Jul 29, 2016

XODUS (Astralis,#1)

K.J Mcpike.
Publisher  Smashwords.
Publication Date: September 19,2015
Genre:YA Urban Fantasy
Format|Pages:  EBook|389.
 Source:  Sent E Book from Author, for review.

All Lali Yavari wanted for her sixteenth birthday was for her mom to come back. Instead, she starts flashing between realities and seeing people disappear before her very eyes. Then the unsettling Kai Awana shows up at school, and Lali soon discovers she has inherited the ability to astral project—with a surprising twist. When Kai offers to use his own unique ability to help Lali find her mother in exchange for her help on a misguided mission, she can't refuse...even if she's not quite sure she can trust him.

*Thank you to author, K.J Mcpike for sending me an electronic copy, for exchange of review * 


I had never read a book that dealt with astral projection, I have heard about though. It’s nothing like I have read before. Have you ever read a book and found yourself wondering why you didn’t read it sooner? XODUS was that novel for me. I actually hand to force myself to put it down because I got so into Lali’s story and her adventures. There wasn’t a single moment within a book where it didn’t keep my attention. It had me on the edge of my seat from start to the end. I loved how dedicated Lali was to finding her mom, how she even agreed to help someone she just met, in exchange of seeing her mom again. Lali did not give up, not once , even after she found out the truth about Kai and what happened the night that their mother left. I can’t even imagine what must been going through her mind at that moment, to find out that the person that you learned to trust, turned out to be the reason that your mother went missing to begin with. I felt the pain, the betrayal and the anger that Lali felt during that time, her emotions were so vivid that I felt them along with her. Part of me felt like I was with her. Reading XODUS had me going through roller coaster of emotions. All through the book. I wanted for her to find what she was looking for. To find her mother, to have her family together again.

Kai, I wasn’t sure how to feel about him. Actually I am still not quite sure about how I feel about him. I went back and forth how I feel about him. There was times that I couldn’t stand him because of his attitude and how he treated Lali, but there were times when I saw how much he cared about her. I could see that as time passed that he started to care about her, the way that he didn’t think that he could have. To me, it felt like it was an unexpected love, something that neither of them saw coming. That’s why my heart broke for both of them when the truth came out. I had that feeling that there was a possibility that Kai was hiding something from her, but I didn’t think it would be as big as knowing where her mother was. Especially since he knew how important it was for her, to find her and to find out what happened. I couldn’t blame her for being angry with him. She was hurt. At same time I hoped that the two of them will find a way to work things out. I knew that she missed him and I knew that she missed the way that things were between two of them before. I am curious to finds out what, if anything happens between them next.

Cover, I have no words how stunning the cover is. It’s not just colorful but it has mysterious look to it as well. If an author did not contact me about review, and I came across it, cover alone would have me picking up the book. I would wonder if there story behind that beautiful cover and once I read it, that makes sense. It fits the book perfectly. When I first came across the cover, for few minutes I could not take my eyes off it. Now that’s an imagination, Just look at it. Everything about this book, the title, the cover, the story and the characters, it was spectacular. I’m looking forward to see what K.J MCPIKE comes up with next, a book that deserves more than five stars. A book that every fantasy fan should read.


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