A review by Terri Kinckner
Book description from Amazon:
Every High School has their social outcasts. The band nerds, the math geeks, the chess club, the girl that chews her hair, but at Butler High, even the creepy nose picker in the chess club is more popular than Caleo Anima. No matter what he did, his pale skin, snow white hair, and piercing blue eyes always made him an easy target. He used to think that the only way things could get worse would be if someone found out that he was gay, but that isn’t even the tip of the iceberg of problems after a mysterious stranger shows up and changes Caleo’s life forever.
Hidden amongst our society, a secret and magical race of people known as ‘Leeches’, have been engaging in civil war for decades. Both sides are desperately searching for a weapon with unlimited power that will give them the advantage they need to rule their world. This wouldn’t mean anything to Caleo, except for one problem…He is that weapon!
Forget making it through High School. Caleo has bigger problems! As the search for him goes on, the world is quickly crumbling around him. He’s now fighting for his life and the life of what little family he has left. With the help of new friends, he has little time to try and master his newly found powers as he tries to figure out who he can trust, who is trying to use him, and who just wants him dead. One wrong step and being the awkward pale outcast will be the LEAST of his worries..
My thoughts on the book:
This was a wonderful story! This book proved that family is more than blood. Jack and Jillian we as close to siblings as could be, and the very best friends Caleo could have. His grandma loved all three with everything she had. His grandma, Jack and Jillian defended and loved Caleo so much!
The whole leech idea was very cool. I loved imagining what Nolan looked like when he used his water powers, and when Caleo used his ice powers in the lake, it gave me a chuckle. It wasn’t hard for me to imagine a world full of people with the special talents the leeches had, because James Crawford effortlessly detailed them into my imagination. The discovery of Caleo’s gift, and him learning to use them was done beautifully, with him neither embracing nor rejecting his abilities. It was nice to see him grow in a realistic way.
The inner battle Caleo fought with himself about his homosexuality was a familiar one for me. I too had those issues at that age in a society that was not accepting of anything other than heterosexuality. The love and acceptance his “family” offered him warmed my heart. It took a long time for me to achieve that! His insecurities and curiosities were so true to life! I can’t say enough how impressed I am with Mr. Crawford for portraying it realistically!
The book ended with the real conflict just getting started. I can’t wait to read the next book to see what happens!
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars 🙂