Circleborn, Nicholas Stephenson

The world is different than the one we’ve come to know. There are people here on Earth from all over our universe, and some of them have powers that we could never imagine. Ryan is one such young man, and his power is Blood, though he knows nothing of how to control his powers, nor what exactly he can do. He only knows it’s a big inconvenience in his life. When he’s kidnapped by some teenagers who are claiming to be part of Solomon’s Circle, he’s inclined to believe them. Especially because Eliot, the man his father had always warned them about, is after all of them. Now they must work together to not only survive but to defeat him.

Once the author was able to lay the groundwork for the story it really picked up. The chapters were laid out uniquely going back and forth between key characters of the story. When it came to the action, it was intense and page turning. There was a great twist at the end that I am sure will be explored in the next book and I am looking forward to that. If I had one gripe about the story, it would be the excessive use of such terms as “the girl” or “the man” as often it would be written 3 or 4 times in a paragraph. I think with editing, it would make it a near 5-star book and was nicely done.

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