Genre: YA Supernatural Paranormal Fiction
My Ratings: 4/5 stars
Harper Price is the queen bee of her high school: popular, the president of all the best clubs, and on track to becoming the homecoming queen. But on the night of the dance, everything that’s made sense is her life suddenly changed. As she’s standing in the bathroom, the school’s janitor comes running in, covered in blood. Before he dies, he kisses her, transferring this incredible fighting ability from his body to her own.
Just in case that isn’t confusing enough for Harper, she quickly learns that having this power makes her the new protector of someone: David Stark, the one person in her class that she’s detested since Kindergarten. The story unfolds as Harper works on figuring out why David is so important that he needs protections from more ninja-like assassins sent to kill him.
This was definitely an interesting and highly humorous read. What makes this book stand out against other supernatural paranormal stories is the realness to it. Harper’s transformation is completely believable. Sure she wakes up with this new fighting power, but it’s her reaction to suddenly having this power that’s spot on. She’s utterly confused but strangely excited about her sudden badass status.
Harper is an entertaining main character. She needs control in every aspect of her life, which doesn’t bode well for the fact that she’s no longer in control of her body. Since the story is from her voice, the reader really get inside her mindset.
I laughed when Harper goes out in search of her Professor-X-like mentor. Her way of making sense of her new ability is to equate it to Marvel’s superheroes, which is entertaining, but let’s be honest, is probably what I would do too.
The interactions between Harper and David were the other parts of the story that I thoroughly enjoyed. They love to hate each other, and anyone can see where that plot line is headed. The dialogue between them is witty and realistic as they try to keep up this facade while acting tough in situations where they really have no idea what they’re doing. (Like trying to use a stapler as a weapon to threaten someone into submission.)
This book is a fun and light read. There’s nothing too complicated about Hawkins’ writing style. It’s sarcastic and snarky in all the right places. The combination of the witty dialogue, Harper’s internal monologue, and the intense yet realistic hand-to-hand combat scenes make for a fun read.
If you’re a fan of the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stoh, you should definitely check this book out, as there are some overlapping themes. But really, if you’re a fan of any supernatural paranormal stories, this book will be right up your alley.