I think this has become my new favourite Urban Fantasy series. Yep, I said it. And you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be first in the queue to buy the sequel when it’s released.
The description of this book is a tad misleading. It gives the impression that Kali has to try to save the world on her human day, but actually, the book spans out over three days, so on two of those days she’s human and on one she’s…not. My favourite parts of the book probably were when she wasn’t human because it was filled with adventure and violence and kick ass heroism. Kali can kick some serious ass.
What I loved most about this book was that I felt while it was plot driven, the characters didn’t suffer because of it, and bits and pieces of character development were tangled in with plot development – which is how it should be. The characters would grow, or change or twist when a new plot point arose. It all worked wonderfully well together. It was one of those stories where everything at the end is so different to the beginning. At the beginning, Kali is just a new girl at school with no friends and no intention of making friends. The way she sees herself isn’t how she sees herself at the end. And then she meets Skylar and Bethany – two completely different girls. Skylar might be “a little psychic” and Bethany is Queen Bee of the school. But through a series of events, the three end up together and trying to stop a huge conspiracy.
Most of the characters were developed wonderfully. There were, however, moments in the story where a kind of monologue would happen from one of the characters as a way of explaining their past, which I guess is understandable when a book takes place in a short span of time and all the characters are new. Even Kali’s father, who I groaned at during the beginning (the typical workaholic parent who doesn’t take any notice of his only daughter) had his reasonings for being the way he was. I was exceptionally glad that his behaviour was explained. In fact, the only character who I thought was slightly pointless and wasn’t developed too well for me, was Elliott – Skylar’s brother. At first I thought he might be a love interest for Kali, but then as Kali and Bethany get closer, it’s obvious they won’t be as Bethany and Elliott are dating. Not that us as readers see any evidence of this. We’re just told they are. In actual fact, sometimes it felt that there were only characters in the story to help Kali along with her mission. Like the smart boy who just so happens to give Skylar a USB that can hack into computers that she just so happens to have on her when they need it. And I guess, that can be explained due to her psychicness. So she knew they’d need it. But still.
We also have Kali’s potential love interest. Someone we don’t actually meet properly until the end of the novel, but we grow to love anyway. He is connected to Kali and speaks into her mind. From that alone, we know of Zev. And yet he is quite developed! Also, bravo to Barnes for allowing your characters to go through hard times. Not everything works out, and it isn’t a happy ending for everyone. That’s all I’ll say.
All in all, a great start to what will be a wonderful series. Full of action, and new friendships, and loss, and a tiny bit of romance. Mostly, you’re in for one hell of a bumpy ride. If you don’t like blood and violence, this probably isn’t the book for you. But Kali is one seriously strong female, and a little vulnerable at the same time. I give this 5 stars and recommend to anyone wanting a bit of adventure and supernatural in their books.