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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Killshot (Icarus Series Book 1) by Aria Michaels is a young adult paranormal read that deals with the aftermath of a solar storm. When seventeen-year-old Liv is separated from her brother, she promises herself that the two will reunite. Her new life sucks until her friend Riley convinces her to attend a Rooftop Solar Flare Party. While her other friends stare at the lights dancing across the sky, Liv sneaks glances at Zander, the attractive boy with copper eyes and a crooked smile. But when a small flare crescendos into an intense solar storm, Liv knows she and her friends are in trouble. They seek shelter in the school's basement, but paranoia and fear set in when they realize they are on their own and no one is coming to their rescue. Each of the characters has someone or something they want to save, almost as badly as Liv wants to be reunited with her brother. But whatever dark lies out there, somehow it seems to be connected to Liv in a way that she doesn't understand.
This is a really interesting story that paranormal fans will enjoy. The characters are well written so that readers can understand what they look like as well as what they are feeling. I loved the tension built between Liv and Zander. Even though the world is crashing down around them, it was nice that the author included the human side of the story, and how attraction between two people can continue even through the worst circumstances. This made the story seem very realistic. It also helped counterbalance all of the darkness and sadness that surrounded the characters as they struggled to keep their fear and paranoia at bay. The setting was also well developed and written, so again readers have a good understanding of what the characters are going through. This really helps the reader understand the characters' motivations as well as their decision making processes.