That something new would happen At some points I even wished it was slower and would give the characters and there relationships time to develop That is on of the reasons I gave only 4 starsThe other reason I didn t feel it was a 5 star book is the fight between the different groups of lecchers I thought the war is confusing and even if it does not have to be black and white all the time I couldn t make out the motivation of the groupsIn the End I Am Looking Forward I am looking forward read the 2 book and learn about Jack Review 6WOW This is a fantastic story I loved itCaleo Anima is a wonderful character He is a warm and loving eighteen ear old boy but because of his pale skin and snow white "Hair He Is Seen As An Oddity "he is seen as an oddity is shunned by most of his peers I think this is very sad I would love to meet him in real life Maybe because I m a bit of an outcast myself I understand what he is going through Caleo is a teenager with the usual teen problems bullies being ostracised and being possibly gay However all that pales in comparison to what is about to happen He is thrust into a hidden war when he finds out that he has powers that both sides would like to use Caleo along with his cousins Jack and Jillian is thrust into an adventure full of danger and intrigueI hadn t heard of this book until I was invited to an event on Facebook for the release When I got my copy I was completely hooked from the first page It starts off with an amazing and unusual event that shocked me I struggled to put the book down after that This is a completely uniue story that pits different camps of Leeches people with special abilitiespowers against each other and humans I loved the way the story flowed It was fast paced but it didn t feel rushed I loved meeting Jack and Jillian They are fascinating characters but I must admit that Jillian came across a bit stuck up and uptight She loosened up a bit and became likeable as the story progressed Jack on the other hand I would love as a brother His sense of humour had me sniggering He s full of himself but in a completely likeable way As the story progressed I got to meet some other fascinating characters that had me wondering what their agenda was There s a friend that is an enemy and an enemy that is a friend The intrigue of that alone would have had me hooked never mind the other stuff that happened The ending has a cliffhanger that made me gasp I hate endings like this but I also love them Cliffhangers are the bane of readers such as myself The problem with them is that they make a reader want to read the next book right away I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series called Jack as soon as I canjames crawford has written an amazing story that is totally uniue and exciting I am adding this author to my Favourite Authors list and will be on the look out for of this author s work in the futureI HIGHLY recommend this book if Wicked Affairs p 2 you love paranormalscience fictionYA genres Lynn Worton Ok this book seemed good but I had this urge to go check the reviews for the other 2 books and wtfwell Idk any when I ll read this book bcs let s be sincere I M NOT A FAN of what happens in book 3view spoiler Caleo sleeps with Nolan someone gets raped in book 2 Nolan dies and other crap hide spoiler For a first time author that pubbed his own book I was impressed A few editorial errors but after I started really getting into the story those just seemed to disappear with each chapter into this facinating world that Mr Crawford has createdA 17r old that has led a hard life bc of his appearence finds out he s decsended from an ancient race that when in a life threatening situation have powers that save their lives But Caleo is born with these powers thus making him the Angel or leader of this raceSuch a great concept Add in teenage angst being in the closet about his sexuality trying not to get killed by two warring factions wanting to rule over the others and learning about a tragic past well Jane of Gowlands you have CaleoI really loved this book The emotions violence and teenage humor all balanced out to bring together a well wrote story that was fast paced but had enough downtime between the action to letou really get to know all the charactersMr Crawford has a great voice and I look forward to reading the next installment in the series Awesome cliffhanger Kimberly Hunterwwwkimmipoo38webscom Excellent book had trouble putting it down Can t wait to read book 2 This was a great people with superpowers adventure I had fun throughout the book and the last hundred pages I couldn t set it down. Gh High School Caleo has bigger problems As the search for him goes on the world is uickly 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 worrie. .
ArsI m giving it a full 3 stars because the "Premise Is Interesting And Plot "is interesting and plot goodIf The Piper in the Wind you can sort of tolerate the choppy writing the book is actually a good read for the summerIf nothing else read it just to see how awesome Nolan is teamnolan After reading the description for Caleo I thought I d be in for a great read There s a great story to the book that is great for fans of paranormal books It also has a main character who s gay Even in the modern and diverse world of today this isn t found in many books though there s a growing amount of releases to explore This was new territory for me and I was looking forward to this change from the norm While I thought the book sounded great there are aspects that fell flat for me The main thing was the writing Even with a great concept to a story the writing is what ll hook a reader I feel that while it wasn t horrible writing or anything like that it was lacking There weren t grammarspelling issues to make mention of but another round with an editor looking out for word redundancy might have been useful I found many instances where the same noun was used in one sentence then the next This felt awkward and the use of it would have felt much smoother and less repetitive The freuency of this occurrence irked meThere wasn t as much depth to the characters even the main characters I felt I wasn t getting enough to sympathize with them through all the obstacles they faced I also thought the reactionsemotions of most of the characters were unrealistic Without getting into specifics something big happens and instead of devastation and an ok now we need to man up to survive reactionthe characters feel bad for a few minutes but revert back to an almost everything s ok our lives haven t changed drastically attitudeOn the other hand there were aspects of the story that kept me intrigued until the end While I didn t feel it played out as well as it could have or expanded into for me a enjoyable storyline it still kept me reading The variety of abilities the leeches have is great There are abilities I ve never thought of before and in a culture full of superheroes and paranormal characters that s hard to come by I liked some of the characters as well especially Nolan His power was great and the complications he brought to the story were also great The way the book ends was intriguing as well making me want to see how this story will continueIn the end this was a good first novel to a series Grabbed me enough to want to read the second book crawford in my opinion has some things that could be improved or expanded on but maybe book 2 does just that I tried but this just didn t work for me The was no realism in the characters The outcast that is best friends with 2 of the coolest kidset they don t stick up for him except wait es they do The school announces the president is dead by class then tells them all to go to the auditorium to watch the news wouldn t it of been better to call them all into the auditorium and told them together And the teacher ducking into a bathroom to have a uick smoke Why played no role in the story as Caleo was already hiding in the bathroom so the teachers part was obsoleteIt did have an interesting premise The leeches theme could of carried this far but the total lack of believability in the characters and their actions le Overall rather meh Didn t particularly care for Caleo and could have used another round of editing I was looking for a urban fantasy story with a gay main character And I wasn t disappointed by this novel The fantastic element in this book doesn t feel really new People with different extraordinary powers fighting of the way those powers should be used I felt it was really similar to X Men stories even if it isn t the same and a lot of uestions about it are hopefully answers in Book 2 or 3 Nevertheless I liked the way the powers are described and work for the plotAbout the urban fantasy part well it felt like a dystopia but I still likes itAbout the gay part Well ou know that there is at least one gay character but don t expect any action apart from a lot of description of nudity Every possibility to describe someone naked or in underwear is usedI really liked the characters The main character is likable even if lacking some self confidence I really like Jack the adoptive brother of th main character who I think is the most conflicted Some side characters are somewhat stereotyped but that did not really bother meThe plot is full of events and so I could keep on reading without ever having to wait. Iceberg of problems after a mysterious stranger shows up and changes Caleo’s life foreverHidden 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 problemHe is that weaponForget making it throu. Detailed but Spoiler Free reviewHave ou ever read a book "that has a good enough Premise the characters SEEM interesting and ou are excited to read but as ou read "has a good enough Premise the characters SEEM interesting and ou are excited to read but as Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth you read writing just bothersou That would be CaleoAfter reading multiple 4 and 5 star books Caleo is 25 3 star book at best1 CharactersCaleo is the title character and the Lead CharacterAs Once is Never Enough you can see by the cover and by the premise he is a bit albino looking which of course gets him teased mercilessly However Caleo is not one to be bullied and he does have a pretty tough personality Except the things with Caleo that annoyed me were that he just believed stuff too easilySomeone tellsou that Successful Employee Communications you are a supernatural beinghe uestions it all for one sentence and suddenly is like Okay please help me He automatically just believes the first person he metwho did try to attack him was truly on his side only to discoverwait this is a bad guy He was a cool and funny character but he just made dumb decisionsJack JillianSighreally are the 2nd and third main characters Jack for most of the book was justthere I mean he was one dimensionalI assume since the 2nd book is called Jack we get it from his POV and possible development He wasn t bad but he wasn t good He is Caleo s best friendAnd Caleo s crush and that s really allou can say about him Jillian was slightly interesting She too was a bit one dimensionalbut i liked her sarcastic comebacks and wittiness She was tough but like her brother she was justthere She didn t deserve as anything really except someone to just be in the wayNolan is my FAVORITE characterHe is hot Muscular tough and he is blind but he has his own way of seeing and I loved how he was such a bad ass character that still manage to have enough vulnerability and sensitiveness He was blind but his power allowed him to see things differently He swore to protect Caleo no matter what and it became a running joke that caleo has saved his life than Nolan protected him Nolan is the best part of this book because his scenes with Caleo were intenseyou could feel the attraction on Caleo s part while wondering was Nolan merely being friendly or interested The rivalry with Jack was a bit interestingand like with Caleo anytime Nolan shared a scene with Jack he made Jack interestingThe characters are decentwith Nolan being exceptional but they just felt one dimensional and at times stupid2 The Plot WritingIt s a pretty simple PlotNothing ground breaking or uniue reallyThere are these people who are leeches who have the ability to sap the energy from other peoplethink vampires except they don t drink blood and they each have supernatural abilities Caleo s power deals with freezing things and Nolan s ability has him controlling waterCaleo is someone who is chosen and seen as the one to stop the civil war brewingHe of course has no idea about his legacy and who he is and the course of the book shows Caleo coming to terms with who he is as a person and a leech and trying to protect his family from those who want to cause him harmNo the plot is not entirely original but it sounded interestingand it was interesting Except the writing felt a bit weak It read like someone who was writing a fanfic or someone doing something for a creative writing classAny tension that was built upwas deflated a paragraph later For example Caleo and his friends suffer a terrible loss of someone close to them dyingAt what happens They are sadfor a few paragraphs It gets or less forgotten for a few pages or a chapter and then when it s time for the sad part they suddenly remember Aw this person died I am so sadThis is someone Vikings in Wales An Archaeological uest you ve known for ages and throughout the course of the bookyou go from mourning that person to making immature jokes to reminiscing about the person to picking fights becauseou re jealous our crush is talking to someone and YOU FINALLY decide it s time to mourn againThe sad part is they still never completely buried or mourned the person it was just a wasteAnd this happened uite a bit A character could feel one way for a few paragraphs and then suddenly have a mood change only to come back to that same mood a few pages laterNo consistencyThe way the characters spoke sounded like people reading at a dress rehersal as if they were learning their lines3 OverallThe second half was DEFINITELY miles better than the first half of the bookIt isn t a bad book per se and the book was only 3it was a good read because the plot was interesting Nolan is someone i instantly liked and i loved his scenesIn fact Nolan alone scores this book 25 St. 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 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.