Sunday, October 24, 2010

Book Review: Coffee and Fate by R.J Erbacher

Blogger's note: Minor spoilers for the book.

Val is an average college girl with a secret ability to move items with the power of her mind. Just as she is about to save the life of a police officer during a robery, an old man stops her. This man, Bud, has the power to see future events before they happen, and saving the officer's life would have led to Val's doom......

Despite the summary, I really don't get the impression that this is a superhero book. Despite having powers Bud and Val do not put on masked outfits and hunt criminals in the middle of the night. Instead this feels like more of a romance, focusing on the quieter moments between the two, such as them eating at a restaurant. Although 'romance' might not be the right word, as this isn't exactly a typical relationship, more like a teacher-student role that develops into something more.

The amount of detail is terrific, as is the general pacing of the book. Aside from the occasional head-hopping, this book is a pretty easy read. Although a few deeper and somewhat distubring themes are explored, this book is best read as the cover implies-in a coffee ship, while drinking a cup of hot mocha (or in my case, double chocolate-chip frappuccino blended creme...)

FINAL GRADE: 4 stars out of 5. This book won't be for everyone, but it is a very entertaining read.

This book was generously provided to me by the author.

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