More by T.M. Franklin

December 5, 2013 Reviews 0

More by T.M. FranklinMore (MORE #1) by T.M. Franklin
Published: October 4th 2012 by The Writer's Coffee Shop
Format: Ebook, 253 pages
Genres: Fantasy
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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.

A surprisingly complex novel, More is a well crafted début which defies everything you thought you knew about paranormal romance. I enjoyed it immensely, especially since I was initially a little wary, and am making plans to read the sequel.

“I think that essentially, we’re human,” he said after a long moment. “Just a little bit . . .” He searched for the right word. “More.”

Ava Michaels always believed she had paranormal powers, but as she grew up, her certainty dwindled, and she began to think she’d imagined conjuring up objects. Now at college, and suffering from unnerving realistic nightmares, Ava is struggling with physics and is given a tutor: Caleb.  Caleb brings danger and darkness into her life, and her nightmares seem to be coming to life. Refreshingly, Ava does everything I would do in her situation: suspecting Caleb from the onset, reporting the incidents to college security and local police, and constantly being on her guard. It doesn’t stop her from being in dangerous situations, but oh how I love reading about a protagonist who doesn’t blindly stumble into danger every time she steps out of the house. I really like Ava, I’m excited that I can continue her story in a sequel.

Caleb is also a great male lead – especially since his major draw-card isn’t that he’s a creepy and abusive. OK, so he’s a stalker, but when we read from his point-of-view it’s clear how uncomfortable he is with his task to shadow Ava, so I felt  like I could forgive it. I also liked Ava’s best friend, who is genuinely supportive, full of good advice and worries about Ava a lot. Why aren’t more best-friends like this, instead of the usual passive-aggressive, vapid types?

The plot of More is mind-blowing – all the more clever because the book is told in third person and we get snippets of Caleb’s life as well. Caleb talks about all these mysterious things that readers don’t yet understand, but the context gives us important clues that help readers work things out alongside Ava. And that’s the best part – we’re working with Ava, and are rarely more informed than her (which is so so frustrating for me in a novel). There are also some big developments that took me by surprise, which is always great.

I think my only negative point is that the writing could have been tightened up. This story could have been lyrical, sophisticated, and world vividly brought to life. But the writing style falls short of the mark, especially when considering the brilliance of the characters and plot. I have no doubt that Franklin will hit her stride with this series, hopefully in the sequel, but for now, More could have been more polished.

An enjoyable, refreshing read, More is perfect for readers who despair of the tired old stereotypes in paranormal romance. More is the kind of book I wish I read all the time, and I strongly urge fans of the genre to give it a try.

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