Published: February 18th 2011
Publisher: C.A. Kunz
Genre: YA Fantasy
Cat Colvin is pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill teenager growing up in the small port town of Astoria. Sure, she is taller than average, has a mane of fiery red hair that is impossible to tame, is left handed, and has one eye that is sky blue and one that is amber, but that is where the differences end . . . unless you include the detail of her slow metamorphosis into the Childe.
We all know how difficult high school can be, and for Cat Colvin it is no different. Except for the fact she has the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times.
This first book in this coming of age fantasy series follows Cat's life through the twists and turns toward finding out what and who she really is. Come and take the plunge with Cat into a world filled with biting humor, darkness, and yes, a few life lessons as well.
The Childe is the first book in a fantasy series with a very promising future. The premise of the book is fantastic, filled with mystery in every chapter. The storyline flows so easily that I didn’t even notice when I was halfway through the book in just a couple of hours.
There were many characters, all of whom were very likeable. I love how each one of them had different personalities and I found myself laughing with Cat and her friends at some of the moments they share. The story unfolds through their high school experience and it was very believable: mean teacher, popular girl, sports, homecoming dance, etc.
Of course there is a handsome boy, Ryan, who unfortunately hangs out with the bully and villain of the school. Cat melts when he is around, but she tries to deny it at all costs. Especially because of her overprotective brother Taylor, who is always sarcastic but really cares for Cat.
I think Ryan and Taylor were my favorite characters.
There is a lot going on that the reader doesn’t know about – everything is a question – but the story unfolds a little bit every chapter and the reader will be able to figure some things out.
The only problem I had was at the end there were more questions than answers. I wished they would have revealed a little more and given closure to this part of the story.
I also hope we see more of the villains in the next book, with a little less of the high school experience, because what little we see of them shows that they are pure evil.
I can’t wait to find out more about Cat and her past and how all the answers to the questions will determine her future.
Ana Lucía Arroyave