A review by Domoni.
I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read her novel and review it for this book tour.
Blue is angry. She is alone and feels utterly disconnected from the rest of the world and everyone in it. She has been on her own since she was 16 but before that her mother was never really a mother. She just ignored Blue for the constant string of men and drinks that flowed by. When the men started to notice Blue more than her, she threw her daughter out. The abuse and abandonment formed a young woman who followed the same path. Angry that the only thing people see is her body, but only able to feel at the moment of climax, Blue walks through life alone. She has one “friend” who is really only another tool. Getting wasted and going to clubs to find a new man to pass the night with is how she copes. She keeps glancing up, looking to see if maybe she will find another paper doll like her.
The night she meets Kasey at the Noc Noc club she is instantly drawn to him. Feelings she has never had before come up until suddenly he is there in front of her. The minute they touch time stops, figuratively and literally. Shared visions flash through their minds; visions of a killer stalking his prey. When they stop touching, time still remains frozen and Kasey tells Blue she is the reason time has stopped and she can undo it. He can help her understand it all. Blue cannot deny the connection and literal spark she feels with him but she doesn’t trust anyone, let alone a stranger who tells her she has special powers. He wants her to meet his friends and tells her that she can change herself and her whole life. Kasey makes Blue feel things she never felt before, almost like coming home. The one thing she has always wanted was to belong and be loved, but can she put her trust in him and his friends? Can she let go of her own anger and pain and let others in?
I really enjoyed this book. It is very well written and evokes a great deal of imagery. All of the characters are real and vibrant. I connected with Blue in many ways. She is a damaged and angry young woman who walks through life with a sarcastic snarl. She cannot keep her snarky mouth shut and it doesn’t make her many friends. She tends to flare up defensively any time she feels insecure or attacked. The reality though, is that she is lonely and afraid to trust and be hurt.
The rest of the characters are wonderful too. Kasey, Blue’s soul mate and the leader of the group of people with nonhuman powers, is wise, calm and caring. He is a telepath and can read anyones mind; he also has visions of the future. Avery is also a telepath and he is Telekinetic. He is seriously attractive and the confusion he brings to Blue and Kasey’s relationship adds some flavor to the story. Esme is a genius with a brain that works better than anyone else on the planet. She is tracking all of their health and DNA and figuring out why they are all different. Her twin sister Val is a lot like Blue. She has attitude for days as well as the ability to electrify you. Her fierceness is tempered only by her calm, hippie boyfriend with the super green thumb, Ash. Ash has the ability to make things grow. Organic materials grow and mend at his will. He can create 10 foot tall plants or heal your wound, saving lives. While this crew was resistant to Blue at first, they quickly become the strong family that Blue has always needed.
I couldn’t stop reading this book. Each page was more interesting than the last. Blue has quite the foul mouth and is fast and witty with her quips. I will admit to a small level of jealousy in her retort skill. I laughed out loud many times and my whole family thinks I am nuts because a story that cracked me up left me ugly-crying like a Kardashian at the end. I really look forward to the next book in the series.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
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Genre: Adult Urban Sci-fi/Fantasy
Date of Publication: September 8th, 2014
Cover Artist: Regina Wamba
Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.
When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.
Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.
Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.
Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?
Available at Amazon. Excerpt:
“How do you do that?” I asked, finding my voice. I looked around the dance floor, at all the people frozen like 3D photographs. It didn’t make sense that I wasn’t scared by the situation at hand, but fear didn’t factor into my emotional state at all. I also wondered what it would be like to walk through the crowd and note all their bodily contortions and facial expressions, but I held back. At the moment I was more interested in hearing what this man had to say. “How did you make everything stop?”
“As to how I do what I do, I can only tell you that I do it. I know someone that can explain the how better than I. As to this,” he waggled a finger toward the still figures in the room, “this is all you. I can only help you … amplify what you had inside you to begin with.”
It was my turn to laugh, but it was humorless and harsh. “What are you talking about?”
“You have felt different all your life, no?”
“Sure. But doesn’t everybody?” I answered with an eye roll and looked around the room again. “Look at these morons. They’re all playing dress up, hiding their real selves from each other. But the truth is they’re desperate to find someone to love them. Hoping they’ll be important to someone, anyone, because they sure as hell don’t feel important to themselves. Hoping they’ll actually matter. Hoping that someone can take away the emptiness they feel every time they look in the mirror.”
He shook his head. “You are talking about yourself, not them. And they are not all like that. They are not the lifeless paper dolls you think they are, not even the ones trying so hard to stand out. And neither are you.”
His words confused me, and I felt myself growing angry. “Who are you?” I didn’t like the things he made me feel anymore, and I longed for the simplicity of the liquored-up daze I’d enjoyed earlier. I wanted to run away from him, but in the same moment I realized that nothing could have made me turn away from this strange man.
“My name is Kasimir Korsak. My friends call my Kasey. I would very much like to include you in that group.”
I shook my head. “If you know so much about me, you would know that I don’t have friends.” I put as much disdain into the last word as I could. I might want to find out more about the things that were happening, but that didn’t mean I trusted him. “Besides, what possible reason do I have to believe anything you say?”
His eyes were still steady on mine when he spoke. “You already trust me, Blue. You do not want to admit it because I am a stranger, but deep down you believe me because you hear truth in my words. You look around the room and see truth. You are different. Special.” He held out his hands, palms up in a gesture of openness. “You are like me, only you have not learned how to use your abilities yet.”
Abilities? I gaped at him. What the hell does that mean?
We stood in the strange, echoless silence, neither of us taking our eyes off the other. I wanted his words to be true. I wanted the differentness I’d always felt to be something special, wanted it with an urgency that pierced through the numbness. In the few moments I’d spent with this man I’d felt more emotions than I’d felt in years.
The realization finally brought forth fear, but it also brought excitement, and I wanted more. If his words were true, and he and I were alike, maybe that meant I actually belonged somewhere.
“I can show you if you let me.” He smiled again and as we stared at one another, thoughts that weren’t mine raced through my head.
Give me a chance to show you. There are others like us. You do not have to be alone anymore.
“Why should I?”
“What are your options?” He smiled. “Someone once said, ‘I may never be what I want to be, what I ought to be, but how will I know unless I try?’ That is all I am asking you to do, try.”
“Who said that?”
He grinned wider. “A superhero.”
I rolled my eyes. “You’re kidding, right? This isn’t a fucking comic book.”
About the Author:
Rose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.
Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider.
Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.
Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.
If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.