The Awakening by Melissa A. Craven
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Alexis Ann is a young woman on the verge of her 16th Birthday. She moves around a lot, so much so that she doesn't feel she can trust many people because before she knows it, she'll be ripped away from them. Oh, and she also has this odd sensation where people will touch her and instantly recoil. At her newest residence, she finds a group of families, all with adopted children like her, all with a strange recoiling sensation, like her. She comes to find out that they're all Immortals, an ancient race that's lived out their lives in secrecy, guarding the mortals with their unique abilities. She must find out her own power and how to control it, before the dreaded Coalition finds her and kills her...or worse.
The Bad: Descriptors and populations. There were so many characters to keep track of with very little descriptions of each one, maybe a cursory glance of their eye color or hair, possibly a skin color here and there, but nothing really to define each character. I'm a fairly visual person, so the lack of defining character descriptions made it hard for me to follow who looked like what when they approached Allie. Of course, the exceptions are Allie and Aiden, but even with the two of them, I had to guess a few times as to what they looked like using faint descriptions in the text and the picture on the cover. Other then that, sometimes we'd start out a scene in one part of Aiden's house, there'd be dialogue, and suddenly they'd be eating with no change in the text to identify when they left the previous room. I figured it out fairly quickly where they were, and my mind played out the movements in the scene, but there were no real descriptives of what was happening, other than a random hand-holding or taking a bite of something. The lack of these elements made the dialogue hard to follow sometimes.
The Good: The plot moved along fairly decently, and the story was good. If you usually like the YA books along the lines of Mortal Instruments, you'll enjoy Emerge: The Awakening as well. Craven did a very good job sowing all the important elements of a Young Adult book together into one solid text.
The Overall: I don't particularly prefer books along these lines. I picked up Emerge in hopes that it might be a new spin on an old tale, or having some originality in regards to the fantasy/supernatural YA theme...Alas, Craven follows the YA curve to the letter. It wasn't poorly done, as in, it was a solid story. I just didn't think it was particularly stellar.
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