Today it is my great pleasure to offer you an interview with debut YA author, Leigh Ann Kopans, and to introduce you to her AMAZING novel ONE. I was privileged enough to have reviewed an ARC of this novel, and have included my review of it (spoiler: I GAVE IT ALL THE STARS) at the end of this interview.
First, here is the stunningly beautiful cover and the blurb:
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
MY REVIEW: While this story is about superheroes, it wasn't about the X-men or Avengers-type of superhero. It is so much more about the superhero potential that we all have in us. And what better character to help us explore that potential than Merrin? She is a One, which means she has been given less of a potential in terms of her powers, relative to the Supers around her. But she perseveres and works toward her goals, and she is strong, determined, and incredibly independent; what she lacks in her second power, she more than makes up for with her inner strength. Along the way, Merrin meets a boy named Elias and other Ones that have similar challenges to herself. I fell in love with Merrin's character even more as I saw her relationship with these other characters develop, and particularly as I read about Merrin and Elias - as independent as she is, Merrin is still her own individual, but her romance and chemistry with Elias is as real as all of Leigh Ann's wonderful characters. AND (if you need even more incentive to read this awesome story), ONE also incorporates an intriguing dystopian plot that is intelligent and full of twists that keep you glued to the page to the very end. There are suspenseful moments, and touching moments (make sure you have a few tissues handy), and the ending is absolutely sublime.
My rating? 5 STARS OF MYTHICAL PROPORTIONS * * * * *
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