Emerge: The Awakening – Melissa A. Craven – 4.5 Stars
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.
4.5 stars. I really, really loved this book! I love anything with supernatural beings in it and this is just incredible.
After reading ‘Emerge: The Edge’, I couldn’t wait to find out about what the characters were up to next. I did realise though, that I should have read ‘The Awakening’ first though, as the big reveal after Allie’s awakening was not much of a surprise. If you do want to read these books, definitely read ‘The Edge’ afterwards.
One line in particular that really tickled me and made me love Allie as a character even more, was said just after Allie’s awakening. “Yer a wizard, Harry.” Ok, it’s not Craven’s words, but the fact that Craven made Allie say this is amazing to me! Anyone who knows Harry Potter quotes is my friend.
I absolutely loved the creation story – that’s what I’m calling it anyway. I always love finding out where powers originate from and the way this story is told is simply beautiful.
When I first read the prophecy, I immediately thought, “I don’t want it to be a ‘he’, I want it to be a ‘she’. GIRL POWER! Not that I have anything against Aidan. I really like *love* Aidan, but I also love strong female protagonists and Allie certainly fits that category.
I won’t lie, I’ve fallen in love with another fictional male character… or two. Aidan obviously and strangely Liam. You just wait until you meet Liam.
The reason that I have docked half a star is because I did find it a little slow at the beginning, but that could be because I kind of already knew what was going to happen. I did also start to forget who was who and who’s parents were who’s. A lot of people were introduced in a short space of time and I started to lose track of everyone. Perhaps there should be a family tree at the back of the book that can be referred to. I know it would have helped me!
I loved it when all of the family got together and they had their ‘family games’. It was fun to watch how they all interacted with each other, even though Adian was being a bit of a git at the time. I also liked how Allie used her ‘mortal’ brain to find a solution whilst everyone else thought up complicated plans. I think she could have a positive impact on her new family.
I really like the connection between Allie and Aidan. I hope they are each other’s Complement. I know it’s predictable, but I seriously can’t stand the thought of the two of them living separate lives.
Oh, and Vince… You need to leave. Sorry babe.
Now I really can’t wait for the second book in the series!