The Athena Effect

Rated 4.33/5 based on 58 reviews
Caledonia has been raised in secret by two very troubled people. Despite her parents tragic past, her childhood has been idyllic, lived in tune with nature and enriched by her love of books.

One awful day, Cal's life is turned upside down... More
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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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Reviews of The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson

SylvieLisa reviewed on July 7, 2016

Very good book
(review of free book)
fantasybkchick77 reviewed on July 17, 2015

I was excited when I was given the opportunity to start reading this series. I have read other books by this author that I have enjoyed. I honestly could not get enough of this book. It is that good. I was wondering if I would get confused with both of the main characters being named Cal but it doesn't affect it at all.

Caledonia is different from most people. She has two different color eyes and can see, feel and manipulate people's feelings. She has lived in a remote cabin with her parents all of her life. They have no electricity or modern technology. She has never been around others or experienced simple everyday things that come natural to most people.

Calvin is the bad boy of the story. On the surface he is the typical bad boy, totally hot and has any girl he wants. He loves to party with his biker brother Jarrod, his girlfriend Crystal and their friends. But deep down there is so much more to him.

When tragedy strikes Caledonia's parents she is forced to go live with her aunt Angie, whom she has never met, and her boyfriend Phil. One night while Caledonia is outside walking around to get away from Phil when she comes across Calvin in a bit of a mess with some guys looking for trouble. She saves him from the guys and their story begins.

I really liked Caledonia, Calvin, Jarrod and Crystal. I did not like Angie or Phil at all and when you read the story you will know why. I loved getting to know Caledonia and Calvin and their stories as they got to know each other. They like each other from the start but it takes them awhile to get together which I thought was good. It wasn't they meet and instantly they are a couple. The happiness does not get to last long though, there is a mad man former professor that will do anything to get Caledonia and her powers. Who can they trust and what will they risk to stay together?

I just have to say it again, I loved this story and I am really excited to continue with this series. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
(review of free book)
Chrissy reviewed on Aug. 1, 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 2 years after purchase)
Nenia Campbell reviewed 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 2 years after purchase)
Diamond Cronen reviewed 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 2 years after purchase)
Kookie Krysp reviewed 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...


This book is very clean, but there are some mentions of sex and a few "fade to black" love scenes.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
Desislava Pavlova reviewed 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 15 days after purchase)
Patricia Blikkenhorst reviewed 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 12 days after purchase)
Cori Pettrey reviewed 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 14 days after purchase)
Silent Reader reviewed on Jan. 8, 2014

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)
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