Saturday, January 7, 2012

Book Review: Human Blend by Lori Pescatore

Human Blend
Author: Lori Pescatore
Publication: CreateSpace (June 10, 2010)

Description: Escaping from them had been difficult enough, now Laney needs to keep hidden. All she wanted was to be on her own. Laney is not like other girls... she has very special abilities that set her apart from others. How or why she came about these abilities is a mystery she has yet to unfold. Haunted by memories and flashbacks of the suffering she endured at the hands of her captors, she changes her appearance and hides out in a small town. Ignoring her own warnings, she begins a relationship with a local boy. The relationship turns dangerous when the boy begins developing similar abilities. This development does not fall under the radar of the men who are trying to recapture her. A young doctor's interest is piqued when he witnesses her mysteriously curing a young child's illness. He befriends her due to his growing fascination with uncovering the true nature of her abilities, but not without harboring secrets of his own. Laney's new life falls apart when she meets a young intern that seems to have all the answers to her questions. The information sends her into a tail spin. Thoughts of going on the run once again are thwarted as those whom she was running from find her.

My Thoughts: This was an exciting and engaging story about a young woman on the run. She had been taken from her father when she was very young and raised by criminals because of her unusual powers. You see, Laney can heal by touch and she can see numbers - lottery numbers, safe combinations, the next number on the roulette wheel, etc. Seeing numbers makes her captors rich. They will do anything to keep control of her including killing anyone she befriends - horribly and right in front of her. Luke is her main captor and a more scary, sociopath would be hard to imagine. We get to see way too much of him for our comfort both in Julie's memories and in the exciting events of this story.

I don't know where she gets the courage to run. But when we meet Laney she is on the run. She reinvents herself as Julie Miller and tries to find a place in a small Eastern town. She looks no more than sixteen and she is beautiful. She is going to say that she is eighteen so that she can be considered an adult though she is actually older than that. Almost the first person she meets in the town is Austin. He is eighteen. They fall for each other - Laney (Julie) reluctantly; Austin wholeheartedly. He introduces her to his friends and they go on a series of dates that are all new experiences for Julie.

Julie also gets a job as a volunteer at a local hospital where she can use her healing gift. There she meets Dr. Eli Elsworth who has secrets of his own. He quickly recognizes that Julie is different and special and he is attracted to her too. Julie is also hit on by a couple of Austin's friends - Mark and his brother Neil. You see one other thing Julie does is cast out some sort of psychic Lure that draws men to her. She doesn't even know she is doing it.

When a new intern - Marcus - comes to town, he recognizes her as another like him. They are Human Blends which are aliens from another planet who are made by combining their DNA with human DNA. Marcus knows so many of the things Julie has been wondering about all her life but he is an extremely annoying character. He is thoughtless, cocky, rude, and abrupt.

Things really come to a head and excitement peaks when the men Julie is on the run from find her again. So many secrets are revealed and so many questions are answered. But so many questions remain. I hope they are answered in the second book of this series - Earth Blend.

At first I thought that Julie was too good to be true - beautiful, able to heal, could be rich without work. But I soon came to like her. She has a good heart and good instincts but she is definitely damaged by the mistreatment of her captors. Both Austin and Eli are interesting male characters and I can see Julie's conflict in choosing between them.

I recommend this story to readers who like paranormal romances and adventure. This one was packed with excitement. It also had a number of unusual characters not usually seen in YA paranormal fiction.

Favorite Quote:
"Me, you, Austin, we're all cousins, but not in the related by blood way that humans use. We just use the term loosely. We all come from the same planet," Marcus said.

Julie blinked. "Planet? mean...outer space, like...planet? she asked.
I received a ebook copy of this one from the author in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.

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