For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?
I just finished reading Aversion, a novella by British author Kenechi Udogu and what a story it was! Gemma Green, our Bella-like heroine, has been sheltered and taught to wield her special mankind-saving powers by her single father for her whole life. Gemma's father has a very good reason for keeping his daughter under the radar--she's the only female Averter of disasters in modern times. This makes Gemma special, different, extraordinary. But not in a good way. After some shocking family secrets are revealed, Gemma breaks free of her assigned destiny to date Russ, the dreamy tennis player from school who is attracted to Gemma. I was honestly mesmerized from the first page. Similar to the heroine in the popular vampire/werewolf book series, Udogu's character, Gemma, is an average girl who simply wants to live her life with the school's hunk. The story will make readers believe that Gemma could be the girl-next-door who just happens to have a magical orb and can influence people with her mind. This makes for a great combination of reality and mysticism. The only time Udogu lost me was at the end. Since I don't want to spoil this awesome novella for you lovely readers, I will let you decide for yourselves whether the choices made at the finale make sense to you or not. Happy reading!!!
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
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