Review + Giveaway: One by Leigh Ann Kopans

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

You guys, One by Leigh Ann Kopans is finally here!!! I've been pining to read this one ever since I heard about it and I'm so glad that I got it for early review! So check out my review, join the giveaway and get your copy now!

One
Title: One
Author: Leigh Ann Kopans
Date of Publication: June 11, 2013

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.

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Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much to Kelly of InkSlinger PR for the chance to read One even before the release date! Seriously, Kelly, you publicize the BEST books. I've been pining for One ever since I heard of it and to finally read it was just bliss.

Dangle in superpowers to me and I will take up that bait anytime. That was what happened to me with One. The instant I read the word powers in the blurb, I immediately clicked the Want to Read button on Goodreads. The premise sounded right up my alley. Not only it is a novel about teens with superpowers (or half of a superpower, that is), it tackles a theme most teens feel strongly about -- being not good enough. Moreover, the cover is BEYOND COOL AND PRETTY AND APT that I had to, need to, get my grubby paws on this one. And another novel got on my awesome superpower novel list.

In the world of One, which is a very hi-tech and far from today version of our world, there are the Supers and the Normals. And the Ones. Supers have powers and to be a Super, you'd have to at least have two powers. For example, flying would need the ability to float and to push air or move. Merrin can only float and that makes her a One. And having not exhibited her second power, she transfers from Superior High to Nelson "Normal" High. There she meets Elias VanDyne and I just about died. Seriously, Elias might not be a geek but he's wearing glasses! That alone had me all squeaking with giddiness. Anyway, back to the plot. Merrin tries to push Elias away, after all, but there's this physical buzz she feels when he's near. Then he learns he's also a One and gets pulled to his ragtag group of friends, who are also Ones. One afternoon, in the cornfields of Nebraska, they discover that they can combine their powers and actually fly. That goes along well until the Hub, the one place Merrin wants to work for to improve Ones into Supers, isn't exactly the altruistic research center it claims it to be.

Wonderful, exciting and unique premise and story world? Check. In all the visible and invisible boxes. One was jam-packed with small and big conflicts alike, making the reader all the more invested with each turn of a page. I couldn't stop reading One as I just plowed through it, sacrificing sleep and all. For a sci-fi lover like me, this is the bomb! Moreover, the attention to detail and the research Leigh Ann has done instantly made me a fan. One is full of mentions of genes, mutations, genetics, EPIGENETICS, organic chemistry, spectroscopy, NMR and a whole lot of nerdy science terms. Guys, I studied all of this stuff. I can't even explain how giddy I got when epigenetics was mentioned. Most novels dealing with superpowers explained mutations but in a very fleeting way. But in here, the science is real. I assure you with my diploma that One is scientifically correct. Sure, it's fiction but if you take the science employed in One, it makes sense. So for all geneticists and molecular biologists out there looking for field-related fiction, check this out!

So out with my gushing about the science. I know some people might stay away from One because of that but fear not as Leigh Ann has made it easy to understand. She explained things casually so you won't need any background to get into it. Which is great. So great. Let's get on with the characters!

Merrin was a one-of-a-kind character for me. She plays the drums! She studies grad-school level organic chemistry! She is my hero. I have also never read a heroine who stutters as much or who doesn't seem to finish her sentences but that made her endearing for me. Who hasn't lost their tongue talking to a guy? And in this case, a guy like Elias? Elias VanDyne (what a beautiful name) is so swoon-worthy, it's not even legal. So he doesn't have a rocking body but he's kind of lanky and tall and totally my type! He wears glasses! He's so sweet, sweeter than caramel! His house is awesome! (Leigh Ann, the VanDyne entertainment room/theater room is officially my dream TV room.) He's funny and he's just so dreamy yet real. His manners, oh, I just about shrieked tons of times because of his manners. He is totally my kind of guy. The other characters weren't as fleshed out as these two but that's understandable as they were minor characters. And that the focus of the novel is truly Merrin and Elias.

The romance was really sweet but clean. That didn't stop my heart from pitter-pattering. The scenes, the lines, THAT PERFECT LAST LINE, I was in Swoonsville. Thank you, Leigh Ann, for writing One. Thank you. Additionally, the dialogues felt natural and real, which was greatly appreciated. With all the science, I thought it might get clinical but it was totally teenspeak. I do want to warn you that it's kind of an instalove story. Oh! An instalove novel that Dianne actually likes? Yes, I didn't know I would find one novel where I detected instalove pretty early but that I will love. I guess I really really like the characters and the whole premise of the novel that I overlooked one huge dealbreaker for me. Sure, their powers match and when their powers are combined, they can fly. Sure, they told time and again that they love each other not because the other can make them fly. All red flags of a questionable romance for me and an instalove at that. But you know what? I didn't care. AT ALL. I am swallowing my own words and I am actually loving a book with an instalove, which I pretty much hate with every fiber of my being. See how awesome One is? You should.

So my review's all over the place but I just can't express into words how much I enjoyed One. I know that sounds like an excuse because heck, I review books and I'm supposed to have words for my thoughts. Just think of it like this. It felt like I was flying or on cloud nine while I read this. It was so fun and satisfying and enjoyable to read. I assure you, you will have a blast reading One.

Geekier, nerdier, sweeter and more action-packed than I thought it would be, One took me by surprise by crushing my expectations (and I had high ones) to the ground and pegging nothing but awe and admiration for Leigh Ann Kopans. One flew me to the moon with its impeccable sci-fi world and dolphin-sounds-inducing romance. I highly recommend this novel to comic book lovers, superpower-loving readers and all around fans of sweet crossover YA romances. I will definitely read the sequel if there's one and if there's none, I will beg Leigh Ann to write one.

About Leigh Ann Kopans

Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Her debut novel, ONE, is about a girl with only half a superpower, the boy who makes her fly, and her struggle to make herself whole.

Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)


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8 comments:

  1. This sounds really, really good, and quite different.

    Great review, thanks.

    Sarah

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Sarah! Go pick it up! :D

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  2. Haha, you're like me, every time I see a glasses guy as the love interest in comics/manga, my heart just melts a little. I find them quite rare in the YA genre, so I may try this one although superpower stories aren't really my thing. Hopefully, my nitpicky side would suspend its disbelief just a little ;)

    Faye @ The Social Potato Reviews

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    1. Aaaaww, I love sci-fi! But I'm not much of a paranormal reader. Yes, you have to suspend disbelief most of the time with sci-fi but I really enjoy it as a form of escapism. And, guys in glasses! Thanks for dropping by, Faye! :D

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  3. Awesome review, Dianne! I sure want to read this ONE! :)

    Kyle @ The Selkie Reads Stories

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    1. Thank you for reading my review and yey, commenting! Hope you get to read One soon! :D

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  4. This sounds like a really good book :) I've only just discovered your blog but it looks like you're into similar kind of books I am (I post reviews at a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk if you want to take a look), I'm looking forward to reading more of your reviews!

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    1. Just checked your blog! You seem to love dystopia too! I love anything with a dash of sci-fi. Thanks for dropping by my blog and I'm so over the moon right now that you discovered it! Thank you for your kind words and hope to see you more around this corner of the web!

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