Synopses & Reviews
Chloe King was a normal sixteen-year-old girl.
She did her homework and got good grades, but she wasn't afraid to ditch class sometimes to hang out with her best friends. She slept at home, but otherwise avoided all human contact with her mom. The usual stuff.
Then she fell from San Francisco's highest tower, and her life changed. For starters, she died. And then, she woke up.
Now Chloe's life is anything but normal: Suddenly guys are prowling around her, she's growing claws, and someone's trying to kill her.
Luckily for Chloe, she still has eight lives to go.
"On the eve of her 16th birthday, Chloe King survives falling from San Francisco's Coit Tower 'with no visible injuries.' Then, other strange things happen: when a homeless man attacks her, she defeats him with expert moves even though 'she didn't know a single martial art,' she runs superhumanly fast and she grows claws ('white and sharp and curved and beautiful, just like a cat's.' She also attracts men; besides Xavier, who she makes out with at a club, she's juggling Alyec, a popular guy from school, and slightly older Brian, whom she suspects may be one of her kind. But her biggest problem: someone is hunting her. This book has all the makings of a scintillating opener for The Fallen series (even Chloe's back story about being adopted from the 'old USSR' adds intrigue), and Chloe's snide attitude can be fun. Unfortunately, the writing does not live up to the premise. Readers may have a hard time believing that Chloe would abandon sick Xavier after finding him with 'long, oozing cankers and welts, like claw marks' on his back (she flees after calling an ambulance), and a subplot about Chloe feeling ignored by her best friend pales in contrast to the heroine's supernatural changes. Even the final scene in which Chloe faces her hunter feels implausible. Still, genre fans may find this entertaining enough. The sequel, The Stolen(ISBN 0-689-86659-3), is due in September. Ages 14-up. (June) , illus. by Lori Lohstoeter. , $6.99 ISBN" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This new, edgy, girl-power suspense series begins with an introduction to Chloe King, a girl who discovers she is the descendant of an ancient warrior clan possessing feline power--on the run from those who swore to wipe out her kind. 6/04.