I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.More by T.M. Franklin
Series: MORE #1
on 4th October 2012
Genres: Fantasy, YA Fantasy
Ava Michaels used to think she was special. As a child, she fantasised about having magical powers . . . making things happen. She felt different from others her age, and just knew she was meant for something important. But, like most kids, Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.
Now a young college student, Ava begins to wonder if there were more to her childhood fantasies than she thought. She’s haunted by terrifying nightmares of a frightening man chasing her, determined to catch her, to take her—a huge hulk of a man with one blue eye and one green. Even during daylight hours, there are moments her hair stands on end with an uneasy prickle of awareness . . . and she just can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched.
Unable to decide if she’s imagining things or just plain crazy, Ava finds an unlikely ally in Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who comes to her rescue as a Physics tutor, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.
The thing is, Caleb’s not quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.
Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Now they’re after her, bent on her capture or maybe even her extinction.
Fighting to survive, Ava has to depend on Caleb to lead her through the strange new world opening up before her. A world of magic and mystery, where she learns she’s not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.
She's a little bit more.
The blurb of this book intrigued me. Having been reading more Young Adult fiction recently (and loving it) this one caught my eye.
Ava is a student who is juggling college and work so that she can pay her way through her education. She has a scholarship, but to keep that scholarship she has to pass Physics – and that’s not easy for her. That’s where Caleb comes in. He is her Physics tutor and they soon become friendly, but it becomes clear that there is more to Caleb than meets the untrained eye.
Then there’s the fact that people are chasing her. At first it’s in her dreams but soon it’s a reality. It turns out Caleb might just be able to help her escape them, and shed some light on why she’s always felt a bit different.
I will be honest and say when I started this book I wasn’t sure about it. Ava’s college life and the whole mystery surrounding the dreams, attacks and Caleb felt like it dragged on a wee bit for me. I was just starting to wonder when we were going to find out what it was all about when BAM the book took off!
From that moment on I really enjoyed the book. Journeying with Ava and Caleb as they try to outrun their problems, learning what is different about Caleb and, indeed Ava. This book has some cool concepts. A whole world that is hidden from sight right here on Earth, with a race of people that we don’t know about.
This book is easy to read and you do become invested in the characters quite quickly. Once it gets going it’s a great fantasy read. Plus there’s just a wee hint of romance in there too to keep you guessing. The first of a trilogy, I’m looking forward to reading the second book The Guardians when it is released in November.