Monday, 24 November 2014

Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Series: Schrodinger's Consortium, Book One
Publisher: Entangled
Format: Kindle
Published25th November 2014
Number of Pages: 400
Book: For Review*
Genre: Science-Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA
Recommended Age: 14+
Contains: Violence, Death, Swearing, Alcohol References
No Drug References
Author's Site: Tonya Kuper

Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it… 
Worst. Birthday. Ever. 

My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils.  Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died.  Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah.  But then weird things start happening…

Like I make something materialize just by 
thinking about it.

When hottily-hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes.  Like, 
everything.  Who I am.  My family.  What really happened to my brother.  Existence.  I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts.  Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality.  And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…

Josie's seventeenth birthday sucks – latest in a line of suckiness.  Her dad's vanished.  Her boyfriend broke up with her.  An awesome interning job fell through.  Her mom's being super protective.  And she's now the age her brother was when he died.  All in all, a great day.  Not.
But also... things keep happening.  Things that don't make sense...
And then a total hottie rolls up to school on a motor bike, sporting a tattoo just like Josie's brother had...
The hottie is called Reid.  He's come to drop a huge bomb.
Josie has powers.  She's in danger.  Bad guys are gunning for her.  Her life has been a lie.  Oh, and he's got to train her quickly – as in, before it's too late and war starts.
No pressure there.  I mean, where are the Avengers when you need them...?
I saw Anomaly on NetGalley and instantly thought: gots to have it!  From the moment I began reading, I fell totally and utterly in love.  This book...  Holy Thor!  It was freaking amazing.  I was just instantly hooked!  Anomaly was hilarious, exciting, action-packed and full of brilliant nerdy references.  Many of its elements weren't stunningly original (nerdy lead girl, former crush, snarkiness, hotness, sci-fi stuff), but when put all together, along with a whole load of awesome, the result meant Anomaly was just stunning.  It was so much fun and I loved every single second of it.  I seriously cannot recommend Anomaly enough!
Now, when dealing with awesomeness, start with the awesome characters.  And Josie was awesome.  She was nerdy, funny, clever and, if you haven't gathered by this point, awesome.  Her Star Trek, Star Wars, Big Bang Theory and Marvel comics references killed me every time.   I also loved her "I was just wired to be weird" – the girl had some brilliant snark!  Her reaction to what she really was felt so utterly believable and realistic – I mean, who deals with 'you're not quite human' and 'your life's a lie' with a happy grin?  She was brilliant and so was her development!
Reid was amazing too – and totally crushworthy!  He, too, was snarky and funny – but he was serious and motivated too.  And badass – do not forget the badassness of Reid!  He was just amazing.
Oh, and Rosie (Jeid?) was perfect too!  They were so cute, so hot and so brilliant.  I loved seeing the two of them together and just loved them!
I loved Josie's best friend Hannah as well – she was the perfect counterpoint to Oculi craziness and was really sweet and funny.  And Santos killed me too!  Oh, and I loved that Josie's mom had to use a cane, but that she hated any help.  She didn't want to be treated like she was incapable, like all disabled people (well, unless the hill is really steep...)  Go Mrs H!  Well, not really.  Mrs H was also rather cold and rational.  I was very torn about Mom…
But the writing was perfect.  Split between Reid and Josie, the action was non-stop and also funny as hell!   I loved getting both sides of the story – loved Josie's nerdiness and Reid's badassness.  Together, it was like the perfect little mix for my bookish loves!  I mean, all those geeky/dorky references... it was like dying and ending up on the Enterprise (not really, since I'm not really into Star Trek, but the dorkiness of the statement seemed fitting).  Seriously, all I needed was the mention of D&D or Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizards, Spock and I literally would've been on geekdom cloud nine!
And damn this plot was good!  I mean, oh my Star Lord!  It was fast-paced, exciting, unpredictable, and awesome.  I read this book in one sitting – that good!  I was just so hooked and so desperate to know what would happen next!  I may have seen a few plot twists coming, but there were so very many twists and turns that I was always, always hooked and on the edge of my seat.  I cannot wait for the next book in the series!  I need it so badly!
As for this world...  Oh.  My.  Thor!  It was so cool!  The whole sci-fi edge to the paranormal aspects just blew me away.  Everything felt so real – I mean, there was all kinds of science-talk, as well as mentions of scientists – all of which made these unbelievable acts of projection seem, well, believable.  And man do I want to be Oculi!
Oh, how I hearted Anomaly!  It was the perfect book to just sit and read (preferably in a single sitting) and then gush about afterwards.  I’m recommending it to all sci-fi, paranormal and Marvel lovers out there – this is not one to miss!  It’s just the most amazing, nerd-a-licious, exciting, thrilling, fun book to read and I shall be desperately waiting for my second hit of the Schrodinger’s Consortium series! 

Star Rating:
Out of 5

Read this book if you liked:
Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Slide by Jill Hathaway
Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris
Fated by Sarah Alderson
The Medusa Project or Blood Ties by Sarah McKenzie

Happy Reading
* This book was received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

** Quotes used are from a proof copy and may have been changed in the finished book


Tonya Kuper said...

Thank you SOOOOO much for this fantastic review!!!! I'm incredibly happy that you enjoyed it (& "get" my sense of humor)!!! <3

TheBookAddictedGirl said...

I loved the book so much! I can't wait for the second book! Your sense of humour is AWESOME! I loved all your geeky references and jokes more than I love Guardians of the Galaxy! Which is saying something! ;)