Dream Review of T. M. Franklin’s MORE: Young Adult Finalist for Best Indie Book of 2013

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The New Kindle Book Review is running its Best Indie Books of the Year awards. Top five finalists for the 2013 awards in various genres were announced September 1, 2013. In keeping with our tradition established last year in the first year of the awards, we have asked each of the finalists who care to participate to provide us two pieces: a dream interview and a dream review. Although the dream interviews will appear under my byline, the posts are the work of the finalist authors. We hope you enjoy them and use them as an introduction to the works of these fine writers. MORE by T. M. Franklin is a Top 5 Finalist for Best Indie Book of 2013 in the Young Adult category.

T. M. Franklin Presents her Dream Review of MORE

After Reading MORE, I Want MORE!

By Clark Kent

General Assignment Reporter with The Daily Planet

T.M. Franklin
T.M. Franklin

Usually, I spend my time covering crime and corruption in Metropolis, but even this reporter gets a weekend off now and then, and I do like to indulge in a good book in my off time. When I finished MORE by T.M. Franklin, I all but broke down the door to my Editor-in-Chief’s office and asked for the chance to moonlight with a book review column.

He agreed. After I agreed to fix his door.

They just don’t make them like they used to.

MORE is marketed as a Young Adult novel, but I have to say even older readers will enjoy this tale of an ordinary girl (who’s not so ordinary,) an awkward boy (who’s not quite what he seems,) and an ancient race of people with superhuman abilities who live in the shadows of the human world.

It must be something to have powers like that. But you know what they say, “with great power comes great responsibility.” (That was Voltaire, by the way, long before that comic book guy.) And Caleb Foster and the First Race take that responsibility seriously. Their mission is to help humans along in their development, but only secondary to keeping their existence a secret.

As for Ava Michaels . . . well, they think Ava could possibly expose them. Why they see her as a potential threat, and how Ava deals with it –  I don’t want to give too much away, but the resulting chase and showdown had me on the edge of my seat.

My colleague, Lois Lane, is the one who recommended this book to me. She really identified with Ava and found her to be a bright and courageous heroine, who dealt with every challenge with determination and an inherent feistiness she found appealing.

I agree, but I have to admit that I identified more with Caleb.

The idea that Caleb had certain abilities he had to keep hidden from the human world endeared him to me. You could really relate to a man who has to pretend to be something else, out of a duty to protect those he holds dear. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of a hero.

Or so I’ve been told.

Clark Kent is a General Assignment Reporter with the Daily Planet. In addition to reading, he enjoys exploring Metropolis’ many phone booths in his off hours. He’s especially well known for his many award-winning interviews with Superman, and always seems to be in the right place at the right time.

About MORE 

Ava Michaels used to think she was special.

As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But 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 meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.

Because Caleb isn’t 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. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she’s not actually normal . . . she’s not even just special.

She’s a little bit more.

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