Publication Date: October 4th 2012
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.
More is a spectacular debut by author, T.M. Franklin. I was instantly enraptured by its mysterious tale and the characters within!
Ava is your typical college student, juggling a job, friends and her schoolwork. But she is also plagued by nightmares of a terrifying man with one blue eye, one green, stalking her. But it’s just a dream, right? Well that is what we are off to find out! I easily slipped into the plot right along with Ava, asking questions and trying to solve the secrets surrounding her life. Told in 3rd person, we slowly get to uncover bits of truth as Ava learns them but we also get a little more information in the form of Caleb Foster, her physics tutor. We discover more from his side, but just enough to leave us hanging, waiting for the full reveal with Ava. I found this style to fit perfectly with the storytelling. What is so different about More, is that the reader isn’t entirely sure what the paranormal aspect is! When we do find out.. WOW. So imaginative and unique, making this novel stand apart from other paranormals I have read. Want to know what it is??! Pfft, like I’d tell you! You need to discover it for yourself! But I absolutely loved the whole journey to find out and was not disappointed when I did. My only wish was that it moved a little bit faster with some more action. There were times I craved a little more ‘oomph’ to the plot.
Ava was a very likable character to me. She was not a pushover, and stood up for what she believed was the right choice. What was even better, a male character who didn’t push her, ‘for her safety’. Caleb was so supportive and I loved that about these two. They were such refreshing characters. While I am talking about Caleb… I loved him! Understanding and protective as well as kind of dorky, with a side of kick-ass. ;)
Another refreshing aspect about More deals with the revelation. I have a huge pet peeve with novels when a character instantly believes the paranormal aspect when it is discovered. I was thrilled we didn’t get that here. I hate when they are like, “Oh you are an angel? Cool.” Or “Oh you are a vampire who sucks blood from unsuspecting females all over the world? Cool. Let’s make out.” *sigh* Let’s be honest, if someone came up to me and told me any of those things, I’d laugh in their face and tell them to seek help. So when it is easily believed in a novel I am reading, I cringe. I am so happy to report there was no cringing here! That was a huge bonus for me and my reading experience.
There is a little bit of a forbidden love story developing, but when I say developing, I mean it is only the beginning in More. A solid friendship and protectiveness is established, but I think we are just grazing the romantic potential from this series. I am looking forward to watching it bloom with the next installment.
If you enjoy paranormal, or even if you enjoy a bit of mystery, I think you will love this debut!
*This review is based on an egalley provided by the publisher for a fair and honest review.
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