Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.
How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.
Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.
I actually found this book to be quite riveting, I read the whole book with a few hours. I enjoyed the different twist of the main character's paranormal powers interesting . It was different from other paranormal books I have read. I enjoyed that the author made up a rare birth defect that I even found myself Googling just to see if it was real.
It made sense to me that Olivia, the main female character, was embarrassed of her "problem" hand, a birth defect, and felt so alone in the world but to find out that she was not so alone and that she had powers even better.
The characters she ends up meeting all have the same kind of birth defect but in very different places. Their nicknames are humorous.
The book did take quite a few chapters to explain why the characters were under attack or why the mysterious Marcus wanted to help her but once it got there, it all made perfect sense in my mind.
There was quite a bit of cursing in the book but that did not bug me so much because I know young kids curse when they are out of earshot of their parents. The profanity could have been left out just as well and still had a good book.
The author has a wonderful writing style and I cannot wait to read the next two books which is a continuing saga of the groups journey.
Disclosure: I got a free download on Kindle for my collections. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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