Wendy Higgins has surprised me with her debut novel, and I am quite pleased.
At first I was a little put off by the preachy don't-take-drugs or have have sex message, but this soon faded as more secrets were revealed. I totally got into the sensory powers that Anna had. Subtle, but she already had them well tamed. Hooray for a heroine that takes her powers into her own control! Kaidan is equally hot and frustrating. I can see how Anna struggles with wanting to kiss him and punch him. I had a little trouble with his age and accent, in that it felt like Higgins had to constantly remind the reader of those two facts. Whereas if there were no British accent, then it wouldn't have mattered. They were insignificant details for the plot anyway. And the other friends - like Jay, sweet, friendly Jay - and Kaidan's freinds, were nice additions to the character pool, but also unnecessary to the plot. The story felt too overcrowded with everyone present, and far too empty with just Kaidan and Anna.
Still, I did enjoy this book. It was a quick read, despite being over 400 pages in length. Time travels pretty quickly in the story, with Anna graduating at the beginning, then blasting through summer and the new school year with lightening speed. Pick it up and give it a shot. This is a book that is sure to make you think.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars