Review: Danica

When you go on Amazon.com and look at potential books, did you know that you can find books that are completely free? If you filter the search for prices lowest to greatest, books appear that are priced $0.00. As you can imagine, I have hit this up some many times. About 80% of the books on my Kindle were free!

I read Danica a while back and completely forgot about it! When I ‘purchased’ it a couple years ago, it was free. Damn. There is nothing I love more than getting a bargain. And that is exactly what this book is. Without further ado, here is the summary:

Gretsche’s world gets turned around at the discovery of werewolves. While trying to fight them to get her friends back, she makes an even more shocking discovery about herself and her own supernatural abilities.

Yeah. That’s the actual summary. Full of f***ing detail, I know. Gosh darn it Amazon! You can do better! I wrote up my own damn summary because I am so completely pissed with this summary. I know that point is to not give away the plot, but I want more.

Here is my summary:

Nineteen year old Gretsche lives a normal life as a want-to-be party girl, alongside her friends Brent and Haley. After a night of partying goes horribly wrong, Gretsche is dragged into a world of werewolves and vampires where she must learn to decipher friend from foe. In order to save her friends, Gretsche has to learn to master herself before she can overcome her enemies.

The funny thing is that NO ONE is talking about this book. Good Lord, when I looked up the title and author, I got stats about Danica Patrick the race car driver! Needless to say, I went into this book with little expectations and little information. What I found was a lot better than I thought it was going to be.

Plot: Vampires and werewolves. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last ten years, you know of all the books that have come out about vampires and werewolves, with Twilight being the front runner of the supernatural storm. However, the author does take a new twist on this aging rhetoric which refreshes the concept a bit. Underneath it all, however, it is still the same old, same old. There are some twists and turns that I liked, but the plot was ultimately predictable. Notice I did not say bad. This book was super enjoyable and I ate it up, despite the less than outstanding content.

Characters: This is the strongest part of the book. There are some very interesting characters in this book.

Gretsche: She is the best thing about this book. She is funny, brave, smart, badass, and a really good friend. A main character must always two the line between individuality and generality, seeing as though the reader must be able to relate to the character. Gretsche is a perfect balance of the two, and I completely backed her from beginning to end.

Brent (Bear): As a character, Brent is slightly above average. I liked how funny he was during his interactions with Gretsche and his relationship with her. Other than that, nothing else stands out.

Jason: This is one conflicted character alright. Shrouded in mystery until the end of the book, Gretsche (and ultimately the reader) has no idea if he is a friend or an enemy. I was not sure how I felt about him until I mulled him over after finishing the book. And so, I can safely say that I thought he was well developed and intriguing and I wish to see more of him in a later book ( which hopefully is writen soon).

Dimitri: I can’t go into much detail about Dimitri here, since I would hit upon some serious spoiler territory. However, I can say that Dimitri is the second reason (after Gretsche, of course) to read this book. He is witty, moody, and just engaging in general.

Haley: Haley was pretty cool. Haley was Gretsche’s friend. And yeah. That’s about it.

Preston (Gretsche’s dad): He is an awesome Dad. He supports Gretsche through everything and is one of the nicest father figures I have read in literature. However, sometimes I question the realism of this. There is no way, after hearing about attacks throughout the city, and the attack of a friend, a father would willingly let his child go around to bars willy nilly where other victims had been attacked. It would be one thing if he was some aloof, asshole dad, but from the book he clearly wants the best for his daughter. Besides this nitpick, I liked Gretsche’s dad.

Writing Style: This is probably the weakest link with this book. While not terrible, the writing was kind of ‘jumpy’, meaning some scenes were incredibly detailed and some scenes were completely glossed over. This is only natural, in any book, but it did not work out so well here. This book would have seriously benefitted from an increased length; another fifty pages would have allowed some of the scenes to be fleshed out. However, the writing did improve over the course of the book, so I am looking forward to the next book (whenever it comes out). Besides that, there is nothing really to note. Overall, the writing was passable.

Cover: For some reason, there are two covers; one is pretty cool and one is decent.

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This cover is pretty good, I guess, but I like the other cover a lot better. Here is the other cover:

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Now that’s kinda badass. It has swirly shit on it, red for blood, and really interesting graphics. I love it 🙂

Final Thoughts: 

While not a masterpiece, Danica certainly deserves more notice from readers and critics alike. Christ, if Twilight made it big, why don’t more people know of this book? I don’t know. I’m just some cynical teenager.

Score:

7.4

If possible, I recommend that you pick up this book somewhere. Hey, I managed to get it for free! This book is definitely worth your time, if not your money.

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