The Awakening / Emerge #1

Individual Rating: 3.1/5

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I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Net Galley in an exchange for an honest review.


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.
All her life, Allie has suffered in silence as those around her shrink from her touch, too intimidated to take the time to get to know her. It’s left her feeling like a pariah for fifteen years.
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 passage 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.
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 of ancient Immortal beings.
A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.



I’ve always tried my best to be honest with you guys, but sometimes I feel like I have relatively the same layout for all my reviews. Does it bother you? Not sure. But, I do promise to always give my opinion even if I’m not happy with the results. This book felt confusing to me. When I read, I feel a certain vibe from a book, and usually I’ll know quickly if I’m going to like it or not. However, with some books, I can’t really tell. I really wanted to like this one, and for the first 50%, I really didn’t. I didn’t care for the characters, and I especially didn’t feel the chemistry between them.

However, after we were done with the preliminary training, I thoroughly enjoyed it. We were able to meet new characters and get to know other abilities and relationships. One thing I enjoyed as a whole was the idea of the story. I liked the world that was created, and I wanted to be part of it. What I didn’t like, however, was the awkward romance with the human. I am an avid hater of love triangles, and this one has it in spades. We know what will happen in the end, so I don’t understand why it can’t just happen. If it doesn’t turn out the way I want it to, I will be sorely disappointed (even though that’s how I feel about most books).

I was mixed about this one. Once I put it down, I immediately wanted to pick up the next, but making it through the first part of the book was difficult. I still felt the lack of chemistry between some of the characters and I was confused at their decisions, but I liked the action and conflicting points of the story. I’d tentatively recommend this book, depending on how I feel about the next in the series. I can’t tell if it’s completely worth it or not, but I’m excited to find out!


Other Information:

Publisher: Midnight Hour Studio

Release Date: April 1, 2015

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Thriller, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Author: Melissa A. Craven

Synopsis: Goodreads

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