Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA, Thriller
Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows true danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia’s spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there’s no one who makes her feel more normal or more special than her boyfriend, Oliver.
But when she’s jumped by a hit man, and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia’s secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees the small town, taking Oliver with her. With professional killers stalking their every move, can Oliver and Kaia protect each other long enough to uncover the mysteries of her past?
Pretty Fierce, by new to me author Kieran Scott, is a standalone thrill ride from beginning to end. The story has plenty of action, suspense, and twists to keep you entertained. The story's protagonist is Kaia Thompson, who has the backbone, courage, and training necessary to back up her moxie. (18) months ago, Kaia's world turned upside down when her parents disappeared while on a job in Mexico.
Kaia's parents, who are assassins recruited and trained by the CIA, disappeared and were presumed to be dead after a mission goes sideways. Kaia and her parents moved around constantly and stayed out of the public eye as much as possible for fear of their past catching up with them. Yet, when things go wrong, and someone catches them off guard, Kaia has no choice but to move on without her parents.
This leads Kaia to Charleston where pseudo parents Bess & Henry look after Kaia. Flash forward to the present where Kaia has found herself being a normal HS student who just happens to love skate boarding and even has her very own supportive and loving boyfriend in Oliver Lange. That is until she is knocked unconscious by a man looking for Kaia's mother. Kaia's attack is interrupted by Oliver who just happens to walk in while Kaia is being attacked and saves her life.
Kaia and Oliver's journey across country trying to stay one step ahead of those attempting to capture or kill Kaia takes up a large part of this story, but it isn’t something that can be taken out. Kaia’s attack launches a whole lot of questions. Is Kaia’s mother Elena Thompson still alive? Did she intentionally leave Kaia behind to her own devices? If so, where is her father while all of this is happening? The better question being if they are both alive, then why did they leave Kaia alone for over a year?
Oliver has his own skill set folks, so don't ignore his part in this story. You'll be sorry! I actually liked Oliver because he is genuine is his carrying for his foster brother, as well as his desire not to stand by and let bad things happen to Kaia even while she tries to push him away to save him from harm. He could give two figs about his foster parents, once of which is abusive, while the other is pretty awful. There is a bit of romance that slips through now and again, but it isn't one that overwhelms the story.
Pretty Fierce is told in flashbacks to Kaia's past, and alternates with her attempt to get to the bottom of why there are so many people chasing after her in the present. Unfortunately, because of the numerous run on words & sentences narrated by Oliver, I didn't get to enjoy this book as much I would have liked. I don't know why this copy was sent out to those who requested it with so many glaring errors. When you read Kaia's narrative, there are zero mistakes, or run on sentences, and words. Really strange. Perhaps I will try a finished copy one of these days, and just read Oliver’s POV.