Genre: Gay YA fantasy
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Date of Publication: March 18, 2014
Number of pages: 264
Word Count: 91,556
Cover Artist: Sheri
Jamie Thomas has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. But the mother he was always told was dead is actually alive—and she’s an Amazon!
Sixteen years after she left him on his father’s doorstep, she’s back and needs Jamie’s help. A curse has caused the ancient tribe of warrior women to give birth to nothing but boys, dooming them to extinction—until prophecy reveals that salvation lies with one of the offspring they abandoned.
Putting his life on the line, Jamie must find the courage to confront the wrath of an angry god to save a society that rejected him.
You know, it seems like I preface all my reviews with confessions or admissions lately. Well, THE UNWANTED by Jeffrey Ricker is no exception. Before I tell you about my response to this page turner, I have to admit that it hit a lot of my annoyance/avoidance buttons were pushed by the blurb on this book — do you ever wonder how many books you’ve missed because you let the blurb turned you off? Or if you’re an author, how many readers you lost because your blurbs sucked? Yeah, me too.
Anyhoo, I admit, I’ve become a anti-YA reader. There are rare exceptions, of course, but unless certain people wrote it or recommend it to me, I stay far away. Then there are coming of age and bullying stories. I think they ARE important for the age groups they’re meant for, but I’m a grown up, and I don’t really need those lessons in my entertainment. BUT, this particular blurb had a difference — I was pulled in by the mention of a mash-up of all those things along with … CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY. I immediately jumped at the chance to review it. And boy, am I glad that I did.