Author: Lisa White
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: April 20th 2013
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Grace Mackay thought she was normal, a little shy maybe, but no less normal than any other struggling young waitress. But she did not know about the secretive Powers world. She did not know she was the last person on earth with the DNA needed for the Powers’ survival. And she certainly did not know her newest boyfriend, Gregory, was an Anti-Powers prince who intended to break her heart and her bones in no particular order.
But when she discovers that Ben, her best friend and unrequited former crush, is actually her secret Guardian with superhuman powers, Grace’s normal turns a little wacky. And when she learns that she has The Gift, the rare power to heal the injured and resurrect life with her touch, it is official – Grace is a weirdo even in the Powers world.
But what freaks Grace out more than all that is the fact she has feelings for Ben again – and he has feelings for her – which makes Grace’s new normal a lot more complicated.
I’ve been reading a lot of Young Adult Paranormal lately and I suppose it becomes very difficult not to constantly compare one work with the next. I worried through the first few chapters that perhaps I’d hit my limit…hit my wall so to speak. The story just didn’t grab me the same way that others had and I found Lisa White’s writing style, though adequate, to be lacking in that certain finesse that I tend to appreciate. OK I admit it…I tend to be a fan of the lyric and verbose…I’ll try not to hold that against Ms White!
Admittedly this one does start out pretty slowly and one doesn’t find any immediate way to connect with Grace, the main character. Annie her best friend actually provides a bit more interest and I daresay that Ben is a keeper from his first scene. The story is all a bit too High School Love Triangle Drama for me at the start but that may be more a case of “it’s me not you” as I am clearly no longer a young adult myself. Also for a short time, I also started to feel like I was reading a bad combination of the television programs Heroes and Alphas .
Luckily though, this aspect of the book passes and we move into the later part of the book which I came to quite enjoy. I loved how Ben takes charge and I adored meeting all of the “Misfits”! That group and their town quickly made an impression on me. I also loved the little bits of humor and pop culture that were woven in: you’ll see what I mean if you pick this one up. From that point, I connected with the book and didn’t want to put it down until I found out how it all would end.
Note: I also feel the need to say that I appreciated the fact that this book really did seem to target the young adult audience (although the characters may best fit into the New Adult age bracket.) Sadly not all YA that I read these days is something that I’d feel comfortable passing on to a pre-teen or young teen but this would be one that I’d recommend to that group without hesitation. It is sweet and romantic without stretching the limits.
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