In the mid 21st century, scientists have mastered genetic engineering nearly to the point where longevity and charisma can be bought and sold. But a few pieces to the puzzle are missing and believed to reside in the DNA of a select few who have managed to stay hidden for centuries. Whoever finds the genetic key to eternal youth will have wealth and power beyond imagining.
Edana “Danny” Reyes is a regular teenage girl dreaming about college and pining for someone who doesn’t love her back. Until a mysterious man shows up, a man with almost magical charm that affects everyone around him. Danny learns about her fey heritage and why she must keep it secret from the scientists scouring the earth, scientists who aren’t above killing to get the answers they seek.
With the help of her best friend Cassidy and new allies, Danny must protect herself from those who would stop at nothing to take everything from her.
Review 2 of 5 Stars
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book really wasn’t for me. In fact, I couldn’t make myself finish it. That doesn’t mean it was all bad. The author is clearly intelligent and did a great deal of research regarding Celtic lore and genetics. The text was well-written and flowed with ease. As for the story, some of it was fairly interesting. I enjoyed the portions of the story that had to do with the lore and even the genetics and how it all tied in. However, I think the audience for this book would be pretty young despite the characters being in college. They seemed more like high school kids with regard to their behavior. Maybe its been too long since I’ve been young and I just can’t tell the difference anymore, but the characters were not mature enough for my liking and lost their appeal for that reason.
Another problem with this book is that there was so much focus on the sexual orientation of the various characters, discussions between them all about this on a regular basis and so on that I really became disenchanted with the book. I’m pretty liberal, but I don’t know any group of people who discuss their sexual orientation almost every time they meet up and it just got to be a bit much. Once you discuss this with your friends it’s pretty much a done deal. Everyone knows how you are inclined and you move on if you’re really friends. I think the author covered the whole LGBT spectrum, but I didn’t feel that it added anything to the story in the manner it was done.
There were some good points to this book, but eventually I just became uninterested in the story. I stopped at 54% on the e-reader file and the last 15% leading up to that point it was really a struggle for me to keep going. Some of you may enjoy this story. For me, the characters were too immature, too much time was spent discussing sexual orientation and this focus overshadowed what I felt to be the more interesting story that was being told. We all enjoy different types of stories. This one just wasn’t for me. However, the science was well done and sometimes a bit too well done to the point where it became like a biology lesson. The research and sharing of the lore was also pretty interesting and the writing was good. In the end it was the story wandering off and the maturity level of the characters that lost my interest.
That’s all for today. Reading an interesting book now that I hope to share some thoughts on later in the week. Hope everyone had a great Halloween.