Separation by J.S. Frankel

Separation by J.S. Frankel
Separation by J.S. Frankel
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (238 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Harry and Anastasia are back, this time married and attempting to fit into society. When another transgenic emerges—a mole-man named Leonardo—he tells them an old friend, Istvan, a pig-man, long thought dead, is still alive.

Doing the right thing, Harry and Anastasia go to investigate and find out other transgenics are alive, well, and led by yet another madman, bent on destruction. The trail begins in Italy, and continues on to France, Spain, and finally back to the United States.

As if that wasn’t enough, Anastasia is pregnant and Harry has to worry about her, the baby, and the plans of the madman who hates all transgenics and wants to see them eliminated. Anastasia’s life is threatened as is the life of her baby, and with the outcome far from certain, the quest continues.

Danger lurks around every corner.

This was so action-packed and exciting that I couldn’t stop reading it. The pacing was extremely well done, especially when it came to the last fifty pages or so. There was a lot going on in the end, but it always felt like a smooth reading experience to me because of how careful the narrator was to mention new plot twists at exactly the right time.

I would have liked to see a little more attention paid to Anastasia’s character development. She’s been part of Harry’s adventures from the beginning. Her intelligence and bravery has made me a big fan of hers. The fact that these two were married and expecting a baby made me think that Anastasia would have had more opportunities to show the audience how she changed in this particular tale than she did. While this is a minor criticism, I’d love to see this character be given a more prominent role in the future.

The world building was really well done. Mr. Frankel dove deeply into the story of how transgenics research first got started and how its affected everyone who was experimented on. He’d mentioned some of this history in earlier instalments, but I’ve been hoping that he’d give the audience more in-depth information about it for a while now. It made me happy to see how much time the author spent on this part of the plot. I feel as though I know the characters better than ever because of this.

I’d recommend reading the first three books in this series before starting this one. There was a fair amount of backstory that I was glad I already knew when I started this tale. On a positive note, new fans will be able to find out what happens next as soon as they finish Catnip, Catnip 2: Rise of the Transgenics, and Revolution!

Give Separation a try if you’re in the mood for pulse-pounding science fiction.


  1. Thank you for a fast and very fair review. I can only hope to do better with Reunion: Catnip 5. Much appreciated.


    J.S. Frankel

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