Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Review of Token

The Token: A Breed Apart
By Natasha Rogue


Callie Michaels isn’t pretty or popular, but her singing more than makes up for all she lacks. And as long as she focuses on what’s really important, she can survive high school. But how can she focus with all the drama? Between her best friend’s odd issues and a daily dose of weirdness from the social elite, she’s starting to wonder if she’s the only normal one around.

He pulled the front door open. “That’s how it’s done.”

I rolled my eyes and made my way through the crowd that had spilled into the hall, muttering. “That’s how it’s done. Yeah? Where? In the jungle?”

“Yeah.” James’ breath on my nape sent a chill down my spine. “Something like that.”

Just as her life begins spiraling out of control, the answer comes to her in a dream. In exchange for a token of blood, a demon will give her everything she desires. She says “yes.” From that point on, she finds herself changing, becoming something far from normal. Something dangerous.

No one is what they seem—least of all her. While the supernatural creatures around her struggle to maintain their humanity, Callie slowly loses hers. She doesn’t even know what’s important anymore. Friendship, the future, love? And is there anyone who can make her care?

Source: Goodreads

My rating: 3/5

My Thoughts:

**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Demons, magi and shape-shifting giant cats is most certainly a unique combination! I enjoyed the first half of this book more than the latter, because it was rather confusing because all the supernatural aspects were bombarded in one go. Callie might be able to accept it with few questions, I on the other hand, found it harder to digest!

Another thing that semi-annoyed me was that the bad guys changed like the weather, one minute it was Nick, then Tammy, Callie’s mother and even James’ ‘pack’ weren’t the friendliest bunch. Come to think of it, wasn’t part of the demon inside Callie at one point too? So many villains, so much strange drama...

Callie’s trust in Tammy, considering everything that happened, was highly unrealistic. The girl was supposed to be her best friend and had been using Callie for god knows how many months, keeping life-threatening secrets and making deals with demons; it doesn’t exactly scream ‘trustworthy’ to me.

On the plus side, Callie and James’ chemistry was sort of cute, a little too soppy towards the end but that was to be expected. They had a jokey relationship and I did question how quickly everything returned to normal after years of not speaking to each other, but maybe these things aren’t as foreign as I thought.

The Token had an interesting concept, and although it was unrealistic many a  time, it wasn’t difficult to finish reading.
Zed (:

Favourite Quotes:

Into the basement. Down steps. Grab hammer. Drink a little more. Get nails. Convince self that plank is sturdy. Another drink.
Nail door shut.
Hope I die quickly.

James held me away from him and took my chin in a firm grip. “You listen to me. The thing that tore my throat out was not you. It is the thing we are going to find and kill, so that we can get your life back. I am not giving up on you, so don’t you dare, because if you do, you’re giving up on us both.”

Will went very still. “Or what?”
“Oh god, not again.” I moved to step between them and then just threw up my hands and turned away. “I don’t know where I signed up for a lifetime supply of testosterone, but I’d like to take myself off the list.”

Ethan made a sound of disgust and muttered under his breath. “Not sure if you two are brave, or brain-dead.”

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