Until now I had viewed the Null City books from a bit of a distance thinking that I don’t really do fantasy, let along urban fantasy – whatever that may mean – and I’m certainly not YA so these can’t be for me. Right? Wrong…how wrong could I be? I was hooked from the moment I read this:-
‘Hope flares each morning in the tiny flash of a second before Lette touches that first thing. And destroys it.’
Lette (short for Roulette, fabulous name!) is our heroine here and she has a pretty tough time from the moment she hits 13 and inherits the family ‘gift’ where whatever she touches each day changes form. Some days this is great, diamond rings and opals appear alongside cup cakes for example, on other days life becomes precarious when her touch causes things to levitate or explode. Lette learns to cope. She wears vinyl gloves all the time to protect others and isolates herself to live alone. Stefan arrives in her life one day encouraging her to come with him to Null City where they can live a normal life. Stefan, you see, has his own family legacy he is trying to escape from and for a brief time Lette is able to experience the blossoming of a romance. The ‘cure’ of Null City doesn’t go to plan for Lette and she has to move on making another contact with Rag, an ex-angel with boundary issues, along the way.
I can’t begin to tell you how entertaining this book is. I’ve loved Taub’s writing on her blog for a while now, it’s perceptive and witty and this book is no different. A strong, beautiful heroine (who doesn’t see herself as that) with a superpower that is both humourous and heart-breaking, an original story, handsome hero’s with their own tragic pasts, a hopeful but ultimately doomed romance and plenty of action…oh and there’s an evil cat, George, …what more could you want in a book!
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What a fabulous review, Georgia. Like you I love Barb’s blog but didn’t know if YA books would be my thing. I think after reading this I’m going to dip my toe in the water though 😀
I think if you like her writing anyway you will enjoy this! Many thanks for the comment 🙂
Really glad that you had so much enjoyment from a genre you may have passed on by. I’ve read some really good YA books myself.
Thanks for the comment Rosie – I think it’s always good to try new genres, you just never know otherwise do you!
You have NO idea how much fun it was to read this. I managed to get incredibly sick here in India, and have spent past two days in hospital (instead of exploring the beautiful southern beaches). So when my friend showed me this review, it absolutely made my day. I can’t thank you enough for all your kinds words.
I’m so pleased you enjoyed this Barb but very sorry to hear you’re ill in the middle of your fantastic adventure. I hope you get better very quickly and are able to get out and about again…and hopefully to those beaches 🙂
Thanks for this fantastic review Georgia! You caught my interest 🙂
Thanks for the comment Lily and if you take the opportunity of buying this book I hope you enjoy it 🙂
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