BaSatai: Outside In by Suzan Battah
I was looking forward to hosting Suzan Battah again through CLP Blog Tours. I was really interested in this second novel as it is a complete 180 from the romance novel Mad About the Boy. BaSatai: Outside In is a YA/paranormal/sci-fi book, the first in a series. The story follows seventeen year old Armani Radnelaq, a BaSatai that does not want to accept the fact that her blood is cursed. Armani hides on Earth with her adopted father Elijah, and continues to ignore the fact that she is different. But when her Guardian Karhl and an elite BasSatai Warrior Rafael arrive to help protect her and train her with her BaSatai powers, Armani must realize that a different fate has been set for her.
I have been reading a lot of these paranormal books lately, and even more YA/paranormal on top of that. I find it fascinating what an author’s mind can create with these mystical worlds and powers and rules, and BaSatai was no exception. The details and execution of H-Trae and the BaSatai were fabulous. I enjoyed the love story as well between Armani and Rafael, and never quite knew what was going to happen next. I will say that I made it through half of the book very quickly, and then everything seemed to slow down. I thought that was a bit backwards, since the beginning is filling in readers on this land and the second half was the action and fighting, but that’s the way it read for me. I would be curious to see where the second novel goes. If you have a fan of sci-fi, I would recommend this for you.