by Marilee Brothers
High school senior, Gabe Delgado, is trying to trade his bad-boy ways for clean living. He remembers nothing about the night a mysterious girl loved him and left him at a party, except … there was a kind of magic around her that had nothing to do with his hangover the next day. Now he finds that “magic” in a basket on his doorstep, cooing at him like a happy little bird.
Gabe soon discovers there are bad people on baby Birdie’s trail, but why? Suddenly party-boy Gabe has to man up to protect his daughter. Not so easy when her talents include vanishing into thin air. It’s up to Gabe and his girl-pal Abby—who has some extraordinary secrets of her own—to find out what’s up with something called the Scientific Academy of Merit, what the goons want with Birdie, and whether other people like Birdie can be saved too.
I enjoy young adult books, and that is no different for this book! What was different, however, was the serious issue of being a young parent and adding magic to the mix. The story was fast-paced and humorous. Also, the characters were extremely easy to like. But it wasn't only the humor that the characters expressed well - it was their empathy and the fact that they could actually be real. The writer did a wonderful job in creating these characters and making quite a unique story.
Make sure to read this book if you're looking for something different and fast-paced. It was definitely fun to read!