Monday, April 1, 2013

Review: Bloom



By A.P. Kensey


Both are at your fingertips.

Chosen individuals have been gifted with extraordinary abilities in order to restore balance to the world—a balance that suffers amidst endless chaos.

HAVEN KINCAID is almost eighteen. After moving away from her friends before the start of her senior year, she struggles to fit in at her new school. When the boy of her dreams shows interest, she finally has a chance to be normal—but Haven is more different than she realizes. After a tragic loss and a deep betrayal, she is kidnapped by a sinister group that will do anything to extract a deadly ability she can barely control—even if they kill her in the process.

COLTON ROSS is fresh out of high school. Driven by a desire to escape his abusive father and haunted by the memory of an absent mother, he moves to New York City to start over. When a favor for his friend backfires and he ends up in jail, Colton is bailed out by a mysterious businessman who offers him the chance to strengthen his new-found power and discover the truth about his past—a truth that will set him on a quest for insatiable vengeance.

BLOOM is an action-packed fantasy adventure that tells the story of two young adults surviving in a dangerous world. As their journeys unfold and collide, they must risk their lives to defeat an evil that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Humor, Science Fiction, YA
Published: November 29, 2012
Series: N/A
Similar: Threads That Bind by Brant Williams
My Rating: 3.5 stars
This book reminded me of X-Men.  I really enjoyed the beginning and middle, but the ending was a bit shaky for me, which is why I am only giving 3.5 stars instead of 4. 
To start off, Bloom is hilarious.  I was laughing so hard!  It's not the plot that's hilarious--it's the jokes that the author's sprinkles into the story.  Like when Colton's friend, Reece, robs a CD store to get a girl to be interested in him.  If you read that part, I can guarantee you will at least giggle!
I also liked the characters, though I did not fall in love with any of them or really identify with them. I just really enjoyed reading about them. There were a couple people who thought Haven was unattached, but I didn't see it.  I thought she acted perfectly normal for someone in her situation.  Colton, however, was my favorite character.  I found his backstory and his personality very fascinating.
The story was also pretty interesting, and it was not a bad remake of other "I just found out I had powers" plots.  I was very engaged, for the most part.
But...the end. I just could not get into the action.  I really don't know why; it wasn't poorly written.  I just found it somewhat predictable and a tad unexciting. That is my only complaint about this book, but the action went on for so long that I became a bit uninterested.
This was a satisfying read, all together. I enjoyed it, and it did not fall short of my expectations.  I would recommend this to people who enjoyed X-Men. It also reminded me a bit of the movie Jumper, so if you liked that, you might like Bloom as well.

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