Book Review: Emerge: The Awakening by Melissa A. Craven

Goodreads Synopsis

2015 International Book Awards 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.


I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book was whirlwind in the sense that I had crazy mixed feelings about this. I felt so good when I started. The pace was great, the writing amazing. I’d get annoyed at certain things in the book and it felt like I took forever to finish this.

Allie Carmichael and her family have moved around a lot and she’s gotten used to it. It doesn’t mean she has to like it. One can only have so many ‘First Days’ before it becomes tiring. When she moved to Kelleys Island she meets Aidan McBrien and his friends and feels like she belongs for the first time in her life. Her world starts to unravel and she’s thrust into a world she knows nothing about and struggles to maintain a balance.

I enjoyed the story for the most part. Allie was a great character and I felt that she was strong and dependent. The supporting characters were a bonus to me because I felt all of them fit in perfectly. I wasn’t annoyed by any one of them which doesn’t happen very often. The action was great and I liked how the author described certain events and sceneries. It was all very realistic and easy to picture.

What I didn’t like was Allie’s need to make sure that everything was okay. She’s quite empathetic and I kept thinking that this would get her killed. She got emotional and I kept thinking about how she could’ve been using that time to get the bad guy instead of going zombie. That didn’t happen too often so it was bearable.

I thought this book was going to go one way and then the last line- I literally mean the last line- changed everything. I wasn’t considering continuing with the story and that is the honest truth but now I feel that I need to know more. Major plot twist and a half. I did like the book despite me taking long to finish it. I’m glad I got to read this at all. I hope to read more of this author’s work.

Read: 31 October 2015
Rating: ✮✮✮

Publication Date: 31 March 2015
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Melissa A. Craven

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