Author: Melissa Craven
Release Date: 4/1/2015
Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple. You’re born. You live. You die. 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.
What a story line!
Honestly I'm really upset that I wasn't introduced to this book sooner! It was a fast paced, pulse racing ride to the end!
Meeting Allie made me think of some other strong literary heroines. Amazing hair, witty personality...oh and that tremendous gift thrust upon her with no idea what the hell was going to happen. Even though Allie is fearful of what has happened to people like her before, she seems determined not to let it happen to her. Realizing so much in such a small period of time was scary for her, and I enjoyed how the author made each fear Allie had 100% believable. This didn't make her a weak character, it made her a relatable character, and often I have ran into characters who needed a lot more development, but Allie is truly well rounded.
One thing that I have to touch on really quick was the detail in this book....it blew my mind how well thought out each scene was, every side plot, all the villains, they were awesome! I mean even the color of Allie's hair had me debating a color change!
Now onto probably my favorite part of the book! I was excited to see the love triangle.....stop throwing things at me. I think a very well written love triangle can enhance what's going on in the book, and make specific characters either have more to live for, or nothing to lose. With Allie and Aidan it made complete sense, they're two of the same. Yet when she interacted with Vince it warmed my heart and his innocence had me in a gooey ball! (Again why Love Triangles have my heart....more book boyfriends to love)
As the entire story came to an end the entire pace of the book quickened.....and then it stopped....I wanted more with the ending of this book. One more punch, another witty one-liner perhaps, but the words stopped.
I do have faith that Melissa will be picking up right where she left off and my bar is set extremely high for the rest of this series!
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.
- Signed copies of Emerge books 1 + 2, bookmarks, mug, keychain and a $10 Amazon gift card