Teagan Frost — the girl with telekinetic powers and a killer paella recipe — faces a new threat that could wipe out her home forever in the second book of Jackson Ford’s irreverent fantasy series.
Teagan Frost’s life is finally back on track. Her role working for the government as a psychokinetic operative is going well. She might also be on course for convincing her crush, Nic Delacourt, to go out with her. And she’s even managed to craft the perfect paella.
But Teagan is about to face her biggest threat yet. A young boy with the ability to cause earthquakes has come to Los Angeles — home to the San Andreas, one of the most lethal fault lines in the world. If Teagan can’t stop him, the entire city — and the rest of California — will be wiped off the map . . .
For more from Jackson Ford check out:The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind
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“What are you saying?”
“Nothing. Don’t worry about it.”
File that with Stay calm and Your ass looks fine in that dress under Things that never result in the intended effect, ever.
Seven percent of the way through the book, I thought to myself, “Daaamn, that’s what you’re supposed to do at the END of the book, not the beginning!” And the book just kept getting even more crazy from there.
I was not expecting this level of buildup on this series. I was expecting it to stay fun and action packed, but mostly focus on the problems related to just the main character, Teagan. No. No, that isn’t what happened. Earthquakes happened. Large earthquakes. Powerful earthquakes.
Which is the entire premise of Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air. A four year old super genius with the the ability to move and manipulate the earth has found out that he can cause earthquakes by tapping into the energy trapped within Earth at fault lines. And he couldn’t have picked a worse place to find this out: in the middle of the Los Angeles metro area.
There is a lot of disaster relief. A lot of tragedy. And a lot of trying to keep their head together. Natural disasters are hard on people at the best of times and this is not the best of times. Plus all that entails going after a four year old, mentally and emotionally.
I liked a few things about Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air. I liked some of the new characters. I think they’ll add something to this series that was missing up until this point. I liked the idea of an evil child genius. And I actually liked the multiple perspectives. I think it largely worked.
It is just that I struggled to get into this book, every step of the way. I had a lot of trouble reconciling some of the plot with what I know. I just struggled with the entire premise. I just have a difficult time believing that events would play out this way. Also, I don’t particularly care for disaster movies, books, tv shows, etc. It is not a genre I gravitate to. Like I said earlier in the review, I didn’t expect this series to go in this direction.
The direction I did expect it to go into, the parts where it focused on the trials of Teagan becoming something less of a being owned by the government and her own person? That is in here. Yet…I also didn’t like the way that was handled either. It made me feel a little gross. And some of that I was meant to feel, but…I don’t think some of it was. And there was also some more about Teagan’s powers, and others like her. And there was a lot of growth for the series in all directions.
And I think a lot of my problems with this could be summed up by the fact that we the reader don’t even know what magnitude the earthquake is until the very end of the book. Which would be all anyone would be talking about in real life. It would be the first thing any two people meeting for the first time would talk about.
I really wanted to like this. I enjoyed the hell out of The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind. I enjoyed the series that was set up in that book. I’m just not certain I got that promised series with this book. I’m willing to give it another shot, but I ended up disappointed with book two. I’m left confused about what Jackson Ford is trying to set up and do, because it feels like there was one plan and now there is another one.
ARC received from the publisher. This did not affect my review.