Select by Marit Weisenberg | Sci-Fi? Paranormal romance?? Urban fantasy?? I need help classifying this novel!

I’ll stick with paranormal romance for now, although I think this can be a mix of all three sub-genres that I mentioned above. When it comes to Paranormal Romances, I am always slightly apprehensive because (1) they can be too “honey sweet” for my taste and (2) I end up wanting more paranormal and less romance.

33830806Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?

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When I read the blurb, my thoughts were “OMG, abilities! Secrets! Supernatural stuff!” but then I finished the book and felt cheated! (it is not a good feeling, let me tell you!)

Julia Jaynes is a super-human! She is a daughter of the leader of these highly-evolved humans who live in closed community, trying their best to not get exposed.

Sounds like a great premises for some big sci-fi / urban fantasy series, right?

Wrong!

I wanted magic and instead I got romance for the entire width of the book. I wanted to know everything about the abilities and Julia’s background but instead I only received small hints here and there to keep me engaged. Honestly, I think even blurb says more about the paranormal side of the book than the actual story.

On the higher note, this plot has a lot of potential and the cliffhanger at the end made it a little bit difficult for me to decide if I wanted more. Taking into consideration that this is probably the beginning of a trilogy / series, there should be more information in the future installments.

But because I felt so cheated, I cannot give this book more than 2 stars. I enjoyed the story while it lasted but most likely I won’t be continuing with this series (If it is one). Thank you NetGalley and Charlesbridge Teen for granting my wish and providing the free ARC of this book.

My rating:
⭐⭐ / 5

It’s been a while since I read any urban fantasy / paranormal romance. If you have any recommendations in this genre, please leave them in the comments down below!

With love,

Alex

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