Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review: The Athena Effect (The Athena Effect #1) by Derrolyn Anderson

The Athena Effect (The Athena Effect, #1) 

Book: The Athena Effect (The Athena Effect #1)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Caledonia has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parents' disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content to live as one with the nature that surrounds her, finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.

He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl with an unusual talent, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parents' tragic past?

My Review:
I was excited when I was given the opportunity to start reading this series. I have read other books by this author that I have enjoyed. I honestly could not get enough of this book. It is that good. I was wondering if I would get confused with both of the main characters being named Cal but it doesn't affect it at all.

Caledonia is different from most people. She has two different color eyes and can see, feel and manipulate people's feelings. She has lived in a remote cabin with her parents all of her life. They have no electricity or modern technology. She has never been around others or experienced simple everyday things that come natural to most people.

Calvin is the bad boy of the story. On the surface he is the typical bad boy, totally hot and has any girl he wants. He loves to party with his biker brother Jarrod, his girlfriend Crystal and their friends. But deep down there is so much more to him.

When tragedy strikes Caledonia's parents she is forced to go live with her aunt Angie, whom she has never met, and her boyfriend Phil. One night while Caledonia is outside walking around to get away from Phil when she comes across Calvin in a bit of a mess with some guys looking for trouble. She saves him from the guys and their story begins.

I really liked Caledonia, Calvin, Jarrod and Crystal. I did not like Angie or Phil at all and when you read the story you will know why. I loved getting to know Caledonia and Calvin and their stories as they got to know each other. They like each other from the start but it takes them awhile to get together which I thought was good. It wasn't they meet and instantly they are a couple. The happiness does not get to last long though, there is a mad man former professor that will do anything to get Caledonia and her powers. Who can they trust and what will they risk to stay together?

I just have to say it again, I loved this story and I am really excited to continue with this series. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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