3 out of 4 stars
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What happens when people possess superpowers that others want? Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign is a young adult fantasy about Descendants from Russian bloodlines that possess many supernatural powers. These Descendants are hunted by a group of scientists who want to exterminate them.
In the beginning of the book, Adam seems a little too close to his mother for a healthy relationship. He is a loner at school who seems to border on being a sociopath. This part of the story was a little disconcerting to read. However, Carly moves to town and seems to notice Adam from the beginning. She is not afraid of the darkness he shows and their relationship grows. Carly helps him to find his true self and their romance blossoms.
This book contains many twists and turns. I think the book ebbed and flowed, but overall I enjoyed it. I thought that Carly was very likable. She was not afraid of the darkness that was in Adam. She also had a great relationship with her parents and in the end, her and her mother proved to be very strong characters.
I didn’t like the person Adam was in the beginning of the book. The predatory animal behavior and the relationship with his family were uncomfortable. His sociopath behavior made me want to stop reading. In the end, he had become a completely different character. He was someone that could be respected for his attitudes and behaviors.
I also didn’t find the behavior of Adam and Carly like any 16 year-old I know. They both seemed very grownup (maybe the Descendant bloodlines helped this). They spent lots of time together, day and night, which was a little off to me. Finally, they take plane trips to meet up with Carly’s mom out of the blue with no supervision. I just don’t see this being very realistic. It seemed that the parent/guardians were nonexistent and these kids were making some adult decisions.
There were quite a few errors in the book. The majority of them were hyphenation of words. It looked like the words were being hyphenated at the end of the lines of writing; however, they often appeared in the middle of the line in the version I was reading. There were also a few punctuation errors. Although the book needs some editing, the issues did not take away from the reading experience.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars because of the editing, some sexual content and graphic violence. This book is designed for young adults. I would recommend it for late teens and older. I would not want my sixteen year old to read this book although the characters are sixteen. I would also recommend the book to those who enjoy reading science fiction and enjoy reading about supernatural powers.
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