Review: The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy / Romance
Published: August 30, 2012
Length: 221 pages
Source: author (review copy)
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“Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.

He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic past?”


It is such a unique and interesting story! Although our heroine and hero have the same name, it’s not confusing at all. The story starts off with our protagonist Cali or Cal (short for Caledonia) living her life hidden and isolated from the modern world with her parents. She’s been taught to do certain things like hunting wild animals for food and dangerous things that children don’t normally do. There is a reason why she’s been kept far away from society by her loving parents and discovering why she’s been kept is what the story’s all about.

Cali is not any ordinary teenage girl. She’s tough, she can hunt, and the coolest thing of all, she can manipulate and change people’s emotions by seeing auras on top of their heads. She loves to read and is contended with her life until a tragedy happened. I find it ironic how she’s so intelligent but innocent at the same time. That’s what fascinates our guy here Cal (short for Calvin). He’s the bad ass who doesn’t really take school seriously, rides a motorcycle, and girls fall head over heels for him. He is a senior and he’s used to girls following him, but not Cali. He finds her unique and funny and that’s why he fell in love with her – for real. He treats her different than all the other girls and Cali’s the reason why Cal’s life changed for the better. These two definitely sounds like a mismatched outfit to me. They’re completely the opposite of each other, but Derrolyn did a fantastic job of making Cal and Cal click!

The whole idea of The Athena Effect is great although I have encountered some of the ideas before, like having an evil mad scientist as the antagonist. I do find the aura thing cool and original though. I think the characters fits well in the story, but I find the story’s pace really slow. It’s only 221 pages but I felt like I was reading more than that. I found some typos as well but they’re just minor ones. If you want to try something new, funny, and adventurous, then I would recommend The Athena Effect.

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