If you hope aliens live among us, or hope that you secretly are one, this book may be for you.
Relocating to Arctic Norway would put a freeze on anyone’s social life. For Leda Lindgren, with her crutches and a chip on her shoulder the size of her former Manhattan home, the frozen tundra is just as boring as it sounds. Until she meets her uncle’s gorgeous employee.
Unfortunately, no matter how smoking hot the guy is, Roar comes with secrets as unnerving as his moving tattoos. And Leda doesn’t trust him.
Roar shouldn’t be drawn to the moody human girl with eyes that leave him weak in the knees. But when Leda gets shot by one of his enemies and survives, Roar finally understands why he’s drawn to her: Leda is exactly what he was sent to Earth to find. A weapon of immense power capable of saving his planet.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Length: 300 Pages
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: June 6, 2017
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashley Graham grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada. For her thirteenth birthday, her grandparents took her across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom, sparking a love of all things European. Since then, she has lived in the UK and Norway, and now calls Los Angeles home.
She began writing to combine her love of history, aliens, and science fiction with kick-butt heroines who don’t need a white knight. Her obsessions include vegan cooking, books, tea, sandals, turquoise jewelry, nail polish, and online shopping.
First off, I have to applaud Ashley Graham for including a heroine, who has a disability, into a Sci-Fi novel. More times than not, disabilities are only included in books where they are the central focus, and so they are usually dramas/tear jerkers. There were times I wasn’t sure if it was realistic or not (like guys only showed interest in the main character, Leda, until they saw her crutches), but I’ve never had a physical disability, so I’m not one to talk. Maybe guys are really that shallow (though, I would like to think that they aren’t.)
As for the story itself. I liked the premise. I like the idea of a normal, every-day, person secretly harboring the ability to be a weapon strong enough to save an entire planet–and not even knowing it. That is such an awesome idea. Unfortunately, it was better in theory, than in practice.
The plot was ok, though the ending was quite confusing for me. What really made this novel hard to read, though, was the relationship between Leda and Roar ( I love his name, by the way). The first time they meet, Roar catches Leda before she falls and he holds her while they stare into each other’s eyes–for a ridiculously long time. And it only gets worse from there. There is no build up to this relationship, they are just automatically all over each other, all the time. I get it, she’s the weapon and he’s genetically made to be drawn to the weapon. But whether or not they are drawn to each other through no fault of their own…it needed to be done differently. And because the story seems to hinge around their relationship and not as much around the ‘save the world’ premise, it made me feel like everything else fell a part because of it.
I really liked the supporting characters, for the most part, and they added a lot to the story. One of my favorites is deaf, so kudos to Ashley for bringing in more diversity, but they are overshadowed by Leda and Roar and lose the effectiveness they could have brought to the story.
So, even though I feel like it had potential to be good, I’m going to have to give it 2 out of 5 Stars
*Has some sexual innuendos, and some vulgarity*
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