Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity. 

He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic past?


Genre:  paranormal, YA, romance
Rating: 3 stars

I was given this book from Derrolyn Anderson in exchange for an honest review but about a third of the way in I wondered how I was going to classify this in terms of genre. For a book that I thought that was paranormal/urban fantasy it was appearing to me to be more of a love story.
The love story which Derrolyn Anderson writes between Calendonia and Cal is endearing and sweet, yet I had hoped that the meaning of ‘the Athena effect’ and the reason for keeping Calendonia secret would have been revealed earlier.
I felt there was a lot of repetitive time spent with Calendonia wandering the streets or spent at Cal’s – Derrolyn Anderson changed Cal from bad boy stud into knight in shining armour very quickly which I found a little far-fetched but then love makes us do crazy thinks right???!!!
Calendonia started off in the woods as the all out hard girl – hunting, skinning animals and being independent, if naive. After the loss of her parents and subsequent move to the city she initially retains her innocence and continues to carry a knife (!) but she loses her edge and relies more on Cal.
When the story finally becomes more focussed on the paranormal side of Caledonia’s character and she is kidnapped I was waiting for this plot line to be extended, allowing us more insight into the world of the Professor and the ‘experiments’ and Caledonia’s DNA.
I did enjoy Derrolyn Anderson’s writing and her characters. As a romance it was good story but to be placed in the paranormal genre for me it would need more substance.


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