Author: Aileen Erin
Series: The Shadow Ravens Book One
Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC
Release Date: October 14th 2014
In the not-too-distant future, the color of your helix tattoo shows exactly how your DNA was modified—green for super-smart scientists, black for pumped-up warriors, white for the immortal Seligo—but Cipher’s red helix is a death sentence. It’s a sign of unstable DNA, which is probably the reason she can manipulate electricity.
When she was eight years old, Cipher made the mistake of showing her uncle the tattoo. In return, he killed her parents and tried to kidnap her.
She’s been on the run ever since, and twelve long years later, Cipher is tired of hiding. Survival isn’t enough anymore. She wants her life back.
Hacking into the Citadel mainframe is a huge risk, but it pays off when she finds a database on red helixes. Before she can copy it, she loses control of her power, charring her last processor, and the only person in the Arizona Voids that can get her back online is her oldest friend, Knightly. She hasn’t seen him in person since she started running, and Knight 2.0 is fully upgraded with a six-pack and knee-melting smile.
For a girl like Cipher, trust doesn’t come easily, but Knight makes her yearn for a life she knows she can’t have, especially when every secret she reveals endangers them both.
I went into this book with an open mind. I loved the idea behind it. The DNA modification and different color tattoos to represent this was something I haven’t read about before. The fact that there were four different things that are highlighted two including super smarts and super strength, was nice. It wasn’t all about strength or smarts.
I also love the idea that the main character is a gamer with blue hair. She is smart and doesn’t let a male dominant field rule her. She will kick you ass without batting an eyelash. Also another thing that I enjoy is that while there is romance, she doesn’t completely change when it involves her. If there is one thing I don’t enjoy is reading a book and once the female has a romance, it is all Princess Peach syndrome of “Save Me, Mario!” Cipher can take care of herself thank you, the boy is just a player two in her game. It adds to her and makes her stronger all while having her smarts and independence.
Then there is the main boy, Knightly. He is absolutely adorable. At first I wasn’t too sure about him, there was a lot of shadiness involved. However, as the book goes he did what he had to do to survive. As an outside it may seem his choices are random and without a reason, but everything Knightly does has a reason. Everything is a well calculated moved as though life is a chess game to him.
While this may have been labeled as a young adult book the themes in it are purely adult. Some of the choices Cipher and Knightly make are ones I don’t know if people that are older could make. Sometimes both decisions are pure crap but they have to choose which one out of the two is the least destructive.
About the Author
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd—from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.