Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
Summary from NetGalley:
Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues. Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart.
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely adore this book! It was fun, well written, and the relationship between Zenn and Eva was pure bliss. It was a fast read, but mostly because I just couldn’t put it down. This is not a typical genre for me either, but I was drawn to the math geek meets artist angle. I was also drawn to the fact that eva was the math geek, not Zenn given his name and everything.
I really like Eva, she was smart and witty and has an interesting talent. It would be really hard to see people’s emotions and issues whenever you touch them. This really shapes Eva’s character especially at the beginning of the story. As her relationship with Zenn grows, it becomes less of an issue. Although the summary says she is instantly drawn to Zenn, I think it is more that she finds him attractive, but the emotions she gets off his jacket makes her very wary of him. So there is a little insta-love in this book, but they really do work through the beginnings of a relationship, getting to know each other and such before the attraction grows into love.
I loved Zenn, he is definitely my kind of guy. Funny, artistic and doesn’t really care what others think about him. He is so kind and gentle with Eva, especially when he finds out about her ability. He is also wonderful when it comes to their shared history, and how he wants to make things right. I think it would have been interesting to see some of the story from his point of view, but I also liked that he is something a mystery too. Hearing his side of the story might have given away the shared history too soon to the reader, so ok, I’m good.
So a great read, especially if you are looking for a smart, fun romance with a slight paranormal twist and a dark shared history between the characters.