Awesome, just awesome! I really liked almost everything about this book. Lora was a snarky, determined, tough badass who I enjoyed immensely. She managed to rush into danger without feeling suicidal, have adult relationships without coming across as easy, dispute with her friends and family without going overboard, and retain a sense of humour without it feeling forced. *Sigh* If only I could find more characters like her.
This story is full of intrigue, humor, excitement, mystery and some good fight scenes. Lora is a wonderful character, full of personality, gutsy and funny. The reader gets to know she is also emotionally vulnerable, a trait she admits to, but only to herself. Despite constantly declaring she can take care of herself, she often ends up on the wrong end of a fist, sword, or magic spell. I also like the secondary characters, they have their own secrets. The world building is good.
This book came highly recommended and it didn't take me long to work out why - it's a brilliant combination of urban fantasy and paranormal...add a host of interesting heroes with well-muscled bodies and Lora... I love that Lora isn't perfect, overpowered and sunny. She's grumpy, forgets to eat, sleep or shower, has a penchant for expensive shoes and the hot heroes, yet she doesn't just lay down for any bloke, either. She hurts, too - from past injuries that never healed properly, an unusual quality in a heroine. Instead of embracing the power she's born with, she seems to hesitate every time she uses it - making her the opposite of most fantasy heroes I've ever read.
Welcome to the Helios Academy: evolve or die
It’s the year 2050 and life is increasingly hard for ‘non-citizens’. A slowly emerging young minority has been exposed as ‘talents’; they harbour mutations that give them special gifts – super strength, regenerative powers, psychic gifts or the ability to sink through shadows and travel through time and space. As governments unite to form a global talent registry and powerful corporations step in to take control, a ‘talent’ can be a passport to citizenship and a better life, but there is a cost as Josie Ryder is about to discover.