The Token: A Breed Apart
by Natasha Rogue
Callie Michaels isn’t pretty or popular, but her singing more than makes up for all she lacks. And as long as she focuses on what’s really important, she can survive high school. But how can she focus with all the drama? Between her best friend’s odd issues and a daily dose of weirdness from the social elite, she’s starting to wonder if she’s the only normal one around.
He pulled the front door open. “That’s how it’s done.”
I rolled my eyes and made my way through the crowd that had spilled into the hall, muttering. “That’s how it’s done. Yeah? Where? In the jungle?”
“Yeah.” James’ breath on my nape sent a chill down my spine. “Something like that.”
Just as her life begins spiraling out of control, the answer comes to her in a dream. In exchange for a token of blood, a demon will give her everything she desires. She says “yes.” From that point on, she finds herself changing, becoming something far from normal. Something dangerous.
No one is what they seem—least of all her. While the supernatural creatures around her struggle to maintain their humanity, Callie slowly loses hers. She doesn’t even know what’s important anymore. Friendship, the future, love? And is there anyone who can make her care?
This is a standalone paranormal novel.
This is the story of Callie Matthews an unpopular high school student with low self esteem. When she finally decides, (with the backing of her best friend Tammy) to approach her childhood friend, crush and the most popular boy in school James; her life changes and it might never be the same again.
This is a complex story of when we make deals without really thinking of the repercussions.
This book is high on drama. Unique in that instead of the usual Vampires and Werewolves, this book is a tale of Demons, Shape-shifting big cats and Magi. The story twists and turns and the characters have both good and bad within them.
The change in Callie really is dramatic, and you along with Callie will love James and his need to protect his soul mate. It was however Tammy and Ethan's characters that I found most interesting. Tammy is forced to keep her powers on the down low as well as well as trying her best to help her best friend with a darkness that she has no control over. Ethan, well he was 2 characters rolled into one hot package. Scary and tougher than nails, he also has this hidden softer side to him that you can't help but love.
So I have to say at this point that I don't read Paranormal books (apart from the twilight series - but that's main stream so does it even count?) In all honesty I did find it confusing at times and immediately so. There was no warming up to the paranormal element, it just comes at you full force. Having no real knowledge of these type of stories, it was just a little difficult to get my head around. What I would highlight though is that the writing in terms of phrasing and the connections between characters is great. For fans of this type of storyline, I have no doubt that this is a book you will enjoy and that Natasha Rogue will be a author that you will want to read more from because of her talented penmanship.
A well crafted paranormal book with lots of drama, but one that isn't for novices of this genre.
Emma - 3.5 Crowns