More by T. M. Franklin
Publisher: TWCS Publishing House
Genre: YA Paranormal
Overall: The best thing about this book was that it used split perspectives effectively. It was amazing how different Caleb and Ava viewed the world and how each one was essential to the story. Caleb’s POV described the magical world and his role as protector. Ava’s POV described the normal world and how Caleb’s attitude and protector status was downright creepy stalker at times (but at least he acknowledged that his actions did imitate that of a stalker, which added to the realism). It’s true that there’s always three sides to a story, and the reader’s job is to connect the two versions and fill in the blanks. I really think that this book was THE best dual POV book I’ve read all year.
Characters: There is no instant love between Ava and Caleb and the back and forth between the two is quite entertaining. I really liked Caleb’s attitude and the fact that he was willing to lie to Ava straight to her face repeatedly. Ava kept asking Caleb if there was something strange about him. Caleb’s answer? “Nope…” *touches Ava’s forehead and delete Ava’s memory of the conversation…again.* He totally reminded me of MIB. Lucy was a fun character too and I really enjoyed how she tried to push Ava and Caleb together when the couple kept resisting a romance. Ava, herself, took a very realistic approach to the whole magic thing. She didn’t outright deny that it existed (like most heroines) and sought instead to find evidence that things weren’t as they seemed.
Plot: Ava always wanted to be a special girl. She thought she did magic this one time. But, she never expected how special she really was or how much her life would flip upside down when Caleb started tutoring her for college physics. This was a fun, quick read for me. The action/drama takes precedence over the romance, which is a good thing. The only predictable part of the book was the romance. The plot was definitely not predictable. Ava kept doing the craziest things, which made me love her more and more. There was a steady flow of twists to keep the reader busy if the chemistry between Ava and Caleb wasn’t enough.
Ending: It took me the entire book to realise how the cover ties into the story. Nice touch. So, all I can say is “sequel, please?”.
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 how you use dual POV.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
(Picture and information borrowed from Author’s Website.)
T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. 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. After writing and unsuccessfully querying a novel that she now admits, “is not that great,” she decided to follow the advice of one of the agents who turned her down—write some more and get better at it. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mike, is mom to two boys, Justin and Ryan, and has an enormous black dog named Rocky who’s always lying nearby while she’s writing. Whether he’s soothed by the clicking of the computer keys or just waiting for someone to rub his belly is up for debate.