Friday, March 11, 2016

{Blog Tour} The Awakening (Emerge #1) - Melissa A. Craven (Review and Giveaway)

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YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: The Awakening (Emerge #1) by Melissa A. Craven. This tour will run from March 7th to 18th.   Check out the tour schedule.
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The Awakening (Emerge #1)
by Melissa A. Craven

Release Date: April 1st 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

2015 Dante Rossetti Awards Finalist
2015 International Book Awards Finalist
2015 USA Best Book Award Finalist

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. 





Emerge: The Awakening is on sale for $1.99 during the tour!

Emerge: The Edge is on sale for $0.99 during the tour!


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Review

Another book that I finished and immediately needed to google the author and find out when the sequel is coming out. I don’t know if I can wait to find out what happens next with Allie and Aidan and all the rest of the characters in the book.

The book is a quick read about a bunch of Immortal beings who wake up once they turn 16.  Allie has been constantly moving her whole life with her family for reasons she is not fully aware of until right before her 16th birthday when they tell her that they aren’t going to move again.   At first I wasn’t exactly sure where the book was going, odd things were happening and people did seem afraid of Allie.  I felt as a reader I was learning what was going on at the same rate at the main character Allie.   The story flowed perfectly and developed just enough to keep you wanting more.

The author did a great job with the character development we learned bits and pieces of the characters as they were brought into the story and also we learned even more as Allie learned more about herself.  There were parts that were confusing at first, but as the explanations came out the story began to make perfect sense.  I never felt confused as a reader and towards the end more and more of the details made complete sense to form the bigger picture.

The bonding of immortals was an interesting topic when it was originally brought up in the book.  I was a little unsure of how the bonds formed, but after Allie bonded to someone in a brother form (trying not to give too many spoilers) the bonding made sense.  It is similar to relationships that we have today in which you might consider someone a brother or sister, but not be blood related.  All different types of bonds form in society today and the book makes a great showing of these bonds.

This is a hard review to write I just want to shout out spoilers!! I loved the relationship that Allie kept with Vince in the book.  She was having trouble adjusting to being an immortal and still maintained a boyfriend who was mortal.  I love that she was able to have some form of normalcy while still wrapping her head around what was going on in her life.   I also love how important her mortal parents were to her as they raised her as their own even if she was adopted and she formed a strong bond with them.  Allie was having issues leaving her mortal life and all the attachments you can see why as a reader since she didn’t have many friends growing up from constantly moving she needed to hold onto any attachments that she had.

I also loved the details that the author gave of the different places that they all went.  I love the training room I felt like I was in the room.  The island that they went to hang out on I felt like it was a secret paradise that was perfect.  The details in the locations allowed me to imagine that I was there along with everyone.

I would suggest having some extended free time to read this book.  It is a quick read, but I got super sucked in and couldn’t put it down. I needed to keep reading to find out what was going to happen.

I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book.

My Rating 5/5
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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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2 comments:

  1. As an author, one of the first lessons I learned was that not everyone will truly "get" my book. Most of my readers love the story and I have a few critics that hate it, but occasionally a rare reader will just GET it in the way I always intended. You are definitely one of those readers. So thank you so much for the wonderful review and for hosting a stop on my tour.
    (I would LOVE to see this review posted on Amazon and Goodreads, if you haven't already.)

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    1. Thank you so much! The book was amazing! I cannot wait for the squeal! I just added the review to Goodreads and Amazon!

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