Publication: November 25, 2014 by Entangled Publishing
Source: Paperback copy provided by publisher, thank you!
Goodreads Summary: My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…
Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.
When hottily-hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…
This is an interesting start to a Sci-Fi romance series.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. At first, I wasn't too sure about the main character, Josie. She is super smart, especially with physics, so she makes a lot of science similes and jokes. This aggravated me at first and felt too cheesy. However, as the book went on, these jokes lessened and she grew on me. As I got to know her, I began to enjoy her humor. She is put in such a hard predicament, and I think she handles things well and realistically. There are also parts from Reid's perspective, and he's great. He is funny and charming, I really liked seeing his and Josie's interactions.
The writing is easy to read, and I appreciate the explanation it gives about these powers. Physics is one of my least favorite subjects, so I don't know if these explanations actually make scientific sense, but they made sense to me. I like that the author took the time to flesh out the Oculi powers and make them seem almost believable.
The plot fell a little flat for me. I just wasn't fully captivated by the story and got bored throughout the beginning and middle. There's a lot of Josie training and learning new information, so she is dealing with all of these revelations. There is build up for future plot developments, but not much else actually happens. Also, I do appreciate the down time for character and relationship development, but at times it was hard to keep my eyes open. The action starts at the end of the book, and there is a big plot twist, which I thought was predictable, but interesting none the less. The build up and ending got me excited for the next book, so I will definitely continue on.
If you're in the mood for a funny and light Sci-Fi read, I would recommend this.