Authors: Melody Carlson | Robin Parrish | Aaron M. Patterson | K.C. Neal
Release Date: October 14th, 2012
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Pages: 49 (ebook Kindle)
Genre: YA | Sci-Fi | Paranormal
Series: The ‘Naturals: Awakening Season #1
Read: on January 30th, 2015
Source & Shelf: NetGalley | Kobo
A small town full of secrets. A coming darkness. Teenagers with supernatural abilities. Think you know the story?
As Summer ends, the students at Silverwood High are getting ready to go back to school and resume their normal, everyday lives. Too bad “normal” is no longer an option.
When these teens get their very first tastes of what destiny has in store, will they embrace that destiny… or flee from it? Will they be selfless… or ruthless? Will they master their abilities… or will their abilities master them?
This is their awakening, the first step of an epic journey. But it’s only the beginning of something bigger than they could ever imagine.
Four teenagers. One town.
Four authors. One story.
The sleepy little town of Silverwood is about to wake up.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The concept of this book is quite interesting but it simply doesn’t work for me. Imagine a TV-series where each episode is only, let’s say, 30 minutes long and you have to wait till next episode for the story to develop. Yep, that seriously doesn’t work out for me… nope!
The problem with this book was exactly that. This contains four episodes with four different characters (and from four different authors) and you get a glimpse of the beginning of what could be a great paranormal series. You have four teenagers who, out of nowhere, begin to have these abilities they cannot explain. Cool, I like that! But the fact that this book is simply that, the beginning with no development whatsoever was what didn’t conquered me.
You don’t have enough information to even enjoy the characters, to have a relationship with them because, when you finally start to have a certain feeling towards them, you are suddenly thrown into a different one. And you don’t really grasp what is going on because each episode doesn’t give details to why these teenagers have these powers.
If this book had a little bit more of background story maybe I would have enjoyed it. But since it doesn’t, I don’t feel any connection to it.
Though I have to admit that the writing of each author was really good and rather attention-grabbing. The only problem was indeed the lack of development for a first book in a series of episodes.