This story is like one of those Russian dolls - you take off a layer, only to find another beneath it. Each layer peels away, revealing more clues, more hints, until everything is made clear. The mysteries in this book will keep you guessing and reading just to know - where did Tom put the formula?
And it isn't just the mystery that keeps you reading on. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, never quite letting the tension, the suspense, the danger ease.
One thing that surprised me about this book was how much I laughed and smiled through it. I was fully expecting the novel to be dark - and it was. But the author was just as good at bringing lighthearted moments just when you, the reader, needed them most.
I only had three complaints about the book. 1) In the past, a character in the book was arrested for statutory rape. However, according to Arizona law (Arizona 13-1405), statutory rape is "Sexual conduct with a minor to engage in sexual intercourse with someone under age 18." That means, since one party was 16 and one party was 14, both would be guilty of statutory rape and the parents wouldn't be able to bring charges against the boy without consequently bringing charges against their daughter as well. 2) I've worked in restaurants before and restaurants never let employees go on break at 12:30pm, right in the middle of lunch rush. Not to mention, restaurants routinely work on five-six hour shifts. This because they don't have to give breaks to minors and it breaks the average restaurant's day into two shifts. A "double shift" is generally 8-10 hours. 3) At one point, she mentions flash drives being hidden in object far too thin to hold them. This took me out of the story momentarily.
All in all, this was a good book, a good read, that kept me engaged with the characters, the plot, and the mystery straight to the end.
Tania Westing, a high school senior, is one of the Gifted Ones, descendants of an ancient family with seven special powers. Some of the powers are common, and some are rare.
Until her geneticist brother Tom was murdered, Tania lived an ordinary life. Now hidden in her mind is a clue that will reveal Tom's research, including secret formulas to unlock all seven powers. During spring break, Tania meets and falls in love with handsome Dan Maclean. When Tania reveals her rare power to heal, the evil Gifted Ones who killed Tom suspect Tania has his research and formulas and come after her. Tania must learn to use her powers to help save Dan's sister in time to keep Tom's secrets safe.
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Carol Nicolas lives in northern Utah (USA) with her husband. A native of Canada, she attended BYU-Idaho (formerly Ricks College) and obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah USA). A teacher, mother of five, world traveler, wearer of silly socks, and fan of sci-fi/fantasy books and films, she enjoys gardening, painting, and family history research. She likes rock, pop, Celtic and classical music.
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