Monday, August 5, 2013

Review: More by T.M. Franklin

From Goodreads:

Ava Michaels used to think she was special.

As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But 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 meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.

Because Caleb isn't 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. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.

She's a little bit more.

This is a book that has been on my radar for months, but I go through phases when reading stories with a Paranormal element.  It is either gimme gimme gimme or I just can't get into them.  So I'll admit, it was a risky move when I requested More from Netgalley.   It was also a smart move. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  The characters were well-written, the plot was well thought out and as the first book in a new series, it laid a solid foundation for future books.  This is a huge deal for me because I am a big believer in "less is more" and I find many series openers tend to be guilty of backstory overkill.  This book found that balance.  There was just enough information to pique my interest but not enough where I felt smothered and I found myself reading at every possible opportunity, finishing this book in just over a day..  Well done, Ms. Franklin. 

Ava is a believable and realistic heroine   Though she is struggling with Physics, balancing school and a job, on top of the stress of leaving her parents and the security of home, she isn't whiny.  She is determined and isn't afraid to ask questions or ask for help.  And as we later learn, she is a bit stubborn and head-strong.  I liked her - and that's saying something because I am soooo guilty of judging heroines.  

Caleb -- he makes me smile.  Super smart and a bit dorky, I found him a pleasant change from the typical dominant male hero.  Don't get me wrong, he isn't a wimp, but he isn't bossy.  And he isn't a "greek god".  And he isn't Mr. BMOC.  He isn't perfect and I think that's what I like the most about him. 

Their adventures kept me reading and reading and reading.  I didn't get bored and I found myself trying to guess what was going to happen next or why things happened, feeling like it was happening right in front of my eyes.  And when I got to the ending, I was left satisfied.

I also immediately picked up the next in the series, but more on that in a separate review.  

Definitely put this one on your to-read list.  You won't regret it. 


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