Title: Fear Justice
Author: C. C. Bolick
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Seventeen-year-old Rena Mason counts the days until she can leave for college. Every night her father drinks himself to sleep, leaving her to care for her younger brother. When her father is kidnapped by terrorists, her dreams of freedom become a nightmare. Stunned that her father has a history with these terrorists, Rena knows she must run or be their next victim. She learns the tough guy at school has a reason to look after her – he’s working for a government agency with the same goal as the terrorists: find a woman who disappeared eighteen years ago. Time is running out since only this woman’s special gift can save the world from a looming nuclear attack. Rena can’t trust anyone, especially not the stone-cold agent she’s falling for. Can they save the world before Rena’s feelings trap her in an agent’s fight for justice?
Rena wakes up one morning to find her father didn’t come home the night before. His drinking has spun out of control and Rena calls on the only person she trusts. She’s used to taking care of her younger brother but what happens when she graduates and leaves? She doesn’t have time to play what if, though, as she has real life issues to contend with. Her father has been abducted by terrorists and the new boy from her school is not who he appears to be. Now, she’s on the run and everything she’s ever know disappears in a puff of smoke. Who can she trust? Certainly not the agent of some secret government agency, talking about super powers, aliens and saving the world from a madman. She must be crazy because the more she’s around secret agent guy, the stronger her feelings for him grow. Can she navigate through all the lies to reach the truth? Better still, will she ever see her father and brother again?
Fear Justice is a thrilling urban fantasy filled with such emotion, I was hooked from the very first page. Like the series Roswell and the movie franchise X-Men, this is a story about discovering who you really are and how being different is a good thing. There are quite a few action scenes but they are balanced by tension-filled scenes between Rena and the agent sent to bring her in. There’re also sweet romance elements which adds a well-roundedness to the plot.
Why is this a must-read? I couldn’t stop reading it, not even when I was supposed to be asleep. I kept telling myself, only one more page and fifteen minutes later, I was still engrossed in the plot. The characters are so captivating, I wanted to hop right into the book and be right in the thick of it. The ending was satisfactory because it wasn’t a cliffhanger. I know the story continues in the next book yet some of the main conflicts were resolved.
If you’re looking for a book to lose yourself in, pick up Fear Justice. A strong heroine, lots of action and drama, plus a little romance thrown in. . . you couldn’t ask for anything more. Highly recommend!
Favorite Character/Quote: Rena. From the very beginning, I liked her. She’s got such a strong personality and every time she is confronted with an obstacle, she figures out how to work around it. Her disbelief by the “agency” and the truth her parents kept hidden is accurately portrayed and it made me love her more. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
My Rating: 5+ stars
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C.C. Bolick is the author of nine young adult books, including the Leftover Girl series and The Agency series. She grew up in a small Alabama town where she learned the best roads were always the muddiest. An engineer by day and author by night, C.C. loves to mix teenage drama with her favorite genres—romance, sci-fi, and paranormal. She writes complex stories about seemingly normal teens who learn they're anything but normal. C.C. likes her characters with big hearts, room to grow, and the strength to fight for what they believe in. If you enjoy page-turning drama, family secrets, epic love stories, and a special power or two, her books might be for you.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N