to get to know her but slowly feelings grow for this girl so different so intelligent, stronger that she looks and kind but also so innocent. He is drawn to her.
For Cali, Cal is a boy to avoid. She doesn’t like his attitude with girls however when he ask for her help, she can’t refuse; she even starts to confide in him what even her parents never knew. In this new world she is facing, Cal becomes a friend and a support for her. He is kind and takes time to show her things, take her to the fair and museum, soon Cali accept her growing feelings.

Unfortunately for them, the past is coming back full force and what Cali’s parents feared has come. Someone discovered her existence and knowing Cali’s power and will do anything to get his hand on her. Cali is confronted to what she wasn’t prepared for; she learnt the reason for her parents’ crisis, the reason for her power but can’t fight alone. She finds allies she didn’t hope for and Cal is determined to protect her even if it means leaving for the unknown.


One thing that bothered me a little is the fact that Rufus didn’t react during the abducting, even if he was in a closed room or anything he should have barked madly when strangers entered and thus Cal would have been awaken, even more knowing how much he cares for her. Another detail bothered me, the fact that Cal and Cali get involved a little too quickly to my taste, I mean he says he will wait etc and at the same time they jump on it the same night. Yes it’s wasn’t they first day together etc but it seemed to fast for me with Cali Background., but the story as a whole stay really good of course^^

The plot is sometimes predictable but Derrolyn Anderson’s writing style is clear and fresh so once you start the story you don’t want to put it down even when you guess what could happen you just want to be sure and to read more. I enjoyed the parallelism between the prologue and the epilogue, like the life is a cycle the characters find themselves repeating some schema and I can only hope it will be for the better. It’s really enjoyable, it’s a very good YA fantasy book and I’m curious about the rest of the series because while there isn’t really a cliffhanger , the tension is still there and you want to know what will happen to the different protagonists.

To recommend!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donna on Feb. 17, 2013 :
I just finished this book and I can't wait for book #2!

That being said, I was a little hesitant to like the book. Mainly because the synopsis really didn't do the book justice. It actually only covers the first half of the book, which started out slow. But the whole idea was to understand Cali, which you definitely do. She lives an isolated life, only surrounded by her immediately family and one or two other people.

Once she lost her folks and went to live in the city, we then see how difficult it is for her to adapt: strange city and people. Add her ability to see people's aura's and you can understand how overwhelming it could be. And especially once she meets Cal, who comes with his own baggage, we see how hard it is for her to trust someone completely.

Regardless of the pace in the first-half, it was still a page turner. I was quickly invested in Cali and Cal - who they are and where they're going. I quickly wanted the best for both of them, knowing that they are good people.

Literally, I couldn't put the book down.

The second half of the book went by quickly. Her relationship with Cal developed at a fairly realistic pace considering both of their hang-ups and the ending... well, there were several points where I was biting my nails.

And truthfully, I really have no idea where the second book is headed. The anticipation will drive me to seek out book 2... which leads me to say that I would really like to read The Mackenzie Legacy. Like yesterday. If you like books that make you smile, laugh, cringe and (almost) cry, this has it all.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: neekie123 on Feb. 16, 2013 :
The Athena Effect is an enjoyable book to read. The story begins with the main character, Cali, in her comfortable remote location (as she knows no different) with her parents. This drastically changed with an accident involving her parents leading to her moving to live with her Aunt, whom she had never met, in the city she had never been. Cali then has to relearn how to live her life with all the elements of civilisation including school and a boy called Cal. I loved how relatable the story was and how realistic the characters were especially with their insecurities. There was another element of auras that helped establish emotions that you don't get from other stories which was highly effective. This element is Cali's special gift, she is able to see people and animal's auras and identify how they are feeling. Neat trick but you soon realise how hard it must be for her practically being a lie detector especially when

The characters in the book are easy to like and I love the interactions between the main characters and how awkward and unsure those interactions can be. The writer effortlessly incorporated both characters points of view throughout the story which enabled you to understand Cal and Cali's characters. Cali is such an interesting, innocent and lovable character; she had been away from civilisation her whole life so it was interesting reading the book from the viewpoint of being oblivious about civilisation. The book resonated with me in that it was a wake-up call for all the things I take for granted in my daily life, such as electricity. Cal was the complete opposite, he's the bad-boy that is never short of attention, specifically female attention. Along comes Cali and makes him re-think his whole life. The friendship that builds between the two was amazing along with their ability to understand each other even though they are completely different. The other characters in the story are also very relatable, some good and others not so good but each person had a place in the story that bound the whole book together wonderfully.

The Athena Book was a great book that I recommend to all YA fans. This book was easy to read and be engrossed in. I am now eager to find out what happens next. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kasey Parrish on Feb. 14, 2013 :
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review***
Wow so this book took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting much from it considering the last few books that I read that had aura's were really half done and the characters weren't really endearing. That was not the case with this book. It was absolutely amazing. I loved Cali and I felt so bad for her throughout the entire book. To have to lose her parents, move to be with an aunt who really didn't care about her and then to have to deal with her aunt's creepy boyfriend. Thank god she ended up having Cal to be able to support her. I couldn't help but love Cal and his entire family. At first it was difficult because they seemed like such low lifes but they had such good hearts. I loved Jarod and Crystal and all that they did for Cali. I couldn't help but feel terrible for them after Cali and Cal had to leave. It was heartbreaking.
Moving to after Cali was captured I felt so bad for Layla and Michael to be brainwashed by such an evil man. Professor Reed was like the worst person ever and I won't lie I was happy at the end when his entire life's purpose was taken from him. He ruined so many lives that it seems deserved. However, thank goodness they helped her escape it was definitely a reedeming part of the book. Overall I really enjoyed this and when the sequel comes out I will definitely pick it up since this book really surprised me.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kasey Parrish on Feb. 14, 2013 :
Wow so this book took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting much from it considering the last few books that I read that had aura's were really half done and the characters weren't really endearing. That was not the case with this book. It was absolutely amazing. I loved Cali and I felt so bad for her throughout the entire book. To have to lose her parents, move to be with an aunt who really didn't care about her and then to have to deal with her aunt's creepy boyfriend. Thank god she ended up having Cal to be able to support her. I couldn't help but love Cal and his entire family. At first it was difficult because they seemed like such low lifes but they had such good hearts. I loved Jarod and Crystal and all that they did for Cali. I couldn't help but feel terrible for them after Cali and Cal had to leave. It was heartbreaking.
Moving to after Cali was captured I felt so bad for Layla and Michael to be brainwashed by such an evil man. Professor Reed was like the worst person ever and I won't lie I was happy at the end when his entire life's purpose was taken from him. He ruined so many lives that it seems deserved. However, thank goodness they helped her escape it was definitely a reedeming part of the book. Overall I really enjoyed this and when the sequel comes out I will definitely pick it up since this book really surprised me.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Brenda Ayala on Feb. 13, 2013 : (no rating)
Wow. I literally just finished the last page, and I'm astounded. I haven't come across a book I liked this much in a while. The Athena Effect is absolutely a book I will recommend to anyone and everyone. I was able to read this in exchange for an honest review, something I'm glad to do.

The plot given on the website is nothing compared to the actual book; it doesn't do it justice. Frankly, when I read the summary given on GoodReads I didn't think it would be something I would fall in love with. It's a general description of two teenagers from different walks of life with the same nickname. Cali is from "the country," and Cal is a "biker bad boy." The thing is, these descriptions don't fit either of them accurately at all.

I'm not sure if the description was purposefully vague, but I think it should reflect the actual plotline, which is this: Cali literally lives off the land with her parents, living with no ties whatsoever to the modern world aside from books. When her parents unexpectedly die, she's forced to move in with her aunt she's never met and discover a world far beyond her understanding. And she must hide her special ability from everyone.

Except Cal. He comes across it accidentally, and suffice to say that he's dumbfounded by a girl who is so unequivocally different than any other person he's ever met.

When a mad scientist (literally) hunts her down, their feelings are tested as well as Cali's determination and strength.

It's amazing. Truly. The novel was well written and fluid. There were never any moments where I was confused as to which Cal was being talked about, which is a triumph in itself. And I loved both Cals. Cali's strength is amazing, and I admit I wish I could do half the things she can do. Cal was heartwarming, in the way that he was trying to run away from his feelings about his parents. When Cali forces him to rethink his life, we see a transformation. Hence, heartwarming. Not to mention Jarod and Crystal. While they both have their faults, they are truly lovable characters and I found that I cared about them surprisingly more than I though I would. The same goes for Layla. I ached for the childhood she could never have, and I wanted her to have the experiences of being a normal teenager that she desperately wanted. Even Michael was relatable. Poor kid was always shunned to the side, since he didn't have the same power that his sister Layla did. He was always an afterthought, that much was clear just in the short timespan we see him in the novel.

The plot is fantastic. It was well thought out and well articulated. My only complaint is that I don't want to wait for the second one. I am amazed this book doesn't have a bigger following. But rest assured, I will be whoring this book out to everyone I know. I personally am going to be anticipating the second book. I'm hooked.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Iris Leng on Feb. 12, 2013 :
The heroine, Caledonia (Cal) is a smart young girl with unique powers to detect aura. She lived all her life secluded from the outside world by her parents. Despite being isolated, she grew up in a contented and happy environment surrounded by nature and her loving parents. However, one day, everything changes when her parents past away in an accident. She blames the accident on anxiety fits that her parents occasionally suffer from due their traumatic past. Being an orphan with nowhere to go, she is sent to live with her aunt and her unseemly boyfriend. There she meets with Calvin (Cal), a boy who shares the same nickname as her. Calvin, a bad boy raised by his biker brother who gives him unlimited freedom spends his life aimlessly while flirting with girls. After being saved by Cal from thugs one night, he is preoccupied with the image of the strange girl that rescued him. Cal is not the usual type of girl he usually goes for but for reasons he cannot comprehend, he feels a strange pull towards her. Despite denying their attraction for each other, sparks starts to fly between them. Cal who was told by her anxious parents to hide her ability reveals her powers to Calvin. Instead of running away in fear and disgust, Calvin vows to protect Cal and stop her from falling prey to an obsessed professor who was the cause of her parents tragic past.

This is the first book I read written by this author and from what I can say so far is that I admire its originality and creativity. This story comes with a smooth chronological writing style infused with subtle humor which gives it a good flow. The author wrote it in such a way that the readers can relate with angst and uncertainty faced by young teenagers like Cal and Calvin who both lost their loved ones. Readers are able to witness and perhaps even empathize with their efforts to cope with their lost and carve a path for themselves. Cal and Calvin may be young but it surely does not mean that they are weak. They are clearly determined and strong enough to protect their future. It is also worth adding that Athena Effect is not purely a romance book with no base and a shallow plot. It has a background story which may also appeal to fans of science fiction. This book is no doubt a promising read which will surely make the readers brimming with anticipation for its second installment as they revisit this book again and again.

“Because with a really good book you get something new every time you read it. Because you’re a different person each time.” (Caledonia from The Athena Effect)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sheri on Feb. 03, 2013 :
The Athena Effect is a sweet, engaging story. It is the story of Cali, 17-year-old girl raised isolated from the big, bad world. She is perfectly happy with her life, until tragedy strikes. When she is thrown into the real world, she must find a way to acclimate herself and find a balance between the life she knew and the life she must now learn to live.

The characters in this story are great. Cali is sweet and innocent, a bit naive, perhaps too much so at times. All she really knew of the outside world was what she had read about in books. Despite her innocence, or maybe in spite of, Cali is strong and independent and will do whatever it takes to survive the cruelties of the world. Cal is the ultimate bad boy; you know - the one all the girls fall for just to have their hearts broken. I know, sounds cliché, but it's really not. The author adds enough twist to the story to make it unique and incredibly enjoyable. I honestly had a hard time putting it down. The story flowed very well and was written well. The author did a really great job of making her characters come to life, so much so that you could feel their emotions build with each turn of the page.

The names may be strange, but the story is a must. I will definitely be looking for the next book. Hopefully we will find out what happens with Layla and Michael!

Favorite quote:
"Because with a really good book you get something new every time you read it. Because…Well…Because you're a different person each time."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Renee Rearden on Jan. 26, 2013 :
Life is filled with reality. When things become too complicated, I escape into books. For me, ironically, a good book is based on a believable reality.

The Athena Effect opens with a strong beginning. A young man and woman are running from something or someone. The reader senses Jenny and David’s urgency to escape, their need to protect their growing family.

Time passes, and we’re introduced to Jenny and David’s daughter, Caledonia. She’s grown up in the mountains with no real outside contact, no electricity, no digital connection to the world in any way. Such an upbringing has made her strong and capable in this unconventional setting.

When Caledonia’s parents are killed in an accident, she is sent to live with an aunt she’s never heard of. The aunt’s boyfriend lives with her. He’s out of work but, other than being irritated at Cal’s appearance, seems harmless. Cal knows how he feels because she can see animals’ and people’s auras. Emotions show in color, and she’s learned to distinguish each color’s meaning.

Cal starts school. So many teenagers in one place, exhibiting so many strong emotions, make it difficult for Cal. She gets headaches and doesn’t understand their many references to things from their everyday lives. Cal works at making herself invisible in a crowd in order to avoid conflict. Her home life takes its toll when Aunt Angie’s boyfriend garners an unhealthy interest in Cal.

As Cal faces each of these difficult situations, her friendship with a young man named Calvin grows stronger. Their backgrounds are as different as night and day, but they find a common strength that helps them forge an unbreakable bond. The same danger that threatened Cal’s parents returns for her, and Calvin refuses to let anything keep them apart.

I enjoyed The Athena Effect. The mad scientist angle struck me as a bit clichéd and unbelievable, but everything else worked. Caledonia is a strong character, with just the right amount of fragility and bravado to be realistic. The relationship between Cal and Cal (yep, same nicknames) develops over time and displays the same joys, frustrations and insecurities all relationships experience.

Ms Anderson injected the right amount plausibility into nearly every aspect of The Athena Effect. I look forward to reading more of her work.

*Author Provided Copy
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ELSA CARRION on Jan. 23, 2013 :
At first I thought the story was going to be about mythology Athena goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill basically the best of the best. But it wasn't it was a very nice romance action packed story, that has really nothing to do with mythology except for the name.

Bad boy Cal meets sweet innocent Cal... yes both are named cal, however it's not as confusing as one might expect. She tries to avoid him but fails miserably. Female Cal has a very unique quality that helps her when she must move in with her aunt and her aunt creepy lazy significant other.

And of course the evil villain is the crazy scientist that must possess the innocent sweet Cal with this exceptional quality.

Very good story, fast paced, recommend it to all ages, will definitely be reading the rest in the series as they come out. I don't remember any scenes that would be considers questionable. The characters are 18 and are alone a few times, but nothing to descriptive or nothing I can remember.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: NatashaMay on Jan. 17, 2013 :
This was a fabulous read. I just loved how Cal and Cali were falling in love. It was so beautifully written full of suspense and emotions without the annoying teenage swooning. Cali is such an innocent character and at the same time she’s full of wisdom. Cal on the other hand thought he had everything figured out until he met Cali that didn’t give into his charm at first sight of him. I was so happy when Cali finally stood up for herself in front of Phil and her Aunt. Granted she used her powers but if she has them why not use them to protect herself. There was a surprise twist in the story and a relief at the ending. My heart went out for Layla though.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kirsty Vizard on Dec. 06, 2012 :
I was given this book from Derrolyn Anderson in exchange for an honest review but about a third of the way in I wondered how I was going to classify this in terms of genre. For a book that I thought that was paranormal/urban fantasy it was appearing to me to be more of a love story.
The love story which Derrolyn Anderson writes between Calendonia and Cal is endearing and sweet, yet I had hoped that the meaning of 'the Athena effect' and the reason for keeping Calendonia secret would have been revealed earlier.
I felt there was a lot of repetitive time spent with Calendonia wandering the streets or spent at Cal's - Derrolyn Anderson changed Cal from bad boy stud into knight in shining armour very quickly which I found a little far-fetched but then love makes us do crazy thinks right???!!!
Calendonia started off in the woods as the all out hard girl - hunting, skinning animals and being independent, if naive. After the loss of her parents and subsequent move to the city she initially retains her innocence and continues to carry a knife (!) but she loses her edge and relies more on Cal.
When the story finally becomes more focussed on the paranormal side of Caledonia's character and she is kidnapped I was waiting for this plot line to be extended, allowing us more insight into the world of the Professor and the 'experiments' and Caledonia's DNA.
I did enjoy Derrolyn Anderson's writing and her characters. As a romance it was good story but to be placed in the paranormal genre for me it would need more substance.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: manda-rae reads on Nov. 23, 2012 :
Imagine placing someone, who's been kept away from our world, into society. Kind of like having a toddler in a grown body. Kind of, sort of. Cali went through this ordeal after her parents passed away abruptly. She was hidden away from society only to be dropped into it quickly. Common words, funny things we do that make sense, etc. don't make a whole lot of sense to her. So we can imagine how well she fit in at school. She's also got this cool ability to see how other people are feeling which kind of makes her a very good lie detector.

And of course, girl meets boy. The kind of bad boy that we all want to hate but somehow can't resist. Cal, a biker punk, who's spent life falling down and trying to work his way back up to normalcy. Of course, once he meets Cali and pays attention to her, he falls for her. And it's love from there on.

I liked the romance; it pretty much fills up the first two-thirds of the book. And then we start to see some good paranormal action. I still can't decide which part of the book I liked more. There's a character, Layla, that's in the later parts of the book that I would have really liked to have learned more about. But anywho, I did enjoy the story. There's a nice twist right at the very end as well.

For the girls that need a feel-good romance with some paranormalness, go read this one. It also helps if you like kissing details...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: kindlemom on Nov. 17, 2012 :
I am not sure where to start with this review, this is the first book by the author that I have read so I wasn't quite use to her writing style. Nothing bad mind you, just different than what I normally read so it took a little getting use to.

Even though the writing was a little different, the prologue was fabulous and kept me turning the pages onto the next chapter. Once I did get use to the writing style, I felt more like I could get into the story and really start to enjoy it.

Cali was a very sheltered girl who grew up in the woods with her parents pretty secluded from the outside world. She isn't your typical teenage girl however, she can see people's auras and later learns that she can manipulate them too. She has no idea why she can do any of these things or what it even means. In fact, at first, she doesn't even have any clue that this isn't a normal trait to have.

It isn't until her parents are killed in a tragic accident that she is thrown into the real world with an aunt she didn't even know she had.

There she meets Cal, the resident bad boy.

Really this was a very cute story about first love but it was also more than that. It was about a young girl discovering who she really was and learning about her abilities. I was worried there for awhile that we were only going to get the love story in this first book (not that I didn't love it, because I really really did, Cal is just awesome!) but I really wanted to know more about Cali's parents, why they ran and why Cali has the abilities she does because I knew there was a great story there.

A little over half way through we finally get some questions answered and a little more of the puzzle came together as we learn about Cali's parent's past and even about Cali herself and even the infamous Professor Reed and the Athena Effect.

I really enjoyed this read, more than I thought I was going to at first. I would be very interested to see what the next installment holds for Cali and Cal and Layla and Michael.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: sarah uk on Nov. 15, 2012 :
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Derrolyn Anderson.)
Cal (Caledonia) is nearly 18 when her parents are killed in a motorcycle accident. Cal is distraught; her parents are the only family she has ever known, and she’s been raised in a small house in the middle of some woods, with no electricity and no modern technologies. Her parents always told her that someone was after them, and that they were afraid that whoever it was would track them down. They told Cal to be wary of anybody other than them, and hid her away her entire life.

Now Cal is sent to live with her father’s adoptive sister, an aunt she has never met, and must learn to cope with living in a modern society, as well as fending off her aunts boyfriends’ sexual advances. She also has to hide her strange ability to read people’s auras, and her desires’ to send them calming energies instead.

Things change for the better when Cal meets Cal (no that’s not a typo!). Calvin is a boy from school who rides a motorcycle, and as they spend time together, their feelings develop into more than friendship.
But who were Cal’s parent’s so afraid of? How can she keep avoiding her aunt’s boyfriend and the disgusting passes he makes at her? And will the people who wanted her parents ever catch up with her?


I enjoyed this book. I loved how Cal could see people’s emotions, and how she knew what they were really feeling even if they were trying to hide it. I also loved how she didn’t abuse her abilities, and didn’t try to use them to just get what she wanted.

I liked Cal even though she was a little innocent and unsure, especially because she still had real guts, and character, and drive, even when out if her depth. She obviously had no idea about the modern world other than what she had read in books, and had never even eaten pizza before! She was never awe-struck by the new things she saw and learned though, and at times actually wanted to go back to her parent’s home in the middle of nowhere, even if it meant not having hot water on tap.

I liked the relationship between Cal and Calvin, the romance was so sweet, and it was nice to watch the relationship grow and blossom rather than having the characters instantly fall for one another. It was also nice how Cal had the back-up of her powers so that she knew that when Cal told her that he loved her that he actually really felt that way.

Overall; I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next in the series ‘The Mackenzie Legacy’ coming in 2013.
7.5 out of 10.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Heather Boustead on Nov. 13, 2012 :
The Athena Effect
The Athena Effect Book One
By Derrolyn Anderson

Cali was born and raised without any modern conveniences having been secreted away by her parents. Completely off the grid until one day when both her parents are in a motorcycle accident that leaves Cali orphaned. She soon moves in with her aunt and her sleazy boyfriend biding her time until she can return to the countryside that she loves so much. That is until she meet Cal and he shows her there is more than just amenities she will be missing.

First you have a great storyline of a girl who knows nothing of modern day society except what she has read in books, which the author did an amazing job in bringing to life, then you have the reason she has been kept hidden adding a whole new dimension to the novel. I am fast becoming a fan of Derrolyn Anderson as her writing is fantastic and her stories are truly unique and captivating. This is no exception The Athena Effect has aspects of fantasy and science fiction rounded out by the young adult genre turning this into one fascinating novel. I cannot wait to see where the rest of this series will take us as Cali and Cal are two of the most interesting characters I have come across and when you add in the characters that appear towards the end there is no doubt you will want more.
I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Hannah Cayen on Oct. 31, 2012 :
*the following review is cross-posted from the blog I co-write for, BooksBooksAndMoreBooks: http://theshortone08.blogspot.com/

YES. I can FINALLY cross "Finish that book that is currently sitting patiently in my Kindle library and review it ASAP because the author kindly asked me to and DAMMIT WOMAN, WHY ARE YOU SUCH A SLOW READER??!?" off of my To-Do list.

Dear Derrolyn, author of the book I am about to review: I AM SO SORRY for taking so freakin' long to finish The Athena Effect. It's been like, what?, over a month since you first requested I review it? I completely understand if you were thinking "Dammit, when's that blogger gonna give me my damn review?" the whole time. I am entirely to blame for that.

I have excuses!! Lame ones, yes, as most excuses are, but I still feel this burning desire to explain myself. Hmm. Wonder why...

Yeah, so, I downloaded The Athena Effect from Smashwords. Yay! ....But I don't have a Kindle. I only have the Kindle PC app, so you can imagine it wasn't exactly the most portable book I've ever read. *Sigh*

AND, AND: I am a naturally slow reader. If I'm reading a book that totally sucks, I read really slow to try and ease the pain of the torturous task of finishing whatever sad excuse for literature that I happened to pick up. And if I'm reading a fantastic, amazing, breathtaking novel, I read especially slowly to savor the magical words. So, yeeaahhh....

Anywho, I am, once again, REALLY sorry. To make up for it, I promise to write a long, extensive, no-nonsense, to-the-point review, and not one of those crappy, "Was good, you should read it" type reviews that are only a sentence or two in length. Pfff.....I do not do anything half-assed (unless, of course, I feel like it; in which case, I never do my half-assedness half-assed....)

And Martha: I'M SUCH A BAD CO-BLOGGER!!! *sobs uncontrollably* My last review was for Unspeakable Evil, and that was AGES ago (to be exact, 2 weeks ago). THIS SHALL NOT BECOME A HABIT, I SWEAR MY FAVORITE FLUFFY STUFFED BUNNY ON IT!!

Let the review commence:)

Review:

So one day I get an email from Martha that an author named Derrolyn is requesting that I read and review her novel. I think, "What the heck, I don't have a life anyway. Why not take on another book? (because I read, like, 20 simultaneously)." I say yes, and then I get the book (free!:D) from Smashwords, download it to my Kindle app...And then it just sits there. For about a week. And then I'm like, "Ohhhh, better start that book now." I read the first chapter or so, and then stop for probably another week. And then for the next two weeks I'm reading it bit by bit. Over a MONTH after I got the book, I'm less than 20% done with it.

Ugh.

So then, I give myself a serious talking-to (with raised voices and bitch slaps; you know, the works) and then I sit my butt in my chair and force myself to finish this book because goshdarnnit, I AM DETERMINED LIKE THAT.

At about 25 or 30% into the book, I get totally hooked. Which is completely weird for me because I hate most romances. They are usually really dumb, badly written, clichèd beyond imagination, or any number of awful things. But this one, I must say: I am impressed. Especially because it's an indie book, and a lot of indie books I've read are just, well....let's just say they were really sad.

Okay, so the very basic plotline (I'll try to avoid spoilers) is as follows: A completely isolated girl named Cal is living in the woods with her whacked-out, but loving, parents. And she is blessed/cursed with a special gift. She can see people's auras, basically; she can sense what they are feeling (it's color-coded!:P) and ultimately manipulate their emotions.

It really is a very useful tool.

But then, one tragic day, her parents die in a car crash and, well, she can't very well live on her own, can she? Nope. Child protective services, being the ignorant bastards they are, ship her off to live with her idiotic aunt and her predatory and rarely sober boyfriend (who sexually harrasses Cal too, by the way O_O).

Yeah, so, life sucks. She has to attend public school, everyone thinks she's a freak (naturally), a bunch of horomonal teen drama, I-hate-my-life, I-wanna-run-away, yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah...

And then a biker womanizer named Cal (yes. His name is Cal too.) gets introduced, and that's as far as I'm going. A romance ensues and more stuff in the story about Cal's (girl Cal, of course) weirdo powers and crap.

Wow, I suck at summarizing. Whatevs.

I was surprised at how well-written this story is. Normally, when I take on the task of reading and reviewing indie books, I try to lower my standards to an indie-book setting, instead of my book standards for regular books. Why? Indie authors have only had their stuff read by friends and family. An agent, editor, publisher, advance-readers, etc, have not read it like they would a paper-print book. These independantly published books have not recieved professional critique, and where the frick am I going with this? Everyone already knows this. Why am I explaining it??

Bleeeeeeeasdhasdfrsgsjgbjsb....It's 3:30am right now. My brain is a giant puddle of cells screaming at me with their dying breath: "GO THE HELL TO BED SO WE CAN LIIIIIVE, DAMMMMMIIIIIITTTT!!!!!!"

Yeah, anyway, let's finish this ASAP. The Athena Effect was so well-written, structured in just the write way...Derrolyn, this could definitely make it in the book publishing industry, in an actual paper-printed version. I kid you not: this is the best independantly published book I have ever read.

One thing I would have liked was a bit more character development with the aunt and her boyfriend, Angie and Phil. But I can also see how that's unecessary, seeing as they aren't exactly the most important characters in the book.

Overall, The Athena Effect blew through all of my expectations (which, admittedly, were pretty low in the first place, but we're going to ignore that fact, 'kay?) and was pretty satisfying. I am actually finding myself wanting to read the sequel, The Mackenzie Legacy.

More, Derrolyn, more!! Brava, you have impressed me with your literary capabilities. Continue on, madamoiselle.

If you are a fan of YA romance, definitely check The Athena Effect out. If you absolutely and utterly despise YA romance, well, then, read it anyway. DOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOIT...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Hannah Cayen on Oct. 31, 2012 :
*the following review is cross-posted from the blog I co-write for, BooksBooksAndMoreBooks: http://theshortone08.blogspot.com/

YES. I can FINALLY cross "Finish that book that is currently sitting patiently in my Kindle library and review it ASAP because the author kindly asked me to and DAMMIT WOMAN, WHY ARE YOU SUCH A SLOW READER??!?" off of my To-Do list.

Dear Derrolyn, author of the book I am about to review: I AM SO SORRY for taking so freakin' long to finish The Athena Effect. It's been like, what?, over a month since you first requested I review it? I completely understand if you were thinking "Dammit, when's that blogger gonna give me my damn review?" the whole time. I am entirely to blame for that.

I have excuses!! Lame ones, yes, as most excuses are, but I still feel this burning desire to explain myself. Hmm....Wonder why...

Yeah, so, I downloaded The Athena Effect from Smashwords. Yay! ....But I don't have a Kindle. I only have the Kindle PC app, so you can imagine it wasn't exactly the most portable book I've ever read. *Sigh*

AND: I am a naturally slow reader. If I'm reading a book that totally sucks, I read really slow to try and ease the pain of the torturous task of finishing whatever sad excuse for literature that I happened to pick up. And if I'm reading a fantastic, amazing, breathtaking novel, I read especially slowly to savor the magical words. So, yeeaahhh....

Anywho, I am, once again, REALLY sorry. To make up for it, I promise to write a long, extensive, no-nonsense, to-the-point review, and not one of those crappy, "Was good, you should read it" type reviews that are only a sentence or two in length. Pfff.....I do not do anything half-assed (unless, of course, I feel like it; in which case, I never do my half-assedness half-assed....)

And Martha: I'M SUCH A BAD CO-BLOGGER!!! *sobs uncontrollably* My last review was for Unspeakable Evil, and that was AGES ago (2 weeks, to be exact). THIS SHALL NOT BECOME A HABIT, I SWEAR MY FAVORITE FLUFFY STUFFED BUNNY ON IT!!

Let the review commence:)

So one day I get an email from Martha, my co-blogger, saying that an author named Derrolyn is requesting that I read and review her novel. I think, "What the heck, I don't have a life anyway. Why not take on another book? (because I read, like, 20 simultaneously)." I say yes, and then I get the book (free!:D) from Smashwords, download it to my Kindle app...And then it just sits there. For about a week. And then I'm like, "Ohhhh, better start that book now." I read the first chapter or so, and then stop for probably another week. And then for the next two weeks I'm reading it bit by bit. Over a MONTH after I got the book, I'm less than 20% done with it.

Ugh.

So then, I give myself a serious talking-to (with raised voices and bitch slaps; you know, the works) and then I sit my butt in my chair and force myself to finish this book because goshdarnnit, I AM DETERMINED LIKE THAT.

At about 25 or 30% into the book, I get totally hooked. Which is completely weird for me because I hate most romances. They are usually really dumb, badly written, clichèd beyond imagination, or any number of awful things. But this one, I must say: I am impressed. Especially because it's an indie book, and a lot of indie books I've read are just, well....let's just say they were really sad.

Okay, so the very basic plotline (I'll try to avoid spoilers) is as follows: A completely isolated girl named Cal is living in the woods with her whacked-out, but loving, parents. And she is blessed/cursed with a special gift. She can see people's auras, basically; she can sense what they are feeling (it's color-coded!:P) and ultimately manipulate their emotions.

It really is a very useful tool.

But then, one tragic day, her parents die in a car crash and, well, she can't very well live on her own, can she? Nope. Child protective services, being the ignorant bastards they are, ship her off to live with her idiotic aunt and her predatory and rarely sober boyfriend (who sexually harrasses Cal too, by the way O_O).

Yeah, so, life sucks. She has to attend public school, everyone thinks she's a freak (naturally), a bunch of horomonal teen drama, I-hate-my-life, I-wanna-run-away, yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah...

And then a biker womanizer named Cal (yes. His name is Cal too.) gets introduced, and that's as far as I'm going. A romance ensues and more stuff in the story about Cal's (girl Cal, of course) weirdo powers and crap.

Wow, I suck at summarizing. Whatevs.

I was surprised at how well-written this story is. Normally, when I take on the task of reading and reviewing indie books, I try to lower my standards to an indie-book setting, instead of my book standards for regular books. Why? Indie authors have only had their stuff read by friends and family. An agent, editor, publisher, advance-readers, etc, have not read it like they would a paper-print book. These independently published books have not recieved professional critique, and where the heck am I going with this? Everyone already knows this. Why am I explaining it??

Bleeeeeeeasdhasdfrsgsjgbjsb....It's 3:30am right now. My brain is a giant puddle of cells screaming at me with their dying breath: "GO THE HELL TO BED SO WE CAN LIIIIIVE, DAMMMMMIIIIIITTTT!!!!!!"

Yeah, anyway, let's finish this ASAP. The Athena Effect was so well-written, structured in just the right way...Derrolyn, this could definitely make it in the book publishing industry, in an actual paper-printed version. I kid you not: this is the best independently published book I have ever read.

One thing I would have liked was a bit more character development with the aunt and her boyfriend, Angie and Phil. But I can also see how that's unecessary, seeing as they aren't exactly the most important characters in the book.

Overall, The Athena Effect blew through all of my expectations (which, admittedly, were pretty low in the first place, but we're going to ignore that fact, 'kay?) and was pretty satisfying. I am actually finding myself wanting to read the sequel, The Mackenzie Legacy.

More, Derrolyn, more!! Brava, you have impressed me with your literary capabilities. Continue on, madamoiselle.

If you are a fan of YA romance, definitely check The Athena Effect out. If you absolutely and utterly despise YA romance, well, then, read it anyway.

DOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOIT...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Amanda Cole on Oct. 29, 2012 :
**I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

I really enjoyed this book. In the first few pages, I wasn't entirely sure what was going on, but then, as we learned more about auras and the colors and their meanings, and what Cal could do with them, I was intrigued. So intrigued, in fact, that I couldn't put the book down, and finished it in one sitting.

I really liked that The Athena Effect was a self-contained book, which made it much easier to devour in one sitting, since I knew I didn't have to wait for the second book in a trilogy to be released (or immediately move on to the rest of the series).

I thought the idea was creative, and it's not one I've seen before. I also liked that science played some role here and Cal's unique power wasn't inexplicable. Too often, characters are given powers that seem cool, but that we're just told to accept as being possible. I liked that here there was some kind of explanation.

I did think having two characters named Cal was a bit much. After they started using their full names, it was easier, but there was a small segment where I wasn't sure which Cal the author referred to, especially since the POV switched back and forth with no warning. That's my other complaint. I don't mind multiple POVs in a story, but they should be in their own little sections. Switching back and forth between paragraphs or within them is confusing, and I'm not sure having both POVs that way really added anything to the story.

All in all, this was a great read, and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal/fantasy young adult books.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Judith-Pamela Ayimma on Oct. 22, 2012 :
I was positive there wouldn’t be any more Indie author reviews coming from me this I closed down shop, essentially shielding myself from the ongoing onslaught and blocking year, mainly because of life being hectic, and also because the waters between bloggers and self-published authors had long since grown troubled. After witnessing many others bear the brunt of insult or heckling because of conflicting views and opinion, I was in no hurry to put myself in any such position. So out self-published authors along with their books. In this case, I’d have to really like the book, from an indie author, to review it on request.

And wouldn’t you know it? I really liked this book.

The author, Derrolyn, is a very sweet lady. Heck, I just called her a lady, which should tell you something! She was very humble when requesting this review, explaining that she knew how strained things had become, and also that she would still like me to consider The Athena Effect for review. When I told her that the review might come a little late, she was cool, and very accommodating to my circumstance. How could I say no?

The premise of Derrolyn’s novel first struck me as being intriguing, a girl with strange abilities and a love interest with a similar name? It was all very interesting and I went to work on it almost as soon as it was downloaded to Tookie, my kindle. This is almost an embarrassment to admit, if it wasn’t so incredible, but the book grabbed me, and I lost against the sheer force of The Athena Effect’s awesomeness. There is solid plot, ingenuity, humour, romance and a peculiar brand of uniqueness about Derrolyn’s writing that I am sure will see to it that she, along with this series, go very far.

The prologue kicks things off with a strange man and woman, both gravely malnourished, and running from something. It is revealed that the woman, Jenny, is pregnant, and both she and the man, David, are in desperate need of help, and a ride. They end up receiving assistance from a kind, sympathetic trucker who agrees to take them north…yes, very mysterious, I know, but the real story begins a few years later with Cali, Jenny and David’s daughter, she was a treat. Being a girl raised completely in the woods with hardly anyone but her parents, Cali is in all respects, a wild child. The girl blends like a ninja, hunts as well as any samurai, and generally keeps to herself. Except for one thing… Cali is fairly learned. Meaning, she has most probably gone through more books than me.

*Blinks* What, Grey’s Anatomy is a book?!?
*Sarcastic face* See?

Despite her lack of exposure to the outside world, she is still a brilliant young woman, capable of survival and superior intellect; I had to respect that. Cali is an intelligent and deeply thoughtful heroine. Her parents have always prohibited contact with the outside world and generally go to town only for the most necessary of errands. When most girls are grieving over which prom dress to pick, Cali can sit back and read. How cool is that? Very, if you ask me, but of course things take a major 360 turn when her parents are found dead, victims of a motorcycle accident. Cali is left alone; used to turning to her parents for direction, she now stands aimless. There is no foul play suspected in the occurrence of their deaths, her parents have long been victim to terrible seizures, horrible hallucinations, and Cali believes that they ran into a semi-truck while undergoing one of these seizures. Almost as soon as their funeral is through, she is on a bus, bound for the city and her Aunt Angie’s house. Cali is still a minor and will have to live with her new guardian until she is of age to make her own decisions legally and hopefully return to the cabin in the woods, the only home she has ever known.

This is the first time we get a view of Cali’s visibly strangest quality, her eyes. She later describes the condition as heterochromia, meaning she has two different eye colors, one blue and the other green. Couple that with her heightened awareness of people’s feelings, an ability that allows her to read their “colors” and ultimately emotions, and you know this girl is different. Although almost oblivious to her differences, she embarks on her adventure to the city a little hesitant, but ultimately just curious. She will have to have her wits about her to confront the dangers awaiting: the man her parents spent the better half of their lives running from, and her aunt’s major creep of a boyfriend, Phil, who means a lot more harm than good. There are challenges at every corner for Cali; the girl can’t ever seem to catch a break. My heart ached for her.

Imagine not knowing how to interact in modern society, or never having to deal with the numerous constraints that govern daily life before, how would you cope with being suddenly thrust into such a world, expected to adjust quickly and following a tragedy such as your parent’s deaths? I couldn’t do it. It was a weird perspective, reading of someone who knew so much and yet was unaware of what is commonly taken for granted as basic etiquette. Before I began reading, this was by far the portion of the book I feared the most; I didn’t know how well it would be executed, hesitant at the thought of having to endure some bimbo, doe-eyed character. To think that such an individual with apparently latent TSTL symptoms might have been let loose upon the fictional world to ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ over every pothole and sewer drain made me cringe, but to my delight, Derrolyn knew exactly what she was doing! Cali embodied newness, an endearing naivety. The idea of her, the character, struck me as being completely authentic. Also, the coupling of Cal and Cali, two protagonists with very similar names, was another aspect of this novel I loved, loved, loved! These concepts were like toss-ups, gambles in a world of contrived cookie-cutter cut-outs and they paid off. It was different…an innovative, brilliant combination and I adored it.

For fear of accidentally ruining anything, I will keep the following details pertaining to Cal and Cali’s romance to a minimum. Let me say though, that they were both very good together. Cal is set up as the bad boy biker and player extraordinaire. Cali kind of takes him by surprise because she isn’t fazed by his show of machoness. Quite frankly, she can see right through him, and under the leather and flair, he’s just a boy with surprisingly earnest feelings and a good heart. They would do anything for each other, and watching their affection grow was by far my favorite part of the journey.

This quote from the book takes place as Cali sits at the bus station, waiting for Angie to arrive and pick her, it is a beautiful peek into their relationship:

“She watched the one named Cal as he sauntered back to his bike. It was a bigger, more powerful looking motorcycle than her father’s; she’d never seen one that looked like it before. She tried not to stare, but she’d never seen anyone who looked like him before either.

He was tall, taller than her father, clad in dirty blue jeans and a black leather jacket that fit snug across his broad shoulders. His hair was dark, like his eyes, which were fringed with black lashes that made them stand out even from a distance. She’d never seen a really good-looking man before, and she watched him, fascinated.

He walked with a confident swagger that belief the anxious chartreuse color he was radiating. Like everyone else at the bus station, he was troubled. He reached into his pocket for a pair of mirrored sunglasses, slipping them on to hide his arresting eyes. She watched him straddle the bike gracefully, without putting on a helmet. He revved the engine and sped away, going much too fast.

Beautiful idiot, she thought.”

And there’s even more to come, the book expands really well on its initial themes, and while some were mature, dealing with suicide, obsession, depression, etc. the book is a stand-out of epic proportions. It didn’t feel self-published, and ultimately, I am glad to have given The Athena Effect a chance; this novel certainly deserves to be read by everyone with a strong interest in science-fiction and romance. Personally, I would categorize The Athena Effect as being more of Mature YA/New Adult in genre simply because there are sexual situations and it feels a lot more grown up than most YA fiction, but in a good way! There is an ease to which things play out and plenty of heartwarming scenes to keep readers gripped. There were instances I felt my periphery melt away; it was like watching a really sweet movie. Basically this book has a little bit of everything, humour, action, romance, and a sci-fi twist that most readers will love, everyone should read this.

4/5 stars
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on Oct. 22, 2012 :
The Athena Effect is a story that truly endears you to its characters. Derrolyn Anderson, author of the Marina’s Tales series, delights us with Cal and Cal. Talk about an ice breaker! Calvin is the bad boy with a reputation and murky future, while Caledonia comes from an isolated childhood with only her parents, books and nature to educate her. After a tragic accident that leaves Caledonia to live with a distant relative, she gains the opportunity to fully experience the real world for the first time. Coupled with her ability to see and understand the auras of those around her and her aunt’s creepy boyfriend, Caledonia finds that she’s ready to escape back into isolation. Then again, she also finds someone fascinating enough to keep her tethered to a world wherein she wants to remain invisible.

Caledonia is a very capable character, capable to the point where she has almost no mental character flaws. The beginning of the story not only tells of her background and paints the picture of the condition in which she grew up, but also lists all the finer points of Cali’s characterization. I was actually really surprised that all the survival skills she learned in the wild still carried to her new life in normal civilization. She’s a little insecure when it comes to being attracted to someone with more experience and a bad reputation, but that doesn’t last long. I did like that Cali is the girl who knows how to fight and survive, and she has a scary temper, too!

Calvin is a brilliant contrast to Cali. He’s not exactly a ‘tough guy’, but the guy without a care, a chain of broken hearts following behind him, and a hidden layer that holds dreams and aspirations he’s long given up. He’s the character that portrays more of a change. From avoiding thoughts of the future and commitment to being a devoted boyfriend with a reason to plan ahead, Cal almost outshines Cali.

The Athena Effect isn’t too long a story, and it feels as though you could fly right through it. Once Anderson establishes the danger and Cali and Cal’s conflict, it’s pretty much action through to the end of the story. I can’t imagine what will happen in the next story because The Athena Effect seems to have deeper plot lines not yet explored.
*Ebook provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Leigh Salvador on Oct. 21, 2012 :
It is such a unique and interesting story! Although our heroine and hero have the same name, it’s not confusing at all. The story starts off with our protagonist Cali or Cal (short for Caledonia) living her life hidden and isolated from the modern world with her parents. She’s been taught to do certain things like hunting wild animals for food and dangerous things that children don’t normally do. There is a reason why she’s been kept far away from society by her loving parents and discovering why she’s been kept is what the story’s all about.

Cali is not any ordinary teenage girl. She’s tough, she can hunt, and the coolest thing of all, she can manipulate and change people’s emotions by seeing auras on top of their heads. She loves to read and is contended with her life until a tragedy happened. I find it ironic how she’s so intelligent but innocent at the same time. That’s what fascinates our guy here Cal (short for Calvin). He’s the bad ass who doesn’t really take school seriously, rides a motorcycle, and girls fall head over heels for him. He is a senior and he’s used to girls following him, but not Cali. He finds her unique and funny and that’s why he fell in love with her – for real. He treats her different than all the other girls and Cali’s the reason why Cal’s life changed for the better. These two definitely sounds like a mismatched outfit to me. They’re completely the opposite of each other, but Derrolyn did a fantastic job of making Cal and Cal click!

The whole idea of The Athena Effect is great although I have encountered some of the ideas before, like having an evil mad scientist as the antagonist. I do find the aura thing cool and original though. I think the characters fits well in the story, but I find the story’s pace really slow. It’s only 221 pages but I felt like I was reading more than that. I found some typos as well but they’re just minor ones. If you want to try something new, funny, and adventurous, then I would recommend The Athena Effect.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wendy Hines on Oct. 20, 2012 :
I've read Derrolyn's Marina books and loved every one of them. So, I was really excited to get my hands on her newest release, The Athena Effect. It's a long way from mermaids but the writing is just as good, which equals terrific!

Caledonia 'Cal' has lived her whole live in a cabin in the woods. When her parents are killed in a tragic accident, she goes to live with an aunt and her boyfriend. Cal is very smart, but she's never attended school or lived in the modern world - so it's a bit of shock cultural for her. She also has the rare talent of seeing auras.

When she breaks up a fight that Calvin 'Cal', a local boy, is in, she just walks back into the woods. But Cal is smitten with her and is happy when he finds out she is the new girl in school. He's also curious about her two differently colored eyes and why she always walks with her head down. The two become fast friends and soon beyond that, but nothing is ever that simple.

Someone experimented on her parents and now they want Cal for her abilities. They'll stop at nothing to get her, and she will do anything to get back to Calvin. Full of intrigue, complex and riveting characters, exceptional writing and a solid plot, The Athena Effect is a superb first novel in a new series. I loved it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: fanny lopez on Oct. 14, 2012 :
I will begin with the most important thing, "this book rocks!!" yea I know some of you will think is only talk but Nop! nothing like that. why, here it is :

First of all I'm inlove with Derrolyn's writing, no idea how could she had done it but oh men! I could almost felt and saw what Caledonia was felting and observing and no again I'm not exaggerating.

Second the plot was something different mixed with fiction and reality, with love and action, salvage girl and rebel boy. Believe me is great to read something fresh after so many books.

Third I will not said is perfect but you know something in life are never to be perfect so they can be great news. It could had more explanations in some points like at the end with Max's turning it was kind of fast with the professor too. (I'm being explicit 'cause don't want to post spoilers)

Love the characters 'cause each one of them has a especial role in the story even Crystal and yeah that was fun to read!

I really think the book has a little of everything and thats truly great 'cause in my position I couldn't put it down the day I started and was so sad when it ended because I really enjoyed each chapter.

One more thing I promess to be sincere and the only only thing I really don't liked was the cover :s the girl is perfect I could see Caledonia there but the background and the letters didn't convinced me but hey thats only the cover, never never judge a book because of its cover :D

I LOVE the names, That was Perfect Mrs Anderson!

TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Silverwood on Oct. 14, 2012 :
“Athena” effects more than the usual YA/NA novel elicits. Not only does it have the usual helping of Anderson’s signature intrigue, romance and sense of wonder. But it dares to delve deeper into the morally ambiguous and the depths of human emotion. It also manages to do this while being a blast to read. A stellar improvement from Anderson that shines even brighter than her “Marina Tales,” I recommend this book to anyone looking for something meatier and grittier than they have dared to go before.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Samantha Mullins on Oct. 10, 2012 :
This is a book I would want to read over an over. It caught my interest from the beginning, and when I say it kept my interest, I mean it kept me up all night long I think I went to sleep at 7:30 this morning, with 91% read by the time I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. Then of course I finished it up this afternoon. This is a cross I feel between Young Adults, and Urban Fantasy. It's a book that older teens and Adults of all ages could enjoy.

This is about a girl name Cal (Caledonia)who lives with her parents in the middle of no where in Eureka. She was happy in ignorant of the world outside. But then her parents die in a tragic accident and she is sent to live with her aunt she never even knew about. She's overwhelmed by everything, cause not only is the world new to here, but she can see people's emotions. So she tries get through her day with her head low, disappearing into the world. Until she catches the eye of one seemingly bad boy named Cal (Calvin). Quinky dink on the names right, I think it's cute. But one night she rescues Calvin from getting beat up by some "ruffians". And from there, he was drawn to her, falling more and more in love with her each day. She made him feel alive, and made him look towards the future, and he showed her things of the world, loving the way she would light up with everything. They fell in love, and it was a great kind of love. Soul mate kind of love.

However, every story needs it's conflict, something that throws a wrench into things. Well of course this one isn't any exception. Come to find out the reason to why Caledonia is the way she is with her being able to see emotions. Her parents were part of an experiment that was supposed to messed with their genes, instead it messed with their heirs genes. So Caledonia, and this other girl Lyla both have two different color eyes and both can see and through emotions. Professor Teddy the one who has orchestrated the Athena project. He finds out about Caledonia and wants her so he kidnaps her. he's pretty weird making the children live in rooms made up like dollhouses and dressed them in like 50's styled clothing very odd. But Cali wasn't buying any of it. She wanted out, she wanted to get back to Calvin, and Calvin is trying to get Cali back. Well Calvin does find her, Caledonia climbs down a bedsheet to get to her love.

Well Max, The head of Professor Teddys guards, he had something up his sleeve, and after Cali escaped, he revealed to Professor Teddy that he wiped him out financially and has is taking the twins with him, and that he has his own plans for them. Which makes you think UH OH & YAY another book.

I cannot wait until then next book is out, this is a series I could really sink my teeth into
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Candy on Oct. 02, 2012 :
The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Amazing! Just absolutely amazing! I could not put this down! The best of Ms. Anderson's works, that I have had the privilege of reading, by far!


Let me start with the characters. Cali is one of the best female MC's I have ever met! Not once did I feel annoyed with or irritated by her personality or actions. There wasn't a moment for me to yell "you're STUPID!" because she wasn't! Cali is intelligent, compassionate, and beautiful inside and out. I love her innocence and the pure love she has for Calvin. Now, I found myself comparing Calvin to Ethan from Marina's Tales only to realize the night and day difference between them. Calvin has become the perfect man for me Cali and loves unconditionally without being overbearing and possesive. He is strong, determined, and also goregeous (inside too!). I couldn't find one flaw with him(after he started to pursue Cali)and I was impressed by his maturity. I also enjoyed getting to know the secondary characters like Jarod, Crystal, and Layla. Cali's aunt and Phil can go jump off a cliff for all I care. GRRRRR!!! Anywho, as far as any respectable adult characters are concerned, Calvin's grandparents are the best! I wanted to see more of them and Rufus(i will always picture a naked mole rat when I read that name cuz of KP but this Rufus is a pit bull so yeah, way off on mental imaging 0.0)!


Other highlights to gush about? The love; its so believable and real that it can quite possibly be the best YA romance to come out this year. Think Pushing the Limits, Going Under, and Forever Changed without all the petty juvenile drama. Once Cali and Calvin get going, their love holds true; no games played or breaks needed to determine if what they have is real. No heartbreak or distrust, only true love...and I love it! Same for Cali's parents; had me wrapped up in it from the very beginning.


The story itself is beautiful. I really can't say anything without giving something crucial away but the cover gives a hint and those eyes play a major part in the plot. What I can say is that there is mystery, suspense, and enough action to barely give you a moment to breathe. My only regret is that I did not read this sooner. This has definitely become a favorite of mine and I cannot wait to tell the world! It appears that there is a sequel to this book coming out next year and I can hardly contain my excitement. Another work of art by Ms. Anderson; I loved every second of it and you will too!


I recieved a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review (THANK YOU Ms. Anderson!)




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The Athena Effect
5 Stars

Anyone who reads any of my reviews or has visited my blog will know that I'm a sucker for romance and paranormal romance. I don't lean much towards books that don't give me my 'hot love fix'... I'm also religious on only picking up books that I'm almost certain will blow me away... If I don't 'feel it' I don't read it. It may sound simple minded but I've been horribly burnt in the past so... recently I've become more strict on my decisions on what to read next and tend to shy away from the unknown... because... I'm a creature of habit and I like to stick to what I know. (and I like guarantees in my life)

So imagine my surprise (and some hesitance) to be asked to read and review The Athena Effect... which I must admit totally threw a spanner in my well rounded plan to only read the stuff I pick out from the bunch... BUT I'm a good soul and there was no way I could say no... Hey... got a free book out of it so I guess spending a couple of hours reading through a book wouldn't hurt... and I'd just finished my most recent Kristen Ashely so I was definitely up for a break from emotional drama & turmoil :)

Never-the-less... I loaded up the book onto my kindle and last night at about 10pm and I started reading The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson. My very first read from this author and I can honest to God tell you I think my time was put to good use.

It took me a couple of pages to actually get into it because the contrast to what I've been reading for a while is vastly different.

Ok... so let me break it down for you:

Started reading at 10pm... went to bed at 2am (only because I had to be up at 6:30am this morning) Got home from dropping my car off at 7:40am and read straight through until 11:30am.

I couldn't put it down - Sleep be damned!!!

An unusual take in the strange, paranormal literature I've come to love but refreshing none-the-less. It was once again entertaining to read about a female character being the one who has the strange abilities, with a hot guy pulling out all the guns to stay by her side. Yes... it was awesome that a chick was the cool one for a change and not some squirmy, love-sick and clueless bystander while the hot guy had it all going for him.

Cal (the girl version) was so cute. I really liked her. She was sweet and innocent but not the cheesy kind. No... her character was loving and easy to accept and I didn't hold any hostle or irritated emotions towards her at all... not once in the entire book did I think to myself "Oh FFS get over it woman"... She was well rounded and adorable just as she was packaged and awarded to us in The Athena Effect.

Cal (the guy version) was perfect! He was strong and loving... deeply smitten by Cal (the girl version). I loved how easily their relationship flowed. There was no nonsense of separation in their connection or anything like that. It was free and it was flowing across the pages flawlessly. I loved how even though C1 and C2 were worlds apart in life experience... they seemed to compliment one another and brought out experiences and feelings in each another that simply clicked together easily.

I can't complain about them at all.

Now I admit again that it took me a couple of pages to actually focus and get into it but that's usually how it is for me anyway when I read a book involving a guy and a girl and then some romance. I only rest easily once both characters have made their appearances. That way I know the rest of the book will feature both of them and the story is likely to progress from that point. So it's not strange that I had to push through to get there... BTW it wasn't a long wait at all and the entire book focused on them (Which I loved!)

My reviews never consist of ramblings about the storyline since I always provide a description at the top of the posts so I won't be doing it here either. But All I can say is that the description is not even close to how the actual book turns out. I mean of course it's a summary of it... but it doesn't do it any justice.... so if you read the book summary and feel yourself thinking you'll give it a skip then I believe it's my duty to let you know that you will be making a huge mistake.

I was completely enthralled in The Athena Effect and I know that I will be picking up another book of Derrolyn Anderson very soon. An unique yet simple paranormal twist to a compelling true-love story with beautiful characters you will adore to love!

I also believe I read that the second book in this series will be out next year (2013) so I'm super glad about that too since I admit I felt like I was left hanging at the end of this one... which is a good thing I guess since it means I'm going to have to get my hands on the next one as soon as its available!

Thank You Derrolyn Anderson for entrusting me to read your book. I'm so glad you sent it my way and you've totally hooked another fan :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on Sep. 24, 2012 :
The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson
5 STARS

I decided on giving 5 STARS because I wanted more. I was not ready for it to end at all. I like Cal she is strong,independant,loves to read, smart and really doesn't understand what modern life is about.
Cal lives with her parents in the wilderness in a cabin. She met her first new person the Sheriff when she was 10. She hunted for meet and provided it for her family.
Her parents always told Cal not to trust people and don't tell anyone what she can do.
One day her parents were killed on thier bike and Cal was sent to live with her aunt and her boyfriend.
Cal really liked hot water. wearing clothes her mom made or some from thrift store she went to school for the first time at 16. Cal was smart. She has read most of the encylopedia and tons of books. She was teased at school a lot.
Her's Aunts boyfriend started to get ideas about her. Especially while drinking so Cal stayed away as much as possible.
One night she was in the cematary and saw a bunch of people holding a boy from school who lives close to her being beat up as a message for his brother. She told them to stop and they came after her. she hurt one and was able to reach her knife and threaten them away. The boy's name was Cal too. He saw her scars before she ranoff.
A few days later he saw her scars and realized that she was the one to help him.
Cal started calling her Calie and trying to learn more about her. Cal was living with his brother. They were bikers and had a lot of parties. Cal was popular with the girls and slept around without making any promises.
Calie was trying to stay away from him the exact oppisite he was used too. Calie helped Cal rescue his brothers pit bull from being killed by calming all the dogs in the shelter so they could rescue him. Calie loved animals and good change thier moods easliy.
Their is lots of drama in Calie's life trying to fit in a modern school, living with her Aunt and her boyfriend. Her powers start to change.
Cal and Calie are getting really close. Cal feels different about Calie than he has anyone else. Then Cal finds out about a group that Calies parents belonged too.
Someone else found out that Calie existed and wants her for his sceince experiments.
More drama of a different kind then happens in the story.
I really enjoyed it thier was a short love scene that did not get graphic but I don't like it when everyone takes it for granted.
At first glance you don't think Cal and his brother are the good guys. But the more you know you see how much they care about each other and thier good side.
This I believe the second book I have read from Derrolyn Anderson and it won't be the last one.
I was contacted by the author and given this ebook with a request to give it honest reviews when I finshed.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Etolen on Sep. 20, 2012 :
I’ve read and reviewed all the books from her first series, Marina’s Tales, and Anderson quickly skyrocketed into the role of one of my top favorite authors. When Turning Tides ended, I was really sad because I had to say goodbye to many of my favorite characters. Thankfully, The Athena Effect features all new characters to fall in love with! It’s a very strong start to a new series (at least I hope it is going to be a series, I know there is a sequel planned for 2013). I didn’t want to put it down once I started, although life demanded that I do so!

Cal, Meet Cal: The Characters of the Athena Effect

Caledonia, the main character, lived the first 17 years of her life in seclusion, hidden away from the rest of the world by parents who spent every day in fear that someone would come take her away. She grew up without the luxuries that most of us are accustomed to- like hot water, electricity, and pizza- but she learned to be self-sufficient in a way that none of us really need to be. Anyone who can take down a mountain lion definitely deserves a little respect! When Caledonia’s parents die in a tragic accident, she is sent to live with an aunt she’s never met, where she has to constantly thwart her aunt’s boyfriend’s lascivious advances.

Calvin has been living with his brother, Jarod, since his mother died, also in a tragic accidents. While Jarod clearly means well, his lifestyle isn’t exactly conducive to helping raise a productive member of society. Calvin spends his days barely “phoning it in” to finish his senior year, and his nights with countless different girls who mean nothing to him. One night, when he finds himself in danger due to Jarod’s lifestyle, Caledonia ends up rescuing him, and everything changes for both of them.

You would think that having two main characters with the same nickname would make things very confusing, but Anderson actually makes it work to enrich the story. At no point did I find myself wondering just which Cal was talking. Caledonia was typically referred to as “Cali” when the two were together. The similar names made the bond between the two seem even stronger.

The title of the novel comes from Caledonia’s special ability: the ability to see auras and manipulate them. While Caledonia uses her ability for good, such as to calm a scared dog or settle Jarod long enough to stitch up an injury, there are those who would prefer to use it for more nefarious reasons. For that reason, her parents kept her hidden and completely off the records for as long as they were alive. Unfortunately, when they die and Caledonia is forced to enter society, she pops up on the radar of those who wish to use her for evil.

In past reviews, I’ve praised Anderson’s ability to completely draw you into a story through her rich, vivid descriptions, and The Athena Effect is no different. As a reader, you get a really good sense of what Caledonia sees and feels when she looks at someone. Even more fascinating, the first part of Caledonia’s ability- the ability to see feelings as colors- is actually a real thing called synesthesia, which is basically a crossing of the areas of brain involved in sensory perception. For example, someone with the ability may smell numbers or see sounds.

The Athena Effect takes it a step further into the realm of paranormal (or perhaps science fiction, it’s really a blend of the two). For those who are a little leery of indie authors (really, get over that all ready!), I assure you that Anderson’s editing is practically flawless in every way. From plot development to character development, from structure to content, even down to the very last punctuation mark, every aspect of her writing and editing is simply awe-inspiring.

Review originally published on prettyopinionated.com
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sherre Leach on Sep. 06, 2012 :
When I got an email from Derrolyn Anderson requesting for me to review her book I was ecstatic. I mean, I was TOTALLY in love with the Marina's Tales Series and any book from Derrolyn has me sold. Luckily The Athena Effect did not disappoint.

We start off this book with Cal (the girl Cal, not the boy. It's easier to call her Cali as the book discusses since it'll be hard to discern between Cal and Cal, the boy) as she's wandering the woods, and when she returns to her home, she finds that her parents have died. Her parent's have kept her hidden in the middle of the woods for 17 years and now that they have died, she has to go to the next of kin, her aunt Angie.

Her aunt is nice, and so Cali is okay living there, until she notices the intense predatory aura around her aunts boyfriend while her aunt's away from work. Yep, you heard that right, Cali can see auras. Beyond that, she can project feelings onto other people and animals when she looks into their eyes. Not quite grasping the extent of her powers, Cali takes to the streets, preferring to live among nature while her Aunt is away to keep the boyfriend from harming her. Prowling the streets is how she comes to save a ridiculous and infuriating boy from a gang.

Cal (the boy) is all about women and alcohol and money. That's it. He's a bad boy who rides motorcycles and lives with his brother who goes to jail every other second. Cal pretty much has nothing going for himself, except perhaps the fact that he's insanely attractive. After he is saved by the weird girl in school, Cal finds himself wanting to know more about her, and feeling things he never knew he would.

Unfortunately, Cali's past comes back to haunt her, and we are left wondering if Cal can even protect her, or whether she's going to receive the very same fate her parents hid her away from.

I loved this story. As most of Derrolyn's books are, they're all warm with intense love between teenagers that seems way too intense to actually be real. I love it though. I like the soul shattering, intense, nothing can touch me, love Derrolyn creates and i love when it hits people who never thought they'd feel it. Because Cali has grown up separate from everything, she's like a child when she enters the world. Kind of like a wild animal pulled into captivity. She has to learn everything (and I do mean everything...she's never experienced electricity, indoor plumbing, computers, restaurants, nothing! she has read about them though.). It's because of her differences that Cal is drawn to Cali and wants to protect her.

The book was sweet and nice with some intense moments. Cali is a fighter despite what her calm demeanor shows and I love it. I would have liked to see Cali get a bit drunk off her power and begin to misuse it at some point. Sometimes I think she was a little to nice and sweet and perfect. There's always the next book though.

I give The Athena Effect 4 stars.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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