Thursday, September 5, 2013

Virals by Kathy Reichs

Genre:  YA Mystery Paranormal
Virals Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Kathy Reichs' website):
Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot-if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends- they’re a pack. They are Virals.

I was highly anticipating this novel and Kathy Reichs'  Temperance Brennan series.  But after finishing this, I think I'm oaky going without reading the series and just sticking to Bones.  Writing this review makes me want to tear a little because I can't say I loved the book like I was hoping to.

Tory Brennan is a 14-year-old teen who lives with her long lost father after her mother passes away.  She lives on a secluded island that other university scientists/workers live on.  She's a smart little cookie who's trying to keep busy on an island that doesn't have much to do.  She and her friends end up unearthing a dog tag which leads them on an adventure to find the truth.  Along the way, they discover an illegal experiment and rescue a wolfdog.  But this kind of makes them become the experiment as they become Virals.

What I really liked: the story.  It was the only thing that kept me reading, that whole who-done-it detective work.  But I didn't like Tory and couldn't connect with the people in her life.  I guess they all felt one-dimensional.  And the background setup wasn't complete enough for me.  Or maybe I'm just too nosey for this book.  Or stuff gets answered later on in the series.  All I can say is the story was good, the execution wasn't.

I wish I could say I plan on reading the next one, but I don't plan on checking it out.  I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't.  Maybe it's meant for a younger audience (this coming from a twenty-something adult who reads young adult on a regular basis)...

Challenges:  Paranormal Reading Challenge and TBR Reading Challenge

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