Kinetic

Kinetic

by S. K. Anthony

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Overview

Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite another.

Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hiding.

A wanted man, Nick Logan is a cold-hearted murderer who is considered enemy number one, and orders are clear: kill on contact. He is more powerful than ever and threatens the lives of those she holds most dear. His plan? Get his hands on Annie and use her Kinetic energy to destroy them all. When Annie finds herself with an opportunity to end him, she pauses, horrified by the scars covering the face she once loved. A split second that will cost her everything...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492128755
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/20/2013
Series: Luminaries
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

S. K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn't busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders...she is convinced they are out to get her!

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Kinetic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Siobhan Quinlan for Readers' Favorite Kinetic (The Luminaries Book 1) by S.K. Anthony is about a group of people who are genetically altered, known as Luminaries. Kinetic is told from Annie's perspective; we see how Annie works with her co-workers while getting over the heartbreak of her divorce from the dangerous Nick Logan. In Kinetic (The Luminaries Book 1), Luminaries are selected as teenagers, but not everyone can become a Luminary. Luminaries have different powers, for example, Annie is super strong, Jenny can heal, and Beth is super fast. When we meet Annie, it becomes clear that we are going to be reading about a strong female lead, which is a nice change from most books. Early on we are introduced to Annie's ex-husband, Nick, an evil murderer who is trying to destroy the Luminaries. We meet Nick when he breaks into the Worldsafe. Annie's orders are to kill Nick on sight, but she hesitates and this could cost her everything. It is clear that Annie still loves Nick, even though he left her three years before. I really enjoyed all the characters, but I ended up hating how forward, pushy and obsessed Derek was with Annie. I found the story very interesting and I have not read a book like this one before. The author did a great job of explaining everything without needing to dump information on the reader, while still making sure the reader would know what was happening. The ending took me by surprise and I had not expected it. I am looking forward to seeing what this series has in store for me.
bkwrm29 More than 1 year ago
Plot. This book could be described as a sci-fi thriller with a twist of romance. It revolves around Annie Fox and is told from her perspective. She is this crime fighting machine that takes down the villains that no ordinary human can. She is gifted with strength and seems to really be able to beat just about anybody. She has a heartbreaking past as the love of her life left her, filed for divorce, and then turned evil and killed a lot of people. Soon she is dealing with her boss, mysterious happenings in the company, and the return of her one true love; her ex-husband. The author focuses a lot of the first half of the book on Annie’s struggle to really believe that her ex-husband is evil and that she has to kill him. She knows that it’s the right thing to do, but she has a hard time following through. Also, her boss is coming on to her and she decides to go out with him to numb the pain of her divorce and her confusion with aforementioned ex-husband. A lot of Annie’s inner turmoil is focused on what she believes is right and wrong and trying to figure out what exactly is the truth and what was constructed by those who want to control her and her powers. The author wrote a really good plot line for this story. It was a different twist on a superhero story that could have turned out very bland and boring. One thing that I constantly noticed throughout the book was the humor that was apart of the book. The book definitely had its mysterious and serious moments, but in-between there were these little attempts of humor and a general lightening of mood. Annie Fox. Annie had a strong sense of right and wrong and it took a lot for her to see the grey and the reasons behind each action. She saw killing a group of people as wrong, but is it wrong when they were inherently evil and focused on a weapon that could kill people? There were several moments where Annie had to question her own values and morals to see what was right in front of her.  Characters. I loved how all of Annie’s friends were so supportive of her and really tried to get her to see what they saw in her ex-husband and in the company. They supported her decision and were willing to risk their own lives to follow her example.  One thing I didn’t expect was how Annie’s boss and his father would play into the book. Annie’s boss was not as threatening as the book went on (all though he did seem to interfere with Annie’s relationships). It was his father that surprised me on what his true influence was and how he played into the book. ( I don’t want to give too much away so I’m going to stop now Winking smile) Ending. The ending was interesting because it went to a level that was kind of unexpected in this book. I wasn’t expecting for the closing of the book to have such a dramatic closing especially with the humor that was shown throughout. So, if you plan on reading this book, be ready for a surprise at the end!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars 'Kinetic' is the first book in an edgy New Adult urban fantasy series that follows Annie Fox and her fellow coworkers at the Organization. Annie and the other have been genetically altered to gain superhuman abilities. Annie's luminary ability is strength. On top of saving the day at her job and hanging out with her best friend Beth, Annie has to fend off the amorous advances of Derek, her friend and boss. Soon the Org learns that Annie's ex-husband, Nick Logan, is after a weapon to increase his abilities and do more harm to others. The weapon that he's desperate to get? Annie. Will she have the strength to do what must be done to stop Nick before he hurts anyone else? Or will her old feelings come back and bite her? This was a fun and thrilling first book in a series that promises to have fans of urban fantasy begging for more. The plot was intriguing and had me eagerly reading to see what was going to happen next. The characters were all well written, especially the heroine Annie. She's an awesome lead - super strong, smart, devoted to her job and her friends, and does what's right - even when it's hard. She has her flaws, like all of us, but I think that made her all the more realistic and easy to identify with. The plot was definitely interesting and blended genres to make a unique story line. I loved learning about the luminaries and the history behind the program and the organization. There's a bit of something for everyone - fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, romance, action, and adventure. There were smaller story lines that threaded throughout the book underneath the major plot. I thought it added depth to the novel and gave it layers of material. The pace was quick, but not overly fast or slow. The author used vivid descriptions and great imagery to engage the reader from the beginning. Overall, this was a great start to a promising new urban fantasy series that promises to be a hit. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KINETIC by S.K. Anthony is an urban fantasy about something that I've never read about before...luminaries. I honestly had no idea what luminaries were, and at first I thought that they were part of the paranormal world, like witches or fairies. But, no, luminaries are like....superheroes. Normal people with special powers who come together to save the world from the bad guys! Can I just say how much I loved all of the characters in this book? I did think that most of them were pretty static, but I adored Annie, Nick, Kevin...everybody! And I'm super excited by the fact that the next book in the series is going to be focused on Kevin, because he was my favorite character. While some people have this listed on Goodreads as a "new adult" novel, I really don't think that it is. It's more of an urban fantasy that has two or three adult scenes. So, yes, this book is for 18+, but it's not new adult or romance at all. The love triangle between Annie, Nick, and Derek is important, but it's really only a background plot. It's all about the superpowers! I really liked how things were constantly happening in this book. I was kept very entertained throughout, but it wasn't overly action-packed. I did think that it was a little bit predictable, though. There weren't any big surprises with where the plot was headed, and I knew beforehand which characters were going to turn out to be "bad" and which ones would be "good." But there was a CRAZY scene at the end of the book that was incredibly intense and had my heart racing, and I definitely did not see what happened in that scene coming. I even might've gotten a little bit teary-eyed! One thing that I noticed about this book was that the quality seemed to take a bit of a downward spiral. At the beginning of the book, I was blown away by how awesome it was. But between the middle and the end of the book, I thought that the dialogue was poorly written (it was almost like I could tell that the book was being written, if you know what I mean...the characters weren't speaking like normal people) and there started to be a lot of plot elements that were way to "convenient." Like, oh, so-and-so just happened to be somewhere right at this exact moment, and then I happened to have these random files that give us all this information, and we just happen to be related. Stuff like that. I also thought that the scientific part of the book could've been fleshed out a bit more. While I loved the idea behind this book, the plot was a little bit confusing because I couldn't totally understand why and how, scientifically, certain things were happening. I know that there's obviously not a scientific explanation for these superpowers, since it's not real, but I wish that there had been a little more background information given about the confusing things that were going on. Just as a side-note... I was also not in love with the quality of the paperback book that I was given. The book itself wasn't well-constructed, and the pages inside of the book were bright white with Times New Roman font. It just made it seem a little "English paper"-y. But the cover is seriously beautiful. I'm obsessed with it. But while there some things that I might've changed about this book, overall I was really impressed with Anthony's action-packed and unique debut novel, and look forward to continuing on with the series. **ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**
TAWNEYBLAND1 More than 1 year ago
Kinetic was a wonderful read. The main character Annie is genetically altered so she takes down criminals with her luminary strength. She is a kickass heroine! She is pursued by Derek, a hunk of a man. But things get complicated when her ex-husband returns. UH OH! Nick is a murdered and wants Annie. But not to have in his life but to use her Kinetic energy. Annie is fearless and I was taken with her right away. I loved Derek for perusing her and never giving up. And I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Nick, even though he was a big baddie. S.K. Anthony delivered a well thought out story that kept me turning each page to see what else happens. I look forward to more from her. I am dying for more!!!
algelcrestfall More than 1 year ago
I never thought Kinetic would be action-packed (Though it's obvious with the title). Especially the main action star is a girl. I mean, damn! It looks so hot for a girl to be that strong, fierce, and... badass. Yeah, Annie Fox is one BADASS gorgeous woman. I really adore women who are full of adrenaline and know so much about fighting. They give my heart such a rush just by reading their action scenes. But this strong woman on the outside is one broken wife in the inside. Years ago, her husband, or rather ex-husband, Nick, left her without a clue. Just a bunch of divorce papers. She never saw him again. Not until she accidentally met him during a mission. Her husband's considered the bad guy and she needed to track him down and surrender him to the Org. Just like other broken love stories, just the sight of Nick still gave some impact to her. She can't explain it in words but she knew in her heart that she needed to hear him out, ask a thousand questions of WHY's. She just doesn't know HOW, especially her boss feels something for her and is overprotective about her. I love the spark between Annie and Nick. The way they fight and talk to each other, you could really tell the tension that was built between them when Nick abandoned their marriage. It's just that... Why can't Annie be a little more understanding? Ugh! After all... "Because you will forgive me, you have to. You and I aren't a matter of ifs and whys. You and I are inevitable." I won't give any more spoilers. READ. THIS. NOW. Kinetic will never bore you from the beginning up to the end. There are revelations that gave a "WHAT?!" reaction. Just like what the title says, Kinetic, the words become energy in action the moment I started reading them. It was so fulfilling that I cannot stop reading and I was surprised to realize I was down to the last pages. Full of action and superpowers, this book is definitely a must-read!
ZHXH More than 1 year ago
I loved this book for multiple reasons. 1) the cover by Mae I Design is SO pretty! 2) The awesome synopsis is just the beginning. 3) There's so much kick-ass action that I felt like I was on an adrenaline high while reading this story. 4) Annie Fox is one fearless girl, and her story rocks. A must read for fans of action, conspiracies, and mild SciFi. Think of this as a more mature Maximum Ride (a favorite of mine. You can read THAT review here)