‘Taken by Surprise’ – Jessica Frances
Five strangers scattered across America have three things in common with each other.
One: They each have special abilities that shouldn’t be possible.
Two: They’ve all just had people try to kill them.
Three: They’ve all just been kidnapped and taken away from their home, families and friends.
Their lives will never be the same as they’re taken to a government facility and told that their abilities mean that they must train to become soldiers and fight. But are they being told the truth? Or is something more sinister going on? They must learn to trust each other and decide if they should stay on this path or run away from it. Either way there is no going back.
This is the first book that I have read by Jessica Frances and I am really glad I have had the opportunity to review this. Taken by Surprise reminded me of an action series you would find on television and I couldn’t put this one down.
The plot contains a range of elements that work together very well. When readers are first bring introduced to the different characters, the story is being narrated from their point of view. The character we first meet is Zoe and when I felt that Frances spent more time on her story, the reason why became evident later on as she continues the narrative. On the back I this, I did find myself wishing that the author had given readers more of a snapshot into the final character’s story as this bit did seem a little rushed.
As mentioned before, this books has a range of genres successfully brought together into one thrilling package. Thrilling this definitely is, as you don’t know why each of these characters are being kidnapped until much later on in the story. This is also a science-fiction story with prospects of time travel and changing the course of history. There is also a lot of romance between two characters which, at times, I found a little stifling. Whilst the feelings did make sense, it kind of moved too fast to be believable. Coupled with the fact that Zoe does come across as a weak lead character who always seemed to be crying, I found her just a little too irritating and wanted her to “man up” and get on with things.
Jessica Frances brings on plenty of unexpected twists in the plot and the story ends on a neat cliffhanger. It keeps you guessing as to what the next story will bring and I am really lucky to already have this in my hands, ready to be picked up and read! Whilst some may consider this as teenage fiction, I think this is one that older readers will enjoy. It is an easy and exciting read that keeps you guessing throughout.
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.