Author: Kieran Scott
Publication: Sourcebooks Fire (April 4, 2017)
Description: An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat novel about a teen who, when backed into a corner, fights back, from the author of What Waits in the Woods
Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger-and she'll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia's spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there's no one who makes her feel more normal, more special, than her boyfriend, Oliver.
But when she's jumped by a hit man and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia's secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees her small town, taking Oliver with her. With hit men stalking their every move, can Kaia and Oliver protect each other long enough to uncover the mysteries of her past?
My Thoughts: PRETTY FIERCE was a fast-paced chase novel. Kaia is the daughter of two professional assassins who disappeared in Mexico on a job gone wrong leaving Kaia to take shelter with some retired colleagues of her parents. Kaia is plagued by insomnia and nightmares from being there with her parents when things went wrong. She is certain her parents are dead because she knows they wouldn't leave her alone otherwise. She finds herself attending a normal school and living a normal life for the first time which is what her last fight with her parents was about. But she didn't want a normal life at the cost of her parents.
The only one who is able to help her cope with school and the nightmares is Oliver. Oliver is a foster child who is in an abusive situation and who was abandoned by his father after watching his mother die of cancer. He has big hopes for his future with college on an athletic scholarship in his plans.
Oliver walks in on Kaia fighting off a hit man and they two go on the run to find out why hitbmen are suddenly targeting Kaia. They travel from safe house to safe house trailed by a variety of hit men. Kaia begins to believe that her mother is not dead and is determined to find and rescue her.
The story was exciting and the relationship between Kaia and Oliver is a great one. Both of them are dealing with major issues and each strengthens the other. This was an engaging story that kept me reading all the way to the ambiguous conclusion.
I took in a broken breath. "Sometimes I think you're way too mature for your own good."I got this one for review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.
"It's a gift," he replied, straight-faced. "And a burden."
I laughed. He smirked and kissed my forehead.