Wednesday, April 11, 2012
BaSatai: Outside In by Suzan Battah
Seventeen year old, Armani Radnelaq a full blooded BaSatai is plagued by a curse in her blood. A curse created from hate and designed to break the divide between two parallel worlds of Earth and H-trae when Armani's blood is spilled in attack and she dies.
S'teuqoubs have been travelling back and forth across the divide for centuries without trouble. The BaSatai and Guardians monitoring activity and enforcing rules to ensure peace and harmony but if the divide splits and opens, a much greater number of supernatural S’teuqoubs will filter into earth destroying equilibrium which the BaSatai and Guardians will be unable to control. Humanity and the BaSatai will suffer and perish. The parallel divide must remain secure at all costs.
Armani has remained hidden on earth with her adopted father Elijah since her birth. She has been raised in the human way and fights her natural instinct to evolve into a BaSatai. The BaSatai in her requires her to evolve and shift, use her powers and strength. Yet Armani is freaked out by the need to shift. She smokes, has a bad attitude, must deal with aggressive bullies and control her natural BaSatai instinct. Her Guardian with BaSatai Warriors are coming for her. She refuses to accept her fate and doesn't believe any BaSatai should die to protect her.
The blood curse maturing in her veins makes her a target for her enemies. Her Guardian Karhl and an elite BasSatai Warrior Rafael are the first to arrive and prepare her for her crossing over. Her attraction to Rafael complicates her purpose to stay on earth even more. They both insist she fall into line and follow their lead but she is not ready to leave earth just yet...
BaSatai: Outside In was a very good book. The beginning was a little confusing until the author gave more information about the BaSatai culture. I wish the author would have given a little more information in the prologue about the blood curse, because I was a little confused as to what was going on. I loved all of the characters, except for Valko and Evander. They both seemed arrogant, cocky, and prickish. I think Rafael is my new book boyfriend. I loved his attitude and his sexiness. Also, I loved how he loved Armani so much, he was willing to put his life on the line for her. Armani was a very strong female character. I liked how she always did what she felt was right, regardless of what the people around her thought about her decision. I also liked how she didn't take any crap from anyone. A big plot twist after the final battle with the S'teuqoub made me a little mad. I definitely didn't see it coming. I can't wait for book two to be released to find out how the plot twist works out. Also, I want to learn if Armani finds her niece. I recommend this book to anyone looking for something good to read.
I give BaSatai: 4/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and was in no way compensated for this review.