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Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Shannon Mayer
Publisher & Pages: HiJink Ink, 263 pages
My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker. When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot. I'm on the FBI's wanted list. I have a werewolf for a pet, a Witch of a best friend, and I have no need for anyone else in my life. But when a salvage starts to spin out of control, help comes from a most unexpected direction. One that is dangerously dark, brooding, and doesn't know a thing about the supernatural. One whose kisses set me on fire.
Highlight: The rapid change of scene mirrors the character being on the run.
Caution: Rylee runs around like a headless chicken.
Highlight: The action scenes replay for your enjoyment.
Caution: Repeated lines of the characters dry up faster than Rylee can run.
Intrigued by a woman on the run from the FBI, I expected to be shot with adrenaline. Unfortunately, Priceless was lacking depth of characters and the relationships they hold. Throughout the story the characters would dish out the same lines and be predictable. It seems that once the relationships were set up they were set for the rest of the book. There were great scenes but it was let down by the continuous stream of disappointing landscapes.
As an adult story I was surprised by the simplicity of the writing style which contributed to the lack of depth. It was easy enough for a twelve year old to read, but the subject matter makes the story more fit for adults. The reading experience may have been a breeze but the plot felt like it was put on hold. Rylee, the protagonist, spent most of her time finding out information and leads to her case. Rylee's time running around was pointless as nothing was learnt. Rylee is a tracker which means she has the ability to track people down. With this ability she finds stolen children for parents while keeping ahead of the FBI. The plot has potential but it was scattered and put together by tape. And it was not duct tape.
Priceless was not short on action, but the lack of description made the story dull, especially when the reader is given minimal directions to where the story is going or what purpose the main character has. However, there were some humorous arguments and lines to develop relationships. Unfortunately it never gained momentum as phrases were repeated so it did not have the same effect by the end. At times the interactions seemed forced.
There were some changes but they did not feel significant. Many pieces of the story that I thought were interesting were not expanded upon, and thus I felt a shallow void hang above me. I wanted to enjoy the book more, but due to constant let downs and actions that made me cringe it fell short.
Star Rating: 2 1/2 stars
Available in: Paperback and e-book.
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