About the Book:
Title: The Connection
Series: The Blood-Light Trilogy
Author: Dana Claire
Release Date: November 25th, 2020
Beatrice Walker thought she lived in a normal world—that is until she learned she’s a living hostel for an alien energy source, and apparently the answer to preventing extinction. Bea has no memory of her last moments with her mother. The week they’d gone missing is a complete mystery. Suddenly moved back to her hometown with her father, Bea has rekindled her friendship with her two best friends—and seems to have caught the attention of an arrogant, yet gorgeous boy named Cash Kingston. But there’s more to Cash than his annoying attitude and good looks. Cash isn’t human, and he’s now in charge of protecting Bea from those who know what she keeps safe inside her: the energy source that once belonged to his murdered girlfriend. Tensions mount as Bea learns her energy source must be paired with the one Cash holds to protect both their planets from an imminent threat. But what Bea doesn’t realize is there’s more to her than being human a host, that her feelings for Cash are not just a prophetic plan that will save their planets, and that the fate of everything lies in her choices.
An exciting and quick-paced read, The Connection is the 1st in Dana Claire’s YA series. Beatrice is just trying to finish high school after her mom’s death in an accident she cannot remember. Back in her hometown, she finds solace in her best friends and running track. The arrival of Cash Kingston, who is gorgeous and arrogant, and his attention to her is yet another thing in her life she does not understand. But Cash is not human, he is an alien and he and his team are tasked with protecting an alien energy source. An alien energy source that is hosted by Bea, and one that used to belong to Cash’s murdered girlfriend. As Bea learns more about the reason she holds the energy, she discovers that there is more to her than just as a human host and the fate of planets are in her hands.
This was super fun and exciting! Like many YA books, it was easy to read and quickly pulled me in. I liked Bea and understood what she was going through. While I did not always agree with her choices, I could see her struggle. She had so much thrown at her, at an already trying time in her life. I also felt for her as the revelations and plot twists kept coming! As the reader, you learn most of what’s going on alongside Bea. The first couple chapters I was flying through trying to figure out what was happening! I honestly didn’t know what to think of Cash at first! He had a lot on his shoulders, but at the same time he was a bit irritating. As Bea gets to know him, it is easier to understand some of his motives. I appreciated the dual perspectives too. It was clear who was who and allowed different sides of the story to be seen.
Overall, it was a great start to the series! Upon starting it, I did not know it was part of a series, but now I am really excited to read more! I felt like I have an investment now in the story! I need to know what happens next! This was a sci-fi/fantasy YA book. It was mostly clean, though there was some cursing and a few innuendos. I think it is suitable for most teens, though I would suggest it for older ones.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.