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Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11, where she was bitten by the writing bug, as well as other, less friendly insects.
She is the author of the Outsider Chronicles, a five book series starting with NIKO and set in a world where the rain burns like acid and flesh eating monsters roam.
She's also a reviewer for Readers' Favorite and has her own Youtube Channel: Kayti Edition.
When she is not hard at work on her fourth book she has fun reading, listening to K-pop, and photography.
Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia.
on Aug. 08, 2015 :
Note: These are my personal opinions.
Let me start by saying...Niko is my favourite book crush and I don't think it will EVER change!
To quote the book; "...awesome... thing ...of awesomeness."
The likes and dislikes:
~The old man and Niko's foot...the H! (There might be a creepy short in there hehehe)
~The fact that every detail of the characters or the settings, weren't repeated like you find in most series, was GREAT! Because come on, if the story is as good as this one, you won't forget these details, because they stay with you and those you forget, don't matter. Kudos to Raet for that!
~Niko's resistance to Ben infuriates the romantic in me - I get her reasoning - but hell that boy better break her wall! With that said; her defensiveness when asked if he is her boyfriend... - *evil laugh* - ...you're getting close, Ben.
~There was a part that crossed over to a memory and while it worked okay, I wished it was more distinguishable, as I had to go back to make sure I wasn't missing something.
~The fight was awesome! I really would have loved to read a flashback or something about one of Songhay's fights, just to get that little something more.
~Songhay kissing Niko (shush, I like the 'romance') was an auw moment, but confused me as I feel a love triangle forming and I hate choosing sides.
~Malik in the dream...*ugly crying*
~The pace was once more spot on; no unnecessary lingering. There were a few moments I thought; 'I hope something happens soon' (I get easily distracted), but then bam! I was sucked back into a sleepless night of finishing the book.
~The Grey-men quarters and area or whatever, I wanted a little more detail around that, but it is still enough to work.
~Niko's attempts to make Jared be a 'good' boy, are so funny, especially when she realises the reason why he isn't.
~The suggestion over what to do with the girl (spy) had me giggling.
~The kiss with Ben...oh gosh! I was swooning and yelling hell yeah and freaking the hell out. Loved it more than is good for me, but Niko killed my buzz a little...still love her though.
Notes on characters:
Niko - It is Niko, opinions don't matter, she is badass.
Ben - *swooning*
Jared - He is a cool 'kid' and he is a great character to show that in THIS world being a kid is not even close to the 'privileged' life we mostly have. Jorge is a good example as well.
Songhay - Why aren't real guys as hot as he is in my mind?
Roosevelt - She is a little monkey like Songhay, which is pretty cute. And she is so funny; has to be my favourite character in the book.
Eva - I hope to read a little more of her.
The ending... Keep calm, punch a pillow and then read the next book. This was one hell of a book and I recommend the series to anyone...no matter what you are into, this actually has it all!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 10, 2014 :
First to recap: Niko, her brother Jared, and her sort-of-boyfriend Ben live in a futuristic world where natural water is highly acidic and there are scary, people-eating monsters called Slithers that everyone has to constantly hide from. Only certain people have the abilities, e.g. increased speed and reflexes, to attack and kill Slithers. The catch? Those people will eventually become Slithers themselves, and the early signs of this transformation are eyes that flicker between human and monster. Niko, however, is a special type of person that can kill Slithers but doesn't show any signs of becoming one herself.
In this world everyone wants to live in a city, because cities have safe water and provide protection from Slithers. Niko and Ben have just escaped from Amaryllis City where they were part of a Slither-hunting group called the Rose Circle. Along with Jared, they are now travelling to Cherai City in an attempt to hide from the Council in Amaryllis who want to trap Niko and use her as a test subject.
When they get to Cherai City they find out that they can only pay for 2 people to get in, and the third will have to wait in the slums outside the city. Ben used to live in Cherai City and has never been an "Outsider" (someone who doesn't live in a city), and Jared isn't trusted to be left alone without supervision, so that leaves Niko to survive outside until they can find a way to get her into the city. She quickly meets and befriends a boy named Songhay and his sister Roosevelt, and after seeing the destruction that Slithers bring to the unprotected Outsiders she decides to find people with flickering eyes and form a ragtag group of Slither hunters, teaching them how to defend themselves. That is, until a disaster forces her to stop waiting for Ben and Jared and find her own way into Cherai city.
I gave this book 4 stars because the beginning and ending were pretty abrupt, and the story moved at a very fast pace. It throws you into the action without any recap from the first book, so it took me a second to remember everything that had happened and what they were doing. Then during the story I sometimes felt like I was getting whiplash because everything was happening so quickly.
But everything else was fantastic. I loved the new characters, I loved how we learn more about Niko's back story, and I loved the new settings. Cherai City is pretty different from Amaryllis, and seeing their society from a different point of view really added more depth to this world. There definitely wasn't a dull moment, and I honestly wasn't expecting the twist at the end of the book. I don't really know what else to say, other than that this series just keeps getting better and I would recommend it to anyone. Especially because you get hipster bragging rights for reading a book that probably no one has heard of, as well as the chance to support a very talented and wonderful indie author.
p.s. I like Ben, but Team Songhay!
(reviewed the day of purchase)