I just finished my first book of the year, notice how we are in the second month though, The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore. This is the second installment to I am Number Four. Not my usual genre but it's a good read, not to mention a pretty cool movie.
In the first book we meet John Smith and Six, two of the nine members of the Lorien Guarde. They are aliens, that have been sent to Earth under a charm to try and save them till they develop their Legacies, aka super cool powers, and can protect Earth and eventually Lorien. With the help of Henri, John aka Four's Cepan, and Sam Goode a nice human alien obsessed boy they win their first battle against the Modgs.
In this installment we meet two more of the nine members and a surprise tenth! We find out why these Nine are so special, as in not just the next generation of Guarde. And we find out that Sam was actually right about his alien abduction theory and is a bigger part than just John's human best friend.
I really don't want to say too much, since that would give it away, but I was really blown by this installment. It didn't seem to lag like some can, but instead picked up momentum. I'm wondering how the next book will be.