Review: The Athena Effect

June 26, 2013 Review 16 ★★★★½

Review: The Athena Effect
The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson
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Publisher: Self Published
Source: Author
Pages: 227
Release Date: August 30th, 2012
Series: The Athena Effect #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Caledonia has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Calvin’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.

He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic past?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


THE ATHENA EFFECT was a pleasant surprise. Unlike a few other books I read recently, I could tell I was going to enjoy this one when I was just ten pages in.

 Caledonia, or Cal for short, has grown up almost in complete isolation for the majority of her life. Her parents were a bit eccentric and protective, but for good reason. After a terrible accident kills them both, Cal is sent to live with her Aunt in a life that is completely foreign to her.

Cal is very naive to the real world, only tasting it through books. I loved how genuine she seemed and how strong she was, while keeping her innocence. I was really worried about her when she meets the love interest of the name name, Cal, because he seemed so tough. I thought he would crush her. Of course, we quickly learn that she can handle herself.


For a majority of the novel, this was closer to a contemporary romance than Sci-Fi, which worked for me because I loved the slow building relationship between the two main characters. Although I was curious about the science fiction aspects and Cal’s power, which was basically being able to read feelings through auras, the romance was enough to entertain me until the real action kicked in.

I loved the concept behind the reading auras, and how each color was connected to an emotion, it was very well done.

The minor characters that made up the story were just as great as the main characters, if not even more deep. Each had a backstory that was actually entertaining to learn about. Not a single one was one-dimensional and this was a major bonus because I love great supporting characters.

THE ATHENA EFFECT  is one of the better self-published books I have read. It was completely polished up, and read very smoothly. I was pleased at its originality and overall greatness. Plus who doesn’t love that cover? I can’t wait to read more from this author, and I highly recommend this.

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Rating Report
Overall: 4.3

16 Responses to “Review: The Athena Effect”

  1. Eve

    As soon as I saw “slow building relationship”, I knew I was going to read this book. I don’t read many self-published, because some are awfully edited and I can’t understand a thing. But if this one is as good as it seems right now, I think I’m going to enjoy it a lot!
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    • Alise

      I loved how the characters didn’t rush into anything. I am very picky about self-published for that exact reason but this one was great.

  2. Aman

    Her eyes reminds me of Katsa from Graceling, they’re so beautiful. When I saw that it was sci-fi, I didn’t think it would be for me, but I like that it’s more contemp with slow-building romance and great characters. I’ll definitely add it to mt tbr. Thanks for the awesome review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      I know! I love that cover, so pretty. Yeah, it’s kind of like the RULES in the fact that there is a big focus on romance with sci-fi/fantasy elements in the background. Altogether, it works really well :)

  3. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    I read this book last year and I remember that I enjoyed it too! I agree that it’s original and is more of a contemporary read than a sci-fi although there were some sci-fi elements-ish… Great review Alise! Glad you liked it!

    Little Book Star

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