Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: November 2014
“Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…
Worst. Birthday. Ever.
My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…
Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.
When hottily-hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…” – Entangled
After reading the premise I was not sure if this would be a book for me, especially since YA and I have been going through a rough patch recently. But then I read the first few pages and was sold. The humour of the narrative voice is fresh, the heroine Josie is a nerdy badass (expect a backward Vulcan Salute if you eff up) and our hero Reid (famous first words: “Son of a bitch” when seeing Josie for the first time), well, rides a motorcycle (the teen girl’s definition of hot) and is trying really hard to do his job (train Josie. Not fall in love with her).
Anomaly is told from Josie’s and Reid’s POVs. I took my time with this book and it was just the right pace for me. The writing is very readable and with the climax approaching fast you can’t help but turn the pages. While the premise itself is not new (girl discovers she has superpowers and gets trained for a crucial mission against a supposedly evil organisation that is trying to take control of the world), Josie’s skillfulness and humour were really refreshing and there are still things left to be revealed at the end of this book. I am anticipating more about the conflict between the Consortium and the Resistance in the sequels, as this will be a trilogy. I definitely want to know more.
Overall, this is an action-packed, witty and romantic page-turner with nerdy humour, secrets and supernatural powers and if you are into Young Adult fiction I recommend you give it a try. Anomaly is on sale at the moment and if you are just as taken as I was after the first few pages I suggest you check it out! You can read an excerpt here.
I will definitely check out the sequel Enigma when it comes out at the end of 2015.
Stay inky! – Lena