Title: Pretty Fierce
Author: Kieran Scott
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
Kaia has been traveling the world with her parents—who work as professional assasins—her whole life. But when the danger of their jobs catch up her parents ended up dead. Kaia has now spent the last year of her life in hiding and acting like a normal teenage girl—school, boyfriends, parties. But then when a hitman shows up not only is Kia exposed to her boyfriend Oliver, she must go on the run and uncover some mysteries about her past.
I don’t usually read a lot of like thriller style books (if that’s what you could call this), but I thought maybe I would enjoy it if it was blended with more contemporary young adult—kind of like The Conspiracy of Us, which I love. Sadly, Pretty Fierce let me down.
I think it really boiled down to the characters. The book is told in dual point of view of Kaia and Oliver. I could’ve really liked and believed the plot I think, but I just wasn’t invested in nor cared about either of those two so it didn’t matter.
Kaia has lived this life on the run with her parents being assassins. After both of them supposedly passing away she ends up at living with one of their allies and being a normal teenage girl with a boyfriend and everything—like this is compelling and has so many possibilities. But I found her to be a bit robotic both in personality and in her point of view sections. Everything that happened to her and with her parents is super emotional and traumatic but I just didn’t feel anything from her—and when she did show emotion it felt forced. I know she is used to that life but she was just to blase about everything.
Oliver is kind of the same—he is very bland. There is nothing special about him that would make me want to make him a book boyfriend. I couldn’t find anything really unique and compelling about him and his personality. And I didn’t get why he went with her. Like you are high schoolers and she had been lying to you. Obviously it wasn’t a good relationship. He had some home back story issues but that more felt like that was put in to reason his going with her.
I got through the book—I don’t think it was dnf material—but it wasn’t something I would reread or go around recommending. Even at the ending—which is supposed to be like the most climactic part—I didn’t get ramped up or anything. It was a very flat unemotional response, both in regards to the characters and my response as a reader. Pretty Fierce is available on Amazon, and you can find the author at kieranscott.net.