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Featured Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign [February 2020 Book of the Month]

Posted: 14 May 2017, 15:57
by christinac_2585
[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Opaque" by Calix Leigh-Reign.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The first installment in the Scion Saga, Opaque, by Calix Leigh-Reign is a YA Sci-Fi fantasy novel that entails mutated Limbal rings, Russian ancestry, and romance. Calix creates a mesmerizing tale with mutated humans, called descendants, which have biokenretic abilities. These abilities are a mutation in their biology that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Opaque is based in Piure, California where 16-year old Adam just went through his biokenretic change because of puberty. He is a troubled boy with even further disturbing thoughts that surround his mother and thinks that everyone at school are nothing but droids. When Carly Whit walks into Adam’s English classroom, it was like everything else disappeared. The inside of his chest starts vibrating, and he can smell the most amazing scent of cinnamon apple. As soon as he locks eyes with Carly, he knows that she’s different. Their romance saves him from his destructive nature and teaches Adam that he’s mutated. But what happens when Adam learns he is different and there are people out there trying to destroy or take the very mutation he just found out he has?

The author does a great job writing Adam’s character. The thoughts he has in the book sound just like any other 16-year old boy. Carly’s character works well with Adam because she’s calm and collected. I feel like Carly is the yin to Adam’s yang. I like how the descendants are from seven Russian families and throughout history have had a common enemy, the Iksha, which are scientists that want the supernatural abilities that the descendants have.

I found a couple of misspelled words, but it did not take away from the story. I honestly could not put this book down. Calix does an excellent job with the plot and the twists at the end. The world she draws you into is unique but at the same time reasonably normal. The characters in this book not only deal with the mutation that they have, but love, stress, and going to work and school to name a few. I was reading about the different powers that each descendant has, and all I could think about were superheroes and X-Men. In my opinion, this book is up there with the best in its genre.

I rate Opaque a 4 out of 4 stars. Even though there were a couple of misspellings, I could not give this book any less than 4 stars. The storyline flows easily and is a page-turner. This book is in the YA genre, but if you are an adult and love a sci-fi fantasy with superhero traits than I would suggest this book for you. Adam, Carly, and the descendant’s story continues in the second installment, Split Adam.

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Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 16 May 2017, 08:53
by kandscreeley
This sounds like it is right up my alley! I love young adult sci/fi books. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review.

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 16 May 2017, 09:16
by christinac_2585
Thank you. When I was reading the book I would get mad that everyday life was getting in the way because this book was so good. I would suggest you try it and if you like it the second book should be coming out soon, and the third will be out in 2018.

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 16 May 2017, 23:48
by ZenaLei7
This seems like an interesting read! I like how the characters seem relatable since they still have to deal with school, work, etc. Great job on the review! :D

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 17 May 2017, 05:20
by christinac_2585
ZenaLei7 wrote:This seems like an interesting read! I like how the characters seem relatable since they still have to deal with school, work, etc. Great job on the review! :D
Thank you :)

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 17 May 2017, 09:11
by booklover2004
Great review, I love it when authors of a YA genre actually make the characters sound their age. My daughter might actually like this book. Thanks for the information. :D

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 17 May 2017, 09:23
by christinac_2585
Glad I could help booklover2004. It does talk about sex in the book but nothing really graphic. Just wanted to let you know.

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 17 May 2017, 15:30
by booklover2004
christinac_2585 wrote:Glad I could help booklover2004. It does talk about sex in the book but nothing really graphic. Just wanted to let you know.
Thanks for the heads up :)

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 18 May 2017, 16:50
by Jaime Lync
Great review. I feel like this could be a potentially great movie. Thanks.

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 21 May 2017, 22:32
by Amagine
This sounds like an exciting read! I agree that it would make a great movie because of the premise of the story and the characters. This book will definitely attract many readers.

Great Review! ?

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 22 May 2017, 05:21
by christinac_2585
Thank you for reading!!

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 22 May 2017, 05:37
by pobox
YA is not mine genre but this seems like an interesting read. Great review.

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 25 May 2017, 20:10
by christinac_2585
Thank you for reading!

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 10 Apr 2018, 06:41
by gali
A Supernatural tale revolving around mutated humans with biokenretic abilities sounds great! I am not fond of superheroes tales, but this one sounds unique. That the characters not only deal with their mutation but also with mundane issues is an asset to the tale. It does sound like it would make a great movie. Does it stand on is own?
Thank you for the review!

Re: Official Review: Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign

Posted: 10 Apr 2018, 06:45
by BriennaiJ
This book seems to be the unique YA science-fiction novel that I have been looking for! If the plot is interesting enough, I will be able to easily overlook any spelling errors and enjoy the story. Adam also seems to be a sympathetic main character. Great review!