New from Sandra Cox, first in a Sci-Fi / Fantasy Romance series that is perfect for younger teen readers.
Love, Lattes and Mutants
From a slightly rushed beginning, where characters are brought in quickly with little introduction or background. With a few clever twists that bring some of the characters some depth beyond a more typical high school stereotype, the initial introductions are rather familiar. In fact, the first chapter is familiar to anyone that reads Teen-skewed romances.
Then we get the twists: Piper is an orphan and a mutant, experiments on her mother before she was born have resulted in her being a dolphin/human hybrid with a blow hole, a siren-like effect, irresistible to some boys with a voice that can lure men to her bidding.
Tyler is the new kid in town: enigmatic, handsome and chivalrous he is the subject of all the teen girl fantasies. His twin sister Holly is rather the opposite: annoying, meddlesome and a bit of a tag-along, she delights in being in the ‘know’. Tyler is the only one who can ‘see’ Piper’s differences, so he finds her irresistible
The moments of Piper where she is free to be herself are well created and intriguing, while most of the ‘in school’ moments are rather familiar in feel, even as the flirtation between Tyler and and Piper heats up. The ‘danger’ and the solution felt thrown together, and more than a bit too conveniently solved: starting the hints of danger from the ones who caused Piper’s mutations would have kept my interest in what happens next.
The rest of the story is a cute, if somewhat tame romance with characters that felt to be a bit younger than high school students, even as their interactions felt honest and real. Piper was a solid character with plenty of quirks beyond the blowhole, and while lattes are not necessarily chocolate, the addiction and obsession with the coffee treat adds to her character nicely. With some humor from setting and dialogue as well as a light romance mixed in, this story will please those looking for a lighthearted story.
Title: Love, Lattes and Mutants
Author: Sandra Cox
Genre: Young Adult
Published on: 17 February 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Finding love is hard, even when you aren't a mutant.
Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why...
Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn't the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn't have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.