Emerge: The Edge (Book 1.5)

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Emerge: The Edge (Book 1.5)
Publisher Name
Midnight Hour Studio
Age Group
14+
Published Date
September 29, 2015
ISBN Number
978-0-9909819-3-0
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Alienated by everything that sets him apart, Aidan McBrien suffers in silence. He is the most powerful Immortal of his generation, but he chooses to live behind a mask to protect himself, even from those he loves. They can never know how much he struggles just to get through each day, overwhelmed by the pain and loss of everyone around him. As Aidan fights a constant battle to control the gifts that threaten to push him over the edge, he dreads the day his world will look to him to fulfill a prophecy he doesn’t believe in. Allie Carmichael is dying inside and she doesn't even realize it. Half a world away, she endures the same isolation Aidan experiences, but in complete ignorance of her true nature. As she forges a hesitant friendship for the first time in years, Allie sees a tiny glimmer of the life she wants, and the person she wants to be, but her instincts tell her the timing is all wrong. Allie and Aidan's paths are about to converge. With others making decisions for them, will they ever truly understand the immeasurable power they posses, or the prophecy that might not be about Aidan after all? In this continuation of Emerge: The Awakening, you'll experience Aidan's point of view as the series progresses with exciting new twists and turns. A Dark Fantasy with themes of adoption, diversity, supernatural powers, and a strong female lead. _______________________________________ -- "This is hands down one of the better prequels I have read. This series is one to keep your eye on and tops my Indie Book list." YA Books Central -- "I couldn't put it down! Aidan's story is masterfully crafted to fill in all the gaps that would have slowed doen the fast pace of The Awakening--which was one of its best features." Amazon Reviewer -- "This is a story, and series, to get your teeth into and I have loved every moment." The Archaeolibrarian -- "I just can't get enough of this world and these characters! This series is so fresh!" The Book Goddess Emerge Awards: YA Books Central Top 4 Finalist - Best Indie books of 2016 (for Emerge: The Judgment, book 2) Winner 2016 RONE Awards for Best Cover Design 2015 Dante Rossetti YA Awards Finalist 2015 USA Best Book Awards Finalist 2015 International Book Awards Finalist Top 50 Indie Books of 2015 Recommended Reading Order: Emerge: The Awakening (Book 1) Emerge: The Edge (Book 1.5) Emerge: The Scholar (An Illustrated Character Journal) Emerge: The Volunteer (An Emerge Short Story) Emerge: The Judgment (Book 2) Emerge: The Captive (Book 3) Emerge: The Catalyst (Short Story available in Marked by Fate Origins Anthology) Emerge: The Heir (Coming soon)

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Put this in your TBR pile
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Once I read Emerge: The Awakening, I had to read more about these unique characters. There were so many questions left unanswered. Knowing The Edge was the prequel, I wanted to keep reading, but figured a lot of what I wanted to know probably wouldn't be addressed. But that wasn't the case.

What I loved about The Edge was that it gave more insight into the characters. Getting to know the motivation of the characters and witnessing their character growth in a whole new way. Often in story lines, you see how characters grow over time. With The Edge, you get to see just how far the characters have come before we even witness the events in The Awakening. I loved Aidan before and am completely enthralled with him as a character now. Seeing the depth of complexity of his background brings more insight into what happened in first book.

You definetley have to read The Awakening before opening The Edge. Even though it is a prequel,as a reader you won't have that same connection with the characters. You need to see where they are now before you see where they came from.

This is hands down one of the better prequels I have read. This series is one to keep your eye on and tops my Indie Book list.

Pick up for The Awakening and The Emerged. You won't be disappointed.
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Unique story line
Great prequel
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Blown Away!
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I want to start off by saying that I usually don't like prequels. They are usually boring because they start before the actual story. This though... I just can't get enough of this world and these characters. They seem so real. It was so nice to see their backstory and why they are the way they are. We actually get to see inside Aidan's head and to see all this flaws and it just made me love him more.

That's hat I meant by the characters seeming so real. They aren't perfect, they have flaws just like everyone else. But they try and raise above those things. Allie is so strong and such a good role model but I also love the fact that she's not strong all the time. No one can be strong all the time. It's an eye opener to see how they ere before they meet. They've really brought out the best in each other. They are such a perfect couple.


I also love the plot twist, I did not see that coming at all. It's so wonderful to not see a plot twist coming, I've gotten so good at catching the hints or just knowing it's coming but this! There are no words.This series is so fresh, I've said that before in my review for the first book but it's true. It's unlike any other book I've read and it's great! Read this novella and the first book. I know you'll love it so much.
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1) Real characters

2) Unique, nothing like it.

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Wonderful follow up!
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By now, we know Allie pretty well. We know the events that led her to her awakening and how this new world affected her. We saw her interactions with Aidan as they grew closer, but we didn't really know him.

Now we do.

Using Aidan's point of view, we come to understand him. He's had a rough life. Being so much more powerful than his family and friends, he has had to live with their constant struggles to be near him. He makes them uncomfortable even though they love him. It's lonely business, being at the top.

Power doesn't equal happiness. That's a constant them in this book. Aidan will change the world one day. He has the power to protect those he loves. But what's the cost to him.

I absolutely loved this book, even more than the first one. In my opinion, Aidan goes from a semi-pitiful kicked dog to a misunderstood, lonely guy. I no longer pity him, I just feel sad for him. It's not easy to write in a way that allows the reader to differentiate between the two feelings. Well done. This book is a gem.
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