Unfortunately, no matter how smoking hot the guy is, Roar comes with secrets as unnerving as his moving tattoos. And Leda doesn’t trust him.
Roar shouldn’t be drawn to the moody human girl with eyes that leave him weak in the knees. But when Leda gets shot by one of his enemies and survives, Roar finally understands why he’s drawn to her: Leda is exactly what he was sent to Earth to find. A weapon of immense power capable of saving his planet.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Leda is struggling to come to terms with the loss of her father and thanks to her mother’s complete lack of interest in her, has been taken in by relatives in Norway that she didn't even know she had. In many ways, she's just treading water until she meets Roar, the peculiar boy who works for her uncle but Roar has secrets of his own. Roar is incredibly drawn to Leda and her attitude and behaviour completely blindside him. Then one night Leda follows him home with consequences that mean Leda must be told exactly who and what Roar is.
This book really has two halves with initially the drama unfolding in Norway and then after the 'incident' everything else becomes firmly a sci-fi piece. If blunt, I'm still not sure exactly what I think. It's Ms Graham's debut with an awful lot going on and I wonder if perhaps too much transpired.
It's instant love which didn't make sense as I wanted more development. Yet this couple might or might not be able to be together romantically which confused me as I was trying to work out if it was a Star Wars or a Twilight kind of thing. No spoilers but it wasn't truly really clear so I will let you ponder on that! Romance aside I enjoyed reading about Norway but would have liked a little more as it made it different. Yes, there are aliens but again just why they are at war was very unclear; but they look like humans although obviously their technology was very advanced. The author put a lot into just what they could do with it so if space ships and high-tech equipment appeal to you, then this story had plenty of that.
This is fast paced although occasionally it seemed to stutter a bit. Yet the constant action, particularly in the latter third, kept me reading. I loved the diversity of supporting characters as not only do we have a heroine on crutches but also the author includes gay characters, a mute one and even touches on the subject of transgender. Not the normal fodder in YA but relevant to today's readers.
I'm left struggling with how I feel about this book. Ms Graham clearly has good ideas and wanted to tell an action-packed sci-fi story but even when it ends and the weapon is used, it still felt incomplete. Perhaps a different editor or even beta readers would have helped. Amazing premise, good execution and yet somehow, it's left me wanting more. I'm not sure if this is a standalone book so perhaps that's why not everything felt finished.
This voluntary review is of a copy I requested from NetGalley and my thoughts are I believe a fair expression of my opinion.