4 out of 4 stars
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Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign is a fantasy, young adult, coming-of-age story that puts you on the edge of your seat. The book addresses the difficult issues of love, loyalty, and inner darkness. It tells the story of a young man who feels he is going down a dark path but chooses a way to the light.
Adam is a troubled young man who just turned 16. He constantly wrestles with anger and inappropriate thoughts of lust and hate. He feels conflicted and unsure of his role in life. He worries this will only continue for the worse until he meets Carly. Carly comes into his life as a transfer student in his school. Adam has always felt different from his peers, but he never knew why. When Carly comes into his life, she reveals what is different about him and gives him her unconditional love and acceptance.
Carly explains to him that he is part of a secret line of Russians with mutant genes. For centuries they have been hunted by the Iksha, evil scientists who hope to harness the powers of the mutants for themselves. Each descendant of the bloodline has unique and impressive abilities. Carly must guide Adam in his quest to discover and control his new powers. They also must protect themselves from those who would use their powers for destruction.
I loved this book. The first third was used for setting up the story and getting to know the main characters of Adam and Carly. There is a heavy emphasis on his home life and the issues that he is struggling with. You don’t know where the story is going until about halfway through. However, the second half of this book was impossible to put down. All I wanted was to know what was going to happen next. The descriptions are incredibly vivid, and the story is captivating. You start to root for Adam, even though at the beginning of the book he comes off as a borderline psychopath.
It is difficult to say what I liked most about this book. I loved all of it! The characters were complex and intriguing. The narrative was well-paced and imaginative. I felt a connection to the characters because their emotions were so accurate and their struggles completely human. What I disliked most about the book was the slow beginning. The first third of the book was mostly character building. I would have liked to know more about the overall story. This might deter some readers.
I am giving this book a 4 out of 4. There are very few errors in the book and the erotic content is kept to a minimum. There are profanities but they are few and far between. I think it would appeal to young adults who are going through similar teenage years struggles of feeling lonely or different. I also think that this book would appeal to avid fantasy readers who are looking for a new story. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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