Sunday, April 13, 2014

Exposure: A Virals Novel (Virals #4) by Kathy Reichs

Tory Brennan - great niece of Dr Temperance Brennan - and the Virals return for their most terrifying adventure yet.

Morris Island has barely had a chance to return to normality after the high profile trial of the Gamemaster, when two local students seem to vanish into thin air.

Tory Brennan and the Virals pack move quickly in their attempts to discover what has happened to their twin classmates. But the pack's canine powers are growing wilder, and it is becoming ever harder to conceal the secret which protects them.

When Tory and her friends find evidence of blood in the students' basement, they realise that the disappearance is no game.

But in order to save the twins, the Virals must risk the exposure of their powers, and in doing so put even their own lives in terrible danger.

I have to be honest, at first I was concerned when I discovered that this was the 4th book in a series but my fears were quickly allayed as I got into the story. The authors did a great job of creating a stand-alone story with minimal ‘flashback storytelling’.

From what I gather, the Virals Series is about a group of four teenagers who were accidentally exposed to an experiment that changed their DNA. They gain the ability to “flare up” which allows their senses and abilities to maximize to almost superpower levels. The only problem is that they don’t know how to control something they are barely starting to understand. This specific books picks up with the Virals pack having to investigate what is going on when students from their school start being abducted. 

This book has Reichs’ signature crisp and detailed writing but a little less complex given that this is a young adult series. But don’t let the ‘young adult’ label fool you, this older adult will be putting in an order for book 1-3 to further continue (or catch up) with this highly interesting cast of characters. An interesting tidbit for Kathy Reichs fans is that one of the characters is Dr. Temperance Brennan’s niece so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Bones TV series spin off developed from these books in the near future.   

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

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