Sunday, September 9, 2012


Author: T.M. Frankling
Format: eARC
Print Length: Unsure- Kindle location ends at 2617
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Published: Oct. 4, 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.

My Thoughts

I received this book via the publishers through NetGalley.  That in no way influenced my review.
An enjoyable read, More is a good start to what will be a fantastic series.  Ava along with Caleb, her tutor, embarks on a danger-filled journey of self-discovery.  The strength of character that Ava will show is stunning.  Caleb’s sense of protection for her is equally compelling. 
Ava is young, a freshman in college, idealistic, yet understanding responsibility more than others her age.  She unlike many college freshmen is actually focused on her school work and not boys.  I think that this alone is what made me like her right off the back.  She is so unlike her quirky roommate, Lucy who is the exact opposite.  It is because of her school work that she meets Caleb, her new physics tutor.  Ava does not take an instant liking to him, which is nice.  They were not mean or snarky to each other which was oddly refreshing.  They were positively normal.  The romance remains hidden in the background for much of the book. This in part is due to Caleb’s desire to keep Ava safe and knowing that any romantic entanglements with her could lead to their deaths.
Anyone who knows me knows that it is usually the best friend that ends up being my favorite character of any book.  Unfortunately that is not the case here.  The story almost completely focuses on the two main characters, making it hard for the reader to connect with the supporting cast- although Caleb’s mother does do a nice job of pulling off the parental unit in a tough position act.  I would have liked to have gotten to know Tiernan better, as well as Rafe.  I feared that the introduction of Katherine would lead to a love triangle but surprisingly it does not.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one in the series.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Other Characters

Tiernan- a Protector, ordered to bring Ava to the council
Katherine- Tiernan’s sister, a Protector, ordered to bring Ava to the council
Madeleine- Head of the Ruling Council, also Caleb’s mom, which means she has to be hard on him
Rafe- Council member, maybe the only one on Caleb’s side

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