Release Date: April 1st 2015
About the book
2015 Dante Rossetti Awards Finalist
2015 International Book Awards Finalist
2015 USA Best Book Award Finalist
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 Review ★★★☆☆
I was hoping to not start yet another series that will take years to complete, but when I read the synopsis, I just couldn’t resist not reading this book.
The book starts off really great….. Allie Carmicheal seems like just na ordinary high school student who has moved around a lot due to her parents job. She also has a hard time making new friends as everyone seems to flinch at her touch. When she moves to the Kelleys Island with her parents she runs into Aiden and she is shocked to realize that he does not flinch when their hands touch. From then on Allie and Aiden start to form a friendship but then strange things Allie cant explain seem to happening around her. And when she awakes in agony on her 16th birthday she is told she is immortal and is going through an awakening which is something they all go through. As Allie starts to come into her powers she struggles to maintain a form of normalcy in her everyday life and this new immortality which she is not entirely sure she really wants.
What did I like? The first 20% and the last 30% of the book, basically the pages in between didn’t do a lot for me. I know the author was giving depth to the characters but I just felt that most of it was not necessary. At Aiden and Sasha’s birthday where the family cam along, there were so many of them to remember that I found myself glossing over most of it. To me the important focus of the story was Allie, Aiden, Sasha and Vince. I feel we didn’t get to know anything about Vince but I digress. The main character Allie…. where do I start? I found her annoying and dare I say it infuriating. There was a bit too much of teenage angst in this book and that sometime made me question the direction of the story. She was quite selfish and childish which made me want to give up sometimes.
I really liked Aiden, he was a bit misunderstood but his loyalty and unwavering love was just awesome. It was fun to see how the relationship between him and Allie developed. I am still rooting for Aiden as I think he is just adorable. The history of the other immortals seemed to confuse me so I guess I might have to get that straight before I read the next book.
The book ended in quite a cliffhanger, so I am keen to find out what happens next.
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About the Author
Melissa A. Craven (the “A” stands for Ann—in case you were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there. Today, she is back in Atlanta—for some reason she can’t seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like “lake effect snow” and wind that will knock you flat. Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.” She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up. In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.
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