The Awakening (Emerge #1)
By: Melissa A. Craven
Publisher: Midnight Hour Studio
Publication Date: April 1st, 2015
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.
Join Allie and Aidan in this coming of age, urban fantasy set within our own world.
So, the writing is awful. I was never able to tell what was actually going on because the characters would randomly move from one place to another, odd things would suddenly happen, random personal connections would form, or time would suddenly pass without any warning. Also, the main character was super special and beautiful and her immense power, of course, was the reason that she never had any friends and everyone thought she was weird. She then goes through a power awakening of sorts and becomes even more beautiful and powerful and immortal.
There is also an excruciating love triangle with one corner being the boy from high school, we will call him Mature Fetish Boy, who “doesn’t date high school girls,” only “mature older women.” He recognizes such maturity in the main character, Allie, because she doesn’t get mad at him for kissing another girl on their pseudo-date and decides that because of this she is girlfriend material. I say he recognizes a pushover when he sees one. The other corner is a hated peer of Mature Fetish Boy, because obviously. While Allie is dating Mature Fetish Boy, love interest two, who we will call Fake as Hell, not only continually flirts with her, but also starts a relationship with another girl in their shared circle of friends. He then goes to France and sleeps with a random chick who happens to be the equivalent of a groupie to him and his brothers. At this point in the book, Fake as Hell and Allie have developed a telepathic connection that connects them to the other’s thoughts and surroundings at any given time, so he knows Allie is well aware of what is going on while he fools around with groupie girl. It should also be noted that this is after much of the book is spent explaining how no one likes touching either Allie nor Fake as Hell because it is uncomfortable so I would like someone to explain how this could possibly ever lead to sex. And then it turns out that Allie and Fake as Hell are “bound” or something while she is still dating Mature Fetish Boy and he is doing whatever it is he’s doing with the mutual acquaintance AND the French side bae.
The whole situation left a really gross feeling in my tummy.
The book ends with her being the prophesied immortal from the beginning of the book, but by then I was in superhero-esque skim mode and didn’t even bother rolling my eyes. And why is she dressed as a badass on the cover if she never does any badass things?
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