Friday, January 25, 2013

Book Review: MORE by T.M. Franklin

Author: T.M. Franklin
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Synopsis: 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.

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Review: MORE is told in two points of view: Ava and Caleb. Ava, a college freshman, who has the severe case of the nightmares, is having a hard time in physics so she seeks the help of Caleb, a tutor her professor assigns to her. They get along alright at first, Caleb is patient with her and she's accepting of his help. But then things start to get weird. She starts to see Caleb around campus more often then she thinks she should and there's a mysterious dark-haired woman popping up in strange places. She pushes Caleb for answers because she's convinced that he knows what's going on. Then one night, after she's attacked, she's kidnapped and then rescued by Caleb. Caleb tells her that he's a Protector for his people (who are a little more than human) and he's been assigned to watch her and determine if she's a threat because his people think she's a half-breed and he's been told he needs to bring her in for testing. If she is in fact a half-breed, she will be dealt with. Caleb doesn't think she's a threat and together they go on the run for her life and by 'on the run' I mean, a crazy, life altering journey that leaves you with more questions than answers.

So, I had a few issues with this story but the biggest was Caleb. He's supposed to be a Protector for his people. He's proud to be doing the job that he is doing (at least that’s what we are led to believe), but then when it comes time to take Ava in, he saves her from another Protector, tells her how dangerous his people are, pretty much tells her that she's going to die, and runs away with her. Then we learn that he has contacts with the rebel group called the Guardians, and asks for their help to protect Ava. But why? Why would he care so much about a single half-breed girl? He makes it clear that he doesn't have feelings for her but we never find out why he actually wants to help this girl. Then, he says that he doesn’t believe in the way of his people anymore and agrees with the Guardians that a change is needed.

 After a few people are killed for helping Caleb and Ava, Ava decides that she's done running because she can't stand the fact that people are dying because of her. Caleb throws a huge fit, for obvious reasons, he tries to convince her that turning herself in is the worst idea in the history of ideas but she's determined, so he sucks it up and takes her to his home. Where, not only Ava's life on the line but his is too for treason (for running with Ava). So when he returns to his people with Ava, they are both put in front of the Counsel, who decides that Ava is to go for testing to see if she is a half-breed and Caleb's punishment will come at a later time. So this and that happens, we find out a few secrets but overall, Ava is welcomed with open arms (that’s the impression I got) which is totally weird because Caleb makes them out to be some big, strong, super people who chew on baby bunnies for fun. Then Caleb and Ava have a moment together, but then he messes everything up by saying that interrelations with half-breeds are punishable by death and he wouldn't dare go against the law. Umm, WHAT?! HE'S IN CAHOOTS WITH THE REBELS AND GOES AGAINST HIS PEOPLE TO SAVE AVA BUT HE WONT LET HIMSELF FALL FOR HER?! *bangs head on wall* Caleb kills me! I was seriously rooting for "CALVA" (haha) from the very first scene they were together and then he says something like that?! I almost stopped reading right there because I suddenly hated Caleb.

Ava was an okay character. I liked her and appreciated that she was trying to juggle school, work, and a social life, it made her believable and really easy to relate to. But some of her thoughts and dialogue didn’t fit the situation she was in which made her a little hard to tolerate at times. But the biggest win for her was how long it took her to finally believe Caleb, which in turn made his job a little harder, which made for a much better read then if she were to have been on board with everything Caleb was saying from the beginning.
The ending had me at a loss for words, but not in a bad way. It was in a good way that had me squeeling with delight! I'm not going to give any spoilers, obviously, but trust me guys, it's a surprise that you won't expect and sets the second book, Guardians, up perfectly.
In closing, I'd say for those who are looking for a fast paced, action packed, paranormal story, this is the book for you. It's a good debut from an author who I anticipate seeing a lot from in the years to come. 

About the Author: T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. After writing and unsuccessfully querying a novel that she now admits, “is not that great,” she decided to follow the advice of one of the agents who turned her down—write some more and get better at it. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mike, is mom to two boys, Justin and Ryan, and has an enormous black dog named Rocky who’s always lying nearby while she’s writing. Whether he’s soothed by the clicking of the computer keys or just waiting for someone to rub his belly is up for debate.

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