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June 14, 2013

One by Leigh Ann Kopans

Title: One
Author: Leigh Ann Kopans
Publisher: Self
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Recieved From: Part of blog tour

Synopsis:  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.

Review: I do not read many self-published books but because I knew the publicist I decided to give this one a try.

I am a science geek. Not nearly as big of one as Merrin but a science geek none the less and so I liked the fictional scientific jargon and integration into the story. I liked seeing how the powers came to be and like Merrin I liked understanding them in a deeper way. The fact that there was an explination to the powers was really cool, it made the story more real rather than just having them magically have powers.

For the first half of the book I found Merrin to be kind of annoying, she is so into not being a one anymore. She's just magically so smart and thin though she lives on junk food, stuff like that. Nothing big. But once I got deeper into the story I became a bigger fan of her. Especially when her loyalty was put to the test.

I loved learning more about the Hub and what they were doing. So the last 1/4th of the book was my favorite. Probably a result of the science geek in me. Though I do have to say that the endig of the book seemed a little rushed and I think it would have been better a little more drawn out rather than the rest of the book which was a little too drawn out.

The beginning had a little too much info-dumping but besides that and the draw out first half of the book I really liked it.

But basically if you are looking to self-publish this is the way you should do it. With a quality book and quality cover.

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