by DC Hall
Twins, Kendal and Kennedi Myles are the envy of their peers with: a second string spot on the varsity football team, smartass but loyal teammates, miniature pores, and a killer spray tan. They had big plans for sophomore year, until their mother is slaughtered during a botched robbery. Forced to move with their estranged father, Kendal becomes fixated with finding their mother’s killer, while Kennedi tries to settle into life with their dad. After the discovering a trail of unsettling clues, the pair to believe their mother’s death was part of a conspiracy. As the teens’ investigation digs deeper into their mom’s enigmatic past, a mysterious agency stumbles upon them, and the twosome learns they are Cuspians—individuals gifted with supernatural abilities. Kendal and Kennedi are soon faced with the challenge of staying concealed from the shadowy organization hell-bent on enslaving powerful Cuspians while trying to solve a murder. Family secrets, bloody breadcrumbs, and deadly obsessions guide the twins through tough decisions and awful mistakes. Desperate for their lives to return to normal, the pair found normal is not written in the stars for either one of them.
***I received a copy of this book free in exchange of my honest review*****
Just finished reading ‘Cuspian’ in record time and let me tell you, I did NOT want to put this book down until the end. Both Kendal and Kennedi who are the main characters of this novel, kept me on my toes whole though their journey in figuring out their identity and the powers that were bestowed on them because of the nature of their birth. Usually, I am not so good with YA novels, but this one changed my outlook completely and I am glad I took time to read ‘Cuspian’.
Kendal and Kennedi, the twins, are introduced to us in a traumatic situation which takes place in the beginning of the novel. Their Mother, Kimberly is killed in a robbery gone bad at their house and both kids struggles to come in terms with their tragic loss. Their Mother’s best friend, Savannah offers them all her support in helping them to tolerate with the reality after Kim’s death. But Kendal and Kennedi has their own personal demons to fight too which they do relentlessly. Life is not the same without their Mom around and the twins are on the verge of a breakdown. Enter, Chancellor North, Kendal and Kennedi’s long lost Dad who insists on taking them under his wings. This doesn’t sit well with the twins as they do not have any memories of him and Kim never mentioned anything about their Dad except that they are divorced and that Chance doesn’t belong to them anymore. As far as the twins see it, their Dad chose not to have them and abandoned them long ago. So why would he be interested in taking them back so conveniently after their Mom’s death? But against their wishes, Chance bring them back with him to his place and life takes an interesting turn for them from that point on. They learn many things about their Dad who was a stranger to them until Mom’s death. In the process, they learn about their own Mom- some, hard to digest and believe and Kendal and Kennedi develop trust issues. They seem to realize that they are not who they are and the life they have lived so far does not prepare them for the life they would be living from now on. Things get more complicated when Savannah enters their life again, this time not as their Mother’s best friend but as an Agent of mysterious ‘Conservatory’ and she has only one mission- acquire the twins and hide them from the eyes of the Conservatory. Hell, why else she would plant herself in Kendal’s and Kennedi’s life by acting as their Mom’s best friend all these years? Kendal and Kennedi is shocked at Savannah’s change in demeanor and becomes wary of Chance as well since they hardly know the guy. Life gets more complicated with the introduction of more people like Tripp, Beau, Logan and Jacen.
Did things turn out well for Kendal and Kennedi at the end?
Can they evade Conservatory for whatever they are after and lead a normal life with their Dad in the town of Eureka?
What happened to Savannah? Did she succeed in ruining the twins’ life or destroyed her own in the process?
You will find answers to these questions if you read ‘Cuspian’. The author, D.C Hall has done an amazing job of keeping the suspense. The story line is fast paced and the narration sometimes gets humorous in the least expected situations which make the story even more endearing.
DC Hall is obsessed with argyle socks, the smell of books and believes he is the smartest person in the room. Granted he’s usually alone when he thinks this but it still feels good. When his nose isn’t stuck in a book, DC is usually writing or trying to teach his dog, Brooklyn, how to wash dishes (success remains elusive.) DC is from the south where the teas are sweet, distance is measured in minutes—not miles, and the skies are always Carolina blue. If you are interested in learning more about DC: Email: [email protected] Twitter | Blog | Facebook Follow the Book Tour Prize – Summer themed with nail polish, zodiac jewelry, and some other favorites of the main character