Published by Independent on August 29th 2012
Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s 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 who shares his nickname, 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 parent’s tragic past?
Cal was so sweet, innocent and genuine that every new experience she partook in was fun to be a part of and her abilities to calm the animals and humans around her was never abused by her which made her twice as likeable.Her relationship with Calvin, a sweet boy who after the death of his mother is being led down the wrong path was compelling and lovely. The two learned so much from each other and really came to realise they were the missing part of each other’s lives that finally gave them peace and contentment.
The other characters were meh. The “bad guys” Teddy and Max were in interesting for me. While the idea of The Athena Project was interesting enough, that whole plot could have been easily sacrificed for the simple love story of a girl and boy from two different worlds. The author did such a good job of that story that by the time the subplot emerged I was frustrated and wanted to skim it rather than be immersed in it.
All in all it was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it. I’m looking forward to the sequel and I hope Cal and Calvin are in it and Layla gets a happy ending but it is the human aspect not the science that I am really looking forward to.