The Awakening(Emerge # 1) by Melissa Craven Book Review

The Awakenng, EMege 1Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You’re born. You live. You die.
She has no cause to believe those rules don’t apply to her.
All her life, Allie has suffered in silence as those around her shrink from her touch, too intimidated to take the time to get to know her. It’s left her feeling like a pariah for fifteen years.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He isn’t affected by her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends.
For the first time ever, Allie knows what true friendship means. Finally, she has a real shot at normal–until “normal” crashes and burns when she wakes in agony on her sixteenth birthday. Aidan calls it her Awakening, a rite of passage he and their friends have all faced. Allie struggles in ignorance through the experience, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, she is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world of ancient Immortal beings.
A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.


Emerge: The Awakening is a story that is both confusing, entertaining and troublesome all at once. A book that you will certainly love—and will be impossible to forget.

The Awakening is the first book of the Emerge Series written by Melissa Craven. So, to give you a summary of the story, this is about a girl called Allie/Lex, who is avoided by everyone—and let’s add the fact that her family is constantly moving places, so friendships won’t last that long. Well, apparently, she is not your typical teenager. She got some powers under her sleeve, that she will later found out thanks to her newfound friend Aidan, who is just like her—Immortal and got some awesome powers.

So, let’s discuss the story. The story somehow reminds me of the “The Twilight Saga” I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing, especially to this review because honestly, I’m a big fan of those vampires who was often addressed as the sparkling, stupid leeches. Especially the first part—you know, the family of Allie going back to their hometown? I could actually hear the “They just moved in or they just moved back” scene playing in my mind, then the immortal thing, and the strong bond of Aidan’s Family, just like the Cullen’s.

Let’s omit the fact that I’m a fan of Twilight, and settled to the details from the book. So, the story can be categorized into three parts—in my opinion:

  • First: Introduction—the characters introductory, the setting, this is a common part of a book, and in this book, this part is written perfectly.
  • Second: Introduction(extended)—ugh, this is the oopsy part of the story. I think, this is the extended introduction because of the flashbacks—like every character in the first introduction got a flashback, every mentor got a flashback, too many stories, too many names—and with all honesty, this is the most off-part of this book. I can’t remember the names of the characters at this point, then they were sharing too many stories to Allie.. and I was like, fine, I’ll skip this part—I skipped Emma’s part but I re-read it, because, I realized late that the flashbacks are important, they held information that Allie will be used in the latter part! 
  • Third: The Beginning—Okay, this third part starts with the game, and that is where I totally enjoyed the book. That is where the real thrill of the story comes in—the action, the drama, the excitement—unfortunately, this is near the end, so you’ll definitely crave for the book two.

So, besides the too many names and too many flashbacks issue of this book, I still enjoyed it, especially in the latter part of the book when we get to know and understand who really Lex is? Also, the telepath thingy with Aidan? You can feel the emotion rushing in you, you can automatically feel the jealous, annoyance, even Aidan’s sacrifice for Lex? Ugh. It is so heartbreaking and saddening.

Would I recommend this book? Definitely! It is a must read, maybe I got confused by the names or their history, but come on, would you miss a good book because someone says it’s confusing? Ladies and Gents, read this book, I assure you, you won’t regret it. The storyline, the excitement and the romance is something you don’t want to miss.

DISCLAIMER: I requested for an ARC of this book in NetGalley and I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. The description and the cover of the book had caught my attention.

OverAll Rating


Emerge: The Awakening received a rating of Fourheavenly book goodness! Okay, so I gave it four stars because of the issues I personally encountered: Too many names that lead to confusion so does the flashback. But skipping that part, it still deserves a high rating because of the plot– the twist, the story itself, everything, it’s almost flawless.

My favorite quote in the book is: “Back atcha” HAHA. Just kidding. I just get attached at that line, and hearing those words will remind me of this book. So, here’s my favorite quote from the book:

   “I couldn’t survive losing you. Our friendship will have to be enough” -Allie, The Awakening by Melissa Craven

Book Details

The Awakenng, EMege 1animated-arrow-image-0192   Book Title: The Awakening

animated-arrow-image-0192   Author: Melissa Craven

animated-arrow-image-0192  Published Date: April 1, 2015

animated-arrow-image-0192  Publisher: Midnight Hour Studio

animated-arrow-image-0192   ISBN: 0990981991

About the Author

Melissa A. Craven

Melissa A. Craven (the “A” stands for Ann—in case you were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there.
Today, she is back in Atlanta—for some reason she can’t seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like “lake effect snow” and wind that will knock you flat.
Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.”
She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.
In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain


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2 thoughts on “The Awakening(Emerge # 1) by Melissa Craven Book Review

  1. This sounds like a good read. I agree that though confusing at times, the other flawless aspects give it a higher rating.

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