Publish date October 3rd
So once I got into this book it was like I couldn’t stop reading. Every time there was a break in my day I would pull out my phone so I could continue the story. Not only was this book interesting, it also had an interesting romance that was realistic. I will say that the beginning of this book is a little bit slow but once you get passed the 50-page mark it really picks up. Most of this review will be spoiler free but the last paragraph will have spoilers (but I will make it obvious).
Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.
Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?
So the main family group in this book makes the main character’s family seem cultish. Especially her father but I won’t say too much about him because I liked reading about him and forming my own opinions about him. I will say that he is a major ass hat and I would defiantly do what the main character does in the end. Her father is kind of a creep and I was expecting something to happen (which it thankfully didn’t). There was also a lot of secrets going around which made the entire cult theory I had more plausible.
I really liked reading about the main character, though. To me, she was someone that I could relate to and I understood the things she was doing and why she was doing them. The only thing I couldn’t get is how she continuously forgave her father and stepmother. I get that that is all she’s known but it has to get old sometime right? I understood why she kept most of the secrets that she did and I really liked that she didn’t use any of her “abilities” in a negative light. But to be honest, I would have understood that as well. I will mention here that there is a love interest and a little itty bitty love triangle. The triangle is put down pretty quickly and I personally loved the main love interest. He was great and he wasn’t completely unrealistic like some love interests in YA books.
I will defiantly recommend this to my friends once this book hits the shelves and they can buy it. I think this book would be perfect for anyone that loves fantasy and young adult! This book has very little adult content and so almost anyone who reads YA would be fine reading this (in my opinion)!
Spoilers in the next two paragraphs:
Oh, my gosh the ending. I am so happy that they ended up together but when he had the vision I was so ready to keep reading but obviously, I couldn’t because that was the end of the book. I liked the fact that the book naturally closes but with the cliffhanger, there is room for the story to naturally continue. I love books that do this because it doesn’t eat away at me if I never finish the book series. This is becoming a series and because I read this book so far before the rest of the series comes out, I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it. But that’s all right because this book was amazing on its own and I’m content with the ending I got just from this book.
I was also really happy that the main character got away from her toxic father and was able to live however she wanted. I was also really surprised to find that they had left her money and the rest of the property that the “group” had owned. I would have thought they would leave her with nothing after she made the decisions that she did.