Author: Rose Shababy
Genre: Adult Urban Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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?
I don’t often review books on here, but this one piqued my interest enough that I had to consider it. Overall, I enjoyed the book. The plot was interesting, and offered some new and refreshing ideas. The whole idea of being able to stop time, was intriguing, and the world-building and setting worked as well.
My only problem though would be with the characters. Blue was great – she had spark and personality, and even though she started out as a bitter girl who’d had to deal with too much responsibility for far too long, by the end of the book, she’d changed and grown a lot. Her personality had developed, and for the better, I’d say. Kasey was all right too. He’s not my favorite love interest in a book, but he wasn’t bad either, and he had a distinct voice and personality, and he offered something unique, instead of the usual male love interests, who seem to share exactly the same personalities. Not so here, and that’s great.
But the secondary characters lacked depth and personality. They didn’t stand out, instead it seemed their only purpose was to help the plot move along, rather than actually have some impact. I wish they’d been better developed, and each had their own personality.
Apart from that, the book was great though, and I really enjoyed it; a solid four-star rating.
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.