Published by Kensington on February 17, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher
Finding love is hard, even when you aren’t a mutant.
Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why...
Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn’t the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn’t have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story...
Love Latte and Mutants is the first book in the young adult science fiction Mutant Series. Piper’s mother was experimented on before she was born and injected with Dolphin DNA. After some time (we don’t really know too much of her mother’s backstory yet) she escaped and had Piper. Piper is interesting because while she is completely human she had dolphin characteristics, like a blowhole which allows her to stay under water for 30 minutes. Piper does a good job keeping a low profile until a boy comes along and screws it all up. Just kidding…kind of. But Tyler did force her into the spotlight a lot more.
What I liked most about Piper was that she seemed to take on some siren-like qualities as well. Her voice was enchanting to males, so she had to hide that about her as well. Love Lattes and Mutants is a quick little read that I think sets up the series very nicely. I liked the book, but I feel like I have to read the second book before I really make up my mind about the Mutant series. This one almost felt like a precursor.
There were many things I loved in the story though. I loved Piper’s connection with the dolphins and I loved her connection with her grandfather. I thought he was just the sweetest. Tyler is the one of the guys that grabbed my heart a little tighter. I don’t know my feelings on Joel yet, but there is just something about Tyler that can’t be ignored.
It takes a while for the action to get going in Love Lattes and Mutants, but once it does it pretty fast paced. Piper finds out a lot about the mysterious divers she kept evading in the ocean, and she finds out a little bit about the man heading up that organization. We will be learning more about him and his ultimate goals in the next book I am sure. The next book is slated to come out in 2016 and is titled Love Lattes and Angels. I will be interested to see where the book is going to take us next.
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