Monday, March 3, 2014

Review: Unaware

Unaware by J.C. Spencer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Katie’s mom has made her move towns, again! This time it isn’t because of a boyfriend. Her mom has actually married this man, and now they are living in Salem and Katie must start at a new high school. She hasn’t been in any in-crowd for a while and when she discovers that the popular students at her new school like to pick on the outsiders, she quickly becomes a target. Katie doesn’t consider herself Goth, but since she has been experiencing paranormal events, she is wondering why her and what she may be. Is she a witch? Is she Fae? The only thing she does know is that she is NOT a vampire or zombie. Her crazy dreams turn into an even crazier reality when she discovers the truth about herself and the battle that has been going on around her.

Unaware is the first book in a new paranormal series. Spencer’s debut novel will delight readers well versed in faerie lore or those just starting to delve into the topic. Katie spends time investigating her unknown powers and readers are able to learn the myths and legends needed to fully enjoy the story. Readers will learn to love and root for Katie in her underdog status and will not want the mean girls in the story to get away with tormenting the undesirables. One of the reasons I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars were the adult characters at the school. Although I am sure that favoritism and blind faith are present in our schools, I find it hard to believe that on the first day of school a principal would have the conversation portrayed in this book. Other parts of the book were similarly unbelievable, but as a whole the book was great. Readers are able to enjoy a supernatural story with romance mixed together, but everything is above board without all the racy hanky panky that many YA novels are currently delivering.

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