September 18, 2010

Virals by Kathy Reichs

Virals by Kathy Reichs

Recieved from Around the World Tours

A new series: “young adult forensic thrillers with a touch of fantasy”, the Viral books will feature Tory Brennan, the 14-year-old great-nephew of Reichs’ adult series character, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Tory is one of five teenagers living on an isolated island who, after a veterinary experiment goes wrong, are left with heightened powers of smell, sight and hearing, increased memory, and improved strength and speed. These powers are triggered by strong emotions and cannot be called upon at will.

I'd hoped that there would have been more fantasy then forensics in this. I have to say that I enjoy Science Fiction, which I thought this was more of, rather then what I got. Tory, the main character, had a voice that was truly commercial and annoying. (Side note: There is nothing wrong with commercial since one of favorite authors is Meg Cabot. I love her stuff, and she sells like hotcakes.) She was too self-deprecating, and almost immediately Reich finds a way to link Tory her to very popular series Bones. The brilliant niece whose father never knew she existed so of course he has no idea how to deal with her. Tory's mother is dead and thus Tory can be gone almost constantly without much parental supervision.

I didn't get far into this book, and if I didn't have to write a review for all the books I read I wouldn't have reviewed this one. It wasn't the writing, since the writing was good and as I said commercial so it appealed to me very well, but it just wasn't a book that would really appeal to me. I'm sure fans of forensic thrillers would have enjoyed this book so much more then I can.

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