Author: Makenna Snow
Publisher: Champagne Book Group
Publication Date: 5. June 2017
Rating: 2./5. Stars
Diversity: PoC (black)
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Jet can talk to animals with her mind, but she gets tongue-tied with someone her own age. She can use her ancient powers to hydroshift, but she’s still figuring out how to be smooth out of the water.
Sheltered behind the palace walls, Jet trains to become queen of a secret island. All that changes when she’s forced to accept a mission she isn’t prepared for — fitting in at high school. Jet’s powers, never before tested, are pushed to their limits.
Jet learns that handling high school life is just as complicated and dangerous as the mystery that brought her there. Jet’s journey leads her to friendship, romance, and her first taste of freedom. But betrayal threatens to take all that away.
Jet faces an enemy that could cost her everything she loves. She must succeed…or die trying.
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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I requested this book because the idea of a girl being able to talk to animals and transform in water sounded really great to me. And of course, there are many of these plot points in the story, but there’s also a lot of other stuff going on.
Jet is a princess and until now she has only lived in her underwater kingdom only meeting a few people and barely anyone her own age. All that changes when her father sends her off to school, so she can learn with the common people and grow as a person. Next to the hardship of having to live up to all the royal expectations that are placed on her, plus figuring out how to deal with other teenagers, Jet also wants to figure out what happens to all the animals that have gone missing recently.
There is friendship and romance and drama and a really interesting mythology, but sadly this book didn’t fully work for me. The writing style is often quite juvenile and many characters act quite childish at times, which was quite annoying. It was also pretty predictable at times, so I wasn’t at all shocked at the big reveal in the end. There are also some really annoying rivalries between a couple of girls going on that I couldn’t understand at all? (Jet refused to go dinner with two girls on her first evening there because she was tired and after that they? just? hated her?)
On the other hand, I absolutely loved the idea of enComm and how they talked with animals, as well as the animals. I think Peppercorn was one of my favorite characters and it was certainly good that Jet has someone she knew at that school
All in all, this book sadly didn’t fully work for me, but there were still some really interesting parts in it as well.