Josie’s life is hitting an all time low when she discovers she has a secret ability that requires a lot of intense training and her mentor is a hot guy. It has the potential to make her life pretty awesome if it doesn’t get her killed first. You might guess this is science fiction for the sake of a teen romance. You might be right. Many people liked this book on Goodreads, especially charmed by the fact that the protagonist was a “geek girl,” but every geeky thing they mentioned felt very contrived to me, and I felt like someone was trying too hard to reach a certain demographic. This distracted and annoyed me a lot, so this might be a better book in your mind than mine. The publisher gave it to me in exchange for a fair review, though, so, hey, my opinion.
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…
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
While Anomaly has a lot of action and an interesting concept, I did not find it very engaging. The female protagonist is high strung and emotional, and yet is strangely detached. The male protagonist fails to ring true to me either, as he is the archetype of a tortured hero knight in shining armor generic hot guy. He would have been a lot more interesting if I hadn’t known what was going on in his mind. The plot is stretched pretty thin as well, acting as a minor backdrop to a budding romance and as an excuse for the two narrators to get close to each other. Though I did not care for the book, I’m sure many teen readers will find the characters likeable and they will enjoy reading about the insecurities both characters face as they begin to feel attraction but are unsure if it is reciprocated. The strong emotions that surge around every single incident in the entire plot will probably seem reasonable to many teenagers, as I do recall feeling that way myself back in the day. If you are a more discerning reader, you can skip this one. Language and situations are appropriate for seventh grade and up