I’m not normally one to toot people’s promo horns. Not because I don’t want them to succeed, quite the opposite. I do. I just don’t think I have enough reach yet to make it a good use of their promo efforts. But every once in a while, someone offers and I get REALLY excited by their work.
I was a little hesitant about this book when I saw the concept of Leigh Ann Kopans book ONE. Super powers in YA have been done so much that it’s almost impossible to escape the tropes, and so much YA has felt predictable to me lately. But when both Becca and Trisha said it was awesome, I knew I had to give it a shot (They’re both amazing writers in their own rights, and thus far, haven’t steered me wrong on books). When Leigh Ann asked for people to volunteer for a chance to read it early in exchange for an honest review, I couldn’t resist. I’ve been known to put down even my best friends’ books after a chapter or three if they’re bad. In those cases, I just explain to them why I couldn’t get through it. I figured worst case, I would read some of it, and if it was really bad, I could just bow out gracefully.
I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only was it not a trope-walk, but the style was engaging and the pace was crisp enough that I devoured it all in one sitting. I’d meant to read a chapter or two, then go back to configuring the new TV and maybe play some video games on it (purely for testing purposes, of course!). The next thing I knew, it was 3 hours later and I’d devoured the book without even getting up again. Uhm, oops?
I’m a sucker for well done romance. I get tired of the instalove where their eyes meet and they’re instantly stupid in love with each other. The romance on this was VERY well done. It captured both the immediacy and overwhelmingness of teenage love, while making the growth of it seem realistic.
The Super powers were convincingly done. I could buy into the world building with it, and most of it was well woven into the narrative. The only point where I felt like I was being given a history lesson, it was one, but it worked. It was still well filtered through Mer’s world view.
My only real complaint is that I could have read far, far more of it, like a couple books more, minimum! Looking forward to reading much more from Leigh Ann. Definitely an author to keep an eye on, I foresee very good things in her future.
About ONE (a novel by Leigh Ann Kopans:)
Release date: June 11, 2013
When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.
It makes you a One.
Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.
If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.
Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.
Merrin’s mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub’s internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it’s more important to fly solo, or to save everything – and everyone – she loves
Add ONE to your Goodreads and learn more about the author here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17251203-one
Find a full list with links to the other installments of this series on the author’s blog: http://www.leighannkopans.blogspot.com
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Stay tuned, more to come…