Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: Twelve by T. M. Franklin


Ava Michaels is gifted, powerful, and — whether she likes it or not — part of a plot to take over the world.

It’s only been a few months since Ava Michaels discovered she has ties to an ancient people living in the shadows of the human world, despite their superior gifts and abilities. A select few don’t like hiding, however, and think it’s time to take control.

Now Ava’s caught up in a conspiracy in the works before she was even born. In fact, her birth was an integral part of the plan. She’s one of the Twelve, the most powerful Race ever created, and they were created for a purpose.

Turns out, Ava doesn’t like being told what to do.

All she wants is to start a new life with her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, but before they can even think about that, they must join forces with former enemies, seek out some powerful new friends, and figure out what exactly the Twelve, and their power-hungry leader, are up to.

Then, they have to find a way to stop them.


4 out of 5 stars

I have wanted to read this book for over a year now.  Since the moment I finished the The Guardians, the second book in the trilogy. 
I hate waiting.  I really really hate waiting.  But when the moment comes when you can finally get the rest of the story, you realize that the wait was worth it.  

Ava and Caleb have quite a task in front of them.  On a broader scale, they are out to bring the Guardians and the Council together for the good of their people.  On a more personal scale, Ava is still continuing the process of figuring out who she is.  Not only is she not human, she is more than just Race.  

She is one of the twelve.  

One of twelve children of Elias Borre, a man determined to bring the Race to power, whatever the cost.  While Ava is quite determined to reject her biological father's wishes and plans, he does have one card up his sleeve that makes her choice to fight him a bit of a conundrum.  

If she doesn't join him, won't end well.

Like the other two books in the series, Twelve had my attention from the beginning and I didn't want to put it down.  It was fast-paced and exciting, new characters introduced and adventure at every turn, but without feeling frantic or like the author was trying to cram everything in before the end.  It made sense and the pace just added to the excitement that culminated in a resolution that left me completely satisfied (and a little sad that it was time to say goodbye.  Sigh.  I hate goodbyes).

All in all, I found Twelve to be a solid ending to a solid series.  I look forward to reading more from T. M. Franklin and she has a solid spot on my authors to watch list.  


T.M. Franklin started out her career writing nonfiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a BA in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born out of a challenge to write a novel in thirty days issued during National Novel Writing month. MORE was well received, selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, and won the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.   In addition to MORE and its sequels, The Guardians and TWELVE, Franklin has penned the Amazon best-selling short stories, Window and A Piece of Cake. Her new YA romance How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You is Franklin’s first love story without traditionally recognized paranormal or fantasy elements. Although . . . T. M. is the first to argue that love is the best kind of magic.


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