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Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.
Until now. Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.
I’m going to do this the way we did in elementary school, with three positives and a wish.
Positive: Maya. She’s a strong, independent girl who has interests and abilities that make her into an interesting individual. She isn’t a limp dishrag when it comes to guys and doesn’t let anyone walk all over her. She’s a genuinely caring person who looks out for her friends — both human and animal. I’m curious to know more about her and her abilities.
Positive: The setting. A remote island in Canada that’s also part of a large national park? Yes, please! A mysterious medical company and small town of locals who are fiercely protective of their island? Sign me up.
Positive: The family dynamic. Maya’s parents genuinely loved and cared for Maya and she felt the same way about them. Their relationship is a positive one, not like many YA books where the parents are neglectful or absent or, yanno, dead.
Wish: The plot’s pacing. I wish that this book had less set-up and more action. While I enjoyed getting to know Maya and all that, I came up with too many questions and not enough answers (yes, I know it’s a trilogy but surely *some* questions can be answered!). Still, it’s well-written enough to keep me intrigued, and I’ll definitely be picking up the next novel in this series.
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