Book: The Athena Effect (The Athena Effect #1)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Published: August 30, 2012
eBook, 221 pages
I was given this book in exchange for a review from Goodreads, Read4Review.
From Goodreads: 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?
I really enjoyed this book! It was a very quick read with likable main characters. Cali was so sweet and naive. Her innocence made us sympathize with her and laugh when she was aloof to some things (like asking about what kind of dancer Crystal was). I also liked Calvin – he had a bit of the bad boy/player attitude going on, but he cared deeply for his brother. Cali brought out the best in Calvin and Calvin accepted Cali for who she was – simple enough love story, but it was well done in The Athena Effect! Getting to have both Cali and Calin’s POV was nice for this story – it was nice to see their insecurities, back stories, and to see how it all came together.
The supernatural elements to the book were interesting, but I think that the love story between Cal & Cal was more enjoyable to read. The Professor, Max, and Layla were introduced too late. To bring up another PN series, the Black Dagger Brotherhood, they have a bad group of vampire hunters who appear in every book, and we get insight of them throughout the book. In The Athena Effect, it just came too late! Although we knew there was something out looking for Cali, it was introduced too late into the story.
That being said I definitely will want to read book 2! This was a well done high school love story, and I want to see what’s up next for them. Lastly, I loved that it took place in San Francisco! (Where I currently live).