I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Witches, vampires, werewolves, ice queen, fire king, and of course the mother of evil are all included in this adventure. Alyssa finds herself awake in the middle of a group of dead witches and with absolutely no recollection of who she is. Yet she somehow has the strength and skill of a trained assassin. With help from friends that she picks up on the way, she goes on a quest for her memories.
Overall a good read. The characters were easily lovable and distinct. The book taught that people can change and even those most innocent can be engulfed by evil in a world where to embrace the dark is easier than to survive with the light.
I would recommend it to anyone looking for a tough heroine that is determined and focused but yet will show a tender side whenever necessary.
The Athena Effect
on Jan. 04, 2014
*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
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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.
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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.