Title: The Awakening (Emerge, #1)
Release Date: 1st April 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
2015 Dante Rossetti Awards Finalist
2015 International Book Awards Finalist
2015 USA Best Book Award Finalist
EMERGE, #1: The AWAKENING
Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.
…only Allie hates to fight.
The Awakening is on sale for $1.99 during the tour. The sequel, The Edge, is on sale for $0.99.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Melissa A. Craven via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
First thing that I noticed was the very attractive and crisp formatting of the novel. A lovely family tree line was established on the first few pages in the novel. There was really nothing special about the beginning and it seemed slightly too average for my liking. There was no bang or anything that really intrigued or made me feel like this book was something. It was also very typical in the sense that the girl is a high schooler who had dated a guy and then left him. Then a SECOND guy and then ANOTHER came into the picture and it’s officially a love triangle. Call me overwhelmed and totally guy bamboozled! There were too many guys!!! I didn’t like either of Allie’s new love interests and they both seemed like genuine guy body-parts – too selfish and arrogant.
I really disliked Allie in the beginning of the novel. She seemed like the sort of girl who could be a real, downright female dog when she wanted to be and didn’t really care for anybody else but herself. She could also REALLY trample an innocent person if she wished to. Allie was also overly sarcastic and bitter for me. I really didn’t understand what her problem was. The way she talked to and about people wasn’t something I favoured and she seemed to put herself on a pedestal above other characters.
There was simply too much going on in the beginning of the novel. Leaving people behind; attraction to two separate guys; a bonfire gone wrong leaving a girl severely burnt… It was all just a bit too much for me to process in a very small amount of time. The author seemed to want to make drama and tension to make the novel interesting but it felt like too much was squished together and it was all overdone. This was really unappealing to me.
After the first quarter, everything started to reveal itself and gradually calm down enough for me to make sense of everything. It was an interesting idea that the author introduced and I enjoyed that it was original yet unique and special. The “powers” these characters have are different from the stereotypical elemental ones or the overused magical ones. These are far more complex than that and have a system to them. It was a nice change from the vampire or fae fantasy creatures that usually fill this genre. I started to enjoy reading about Allie more but I still couldn’t entirely connect to her on a basic and emotional level. It really left me put of the loop for most of the story and I sorely regret that.
Allie grew on me as time passed. She seemed to evolve into this completely different character the longer I read about her. She would grow smarter, more capable and mature. She was still sarcastic and humorous but it was now something I didn’t find completely irritable.
Character development was done quite well. I really enjoyed the vibrancy and variety of characters which filled the novel. Each was unique and with a history, full of personality and character. I could grow attached to those I loved and seriously detest those that I didn’t.
World building done by the author was something I also enjoyed quite well. The author created a realistic world that merged with made up history of the Immortals. The immortal world then was well connected to co-exist alongside the human/mortal world in a wonderful blend of the two. I loved all the history which the author made up to create a sense of authenticity. My only regret was that it wasn’t explored as deeply as I would have liked.
The end wrapped up well and overall, I really enjoyed this first novel. I felt as if most of my questions were answered but that it left others unanswered which would lead to a GREAT sequel! There wasn’t much in the way of an epic cliff-hanger but there was a great revelation that I will enjoy exploring in the later novels. I can’t wait to see what will happen later!
There were a few typos but no spelling mistakes. Grammar was excellent and the authors writing style was unique and fun.
Congratulations to Melissa A. Craven on publishing a great start to a new series!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!
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