A stand-alone YA, urban-fantasy novel by a talented YA author
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: December 27, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA; Reprint edition
Pages: 336 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Sixteen-year-old Kali D’Angelo is only human every other day. On alternate days, she is imbued with superhuman strength and speed–and the fiery urge to employ those powers to hunt down and destroy vicious, supernatural predators. Unfortunately for Kali, her government has made the ruinous decision to label these creatures as endangered species who must not be killed, and what Kali is doing is considered a serious crime.
This is an extremely well written book, as are all of Ms. Barnes’s contemporary, young-adult, urban fantasies. This book is filled with such amazingly complex world-building, I was shocked to learn from the author, when I contacted her through her website, that she does not plan any sequels for this novel. I’m sure I’m not alone among her legion of fans in wishing it had been otherwise. Kali is the ideal action hero, strong, compassionate, and refusing to ever give up as she seeks to defend those who are either defenseless, or have been overwhelmed and outnumbered by the attacks of the evil villains. It would have been a real pleasure to have had the chance to spend more time with her in other books.
For those who love plenty of action, there are some truly scary situations in this book and lots of well-choreographed fights. For those who enjoy paranormal romance, Ms. Barnes is not an author who focuses much attention on happily-ever-after courtship subplots. Instead, she utilizes romantic relationships in much the same manner that they occur in male-oriented, action-adventure novels and movies. The love interest is someone for the protagonist to track down and rescue or fight side-by-side with in combat situations rather than someone to cuddle up with.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley.
I rate this book as follows:
Fantasy World-Building: 5
Action-Adventure Plot: 5