Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson & Giveaway!

Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and 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 who shares his nickname, 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 parent’s tragic past?

I've read Derrolyn's Marina books and loved every one of them.  So, I was really excited to get my hands on her newest release, The Athena Effect.  It's a long way from mermaids but the writing is just as good, which equals terrific! 

Caledonia 'Cal' has lived her whole live in a cabin in the woods. When her parents are killed in a tragic accident, she goes to live with an aunt and her boyfriend.  Cal is very smart, but she's never attended school or lived in the modern world - so it's a bit of shock cultural for her.  She also has the rare talent of seeing auras.

When she breaks up a fight that Calvin 'Cal', a local boy, is in, she just walks back into the woods.  But Cal is smitten with her and is happy when he finds out she is the new girl in school.  He's also curious about her two differently colored eyes and why she always walks with her head down.  The two become fast friends and soon beyond that, but nothing is ever that simple.

Someone experimented on her parents and now they want Cal for her abilities.  They'll stop at nothing to get her, and she will do anything to get back to Calvin.  Full of intrigue, complex and riveting characters, exceptional writing and a solid plot, The Athena Effect is a superb first novel in a new series.  I loved it!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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