Heroine Paranormal Romance (Sorta)
Kick-assery My Rating
Rated 4.10 Stars on Goodreads and Amazon
Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You’re born. You live. You die.
She has no cause to believe those rules don’t apply to her.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He isn’t affected by her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends.
For the first time ever, Allie knows what true friendship means. Finally, she has a real shot at normal–until “normal” crashes and burns when she wakes in agony on her sixteenth birthday. Aidan calls it her Awakening, a rite of passages he and their friends have all faced. Allie struggles in ignorance through the experience, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, she is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
Join Allie and Aidan in this coming of age, urban fantasy set within our own world.
For those of you like my boyfriend who won’t read the whole review:
It’s amazing. Lots to love. Go read it.
Okay. Okay. Okay. Here we go.
I f*cking LOVE this book. Seriously. But before I get into that, let me rewind and tell you a lil’ about it.
Alexis Carmichael has always been different, if being a loner and having people shrink away from your touch could merely be called “different”. Used to constantly moving, she thinks nothing of her parents decision to move across the world.
Enter Aidan, smoking hot and broody with a steaming side of mysterious. Armed with his group of equally (almost) different friends, they’re quick to welcome Allie into their circle.
*happy music plays as they skip into the sunset* Story of acceptance and friendship, right? Not quite…
Allie wakes in agony on her 16th birthday, with assurances from Aidan that this is completely normal and that she’s an Immortal… with superpowers… Say what? I shan’t destroy the rest of the story for you, because you need to read it yourself for the full “Holy balls” factor, but I can tell you that it’s definitely mega cool.
Onto the 1001 reasons I love this book.
- Allie is a kick-ass, strong, independent woman. BUT, whilst most authors would pair a strong woman with a less-awesome man, Melissa makes it a point throughout the book with all of her characters to pair strong women with equally strong men (and strong men with strong men).
“Throughout Emerge, for every strong female character, there is also a strong male, not standing in her shadow, but beside her, just as amazing as she is… Emerge is not just a story about an extraordinary girl and the boy who loves her, it is about true equality, strength and partnership.”
– Melissa A. Craven’s “Note to the Reader”- Emerge: The Awakening (pg. 424)
2. Which leads me to my next point. There is a love story without there being a love story. Bear with me while I explain. From the get-go it’s obvious that Aidan and Allie share an undeniable bond. They are drawn together. You ship them like the Titanic (without the sinking and death…). However, Allie decides that she wants to take it slow and just take some time to figure out who she is and get used to the fact that her entire world just changed. What I adore more though, is that after a bout of sulking (*sigh* men…), Aidan accepts this and they stay best friends, always supporting each other and often times being the only one the other can turn to for comfort.
3. The family is so multicultural (described as a “cultural melting pot”) and mixed up- it’s crazy but amazing. You’d have to read the book to see what I mean, because it hurts my head just thinking of it, but basically, because most of them are adopted, their familial bonds aren’t based solely on who their adoptive parents are, but also by their feelings towards one another. So you can “bond” someone as your sibling if both people feel the same way (this happens to Allie). Each Immortal also has a Complement (kinda like their soul mate but more) to whom they bond as well. Talk about a complicated family. The whole Immortality thing also means that Complement pairs tend to be what I like to call “Twilight Couples” where one partner can be decades, or centuries, older than their other half.
“So, what happens if I’m dating an Immortal and just when I feel like I’m happy, his Complement shows up and he’s suddenly off bonding with her and I’m left out in the cold?”
4. It’s just genuinely hilarious and so easy to relate to (not the Immortal with Super powers part, but you know). Full of deliciously awkward moments and genuine, authentic characters that feel so real its like you’re just reading a story about someones life (again, without the Immortal, super power part).
As far as I’m concerned, this book is the bees knees, and I can’t wait for the second instalment- Emerge: The Judgement- to be released later this year.
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. (I’d like to thank Goodreads’ Author Bio for that info). Melissa also admins a Facebook page which I frequent unnaturally often to check for any updates (you can go like it here), and a website, where you can find a list and description of all of her books, as well as a juicy August giveaway, and snag yourself a free copy of The Scholar- an Illustrated Companion Journal to the Emerge Series.
2015 Dante Rossetti YA Awards Finalist
USA Best Book Awards Finalist
International Book Awards Finalist
Top 50 Indie Books of 2015
Emerge: The Awakening
Author: Melissa A. Craven
Publisher: Midnight Hour Studio
Publication date: April 1st 2105
Cover photo found here