Second Hand Stops (Moon series, #1)-Katie St. Claire
***I received this book as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to gross you out.”
“You didn’t, really. I guess it took me off guard more than anything. I mean, you are a virtual stranger. Nose licking shouldn’t happen until at least the third date.”
Maybe this is what real love is like. One minute you want nothing more than to wrap yourself in their arms, and the next minute you want to knock them upside the head with a blunt object.
Nestled in the sleepy town of Chipping Campden, England, Julia Malone has a destiny she never imagined. Forced to drink an unknown substance, her gifts begin morphing into something altogether extraordinary. A mysterious benefactor whisks her and five other orphans to New York City, and life as they know it will never be the same.
Armed with telepathy and a curious disposition, Julia sets out to make her mark as vice president of product development at Van Buren Industries. A cataclysmic secret is brewing in the labs, and has the capacity to change the world. With Claude Van Buren by her side, she never knows whether she’s in the company of family, or a lunatic on the brink of world destruction. It is a madcap journey into the lives of six unique teenagers destined for greatness one way or another.
“That’s an offer a girl can’t refuse—if you’ll both excuse me?” My hips sashay in rhythm with the clacking of stilettos on hardwood floors, and I silently thank God I’m female.
Guys will never get away with theatrical departures like that, and for the first time in my life I feel powerful.
- The cover is captivating. It’s a wonderful combination of steam punk and class. It’s bold, sassy, and mysterious. I love the shadowed eyes and the lace. Simply stunning.
- Julia Malone is one saucy vixen. She’s confident, bold, she’s unafraid to speak her mind, always thinking and questioning, she challenges the norm and embraces her feminine wiles in the funniest ways possible. Julia is hysterical, sarcastic, and has some of the best dialogue. Her internal dialogue is enough to leave you bent double, shaking with laughter. When it comes to love, Julia is a bit daft but in the cutest, most real and honest way. She’s completely endearing, the kind of smart and sincere heroine that a reader can easily identify with and support.
- One of the hardest but most essential things that really makes a book work is great dialogue and Second Hand Stops is full of vibrant, cheeky dialogue from both teens and adults. Their interactions are loose, easy and flow seamlessly. The chemistry between characters is lively and draws you in with its authenticity.
- There are just enough secrets and unanswered questions to consume you with the thirst for answers.
- The book switches perspectives. Nic’s sections are the perfect companion to Julia’s. They’re completely in sync and they don’t even realize it. It’s funny to see them struggle over the same issues and despite their ability to read minds they’re totally oblivious.
- Nic is such a guy. His personality is filled with all these charming, compassionate feelings. He’s the nicest guy and care’s deeply about Julia but sometimes you just want to smack him.
- Rowan is that sexy heart throb that’s just a little daring, the bad boy in the making. He’s older, blunt, and oh so flirty. His pursuit of Julia is steamy and yet guarded. His intentions are sketchy and there’s something off about him. The darting of his eyes, the way he touches Julia, his semi-creepy behavior will make you question everything.
- Sebastian is Nic’s dark half. He’s got some evil within him, and a harsh, domineering personality that draws you in and leaves you salivating. Sebastian is HOT but his twisted nature is as off-putting as it is attractive.
- The premise of the story is very Dickens. The notion of a benefactor with a science fiction/supernatural twist is almost a modern take on Great Expectations. The bizarre concoction the children are forced to drink, the odd side effects, the changes in personality and the lies will leave you questioning the motive of Van Buren throughout.
- THE ENDING. Never, ever saw that coming. Just incredibly shocking and eye-opening.
- There were a couple of typos here and there but nothing major.
- I’m not sure how to feel about the love square. While there’s something appealing about all the love interests and it does work, it detracts a bit from the plot.
- There are six children who take the elixir and only 3 of those children are really explored in-depth.
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Happy reading all,