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Freak of Nature

Freak of Nature - Julia Crane Read it on my blog, in both English and Romanian.

Actual rating: 3.5/5

I would like to start this review by thanking Lizzy Ford, who gifted me this ebook on Amazon. Without her, I wouldn't have discovered this great series and author.

I usually know right from the start when I'm holding a good book in my hand... or a Kindle with a great ebook on the screen. I was hooked right from the very first pages. Kaitlyn is a very intriguing character, after all she's half human, half robot. The most interesting thing is that those who have created her have tried to erase all of her human personality, her memories, her entire being and her feelings. But humans don't work like that. You can't switch a button and turn off how someone is. So Kaitlyn, despite losing her memories and all, still has feelings, but she has learnt to hide them, to put on a blank look so she doesn't lose what little she has left.

Feeling is one thing, however understanding what each emotion means is another. Kaitlyn is struggling to understand why sometimes she feels like doing certain things that currently don't mean anything to her, like rolling her eyes.

"Kaitlyn reminded herself. Human emotions and reactions are nothing more than synapses firing, telling the brain what to do. For Kaitlyn, though, they weren't as strong anymore - the ghosts of feelings, just beyond her reach. But she knew they were there, and she knew she had them for Lucas - good feelings."

Luckilly for her, Quess is there to help. She knows Kaitlyn is more than a robot and I must say that the dialogues between the two are hilarious as Kaitlyn doesn't understand the slang expressions Quess uses. More interesting is the relationship Kaitlyn develops with Lucas once he learns that she still has feelings. While I think is a little unrealistic for a man to fall in love with a robot designed to be a perfect killing machine, this whole concept intrigues me. And since I got to experience the story from Kaitlyn's and Lucas' points of view, I was actually cheering for them.

Now as much as I loved the story development and characters, I was a little bothered by how simple everything ended. I think I was expecting a more dramatic turn of events, but even so, the book let me wanting for more, which is a good thing since this is a first in a series. There were a few typos that found their way into the book, but I think I can count them using my fingers, so I will not make a big deal out of it.

All in all, I highly recommend this book to all SF/Romance lovers who want to engage in a new and unique series. And since it is a quick read of only 167 pages, I think you should give it a try.