Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ARC Review: Flying by Carrie Jones

Author: Carrie Jones
Publication: Tor Teen (July 19, 2016)

Description: New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones introduces sassy alien-hunting cheerleader Mana in Flying, the launch of a sparkling new YA Science Fiction series.
People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She's used to being coddled, being an only child, but it's hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life. As her mother's babying gets more stifling than ever, she's looking forward to cheering at the big game and getting out of the house for a while.

But that night, Mana's life goes haywire.

First, the hot guy she's been crushing on at school randomly flips out and starts spitting acid during the game. Then they get into a knockdown, drag-out fight in the locker room, during which Mana finds herself leaping around like a kangaroo on steroids. As a flyer on the cheerleading squad, she's always been a good jumper, but this is a bit much. By the time she gets home and finds her house trashed and an alien in the garage, Mana starts to wonder if her mother had her reasons for being overprotective.

It turns out, Mana's frumpy, timid mom is actually an alien hunter, and now she's missing--taking a piece of technology with her that everyone wants their hands on, both human and alien. Now her supposed partner, a guy that Mana has never met or heard of (and who seems way too young and way too arrogant to be hunting aliens), has shown up, ordering Mana to come with him. Now, on her own for the first time, Mana will have to find a way to save her mother--and maybe the world--and hope she's up to the challenge.

My Thoughts: This was a fun science fiction story. Mana is an ordinary cheerleader with an ordinary mom until the day the hottie she had been crushing on starts spitting acid and she does amazing ninja leaps to get away from him. Heading home she finds that her house has been trashed and her mom has disappeared.

When she meets China, who claims to be her mom's partner, Mana is introduced to a world of aliens and Men in Black and she doesn't know who she can or should trust. Luckily, she has the support of her best friend and potential love interest Lyle in the hunt for her mother.

This story is a race to find out what is going on and find Mana's mother before something awful happens to her. Along the way Mana learns more about herself, her world, and her best friend.

Fans of science fiction with humor will enjoy this one.

Favorite Quote:
One time I came down funky from a twist and knocked Seppie's nose with my shin, and it started bleeding all over the mat. Mrs. Bray passed out.

"Oh, don't pass out, Mrs. Bray," I say, rushing toward her.

But of course she doesn't listen. No way. Because that would be what would happen on a good day, and today is definitely not that. 
I got this ARC for review from a publicist at Tor Teen. You can buy your copy here.

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