The Athena Effect
written by Derrolyn Anderson
published by Derrolyn Anderson
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I love it. I love that the good guys are the tattooed motorcyclists and that the heroine’s never heard of body waxing. I love that the main characters have the same name. I love the way Anderson manages to make every single character REAL – even the ones who don’t do much other than mispronounce words. I love love LOVE that Anderson spends the entire first half of the book on exposition; I don’t doubt Cal & Cal’s love for a second (though I might have if we’d skipped to the drama). I can’t wait to see what happens in Book 2.
Would I recommend it: Absolutely.
About the book – from Goodreads: Caledonia has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parents’ disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content to live as one with the nature that surrounds her, finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.
Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.
Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.
He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl with an unusual talent, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parents’ tragic past?