Tuesday, June 11, 2013

One (Review) + (Giveaway)

*Today is the release day launch of One by: Leigh Ann Kopans! It's her debut YA Fantasy novel and you can get it today!*

*Presented by: InkSlinger PR Blog Tours*

(One Universe, #1)

Release Date: June 11th, 2013
Genre(s): YA Fantasy/Romance

Review: (5/5 stars*)

Superheroes are appealing to everyone which is why One is so unique. It shows teenagers struggling to deal with age-related issues as well as discovering where they fit in—power-wise and life-wise. Merrin thinks she's less of a person and insignificant because she doesn't have a whole superpower. Instead she has half of one, and despite feeling worthless she never gives up on trying to become something more and I think that's a great message to send to readers. Never give up no matter how much others want you to, there is wisdom and strength found through perseverance. Merrin is an awesome heroine because she's protective of herself and refuses to accept her lower status in a world where she's looked down upon. She's direct, really smart, and strong-minded which is everything I really admire in a person. Then there's Elias who is tempting from the moment Merrin lays eyes on him. He's popular, good-looking with kaleidoscopic eyes, and he shares a common bond with Merrin that ties them together.

Merrin Grey is sixteen-years-old and a misfit among society because she is just a One. Being a One is hard on her because she has half a super-power. She can float—not fly—just hover a few inches above the ground. Her ability is useless while her family are all Supers. They have distinct and powerful gifts. The only thing that keeps Merrin going is the chance to get an internship working at the Hub. The Hub is where powers are tested, developed, and researched which gives her a shot at finding a way to make herself fly for good and bumping her from a One to a Super. But when she meets Elias VanDyne becoming a Super seems a lot less important because he's a One too. Together they discover that their half-powers when combined are significant and can change the future for all Ones. As Merrin gets closer to obtaining an internship the Hub's real initiative is revealed and everyone that she cares about is in danger.

I loved the Urban Fantasy world that's built it's interesting and full of potential for bigger things. The entire concept behind Ones and Supers is just a lot of fun to read about, if you love original superpower stories this is definitely one to pick up. Elias and Merrin's chemistry is wonderful; they have a lot in common and can relate so well and while you're reading you forget these are fictional characters. Merrin is self sufficient, full of independence, and as much as she relies on Elias she's completely capable of sticking up for herself which I liked. Elias reminds me of a young Clark Kent - he's adorable, protective of Merrin, and emotionally strong, and patient. He deeply understands Merrin and overlooks her outbursts and accepts her even when she has a difficult time accepting herself. Also he wears glasses, never have I read a novel where the leading male interest wears something considered a nerdy feature, it was refreshing! He may have a power but he still needs spectacles to see!

Overall One is impressively written, has compelling main & secondary characters, with suspensefully thrilling twists. I kept putting this novel down because I was afraid of reaching the end which I knew was bound to happen. The story just kept getting better with every page turn, and I loved every single second. The further into the story you get the more complex, enjoyable, and exciting it becomes and I can't stress how great this book was. It's one I'd easily recommend to fans of superhero stories, romance, and supernatural elements all within a contemporary setting. SUPERenjoyable.


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.

~About the Author~

 Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Her debut novel, ONE, is about a girl with only half a superpower, the boy who makes her fly, and her struggle to make herself whole.

Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)


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