Lightning Kissed by Lila Felix is a classic it’s-not-you-it’s-me situation. It had a really promising premise but the story didn’t draw me in.
Colby Evans can leap from one country to the next in a heartbeat. She can see every sunset in every time zone in the same day. She can travel across the world in a flash. She defies gravity and physics with every breath she takes. She’s tested her abilities and found them limitless.
She is the lightning. She is Lucent. And nothing can stop her.
Theodore Ramsey isn’t supposed to be able to flash like Colby. The power of travel is passed on from mother to daughter in their people. Except once in every hundred generations.
Theo is the one.
He can flash like Colby. And it makes him a target to their enemies and to himself. His abilities change everything he knows about life and throws his future into an uncertain tangent. In fact, the only thing certain in his life is the love he feels for Colby.
Their love defies time and space and has been the only constant thing in their lives since childhood. But even their infallible love will be stretched to its limits.
She will risk her life to protect him. But he will risk everything to protect them all.
I DNF’d this book at 80%. I didn’t care to read any further. In a world where I have thousands of books competing for my attention, I can’t settle in with a book that only instills lukewarm interest. With that said, I think I didn’t finish this book because of my mood and not necessarily because it wasn’t good.
The idea of being lightning is pretty unique and I enjoyed Colby’s spunky, sarcastic attitude. I even liked Theo as he struggled with coming to terms with his new abilities. I think the problem lied in that I didn’t like Colby and Theo together. She pulled the annoying I’m-leaving-you-because-it’s-dangerous card (I HATE THAT CARD. STOP USING THAT CARD, PEOPLE!) and Theo was this sad puppy dog in love with the girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day. Even though I found their relationship believable and romantic (on Theo’s side specifically, not so much with Colby), I didn’t really connect with them. The characters, primarily Colby, seemed too juvenile even for a Young Adult book, especially when she’s acting out against an authority figure.
Overall, the story didn’t grab me and I found my mind wandering as I was reading. This book just wasn’t for me.
STARS: 1 out of 5
Thanks Clean Teen Publishing for a copy in exchange for an honest review!