Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Live and Let Psi is Kicking Butt and Taking Names (Review)

Rinnie Noelle would rather kick some creepy villain butt than go on a date. As a Psi Fighter trained in the Mental Arts, she can’t be distracted by emotion. Her nemesis, Nicolaitan, is manipulating students from her school, using them as puppets to carry out his new plan to find the infamous Morgan Girl, and he doesn’t care who becomes collateral damage in the process. People’s lives are depending on Rinnie’s ultimate focus.

But Mason Draudimon keeps slicing into her soul sharper than a Thought Saber, and her feelings for him knock her off her game with the strength of a psionic War Hammer. Mason insists on helping Rinnie take down Nicolaitan for his own reasons—to avenge his mother—and the closer they get to the truth, the more dangerous the dance between mind and heart, life and death, logic and love.
Live and Let Psi
Psi Fighters Academy #2

D.R. Rosensteel
Pub. Date: July 11, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult

Live and Let Psi is the second installment in D.R. Rosensteel’s Psi Fighter Academy series. This clean action packed mystery puts the super in superhero and proves itself to be the story to read for all aspiring crime fighters. Rinnie Noelle is not your average teenage heroine. She’s trained in the mental arts and she’s in hiding from the villainous Nicolaitan. Even if you haven’t read the debut novel of the series, Psi Another Day, you may find that this story brings readers up to date on the happenings of Rinnie’s life. Though knowing about prior events doesn’t guarantee immediately falling in love with the characters. 

It’s refreshing to come across an author who writes in the young adult genre and keeps it PG. When I think about what I would recommend to younger family members and friends, stories like this one should come to mind. Although, I would not consider a ‘clean’ story to involve a storyline about drug use, that’s also where age range and preference comes into play. It is a serious issue in the lives of young adult readers and the story doesn’t go into graphic or depressing detail. 

The story had a balance of hard hitting action and an underlying positive message, but I really couldn’t get invested in the characters. Maybe it was because I hadn’t met these characters at the beginning of their story, so whatever growth or changes they’ve made, I just wasn't able to relate. I also felt that the dialogue was slightly off kilter. There were conversations that had no substance, and came across as random bantering. I think that in a different form, like a comic book or graphic novel, the story could have been better represented. The one-liners may have worked better and not have seemed like filler for more concrete dialogue. 

Live and Let Psi didn’t live up to all of my expectations, but I can say that the quirks and quips of the Dweeb League made the reading fun. Younger readers of the young adult genre will more likely take the Psi Fighter Academy series as a guide to finally becoming that kick butt superhero of their dreams!

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