I really wanted to love this book since I had read some rather good reviews from trusted bloggers. Plus, I had assumed that based on the lovely book cover & description, the protagonist would prove to be a unique, kick-ass heroine. Sadly, that did not happen. I found Riley to be all talk and no show. Repeatedly, she would reflects upon how she was once a total hardcore party chick that was tough as nails and lived life on the edge. She apparently lived a bit too dangerously and decided to change her reckless ways. That's all well and good, but the thing is nothing from those experiences is evident in her character. It didn't toughen her up or make her wiser. And with her slutty punk/goth attire in addition to the overuse of lame "street lingo", Riley came off to me as a total poser. Moreover, the story itself unfolded at a snail pace with lots of run-on descriptions and no action.
I love science and I love mystery stories. Hence, I was really excited to read this book based on its interesting premise. The primary thing that quickly turned me off, however, was the main character. What prevented me from connecting with her was the disjointed dichotomy to her personality and mannerisms. On one hand, she was a teenager and on the other, she was an adult. The author tried to make Tory appear very mature and a bit socially awkward while also being spunky & snarky. Unfortunately, those aspects of Tory's character just didn't blend naturally. Furthermore, in an attempt to make Tory sound more youthful, the author had her repeatedly use pop culture phrases and "teen lingo" that felt forced and a bit cringe-worthy. Another issue I had with the book was the uneven pacing & slow development of the story.
I'm always a sucker for book premises that involve the protagonist being of some kind of mixed blood and being faced with the decision of either choosing one side of his/her dual lineage or forging his/her own destiny & identity. That's why I picked this book up. However, I found myself very bored and unable to connect to the female protagonist. Furthermore, the writing seemed shallow and immature, the characters had no depth to them (and some were almost caricature-like), and the dialogue and character behaviors felt contrived and silly (not in a good way).