Monday, 16 November 2015

Cipher by Aileen Erin

Title: Cipher
Series: The Shadow Ravens (#1)
Author: Aileen Erin
From: Netgalley
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi
Release Date: 31st October 2014
Challenges: 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Cipher is in hiding, as a Red Helix, her DNA is unstable and she has developed powers; an ability to manipulate electricity. Knight has worked his way to being a green and black Helix, all with the intention of finding the Red Helix that saved his life as a child; Emma. When Cipher and Knight meet in person, sparks fly (and not just the electrical kind!) and they are thrown together, having to rely on each other in order to stay one step ahead of the Seligo.

It's official. I'm an Aileen Erin addict now. Having finished what is out of her Alpha Girls series, I've been looking forward to reading Cipher, and I'm not sure why it took me so long. This was all the good bits of her writing thrown into a well developed dystopian world, quite frankly what isn't to love!

I do think that the audience for Cipher is definitely more in the mature YA category, there's nothing explicit in the book but several of the characters do swear (and more than once!) though I do think they were using swearwords at highly justifiable times.

The split POV between Cipher and Knight worked well in telling the story from various angles, as well as strengthening their relationship. Erin has a fantastic way of making a romance an integral part of the story and yet not the main focus at all. I think it's a lesson that a lot of authors, particularly those writing YA, could do with! Also no love triangle! That is awesome in itself!

There was another level of caring added as well between Cipher and her friend Mona. Though they hadn't been friends for long there was clearly a bond there that some female friends just get, and it was good to see characters having a positive female based relationship.

I loved Cipher and am excited to see what the rest of this series brings, especially as it is coming from authors that I haven't actually read yet!