A girl with preternatural abilities struggles to maintain a relationship with her normal boyfriend under a dangerous threat of discovery.
It’s been almost a year since Julia first met and fell hard for the good-looking high school tennis athlete John. Julia is one of the Chachapuris—genetically superior humans who relocate every 20 years and hide their abilities. She ran away the same night her family disappeared, and now their leader, her father, Novak, is wanted by the FBI. Julia is lying low, dodging paparazzi and evading questions from the authorities, all while trying to keep secret John’s developing paranormal abilities. High school is over, and Julia plans to travel on tour with John, but the threat of Novak’s hunting down the couple worries Julia and it’s even possible that her proximity is dangerous to John’s health. Julia’s best friend, Angus, argues that the best thing for John is for her to stay away, so she leaves with Angus to seek answers from her birth mother. Weisenberg (Select, 2017) again juxtaposes paranormal abilities with adolescent adventure, and some fans of Book 1 will enjoy Julia and Angus’ summer road trip, while others may find the chasing of lesser subplots lacking in fresh ideas. Julia is white and John is biracial, Asian/white.
Without the anchoring backdrop of high school and the excitement of a budding romance, the sequel becomes untethered and loses steam. (Paranormal fiction. 14-18)