Book Review: Shine #6: Raze by Tamara Grantham

In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine." Each girl's ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them.

As professional hellraisers, sisters May and Lillie Wheaton believe they’re prepared for any situation. A client hires them to find her missing daughter and it seems like just another job until they realize the lost girl is a Shine. She’s been captured by New York’s most devious gang, the Xeros. May and Lillie track down the Xeros, but are horrified to learn the gang uses Shines in violent, deadly cage fights. Too late, May and Lillie realize the Xeros are smarter than they expected and, armed with the explosive power of Shines, are incredibly powerful. The lines between ally and enemy, between sister and friend, are about to change--fatally.
Release Date: February 5, 2014
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from author
Reviewed By: Kelli
The Shine series has the neatest concept: William Bernhardt wrote the first five Shine books.  Then, he invited other authors to write future installments in the series.  Tamara Grantham is one such author and she's written Shine #6: Raze.  I think it takes a lot of courage and gumption to come behind an established author and continue their story.  I admire Grantham for taking the leap and adding her own voice to this unique series.

I broke one of my cardinal reading rules and read this book without reading its predecessors.  I was a little confused at the beginning, but Grantham provides a good explanation of who the Shines are and what they can do, so I didn't stay confused long.

I thought Raze was so well-paced.  It moved quickly without feeling rushed.  The characters were exceptionally well-developed, especially considering that Raze is a novella.  The plot was intense---seriously, the Shines fight to the death---and I couldn't put this book down once I became invested in the story.  

I was surprised by the ending and loved the shock of it.  I really enjoyed Raze and look forward to reading more from Tamara Grantham!   


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