Snapshots is my book review for this Saturday in the A to Z Challenge. I’ve already read a lot of titles beginning with s this year; I’m glad I continued and read this one. It helps me towards my reading goals on the Official TBR List and the Mount TBR Challenge, too.
It’s said the eyes are the windows to the soul, but that’s a lie. They are snapshots of a time yet to come–the future of the person to which they belong.
Cyclop Blaine stands out in a crowd with his pale skin and mismatched eyes, but it’s his ability to see the future that really sets him apart. The unusual gift makes him an invaluable asset to Tyler, his adoptive father and leader of the Victory Street Gang. It also means Cyclop must hide what he can do from others. Once, a man he knew only as Master controlled him, using him for experiments. Cyclop has no desire to return to that life. [Goodreads]
This is the second Patricia Lynne book I’ve read, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one, Abducted Life. The setup is interesting, and unusual, with Cyclop (no s) showing he has strange gifts (or powers) which are very useful to his gang leader ‘dad’. Most other things about ‘normal’ life he finds troubling. Then things change, and he’s back in his past nightmare, a slave to a controller in a laboratory. The secret of who he is and how he escapes are intertwined most neatly. Patricia Lynne is a master of plotting.
I didn’t feel that about halfway through. The writing excellence and the tight emotions and burgeoning love between Cyclop and Amber lulled me into a false sense of security. Suddenly the situation changed, and it felt uncommonly like Abducted Life all over again. Fortunately I persevered through the initial similarities to find that the premise was entirely different – a very different approach from any other novel I’ve read. All praise to the author for a stimulating and enjoyable, and unpredictable, book.
What about you? Read any books recently that took a swerve halfway through?