Book Review: Lucan
Lucan was my introduction into the wonderful world of YA Urban Fantasy. As I've mentioned before, for most of my life, I've been big on Contemporary YA, and I've never had much of an interest in fantasy. However, since reading amazing books like Rainbow Rowell's Carry On and Candace Robinson's Quinsey Wolfe, I've been much more open to fantasy as a genre, and I'm starting to really love it--and Lucan is no exception!
If anything, this book made me want to read MORE young-adult fantasy. It's so exciting, suspenseful, and emotional. I never once got bored!
Lucan follows the story of Tamzin Walker, a directionless nineteen-year-old college student, studying something she's not super passionate about (anatomy), going through the motions of a long-term relationship she's lost interest in, and growing apart from her friends. Living with her parents has also increased her tension with her parents, and it seems that the only person who's on her side anymore is her Aunt Dana.
Tamzin soon learns the reason for that--she and Dana share a gene that's been passed down through some of the women in their family: the Lucan gene, which gives them super-human powers like incredible strength and the ability to read minds.
When four girls in town are murdered by the same person--a nameless serial killer known as the Crawler--Tamzin decides she has to use her new powers to do something about it. But if she exposes her Lucan powers, she risks death by the Lucan Consillium.
First of all, I LOVE how mda accomplished the world-building in this book. All of the new rules and politics of the Lucan world could easily have been confusing, but everything made perfect sense, since we as readers discover everything along with Tamzin.
I also loved Tamzin's voice. Normally, I struggle to side with protagonists who are directionless or apathetic, but Tamzin's passion and sincerity shined through. I found myself constantly rooting for her, and understanding her struggles.
The side characters were awesome as well. My favorite was Dana, Tamzin's aunt, because she's a great mix of the "cool aunt" and a hardcore authority figure.
I won't give away any spoilers in this review, but every twist and turn in this book is AWESOME to discover! mda did a fantastic job of keeping up the suspense, revealing just a little bit of cryptic information at a time, so that we as readers would stay engaged and excited to read more.
Overall, I definitely recommend Lucan! There are two more books coming out in this trilogy, and I CANNOT WAIT to read them!!
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Highly recommended! I'll try to also get a video review for this out within the next week!