How are you all? I know I’ve been MIA for the last month or so but I have been stressed and swept off my feet in both excitement and literal panic/ rushing. I found out at the beginning of August that I got the grades I needed to get into the university I wanted to do my dream course. Since then I have been prepping for move-in day – which was Saturday (today as I write this) and because I had a small slot of free time I decided I would review this book while I had a chance and before the workload piles on. This book was very kindly sent to me by Xpresso Book Tours, so thank you very much. I have never had such mixed feelings on a book before so I decided to try writing this review slightly differently, in more of a pros and cons style to make it easier to follow – I hope you don’t mind. Without further ado, let the review commence!! XD
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication date: July 5th 2018
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams. With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.
But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.
Pros:There are so many problems with this book, which I am about to list…but despite all the reasons I shouldn’t have loved this book, I did love it! First off, I loved the most of the characters – they made the book for me. Ren, Grayson and Noah were my favourites by far. They were funny, sweet and willing to do anything for AR even though I don’t understand why they would. Ren and AR were so adorable, even though I really didn’t like AR or her motives that much. The humour was subtle but funny. And the superhero premise I loved, I can’t remember reading a superhero book before but going off of this I would again. The writing style was also great!
I am totally reading whatever T. H Hernandez writes next because there was something about this book that despite the many flaws I am about to list, this book grabbed me and had that spark which so many well written/fleshed out books don’t have. I have often mentioned in other reviews that I like the book a lot, 4 stars but it didn’t have that final spark it needed to get to 5 stars and I don’t know what that spark is but it didn’t have it. Strangely this book had the spark but not all the other things that would normally get a book to 4 stars for me. So, when you read the list of problems just remember, I loved it because it had the spark – what can I say.
Cons:First off that’s one long blurb! Secondly, although it is long I do think it describes the plot well, even too well – like it gives away too much information leading to one of the major plot flaws of the book…there wasn’t really a plot. The first thing that could even resemble a possible plot starts at 48% of the way through. The first half of the book surrounds how selfish and self-entitled AR is although she thinks she isn’t. She is so mean to her parents about a situation they cannot control and she spends most of the book, even when she starts to settle in still resenting them and being angry about it. I just felt sorry for them having such an annoying and rude child.
Another issue I have with the book that is probably the easiest to fix/look over is the cover and title. They are horrific, it looks very amateurish and sounds childlike. If the target age was younger than 16-17-18 I wouldn’t mind as much but because that is the age range it is aimed for I find it kind of odd. I would not have normally picked this up on a shelf because of the childlike vibe it suggests. I know you’re not meant to judge a book by its cover but its the first impression of a book and if its bad then it can lead to you putting off reading it or not picking it up altogether.
Thirdly, the plot was “solved” but wasn’t explained which is just downright annoying. Maybe I just didn’t follow it but without giving spoilers, it all comes to a head and you find out how the children were disappearing but not why – I can draw/guess my own conclusions and I don’t know whether the author thought it was so obvious she didn’t need to say it or whether it was something else but either way – this irked me.
Next, AR and her “special snowflake complex reversed” was so odd. She’s special because she’s not special if you get me. It needed more than the crappy resolution to that element that was so unfulfilling. It was a major driving force for her and it wasn’t really rounded off.
Another element that wasn’t rounded off was the book itself. The ending seemed very rushed and yet not fully resolved or complete and just a bit meh overall. It also doesn’t seem to have a sequel or one on the way so that’s not the reason for it. You didn’t find out about colleges or scholarships which again was a major plot point from the little plot it had, the drama with the ex also wasn’t resolved fully and neither were the other things I have already mentioned above.
Conclusion: Overall this book has confused me more than I ever thought possible. Everything I just listed as an issue would normally – under any other circumstances – have me hating this book and ditching it after page 50 but something about this had me enthralled until the very unfinished end! I can’t even explain why, but I totally recommend that you read it and see what you think. I want your opinions and see if you get the spark too! Don’t expect much from the plot but expect to fall in love with quirky characters and odd humour that leaves you in stitches.
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”
You can find her online at http://thhernandez.com