Book Review: Virals by Kathy Reichs



Virals by Kathy Reichs

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 picked up this book  – I’m not a fan of werewolves, but I do enjoy science.  The blurb implies that there is a heavy dose of science involved in this paranormal.

Best thing about this book –  The first hundred pages.  I like how the characters and mystery were introduced.

Worst thing about this book – The characters are not believable teenagers.  The narrative/writing style fits more appropriately in MG.  The story feels very much like SPY KIDS.  Tory is 14, which is already at the young end of YA.  The whole high school drama part of the book distracts from the main plot and slows the pacing of the novel.

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Due to a complicated mess of a life, I haven’t had much time to respond to emails or post reviews.  I haven’t even had a stable living address for the past 6 months, so I’m happy that on August 1st I’ll finally have a place to send my mail.  I’m heartbroken to say that some of my most precious books have not survived the various moves, although I’ve managed to preserve the majority of my bookmark collection in a safe place in my car.  In fact, my entire trunk is loaded with books right now.

I’m sorry that I’ve been out of touch with everyone.  I miss reviewing terribly and I’ll respond in time to various emails from authors/publishers that have offered books that I’d be interested in reviewing.  I also have reviews on paper that I need to put online, but, alas, I don’t have internet until my apartment is set up.

I’ll clean up some spam messages today.  I apologies that so many have managed to get through the website spam filter.


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As many roadblocks that I keep hitting, it almost seems like continuing this blog is not meant to be.  I don’t want to quit reviewing.  I’m just finding it very difficult to keep going.  Here’s just the latest crazy thing to happen in my life…
Over the weekend, I got a terrible toothache.  My daily intolerance (and subsequently calcium deficiency growing up) has made me very susceptible to teeth problems, so this came at no surprise to me.  What did shock me was that my face swelled up horribly.  The sharp, shooting pains of a toothache didn’t scare me as much as being unrecognizable to my own mother.  Needlesstosay, I went to the dentist and had two teeth pulled (abscess was above them).  They said that the antibiotics may take a few days to activate and relieve the swelling.

So, I apologize for not answering emails and basically disappearing off the planet.  I’ll be back eventually.

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