Icarus Series Book 1

Young Adult - Paranormal
474 Pages
Reviewed on 10/16/2015
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

Killshot (Icarus Series Book 1) by Aria Michaels is a young adult paranormal read that deals with the aftermath of a solar storm. When seventeen-year-old Liv is separated from her brother, she promises herself that the two will reunite. Her new life sucks until her friend Riley convinces her to attend a Rooftop Solar Flare Party. While her other friends stare at the lights dancing across the sky, Liv sneaks glances at Zander, the attractive boy with copper eyes and a crooked smile. But when a small flare crescendos into an intense solar storm, Liv knows she and her friends are in trouble. They seek shelter in the school's basement, but paranoia and fear set in when they realize they are on their own and no one is coming to their rescue. Each of the characters has someone or something they want to save, almost as badly as Liv wants to be reunited with her brother. But whatever dark lies out there, somehow it seems to be connected to Liv in a way that she doesn't understand.

This is a really interesting story that paranormal fans will enjoy. The characters are well written so that readers can understand what they look like as well as what they are feeling. I loved the tension built between Liv and Zander. Even though the world is crashing down around them, it was nice that the author included the human side of the story, and how attraction between two people can continue even through the worst circumstances. This made the story seem very realistic. It also helped counterbalance all of the darkness and sadness that surrounded the characters as they struggled to keep their fear and paranoia at bay. The setting was also well developed and written, so again readers have a good understanding of what the characters are going through. This really helps the reader understand the characters' motivations as well as their decision making processes.

Samantha Coville

Liv Larson's world has been torn apart in a matter of months. Her parents have both died and now her younger brother has been taken from her as they are assigned to separate foster care homes. With the desire to hate everything and hate everyone until she gets him back, Liv is surprised to have such a positive reaction to Zander, a boy who melts all her troubles away when they meet during a rooftop viewing party. And then the unimaginable happens. The solar flare that everyone is ready to view erupts into a solar storm. Radiation, intolerable heat levels and even an unidentified virus are descending on the city and Liv will have to do everything in her power to not only survive, but find her brother as well. Author Aria Michaels poses a question in her novel, Killshot: is it possible to find love and family in the darkest of times or will you melt under the pressure?

I love the good old average American town setting; too many books are focusing on different planets or worlds and it's a nice twist to see a simple USA city go terribly wrong. The solar storm idea is unique and original in the Young Adult genre and it kept me wanting to read more and more. The characters that Aria Michaels has created in Killshot are relatable, entertaining and easy to root for as they face life and death, love and loss. My only regret in this book is the usual teenage angst that can get out of hand, but it doesn't take away from the hours of nail biting adventure that lie within the pages!