Wicked Sense (Singularity #1) by Fabio Bueno
Publisher: Booklings Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Overall: I read this book in a single three-hour sitting. I adored the characters and the plot was fast-paced and filled with magic and sarcastic teenagers. Although, I can’t give this book five stars, I definitely am looking forward to the sequel…or however many books there will be in this series. For despite this book’s faults, it is a damn entertaining story.
Characters: I really liked Drake, but for some reason I think that he wasn’t a very convincing male character. He screamed metro sexual to me and even his sister jabbed at his “homosexual” tendencies. Sure, I’m stereotyping but the way he spoke and the sheer amount of speech that he uttered felt feminine. I wish he was either straight up gay or a lesbian lover to Skye – rather than guy for the sake of Skye not being gay or not gay for the sake of being romantically involved with Skye. But besides that issue, I loved Drake. His sarcasm and corny one-liners made me laugh.
I liked how Skye wasn’t a meek, innocent girl. She acted older than her age – as in, she wasn’t selfish and she cared more about her family (mom) and her quest to discover the Singularity more than the teenage drama in her life. What I didn’t like about Skye is how she didn’t come off as British enough to me. I think that the author could have wrote her narrative using British English and made a much more powerful impact with her heritage. Instead we’re left with a couple of remarks about an accent and some slang words.
As far as the minor characters go, I think Boulder wavered in his character’s personality towards the end. Maybe he was making fun of Drake by mimicking Drake with overly sarcastic remarks, but it really felt out-of-place. The rest of the cast was great. Although Priscilla got around, she was as far of a contrast as the high school slut cliché as possible and I really liked her scenes with Skye. Mona doesn’t share much on-screen time but I like how much I could guess about her personality and lifestyle just from her brief interactions with her brother, Drake. Jane is instantly shifted into the villain role along with Connor but even these bad guys have a scene or two where they show a softer side.
Plot: Fast pace. There was always SOMETHING going on in the story. Every time I though that the pace might slow down and Drake/Skye might get a little romantic action – bang, someone gets hit by a tree. No, seriously. Drake gets hit by a tree. And that’s merely the first unfortunate event to befall these lovebirds. Personally, I might have to call it quits if every time I hang out with a “special someone”, we end up at the ER. Not these two. And I like how the magic is essential to the story, rather than slipped in for the sake of having something paranormal.
Ending: Yes, I guessed who the Singularity was very early in the book. But that’s okay because I liked how she/he was finally revealed at the end and the plot kept me entertained in between. Most of the plot-lines were neatly tied up at the end, but there’s a few hints about what’s to come. I imagine we will finally get to meet a certain missing family member.
Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy—the Veil.
Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye’s job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.
Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.
Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity’s immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.
Going on a date has never been harder.
For anyone who loves sarcasm, romance, and teenagers using magic on each other. How can you not love it?
I received a copy of this book as part of the Wicked Sense Blog Tour (The Readiacs Reviews) in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
(Picture and bio information borrowed from Goodreads.)
Author of YA paranormal WICKED SENSE, family man, gamer, “runner,” geek, kindle hugger, coffeeholic, SCBWIer, x-men hopeful, district 3 tribute, hufflepuff, daydreamer.
Fabio writes Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal novels. He resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and kids. When not writing or reading, he geeks out with family and friends, solidifies his reputation as the world’s slowest runner, and acts very snobbish about movies.