This girl could probably kick your butt (if she weren’t busy making out with her mentor)

This girl could probably kick your butt (if she weren’t busy making out with her mentor)

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.

Anomaly Tonya Kuper
Paperback, 301 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by Entangled Publishing

Goodreads Summary
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…

Anomaly (Schrodinger's Consortium, #1)Anomaly by Tonya Kuper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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