supremacy book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Supremacy, the first in a series written by Christin Lee, is a fantasy young adult novel with a magical twist.

Kate Parker is a seemingly normal teenager. She’s on the swim team, has two very different best friends, is very close with her family, and loves animals.

However, after meeting Lucas – a mysterious exchange student with pain in the depths of his brown eyes – her life becomes anything but normal. As she finds out more and more about Lucas and his past, she realizes that she may have gotten more than she bargained for the day she fixed his motorcycle and their connection formed.

When Kate finds out who – or what – Lucas is, will she stay with him? Or will his secret past be too much for her to handle?

First off, let me say that Lee does a great job of putting a new spin on the fantasy genre. The basic story line of Supremacy is very good; however, it could’ve been much better.

I liked Kate from the very beginning of the novel. She is a kind, compassionate, and strong character, who stands up for what she believes in. However, I didn’t feel the same way about pretty much all of the supporting characters. First of all, even now after finishing the book, I don’t know what I think about Lucas. There are moments when I really liked him and thought he was sweet, but then there are moments when he is so difficult to like. Not to mention, the relationship between he and Kate is odd. On one hand, Kate is in love with him, but on the other hand, she’s scared of him…and I don’t know how I feel about that.

Shea, one of Kate’s best friends, is all right. She doesn’t exactly stand out as a great character, but it is obvious that she and Kate have a good relationship. Unfortunately, I felt quite the opposite about Stephen. Although he is said to be Kate’s other best friend, I don’t think there was a single scene where I thought he acted like a best friend would, and overall, I just didn’t like his personality at all.

Kate’s relationship with her family is sweet, and the banter she and her brothers throw back and forth is real-to-life.

I think the biggest problem I had with the book was the writing style. Although I think that Lee is a good writer, she includes too much information that doesn’t need to be there. And on top of that, her dialogue is very stiff. It feels fake and forced, which for me, is a big issue.

All in all, I feel like the basic story line is good but its execution and everything else that goes along with it are flawed.

Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Christin Lee. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.