Revenge by Sonya Weiss
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**
3 ½ stars!
For almost 18 year Juliet, every day is a struggle to keep a powerful secret hidden – one that her father paid for with his life, and one that keeps her little sister Maisy hidden away for her safety. But when you got to school with the boy whose father killed your own and just so happens to of course be the King of the Supernatural race, and the secret you are keeping is so big it could chance not just your life, but all those of your “alien” Supernatural race, you tend to keep a low profile.
However, when one day said boy (and future King himself) and Probation officer Riley West saves Juliet’s life – in front of their whole class no less – against a vile enemy of the Supernatural’s know as the Tazavorn species, Juliet knows that things are about to change and fast. Especially as the Tazavorns aren’t supposed to be on earth as one bite infects a person turning them into a crazy lizard like creature that’s only goal is to kill. With the Supernatural’s very existence hinging on her secrets, and her recent “draft” into their army with Riley as her teacher, Juliet knows that her troubles are far from gone. She also knows that the only way to keep Maisy and the other half-breeds safe from the King’s edict to have them all killed to just keeps things status quo is to go along and learn all she can about the enemies within the Supernatural’s own army. But when things start going wrong and even more Tazaavorns start publicly attacking humans and Supernaturnals alike, that means that it’s up to her and Riley to get to the bottom of the attacks, as well as finding out who is ordering them. With Juliet falling for Riley, will her heart withstand the answers they are trying to figure out, or will her secret destroy them all?
While with was another “Romeo and Juliet” spin-off type story, I really thought that the alien take was a new and very creative spin on a traditional story. Some of the “selflessness” on Juliet’s part didn’t flow as well as it could have – while she did have the DNA to fix the Supernatural’s problems, it felt like she had a superhero complex, not just a serious bone to pick with the leaders. Riley maintained is broody sullenness throughout the story – which was appropriate for his character, even if he did end up with a soft spot for Juliet. I am certainly looking forward to the next book and seeing what is in store for both Juliet and her Romeo…errr, I mean Riley 🙂