Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Author: Kathy Reichs
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
Genre: YA Paranormal/Sci-Fi
Copy provided by: Traveling ARC Tours
Summary (via Goodreads):

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends they're a pack. They are Virals.

Why I read this: It looked like an awesome, action-filled plot. She's also a well-known adult writer and I wanted to see how this one would turn out.

Plot: Tory never imagined moving in with her father on a remote island would bring the adventures she embarks on. The only other teens that live on the island are 3 guys, who are all some sort of scientific geeks like herself. It all starts with a monkey flinging a piece of metal at her head and her curiosity that leads to revealing a long-buried murder and a new virus that will change their world forever.

With nonstop action and an intriguing mystery to uncover, I couldn't put this book down. I liked the twists that I didn't see coming and just the overall pacing of the plot. Definitely a series I will be reading every single book of. Now, the long wait for the 2nd novel begins!

Characters: I just love when you have smart characters - ones that are still normal - have crushes, don't sit around just tweaking gadgets and gizmos, but actually embark on some seriously insane adventures. Tory is still a teenage girl, although an unusual one who knows a little too much about identifying human bones and other aspects of science. I like seeing her not completely immune to the popular crowd at school - almost fitting in with them if she wanted to.

I also love the guys she hangs with on the island. They're all unique in their own way and definitely not adverse to following her insane plans. Tory is definitely a leader and I can't wait to see what's to come next.

Relatability: Anyone who has watched Bones or read that series by Kathy will be able to connect to this book. I think also anyone who loves science and paranormal elements will get a kick out of this one.

Cover Commentary: Definitely shows that this is an adventure novel. Love it.

Rating: 5/5 Roses

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  1. Love Bones. Love paranormalish things. You gave it a great review...Guess I should give it a shot then, huh? Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Great review.

    I already preordered this book and I'm very excited to read it.

  3. Awesome review! It looks like a great book!

  4. I've been hearing such great things about this book! I will have to pre-order it also! Thanks for the great review!

  5. I absolutely love Kathy Reichs and I was thrilled when I heard about Virals. I loved the book and can't wait for more in the series. Great review, glad you liked it too!

  6. Great review! I'll definitely get this one :)

  7. I'm so glad you liked this! I thought it looked good so I signed up for a book tour having not read other books by the author. Great review!

  8. I watch the show Bones occasionally but I've never read one of Riech's books. I really want to though. This one sounds interesting!

  9. Interesting! I didn't know about this book, but I have read most of her others. I have noticed though that she does seem to get ideas from popular culture memes going around. It makes her books very topical! Thanks for the great review - I definitely have to get this one!

  10. I love the TV show Bones! I'm definitely going to have to check this book out even though it's not my typical genre. Sometimes you just have to step out of the box! Thanks for the review!!

  11. I have read everything Kathy has written. I cannot wait to read VIRALS and Spider Bones, too.


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