by LeighAnn Kopans
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Published: June 11th 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.
For my stop on the blog tour, I'm sharing the author's top ten favorite books. Check it out!
TOP TEN FAVORITE BOOKS
TOP TEN FAVORITE BOOKS
Thank you so much for having me over to the blog today, Sab! I’ve never been asked to make a list of my top ten favorite books, and this was definitely a fun trip down memory lane (and through my Kindle, a little bit!) Here they are!
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak – I think this is one of the most brilliant books ever written. Sendak captured so many deep, rich ideas in just the few hundred words and illustrations in this story, so much so that even as an adult, it brings tears to my eyes.
1984 by George Orwell – This was the first-ever dystopian novel I ever read, back in Junior High. I’ll never forget the twisting in my stomach and the sinking dread as I realized along with the main character what a truly horrible world he lived in. I actually think THE GIVER was more engagingly written, but for some reason this just tugged at me in a much more profound way. It was cold, and distant, which I think resonated with me in that context.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – This was my first-ever book love. Jane pulled herself up by her bootstraps, got the rich, broody guy, and then got chased out of his house by his crazy attic wife. What’s not to love?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - Jane was so smart and sharp and funny. And SMART. And the relationships between all these people were so intricate and bordered in with societal rules and that MADE THE PLOT, you guys, and her brilliance just blows my mind.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – I *was* Meg Murry when I was a kid. Awkward, sullen, and too smart for my own good. This book was brilliant with themes I couldn’t even see until I read and loved it as an adult. Also, Calvin O’Keefe was my first book boyfriend. I still think he’s dreamy.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore – This book was so brilliant in the way that it showed both the strong and vulnerable sides of the heroine. And that writing is like a cashmere blanket – you just want to wrap yourself up in it and never leave. Definitely a go-to comfort read. Also: Superpowers!
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – This book was so rich, so complex, so deliciously written, that the fact that it’s about zombies is both surprising and brilliant. Amazing work. I’d recommend it to anyone.
Easy by Tammara Webber – I love this book because I work with and love college students, and I think it’s an amazing book that fits in perfectly between YA Coming-of-Age and Adult. The voice is great, the issues are real, and the characters are lovely.
Little Women by Lousia May Alcott – The first book I ever cried over. *sigh* Upon reaching adulthood, I realized that Jo March, with her career-chasing, husband-refusing ways, was the first ever BAMF feminist role model of American literature. High fives to Miss Alcott. Which brings me to…
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – This is straight-up incredible literature. I loved all three books – maybe I loved the third most of all. Such incredible examination into human nature, the fight for power and autonomy, and the ways to most easily influence it. Also: Peeta is the best character in the books, and the hero of the series, hands down. Love love love love love it.
Thanks again for having me! I’ve loved writing up this list, and I’d LOVE to hear from your readers – what are YOUR all-time favorite books?
About the author
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.)