Book Review: Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

Freak of Nature is a science fiction book about a beautiful cyborg that has feelings. This isn't a new concept. It's been done before in I'robot and countless other movies and books, but Freak of Nature had aspects that made it stand out on its own. Because of this, I had high hopes for this book. I follow a lot of authors on Facebook and Twitter and Freak of Nature seemed to be popping up everywhere. So, I bought it.

The book starts out really well. The characters are well established, the plot is laid down for us, and things come of naturally. Sure, there are some things that are a little unbelievable, but it's sci-fi so it comes with the territory.

The book was fantastic, right up until about 3/4 of the way through. Things had happened, suspense had me sitting on the edge of my seat, there had been action and motivation behind the character's actions... and then everything seemed to fall apart.

It felt like the ending just dragged on and on and Julia Crane was trying to tie up everything in a neat little, happily ever after package. The problem with that is she didn't bother to really give the characters believable motivation behind their actions, and a solution was come to much too easily.

It was at this point I stopped enjoying the book, and that is very disappointing because it was a really good book.

I think if the author had taken the time to really work out her ending, it could have been great, but as it is I'd say it's sub par.  Having motivation issues in the body of the text or beginning can mostly be forgiven, but the ending is your last impression of the book and for Freak of Nature it failed.

So, I'm giving Freak of Nature 3 out of 5 stars.

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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.

*For mature teens due to some sexual content.

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About the Author

Julia Crane is the author of the YA paranormal fiction novels: Keegan's Chronicles, Mesmerized and Eternal Youth. Julia was greatly encouraged by her mother to read and use her imagination, and she's believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Julia has traveled far and wide to all the places her grandmother told her about, gaining inspiration from her journeys to places like Nepal, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Italy, France and many more. And who knows? Maybe the magical creatures she writes about are people she met along the way. Julia Crane has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Although she's spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.