by Gloria Craw
Release Date: 01/06/15
Summary from Goodreads:
I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.
Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…
We enter the story knowing that Alison was adopted by the McKyes, prior to being adopted by them she spent a good deal of time bouncing around foster homes. She finally ended up with the McKeys -- a family that she adores and adores her. She has always known that she was different and when she meets a stranger at a park (3 years prior to the timeline of this book) he confirms her suspicions that she is in fact different and tells her that she’s a Dewing, a descendent of a superhuman species who were the original Atlantians. He also offers her some advice: "hide herself and her powers as there are people out there who would kill her family or harm her for her power".
Since that interaction with the stranger at the park 3 years prior she does a good job at remaining hidden until Ian and Brandi stroll into her school and her life. They keep prodding Alison and Allison has no clue why these two want to be friends with her so badly when clearly she is trying to keep a low profile. Brandy won’t let Allison remain in the background and Ian points out that by trying to remain in the background she is actually making herself more noticed as that's not normal teenage behavior (thankfully Ian points that out b/c that's what I was personally thinking the entire beginning of this book -- and it was kinda annoying me how much in the background she tried to remain and how she did it! It was pretty clear to me that how she was acting was making her stand out more as it very clearly wasn't normal).
At this point in the book the action seriously starts coming and you will not be able to put the book down.
The characters are believable (even with all their special and cool talents). I liked the leading character, Allison but the side characters were all fantastic! Brandi was hilarious. Ian was extremely good-looking, broody, strong, but yet funny too. Even Lillian who put off a slightly scary vibe was awesome as by the end you really show her love for Allison shine through. Ian's Parents -- great additions to the story as well. The romance was light but you saw the connection between Alison and Ian. The backstory did not come quick enough for me. But once I understood more about the Dewing background the book became a page turner which I didn’t want to put down. While I thought there was a slow start, some parts of the book were a little rushed -- I had to actually turn back and see what character had what powers as they were kinda just thrown out there upon meeting the characters. They were all very cool powers. I believe the book was written as a stand alone but I think this could easily become part of a series - and I really hope it does as I’d like to read more about what happens in the future to the characters. Would recommend for kids, young adults, and adults!
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