by Stuart Jaffe
When 16-year-old Gillian Boone discovers that a secret message has been etched into her soul, her world of normal teenage life is destroyed. Now, bizarre monstrosities seek to kill her so they can read this message as her soul departs and use its information to escape back to the world they came from.
Though she has the aid of her father and some new friends, there is only one who has the real power to help. A rogue monster named Jackhammer Jack. But he might want her secret, too, even as he helps her evade the clutches of those pursuing her. With threats surrounding her, Gillian will have to lead her allies in a struggle for survival - a struggle all the more treacherous when her allies are just as dangerous as her enemies.
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type: Indie
My Rating: * * * *
What I really enjoyed about this book (and indeed it drew me to it in the first place) was the crazy creative premise. I just love the uniqueness of it all! What a fun twist on the paranormal genre! Unfortunately I felt this creativity went a little wrong with the monster descriptions. While I truly love the creative and unique, the monsters came off a bit Scooby-Doo (I'm sorry, I hate saying it, but it's the best comparison).
I did indeed gobble this book up in a few days. It's fast-paced, easy to get into, easily glues you to your Kindle. Lots of things happen quickly, but not so quickly that you're left with any confusion about what's going on.
There's good characters throughout the book. I love Jackhammer Jack! He's the best -- so much fun!!! Gillian is very likable and shows steady character growth. I did feel like the characters were all developed at 80% and was just looking for that extra something to make them feel a bit more real.
Regardless of a few hiccups for me, I gave this book four stars as the story completely carries the reader away. Yay for good books!!!
So there's things about the cover that make me say, "Wow, wow, holy cow!!!" And I do love it! The luminous blue, the glow of Gillian's eyes, the lighting ... it's all amazing. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the monster face. It just doesn't work for me.
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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author.