Book Review: Love, Lattes and Mutants by Sandra Cox

cover57529-mediumRead between: 16th June-18th June 2015
Genre: YA/Sci-Fi
Format: ebook
Number of pages: N/A

Synopsis: Finding love is hard, even when you aren’t a mutant.

Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why…

Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn’t the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn’t have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story

Review: Firstly thank you to Netgalley and Kensington books for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I hear mutant, I automatically think of the X-Men. This book is not like the X-Men, but totally different in terms of rather than having super powers because of a mutation, Piper has the DNA of a dolphin.

It sounds strange, but that part of her dictates how she lives her life, her dress sense at school, and any possible relationships with boys that are inevitably going to happen-which is rather difficult when you’re a seventeen year old girl. She deals with it well then, Piper is very mature for her age, having been bought up by her grandfather after the death of her father and her mother (who also had dolphin DNA).

Of course there’s the romance. However it did slightly annoy me because Piper was very defensive a lot, she refused to acknowledge the relationship so she could keep a low profile at school. The trust seemed to be one sided and the fact that trust is needed in a relationship was mentioned frequently. I don’t blame her for trying to hide her mutation but it was the way she did it…

However, the character of Piper’s grandfather is such a sweetheart. He’s the guardian and looks after her as best her can- so when he has a heart attack I felt myself welling up. I didn’t want him to leave Piper on her own.

The last few chapters involving Piper’s capture really bring to light the horror of scientific experimentation and mutation which gives the story a creepy finality.

Still enjoyed it though, I flew through it as I wanted to keep on reading.
3/5 stars.


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