I love Maggie Shayne's books but this one didn't work for me . It felt like the old TV show Dark Angel with Jessica Alba. The book involves around a secret government compound that brainwashes and trains special children to be super soldiers. I liked the story line of the book but didn't like the relationship of the characters. The heroine was a strong willed , firce and strong female who was able to resited brainwashing and inspired a small up rising and Shayne paired her with who felt like your classic damsel in distress persona in male form. The hero had little to no comsence and and the nativity of a small child . Half the time I wanted to smack him upside his head to knock some sence into him. I couldn't understand who the hero was able to resit brainwashing and elude the angency for as long as him did .
I love love love, Maggie Shayne's WotN series (Wings of the Night) but these last few have turned a corner somewhere. They seem to be missing the magic that was in the in first few books I read (the first 5-8 books I believe)
The premise was good here, but the execution left a bit to be desired. The romance wasn't what I am used to from her, not enough of something (chemistry, fire, romance) for me.
I like the idea of the secret goverment compound and I think it can add a great new path for the WotN series, I just hope the next books are better than this one. Also I miss seeing the 'old guard' there was a brief walk on for a few at the end, but I would love to see more of Roland, Rhiannon, Eric, Jamie, Angel, Amber, Edge and the kids.
This should appeal to those who enjoy her Mordecai/cult mystery type series, it seemed written more along those lines than the original WoTN.