Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review: One by Leigh Ann Kopans

  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Publish Date: June 11th, 2013
  • Source: ARC provided by the author for review
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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.

My Thoughts

This sounded way too cool to pass up. I am a sucker for superpowers and stuff like that, so of course when I was approached about reviewing this, my answer was yes. I was not disappointed at all. This was fun, exciting, romantic, and fabulous! I really liked getting to know the characters, discovering the secrets that everyone is hiding, and the adventure of the whole thing. It was a page turner from the first page to the last!

Merrin is a One which means she only has one power. To be a Super you need to have two. She can float, but without being able to control the air, she can never fly. Basically to her that amounts to her being a big nothing. She always hoped that her second power would emerge, but it never does. She starts going to the regular high school with the normals. She makes some really great friends, and also meets Elias, who becomes more than a friend. She's a really cool chick. Besides being a little obsessive over her need to fly, she's smart, down to earth, and she plays drums!! She is fiercely loyal to those who she cares about too. Besides her having a power, she seemed very real and I liked her.

Elias is a really cool guy. He is great to Merrin and his other friends. He is also a One along with the group of friends he hangs out with. He has a lot of secrets he is hiding, but you can tell how much he really cares about Merrin. He will do anything for her and I adored that about him. The romance was believable too. It did move a little quick, but they understood each other in a way that others couldn't. I just wish that he hadn't kept some things from Merrin, but I get why he did.

I also loved the other characters. Their group of friends was great, and the parents were a great part too. I liked that the parents played a part in the book. I am so happy to see more and more books making sure to have that aspect to them recently. The parents in this have quite a few of their own secrets too and it was interesting to see them come out and how it affected all of the kids!

This was a great mix of sci-fi and superhero. I loved that things were explained a little bit too and we weren't just thrown into the story just being told that some people have powers and some don't. We get the history, and what's a little bit more fun is we get to know a little about it from both the Super teachings, and the Normals teaching. If you are looking for a great book that has a fantastic mix of romance, friendship, action, and sci-fi elements, pick this one up!! I had a great time reading it and really enjoyed the story and the characters. A fabulous debut!!




*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

21 comments:

  1. I'm so excited that this one is as good as I hoped it would be! I'm also a big fan of superpowers and what not. Something about this kinda reminds me of the Disney movie Sky High, only less Disney like! Great review!

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    1. Lol, it kind of does have a Sky High vibe to it, except she doesn't go to Superior High School. There is a school for the Supers though, but since she's a One she decides to go to regular high school for the Normals.

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  2. What a lovely mix of sub-genres. Elias sounds awesome and I love the idea of the book.

    Super review, Amy! <33

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    1. This really was a fun book. I never was bored with it at all.

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  3. I'm not actually sure if the romance moved swiftly or not. Like when I thought three days had passed at the new school, it later said a week and a half, so I'm not sure if time was passing without me marking it. I just do not know.

    This was fun, though.

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    1. Hmmm you're right. I think more time passed then I really though maybe. It was a fun book though, and the romance was totally believable.

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  4. Oh this sounds like a fun read! I love the idea of super powers but it makes me sad that she is a one and longs to have her second power emerge. Sounds like there is also a great love interest in this one. Also, that cover is great!

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  5. This looks like a really fun read, Amy! I definitely need to check it out once it comes out. I haven't read a fun supernatural book in a long time and this sounds perfect me. I love the sound of the characters and I can't wait to meet them!
    Great review, Amy!

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  6. This sounds good! Its the first I have heard of it but the concept sounds very fun!

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  7. Oh cool I had no idea what they was about before. I always love books where people have superpowers so I think I'd really like this one! For some reason I thought this was a sequel O_O I know the author is definitely familiar she must've written something else I know of. Anyways, glad you enjoyed it, muffin cups!

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  8. Honestly, there's been a ton of buzz about this one, and I think this book may be one that gets picked up by a bigger publisher. Nonetheless, the concept sounds really cool, and it's great that the author actually explains things, instead of chucking you into the story, leaving you to fend for yourself (I've had this experience one too many times, if you can't tell... ;)). The romance, although swathed in secrets, sounds lovely, and as do all of the characters. It's great to know that the parents actually play a part in this story, for once!! What a nice change in YA.

    Lovely review, Amy! I don't really read self-published books, but I just may have to pick this one up. <3

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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  9. I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but I'm glad you liked this one. I love the cover!

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  10. I freaking LOVED this book, too, Amy. I am part of her street team so I got to read it early but I just bought it today and am reading it again. I love Merrin's voice and how she struggles with wanting to fit in/wanting to be normal, and what IS normal?, and I also love how she doesn't want to depend on anybody and how hard it is to admit that. I really hope this gets picked up with a bigger publisher but even if it doesn't...it is a great story and well-written. Some self published books I have read are a struggle to get through but ONE was clean, fun and there weren't spelling errors every so often. I can't freaking wait for the sequel. :)

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  11. Great review. Need to read this one asap.

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  12. This sounds like a great book! Plus the cover is awesome :)

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  13. Glad you enjoyed One. I've seen a great batch of positive reviews for this. Great review, Amy.

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  14. ooh this sounds great!! I love the story about One's and Super's and all that! Elias also sounds like a great character! Fantastic review, I'll definitely add this to my TBR list!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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  15. Yay I'm glad you loved One so much! I have to admit, the cover is what first intrigued me, but now that I'm reading your review, I love the sound of it. The fact that she's a little obsessed over her second power kind of makes me wonder if she ever gets that second power, and Merrin does sound really great, and so does Elias. A believable romance is also wonderful because there have been a lot of insta-love cases recently, so I'm happy that this book didn't have that in it!

    Fantastic review Amy :)

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  16. I thought the author did a great job with the world-building in this one. And I really liked the characters too! Awesome review, chick!

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  17. This one looks really good and I'm very intrigued. After reading your thoughts I'm even more interested in it. I like that all the different genres are mixed in well. I have to add this to the list! Great review!

    Vi
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
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