on Nov. 12, 2015 :
Usually, I do not read this type of fiction, but the synopsis was interesting. A vampire, a werewolf, an immortal and a shapeshifter? Who would not raise a brow at that cast of characters?
S.C. Wright captured my interest from the very first chapter. We meet Kana and her son Michael, on a train headed into the “unknown”. She is having a rough time managing her son until she notices a gentleman in the car with her. After introducing herself to him (Theodore Schmidt ), the tale truly begins.
The circumstances for Kana being on this particular train is interesting, and that is what greets us in the first chapter. She begins telling Theodore (in exchange for something she wants) about why she was traveling alone in such a foreign place with a toddler.
As is mentioned in the blurb, Kana is miserable at home. She feels unloved and unappreciated by her mother and sister. This goes to the extreme, but makes you understand more of Kana’s reactions to certain situations.
An unfortunate accident on her 19th birthday sets a world-wind of events into motion. Being kidnapped by a vampire and an immortal is only the beginning. Meeting the werewolf and similarly fascinating characters propels this book forward. Each has their own backstory, and we learn more of why they respond to Kana in different ways.
It is difficult to write this review without giving away any of the most intricate details. Suffice it to say, Kana ends up in a situation that she could have never dreamed with a group of “people” only thought of as imaginary. Parts of the story are a bit jumpy as well as some of the slang, but I enjoyed the read.
Bad Reception is a captivating tale for young adult readers and one they would enjoy. I found myself laughing aloud in a few areas and saddened in others. The cast of characters is not vast and they are well developed. However, I would have liked a more in depth explanation or showing of the unique abilities of certain characters. That would have definitely made the story more enthralling.
I would recommend this book for YA readers. There is a bit of a language, but it is not overly used. The book needs a bit of editing, but that did nothing to take away from my experience. It was a short book and a quick and pleasurable read. I look forward to more from this new author!
(reviewed the day of purchase)