Series: Council of Powers #1
Author: Lisa White
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Source: TLC Book Tours
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo
From the Publisher: Grace Mackay thought she was normal, a little shy maybe, but no less normal than any other struggling young waitress. But she did not know about the secretive Powers world. She did not know she was the last person on earth with the DNA needed for the Powers’ survival. And she certainly did not know her newest boyfriend, Gregory, was an Anti-Powers prince who intended to break her heart and her bones in no particular order.
But when she discovers that Ben, her best friend and unrequited former crush, is actually her secret Guardian with superhuman powers, Grace’s normal turns a little wacky. And when she learns that she has The Gift, the rare power to heal the injured and resurrect life with her touch, it is official – Grace is a weirdo even in the Powers world.
But what freaks Grace out more than all that is the fact she has feelings for Ben again – and he has feelings for her – which makes Grace’s new normal a lot more complicated.
Honestly, the most memorable thing about this book is that there was an honest to god “What’s in the box?” moment that involved decapitated heads in the box.
All I could picture in that moment of reading was Brad Pitt.
But in all seriousness, this book was good. It’s the first New Adult Paranormal book I’ve read. And what I really liked about it is that it wasn’t “erotica for young adults” which is what so many people are trying to make the NA genre.
While there may have been some small issues with the writing and continuity – overall I enjoyed the book. I read it in a single sitting. I’ve gotten to the point these days where I don’t do that anymore if I’m not enjoying it. I put it down and I go find something else to do. Life is too short to spend it reading boring books.
Gracie was the kind of character that I really like. Sure – she fell for Gregory way too fast. But that’s excusable. When Ben finally told her the truth about the world and what kinds of people were in it (humans and non humans) she didn’t just accept it. She flat out thought he was crazy. It’s not often we see that in books of this ilk. Ordinarily the MC just swoons into the boy’s arms and thanks him for saving her. Not so with Gracie. I liked that about her.
And the bit about Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, et al. being real? That was just funny stuff. Stan Lee as PR guy made me chuckle.
The only real problem with the whole thing is that the publisher’s blurb pretty much tells you the whole story from start to finish. There’s not that much left to tell apart from that up there. I mean, sure – there are the details (and you know what they say – the devil’s in the details) and you’re left wondering what Ben and Grace will do with their feelings. But really – that’s the story in a nutshell. And blurbs like that are why I hate reading publisher blurbs. This book would have been a whole lot better had I gone in not knowing half of the information I knew up front.
What Others Are Saying:
- Book Loving Mom: This wasn’t really anything new for a paranormal or super power story. You have the good guys, the bad guys, some type of council who rules over them, and someone who is the chosen one and the key to everything. Add in some romance, secrets, lies, and twists and there you have it.
- Lost in a Great Book: Discovery is a charming new adult paranormal story that treads some familiar ground but invites readers to wonder “What would my power be?”.
- Walking with Nora: It’s a perfect summer read: a bit of mystery, a bit of romance and a good plot, it will keep you turning the pages.