I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book, but it was addictive!! I’m always a little worried when I begin a fantasy book, because it is not my usual genre. I need the book to give me background and explain things without going on and on. This book more than delivered!! It explained in such a way that I felt I had an understanding of the characters, but also left room for me to discover more unique qualities and abilities throughout the entire book! That is so rare! Let’s begin with the book’s blurb:
When the fairies of Celtic mythology are combined with genetic engineering, youth and charisma can be sold.
The mid-twenty-first century has brought about advancements for social justice and genetic engineering. Fluid gender identity and sexuality are widely accepted in society. The scientific quest for immortality is more popular than ever. Physical appeal, however, isn’t just about youthfulness. Any researcher who discovers the secret to charisma will make millions.
During a prospective college visit to Dalhousie University, Danny and her crush, Cassidy, are invited to the home of an eerily captivating student named Taban. There Danny learns that her DNA could be used to create a form of genetic therapy to give people longer lives for a hefty price. Danny’s life is at risk because her rights to her DNA would get in the way of this plan. Cassidy vows to protect her friend. Unfortunately for the two young women, Taban has other motives.
While this book was primarily about Danny and journey to learn more about herself and her genetics, I really felt most of the characters had starring roles. We really were able to get into the heads of each character and learn quite a bit about who they are, what they can do, and how they think. I feel like I could befriend each one and that includes Donovan, who doesn’t say much.
I really loved the strong friendship between Danny and Cassidy. It was true and really could withstand anything. From the beginning it is clear that Danny is a bit immature when compared to Cassidy, but it fit perfectly within the friendship and what we learn in this book. I liked that no matter the events happening, neither friend ever doubted the other and knew they could count on each other. Isn’t that what we all hope for?!?
One of the things I love about reading is getting lost in the story and connecting with the characters. In this book I couldn’t decide who I wanted to know more about! I really loved that sexuality was completely open and acceptable in this book. Essentially, anything goes and nothing is judged. LOVE THAT! I don’t know how to explain it so it’ll make sense and not offend anyone so you are just going to have to grab it up to see for yourself! Suffice to say that nothing was predictable!
I am very happy this is only book 1 and I cannot wait to read more about these amazing characters!!
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About Cullyn Royson
Cullyn Royson is a twenty-two year old graduate of The Evergreen State College. A combination of biology classes, swimming, fencing, and martial arts helps to inspire Cullyn’s writing. As a child and teen Cullyn performed magic tricks and made balloon animals for school talent shows.
Cullyn Royson Website (she has a pretty cool blog too!)