More, Book #1
By T.M. Franklin
Author’s Website: http://www.tmfranklin.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Vicki
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. (Goodreads)
More is the excellent first installment of T.M. Franklin’s ParaRomance/Young Adult trilogy. If you have previously followed Franklin’s derivative fiction you will inevitably begin this novel with the expectation of: brilliant writing; well-rounded, real characters; well-developed plot and believable world building. It is safe to say: you will not be disappointed. And new readers of Franklin will enjoy the ride.
Some may say that this genre has ‘had its day’. But, hey, Spiderman only needed 5 years for a reboot, why not YA ParaRomance? Ava Michaels is a female character you can really root for – something that has always been Franklin’s niche and something that sets her apart from other female authors writing in the genre. Caleb Foster is swoonworthy, but not barf inducing. He’s also super smart and, shock horror, does not go around flaunting his superior intelligence. The paranormal elements of the novel are imaginative and original; this is ultimately what turns this novel into such a page turner. The romance is lovely but thankfully it does not take over the plot.
If readers are looking for mystery, romance, adventure, sci-fi, intrigue, plot twists – they will find all that and More. This was such an exciting introduction to what hopes to be a great trilogy.
This book belongs on bookshelves.