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Ava Michaels used to think she was special. As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. She felt different from others her age, and just knew she was meant for something important. But, like most kids, 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 begins to wonder if there were more to her childhood fantasies than she thought. She’s haunted by terrifying nightmares of a frightening man chasing her, determined to catch her, to take her—a huge hulk of a man with one blue eye and one green. Even during daylight hours, there are moments her hair stands on end with an uneasy prickle of awareness . . . and she just can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched.
Unable to decide if she’s imagining things or just plain crazy, Ava finds an unlikely ally in Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who comes to her rescue as a Physics tutor, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.
The thing is, Caleb’s not 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. Now they’re after her, bent on her capture or maybe even her extinction.
Fighting to survive, Ava has to depend on Caleb to lead her through the strange new world opening up before her. A world of magic and mystery, where she learns she’s not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.
She's a little bit more.
SERIOUSLY enjoyed this story. It's not "high fantasy" or even "high paranormal," but it's a little bit of all that, plus some romance and adventure mixed in.
Ava is likeable in her nerdy and serious student ways. She's a determined, self-made college student, struggling to make ends meet and pass physics. She's honest and fresh and role model type for how to survive challenges and college without losing your head.
It's an easy read, in the sense that you want to read it, not that it's easy. I'd hand it to the average, enjoy reading but not heady stuff reader. Franklin has put together a story that keeps you involved but doesn't wear you out or drag.
FYI--Ava is a college freshman, and while the setting and story line do need her to be, you shouldn't shy awy from letting even mid-age YAs read it (by that I mean, it's appropriate for all ages in high school). There's nothing in it that would be questionable or inappropriate for them.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”