Blog Tour: The Blue Effect (Renegade Heroes #1) by Rose Shababy
Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.
When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.
Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.
Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.
Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?
I was provided an ARC of this book for review on the tour hosted by Enchanted Book Promotions.
I make an effort to be largely critical of writing styles/techniques, rather than general things I don’t like about the plot. In this case, however, I have make some comments on both sides of things, as one clearly begets the other.
I felt that all of the characters were very weak and flat. In fact, the only character who felt truly developed and gave me a sense of what to expect from him was the “faceless sociopath” mentioned in the description. He at least had some depth to him. Unfortunately, he reminded me an awful lot of Sylar from Heroes, and I kept picturing Zachary Quinto.
I did not like Blue as a character. Even though her character changes throughout the book, it felt like it was forced and choppy—a classic example of telling instead of showing. Even when she supposedly had her breakthrough of being in love, I didn’t feel anything at all. And she didn’t seem to have a significant reaction to the big revelations at the end of the book. Sure, her character has some dialog to that effect, but it didn’t feel real.
I’ll grant that Shababy did a good job of giving Kasey his own unique voice, and that’s something that can often be fairly difficult. It’s a voice that is very repetitive, sometimes redundant, and entirely focused on trying to convince Blue to “have confidence.” It started to get on my nerves after the first couple of times, and was really annoying by the time we reached the point when Blue had “changed.”
The other characters seem to be either cookie cutter copies of Blue or just not present enough to really command attention.
In general, I just wasn’t impressed by the writing. Shababy utilized dialog for most of her world-building, which I generally don’t have a problem with. But it didn’t sound like her characters talking; it sounded like nothing more than continued narration that happened to have quotes around it. The main plot didn’t really get engaged until halfway through the book, and the opening scenes were bland enough that I found myself skimming—particularly since every other paragraph (on average) was about Blue feeling nothing, or seeing nothing in other people.
Overall, I wasn’t impressed. It was an interesting enough story, but I didn’t find it at all engaging.
Rose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.
Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.
Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.
If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.
Posted on August 14, 2014, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and tagged arc copy, blog tour, book reviews, books, heroes, paranormal, telekinesis, time travel, urban fantasy, YA, young adult. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.