KATE TRIUMPH by Shari Arnold

KATE TRIUMPH by Shari ArnoldKate Triumph by Shari Arnold
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on October 16th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Normal is so overrated. At least that's what seventeen-year-old Kate Triumph tells herself everyday. But the truth is she lives in constant fear that someone will discover how not normal she really is. With her startling speed and her unusual ability to heal, Kate believes she's something of a freak.

Then Andrew Shore arrives.

He claims he's her father, sticks around for a few days and leaves her a plane ticket. “Come to Mercer Island,” he says. “Give me a chance to get to know you.” Soon Kate is floundering in a world of new: new address, new car, new high school and, of course, new father. Not to mention Zack, her intriguing new neighbor, who makes her want to abandon her steadfast rule of never allowing anyone to get too close. But when she discovers someone is trying to kill her, life for Kate gets a bit more complicated. And a lot less normal.

Praise for Kate Triumph

This book had me rapt from page one and I, quite literally, did not put it down for four straight hours until I was finished reading it. – Emily Liebert, 5 Star Review

This. Book. Was. Awesome. Writing this review, reliving the book, makes me want to go back and read it again, like right now. – Grace, 5 Star Review

Suspense, action, superhero powers, romance, great family dynamics and fabulous, quote-worthy lines make this a surprising and thoroughly entertaining read. – Madison, 4 Star Review

My Review

Kate Triumph is a super fast girl with a little secret she has been keeping her whole life. I really loved the characters in this book and that the author didn’t give up too much, too soon. The suspense kept me hooked to the story.

Kate Triumph has a secret. there is a reason why she is the best runner at her high school. With the help of her mother, she hasn’t had to tell anyone. No one can get close to her. This story takes place right as Kate loses her mother and the only one who knows her secret. She is thrust into the world of Andrew Shore, the father she didn’t know existed. Andrew is such an awesome character. He is almost too good to be true. Her new neighbors are pretty great as well, and make her transition look easy. Everything is finally going good, until Kate finds out someone is trying to kill her because of her secret.

The good: The beginning of this book had me completely engrossed. Kate is an awesome runner and her story starts with her at a meet. She has had abilities since she was a baby, so we don’t see her fumble on how to use them. Kate is well into her own with the way that she is. I found her really complex. She is a loner for a very good reason. She isn’t well liked and it shows in the way she is treated by her competitors. She is under constant threat to being discovered, so she is a bit stand offish, to put it mildly.

Her relationship to her mother was very sweet. Her new found Dad won me over as well. Kate meets a boy named Zach and her rules about being alone don’t make sense anymore. She really wants to let him in, but she has reservations.

There is a side story about a boy and his Nanna that really pulled my heartstrings. I can’t reveal too much about how he fits into the story, but his story is even worse than Kate’s.

The bad: I found that the good guys in this book are really good, and the bad guys are really awful. I like complex characters, so this put me off a bit. Kate can’t just enjoy what she has when she gets to her Dad’s house. She creates all this drama in her head and I can see why some people just didn’t like her. The author portrays Kate as having a flat look, lacking emotion in her face a lot. It is hard to love someone who finds it so hard to smile. There were a few ridiculous coincidences in this story. I could have done without the melodrama with Zach in a few scenes.

Conclusion: This was a pretty good read. The story lulled a bit in some places, but I never lost interest in the ending. This was mostly due to the introduction of the boy and his Nanna. They saved this story for me. I can see this book having a sequel, I would like to follow up and see what happened next. I would recommend this book to fans of YA fantasy/romance who like a little sci-fi sprinkled in.

My Rating

About the Author

Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it’s her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.

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