Pretty Fierce

Pretty Fierce

by Kieran Scott


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An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat novel about a teen who, when backed into a corner, fights back, from the author of What Waits in the Woods

Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger-and she'll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia's spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there's no one who makes her feel more normal, more special, than her boyfriend, Oliver.

But when she's jumped by a hit man and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia's secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees her small town, taking Oliver with her. With hit men stalking their every move, can Kaia and Oliver protect each other long enough to uncover the mysteries of her past?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492637981
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 957,494
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Pretty Fierce 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I really liked the premise of this story, so I was pretty excited to read it. I liked Kaia and Oliver well enough. They're sort of adorable together, so the "normal" moments between them were definitely the highlight of the book. Each of them has secrets and getting the POV from both sides helped. Plot wise, I was unimpressed. It was fast paced, but it was so boring. When the reveal happened, it just seemed so bleh. The big fight scene was literally a couple of pages and a bit too quickly resolved. Overall, I liked the idea, but the story was lacking the tension that I was expecting. **Huge thanks to Sourcebooks for providing the arc free of charge**
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A non-stop, rollercoaster ride of a read! Pretty Fierce was a lot of fun, if not 100% realistic and believable at all times :) Still, Kaia and Oliver were easy to root for, and needing to see them through to the last page--they'd get an HEA, surely?--kept me reading this one until late in the night. Who was after them? Why? What had happened to Kaia's parents, and was her relationship with Oliver just too good to be true? Thank goodness this was a standalone, because if I had had to finish this one not knowing stuff, it wouldn't have been pretty ;) This was my first book from Ms. Scott, but probably not my last! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Pretty Fierce has a high-speed on-the-run plot, filled with danger and assassins, with the alternating voices of Kaia and Oliver. This alternating POV helped, because on one hand you have Kaia, the experienced daughter of two ex-CIA-operatives-turned-private-assassins, and on the other you have Oliver, who literally is a fish out of water in this scenario. The first half of the book had me hooked - they were on the run from leagues of thugs coming after her, and trying to stay one step ahead and figuring out the why of it. Oliver and Kaia, though deeply in love, had hidden things about their pasts from each other, so in a way, this is like them learning new stuff about each other, painful things that they didn't bring out. The second half is where it sort of fell apart for me, because if until that time the plot was mildly-believable in its Jason Bourne glory, it got a bit more unbelievable. Ironically, the first half was more unpredictable than the first, and the second was mostly what I would expect from a standard action flick. As for the writing, Scott always impresses with her characterization. You can see the painful loneliness in Kaia, the desire to hold on to family, and you can see Oliver's helplessness in the situation, his fear that he won't be enough for her. Their relationship is a very comfortable one, and though there are fights arising from miscommunication, they behave realistically and resolve it, instead of creating unnecessary angst. And even though they are romantic partners, this book doesn't feel heavy on romance at all, which was a nice change. The danger took the main focus of the plot, as it should have. The ending, however, was a bit out there with everything wrapped up so fast in the last two chapters, and though I was already sure what was going to happen, I ended up disappointed. It is also left open-ended, which considering what the plot had revealed just towards the end, did not sit well with the implication on their lives. Overall, though, if you love spy-like thrillers, with car chases and hiding out, you are probably going to love this book.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Kaia had led a very unusual life. Her parents were hired assasins, taking her on jobs with them, until one day – the job hit back. Kaia escapes to live with her “grandparents” in South Carolina, where, for the first time, she leads the life she always wanted to have with her parents. A normal one. One day, ‘stranger danger’ hits town, and she realizes that her parents may not be dead. This book is mostly about her search for them. I knew I was in for a crazy book when Kaia defends herself from a kidnapping by kicking butt, stepping on the guys neck, and pointing his own rifle down at his head. She’s trying to figure out if she’ll shoot or not, when her boyfriend Oliver walks through the door to pick her up for a movie, and catches her in the act. Does he run screaming from the room? Nope! He follows her into a car and makes a mad escape with her. Ok, not very realistic, but it did keep the pace of the book from slowing down.