I’ve previously blogged about Derrolyn’s books. I even gave away a copy of this awesome book, Dianne Gray won it! I’m not sure if Dianne has read this one yet, but I hope she picks it up soon! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Synopsis: Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.
Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.
Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.
He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic past?
Thoughts: 221 pages of sheer awesomeness! I struggled to put this one down and started having heart palpitations when I thought I’d not get to read more of it. Happily this book is the start of the Athena Effect Series, Derrolyn is currently working on book #2. I love the cover, although in my mind, Cali has ‘frizzier’ hair.
Review: What a thoroughly engrossing read. The Athena Effect has a bit of everything, action, romance, science, mystery, YA drama… It was a fantastic mix of genres.
Derrolyn possesses a firm grasp of the written craft, and she wields it expertly in the book. Complex, but believable plot, realistic characters that have very realistic flaws and although possessing a special power, Cali (our heroine) is down to Earth, warm and honest, while still being tough and strong of will and morals.
The male lead, Calvin, was the typical bad boy, right down to the motorbike, tattoos and womanising ways, but despite this cliché, he was still a very good character in the story. His development was slow, where it should have been, and where rapid growth was required, it was supported by realistic scenarios and information.
I was a little concerned that having two main characters called Cal, would get confusing, but Derrolyn handled it nicely.
If you have read Derrolyn’s other series and found it a little too young, give this one a try. Derrolyn has matured her style and tone in this book, it really grasps you and takes you along for the bumpy ride.
I am eagerly awaiting the release of book #2 in this series! It is due out sometime this year.
*NOTE: I received a copy from the author in return for an honest review*
If you haven’t checked out Derrolyn’s work yet, check it out today. The Athena Effect was a truly enjoyable read.