Author: Tracey Lee Campbell
Date: May 2011
Source: Review copy from author
Genres: Science Fiction
Aric Brennan is a whisperer - a perfectly engineered human/alien hybrid designed specifically to charm and seduce. When Lucy is stalked by his unearthly creators, she has no choice but to trust him to help her navigate a way through a horrifying reality - a reality filled with creatures which should really only exist in nightmares.
I had to wait a while before I wrote this review becuase although I truly enjoyed reading this book, I did have several issues with it that has taken me a while to put into words.
The story is about a girl called Lucy who lives with her Uncle on his farm. Her Uncle hires a new “farmhand” (I think that’s what its called) called Aric who seems to be able to read Lucy’s thoughts and is able to do other things humans shouldn’t be able to do. Needless to say he’s far from human. Before we know it, Lucy and Aric are on the run from aliens and other supernatural beings which shouldn’t exist and Lucy has to flee her old life with Aric to avoid being abducted.
I loved the concept of this story. I’m all for stories about space and aliens etc and so this was right up my street. It was refreshing to read about. And I loved our 2 main characters Lucy and Aric. Individually they were great characters. We got to find out both of their histories and secrets and this really helped to flesh them out as characters. What I wasn’t keen on was the all too familiar ‘instant falling in love’ aspect of their relationship. One minute they were getting to know each other and had only known each other for about 3 weeks and then the next minute they couldn’t live without each other and Lucy was preparing to run away with Aric to another country (albeit he was protecting her from alien abduction) and decraing their undying love for each other.
Another thing that let the book down slightly for me was the cliche(ness) of the aliens. I was expecting that when they were described they would be something different, unique. However, what we got were little grey men with big heads, large black eyes who appeared in flying saucers with blindingly bright flashing lights. It was a bit of a let down.
I could get past the little niggles like this though for the fact that the story was really really engrossing. There are some really great action scenes including, mad car chases, alien abduction, supernatural fighting and other such awsomeness! It was all there!
Ultimately I’m really glad I decided to pick this one up. The story has promise and looking forward to finding out what happens next to Lucy and Aric.