Book Review: Opaque by Cālix Leigh-Reign

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Title: Opaque (#1 Scion Saga)

Author: Cālix Leigh-Reign

Publisher: Nnylluc Book Group LLC

Genre: Sci Fi-| Fantasy | Young Adult

Release Date: October 22, 2016

Summary from Goodreads

Highly controversial debut novel by Cālix Leigh-Reign is taking the nation by storm! For those who’ve been craving an untapped damsel-in-distress-less Sci-Fi niche – Opaque delivers in this gripping page-turner involving mutated Limbal rings,biokenretic anomalies, mental dysfunction, perplexing Russian ancestry & romance.Cālix takes us on an adventure that begins when 16 year old misanthropic Adam Caspian unknowingly reaches biokenretic puberty, and his supernatural abilities awaken to save him from his murderous intentions. His every thought revolves around the extinction of the human race until mysterious Afro-Russian Carly Wit stumbles into his English class one morning. Adam notices something otherworldly about her immediately but denies the bio-synch taking place inside of him. As he resists their blossoming love, he battles with unnatural thoughts of his mother. Discovering his origin isn’t what he’d thought, he becomes determined to peel back the layers of his lineage and unmasks a multitude of mind-bending secrets along the way.

Review

The moment I read the first sentence of the book’s prologue, I knew I would love this book. I wasn’t wrong.

The story is about how 16-year old Adam Caspian, discovers how he is not an ordinary teenager. Now, it is not everyday that I come face to face with a YA Scifi, with a very unique plot and well thought out elements. Where else have you heard the terms: biokenreyis, pyrokenreyis, or aerokinreyis? As far as I’m concerned, only in Opaque.

Other Ya Scifi novels talk about amazing super powers and such, but show very little explanation about the characters’ supernatural abilities and its origin, but not Opaque. The author explains everything about the characters’ mutations and such very clearly and very easy to understand.

Adam’s character development was done exceedingly well. Before he met Carly wit and unraveled the secrets of his past, Adam always had hateful thoughts and actions towards everybody who isn’t his mother.When Carly Wit, stepped into his life, his attraction to her seemed weird and forced at first but as his situation was gradually explained, everything made sense.

I loved how our main character is a male, contrary to other YA Scifi novels who have female protagonists who are constantly in the shadows about their unnatural abilities. It’s nice to read about how a female character is the one explaining to the male protagonist about his situation.

Another notable detail about this novel is how the author can easily switch between Adam and Carly’s point of view with ease. This just goes to show how the characters are very well done and each have a concrete personality.

Cālix Leigh-Reign’s writing style is what I loved most about this book. I lost count of how many times I stopped reading and sat in awe of the contents of the book. As I’ve said earlier, the author explains everything so clearly, and that’s not only pertaining to the characters’ supernatural abilities but as well as their emotions and actions. But I fear the amount of curse/vulgar words might not be taken well by other readers, causing them to miss out on the book’s good points.

Overall, the book was without a doubt, amazing.With a very unique and well thought out plot and individually amazing characters, plus an awesome book cover, people will definitely love this book! I would surely love to read the sequel to Adam and Carly’s adventures (which will come out next year! ).

The first book of the Scion Saga was written beautifully and I know the books following this book will follow the same track.

Rating

Plot – 25%

Characterization – 25%

Writing Style – 19%

Book Cover Relevance – 5% (I absolutely adore the book cover)

Feels – 14%

Shareability – 9%

Total – 97%

5 POTATOES

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Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

unspecified1About the Author

Cālix is the published author of the Russian-mutant, psychological Sci-Fi fantasy novel, Opaque. She’s a certified paralegal and has studied creative writing under English teacher, script writer and published author Larry Strauss. Her earliest literary inspirations include Alice Walker, Larry Strauss, VC Andrews and Stephen King. She spent a majority of her childhood in libraries and developed an intense relationship with words. She’s a member of YARWA and RWA and is currently serving as a judge for YARWA’s 2016 Rosemary Contest. She enjoys prayer, discovering the minds of those who rebel against social programming, listening to music, a great cup of coffee, exquisite ethnic cuisine, spending time with family & friends, attending movie premieres, traveling and the arts. She spends her free time in the gym, fantasizing about story plots and different ways of changing the world.

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