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Title: Freak of Nature by Julia Crane
Series: Book 1 in the Freak of Nature series
Available formats: Currently just Ebook (paperback later)
Details: Published January 11th 2013
Source: Author sent to me in exchange for honest review.

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Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

 Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.
I don't want to be just a weapon," Kaitlyn said firmly. "I want to be a solution,"

I am a huge fan of Julia Crane's work, with writing that always flows really nicely and characters that I always get attached to, it would be hard for me to not love something she comes out with. When she warned me that Freak of Nature was different than her norm, I was a little nervous going into it.  I was worried I wouldn't like it as much as her past novels, I am happy to report though, that Freak of Nature was amazing. It may even be my new favorite novel of hers.

After reading Freak of Nature I can easily say I will be looking into reading some more cyborg novels. The whole idea of being half human, and half robot, is well, awesome. Kaitlyn is a weapon, and she is not to be messed with, but what the lab that created her doesn't know about their weapon is that she still has feelings, and thoughts. Everything about this novel made me so happy, the cyborg aspect, Kaitlyn as person, the romance between Kaitlyn and Lucas, how it ended, the alternating pov, everything.

Characters are one of the most important things to me when I'm reading a book, so of course I have to talk about them for a bit. Kaitlyn was an awesome character, I found myself really liking her, and worrying that she was going to be found out and shut down. I also felt really sad for her, she was having these feelings and emotions, but couldn't let anyone but Quess know about them. Moving onto Quess, she was a great best friend, she kept Kaitlyn's secrets and tried to help Kaitlyn find out who she was in her past. She was also hilarious, which is always a plus! Then there was Lucas *swoon* he was such an amazing love interest  Before he even finds out that Kaitlyn still has feelings and thoughts, he feels drawn to her and feels horrible for turning her into the robot she has become.  The romance between Lucas and Kaitlyn was romantic and steamy and I cannot wait to see where it goes in the next installment! (There was also a new character added in to the mix at the very end of Freak of Nature who of which I am VERY curious about!)

Freak of Nature was a great quick read, I would say my only complaint about it was that I wish it would've gone more in depth on some things, and I wish it would've been a longer story. Thankfully though this is just the first book in the series, so I believe the future books will be even better!
Overall I would recommend Freak of Nature to anybody looking for an awesome quick read, something unique, and something that has a good romance. I enjoyed Freak of Nature immensely and am really looking forward to the next installment, I believe since this is just the introduction book, that the next one will be even more suspenseful and exciting, and hopefully steamy! 

Check out my reviews of Julia Crane's other books here


Unknown said...

Thank you for being a part of the tour and taking the time to read and reveiw Freak of Nature. I really appreciate all your support!

Ida said...

Great review! Julia Crane's work sounds really interesting.

Unknown said...

Thank you for doing the tour!

Janie said...

I absolutely adore the cover art and it's what initially drew me in. The synopsis sounded really interesting and I've been hearing lots of good things about it :)

Pabkins said...

I think thats what some people are scared will happen when they check the donate organs box to place the sticker on their license haha.
Pabkins @ My Shelf Confessions

Shane @ItchingforBooks said...

oh ma gosh, i love that cover. great review. thanks to you i'm convinced the story is just as awesome as the artwork :)

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