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Reviewed by JJ Phillips for Readers' Favorite
Emerge: The Awakening is a young adult story by Melissa A. Craven that is a paranormal and a romance all rolled into one. Allie is used to people acting aloof around her. She knows she is different, but she doesn’t understand why until she meets Aidan. Aidan is the first person to act normal around her. He isn’t afraid to be around her and is nice to her when everyone else keeps their distance. Although Allie doesn’t know it yet, she and Aidan are similar. They are both Immortal and have special powers. Allie struggles to accept the new Immortal lifestyle. She has a hard time shutting off what she learned as a mortal, and can’t acclimate into Immortal status as easily as those who always knew what they were. But Allie has Aidan. They quickly become friends…but Allie isn’t sure if she is ready for more. She’s already had so much change in her life. Can she handle the biggest one yet?
I enjoyed Emerge. It is a nice paranormal romance that focuses on a young girl who doesn’t quite fit in and who is trying to figure out why. She wants to be a better friend and have those special relationships, but she doesn’t trust herself (or others) and has a hard time letting go of that fear. I think this story has a good message for young readers, especially young girls. Craven did a nice job of packaging that message into a fun, paranormal action story that readers can get excited about, with a romance that will get them talking, too.