What can I truly say? Wow. Just. Wow.
Part of me wants to leave the review at that. I'm actually certain that doing so would do one of two things: make you think I'm a complete moron who cannot string together more complex though -OR- make you want to run out and buy the book because you're wondering what left me so speechless. First, I'll give you the synopsis.
Twenty-one-year-old Reese Salt and her best friends like to party, flirt with boys, and stare at her super hot mysterious neighbor who keeps trying to tell her something in cryptic messages. She doesn't believe him, wanting to continue living her carefree life. But then things get weird when they're at a party and someone--or something--laces the party favors. Suddenly Reese is surrounded by hot guys in tactical gear, looking for her boyfriend's friend.
After that night, everything changes. The safe world Reese thought she lived in isn't so safe anymore. To take her mind off it, and to apologize for being a jealous jerk, her boyfriend Wheeler takes her on what's supposed to be a romantic getaway--until his jealous tendencies turn violent and he smashes her face, knocking her out. As if things couldn't get any worse, they wake up under attack by what Reese can only describe as monsters. Only caring about his own survival, Wheeler smashes her leg, leaving her for dead. Big mistake. Something inside her awakens, and her body goes on autopilot, literally. She finds a helicopter, and instinct takes over, flying her battered body home, and leaving Wheeler to die at the mouths of the monsters.
Reese and her friends then seek out the help of her hot neighbor, who is the leader of a training program that fights the things that go bump in the night. Reese goes to the facility in search of answers, but she ends up finding so much more. Reese learns about weapons, fighting, monsters, and most of all, herself. Then there's Oliver Steele, her trainer who becomes much more. Reese is scared to open up, afraid she'll only get hurt again.
Can Reese save the world, learn to trust her heart, and find the strength to learn about who she really is? She better. Her life depends on it.
My rating: 4.5 Stars of 5
Why not a perfect rating? My only complaints about the book are most likely due to my personal preference in regard to structure of a story. I prefer the attention grabber -- usually done by a prologue that gives a glimpse into the middle of the story followed by a beginning that disarms your defenses (i.e: it was a warm, sunny day...). That's just me, so I only took off a .25 of a star for that. I'm sure someone will ream me a new one for it, but what can I say? I only give honest reviews and prefer not to sugar coat.
The second thing I particularly did not care for was the ending. Now, I won't go giving spoilers. You won't find that here. However, the way the second to the last chapter segued I to the final chapter was a bit abrupt and crudely done. It was as if the author was in a #Fukitol mood and just wanted to end the book and get started on the next one. However, once I got into the final chapter and realized it was a different perspective/character speaking, it flowed nicely.
There were slow points in the story, but they were vital to the advancement of the plot.
On a scale of 1 - 10 for recommendation of this book, one being 'don't even touch it' and 10 being 'OMG, get this book as of yesterday', I give it a 9.