Published: October 9th 2014 by The Writer's Coffee Shop
Format: eARC, 204 pages
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Ava Michaels is gifted, powerful, and — whether she likes it or not — part of a plot to take over the world.
It’s only been a few months since Ava Michaels discovered she has ties to an ancient people living in the shadows of the human world, despite their superior gifts and abilities. A select few don’t like hiding, however, and think it’s time to take control.
Now Ava’s caught up in a conspiracy in the works before she was even born. In fact, her birth was an integral part of the plan. She’s one of the Twelve, the most powerful Race ever created, and they were created for a purpose.
Turns out, Ava doesn’t like being told what to do.
All she wants is to start a new life with her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, but before they can even think about that, they must join forces with former enemies, seek out some powerful new friends, and figure out what exactly the Twelve, and their power-hungry leader, are up to.
When we met Ava she thought she was normal girl, but the last few weeks have taught her that her father was part of a magical group of people (called the Race) and that she is telekinetic. She’s also met Caleb, who was initially sent to watch her but is now her boyfriend and biggest supporter. Ava’s still learning about herself, her family, and her place within the Race.
My favourite part, yet again, is Ava. I just cannot get over how different she is from the usual protagonists I read. I think it has do to with her being slightly older than the usual YA heroine (since this is an NA novel), but also has to do with the story-telling skills of the author, who obviously doesn’t need to rely on over-used tropes and archetypes to tell her story.
Now, I’ve said that, but I have to admit disappointment in one aspect of the story: Ava hid how unwell she was because of her burgeoning powers. She was afraid that Caleb would prevent her from taking part in rescue missions, but in my eyes it’s an unforgivable act in a relationship! In my opinion, it was a completely unnecessary plot development because, right at the heart of the problem, it implies that Ava doesn’t trust Caleb and that isn’t the case at all. But then, if she did, she wouldn’t have thought he’d try to stop her being herself … right? (See why I hate this plot device?)
I was conflicted in meeting the rest of the Twelve because there were so many of them and many of them were reduced to names and powers. I wish we’d gotten to know them better, but that would have required a fourth book (not that I’d say no to that!) And Ava didn’t really have a reaction to all these new people either – I’d have thought she’d have more to say, more to feel, about the existence of so many siblings. And we never did see Caleb try to make nice with one of Ava’s brothers, which I think would have been hilarious.
The action really heated up in this instalment, and I liked seeing the as-yet unclear danger that Borré poses coalesce into a truly evil plan. Although Borré never managed to make me like him (which I think, was the point), I felt lots of love and pity for Emma. After Ava, she’s definitely my favourite character (Tiernan is a close runner up). Tiernan was amazing in this book, maybe we could have a spin-off series about him 🙂
Twelve rounds out Ava’s journey admirably, and although I am sad to let her go, I have enjoyed every moment of my time with her and Caleb. This is the kind of paranormal fantasy I love to read, and I’ll be looking out for Franklin’s future works with great interest. I recommend the MORE series to all readers looking for something different and wonderful in the paranormal genre. I hope you love Ava as much as I do!