Jul 8, 2015

The Elect (Allison's Story #1) by Elle Todd - My review

Allison Noble never liked the Baileys. They were too good-looking, too popular, too charming to be legitimate. For most of their high school career she avoided the pair, convinced their outward affability was just a ruse to disguise their true character. Okay, yeah, she’s a little neurotic. Even so, she never suspected that what they were hiding was dangerous. It never occurred to her that they might have abilities based more in fiction than reality. Why would it? People can’t produce fire with their bare hands. There are no such things as mind control and telekinesis. Except, she discovers, there are.

The Baileys are Elect, gifted with supernatural powers Allison is able to not only sense, but use herself. In the history of the Elect, there has never been one such as she, and with good reason. Because she wasn’t born to such power, she has a difficult time controlling it. Accidents happen, putting them all at risk. As others draw near—some who wish to protect her, others who want to destroy her—she is forced to uncover the secrets of her past, and face the consequences of being what her own kind refers to as an abomination.

About


Elle Todd is the author of the YA series, Allison’s Story. She doesn’t have an agenda and can’t offer any legitimate advice. These are merely the random thoughts of a random person that will likely be of little help to you. Enjoy!

 

 

My Review


Ah! at last!  a well written YA story.

If you look for a lot of melodrama, you wont got it in this book. The story is written in a very precise language without all the unnecessary rattling that you find in most YA books and it really refreshing for me as a reviewer. I couldn't put it down all the time wanted to now what will happen next.

The paranormal elements does not take the center of the stage. Though, are a exit in the background, they fully merge in the last hundred or so pages.

The main character Allison is not a typical heroine - she is the type that prefer to hide in the background (the one that her external look will not project any saying) she isn't Barbi and she isn't a tomboy. She is bright and plain looking and she feel comfortable with that. Her humor tend to go on the sarcastic range of the spectrum, I found myself too many times smiling to that. She’s neither neither strong nor weak. She doesn’t spend the book fawning over some boy, but rather discovering her own potential. She is also a very loyal friend who will put the need of her BFF before her needs.

At last we see a heroin that really know how to use her brain. Usually, to cover for this kind of a real use of logic, the authors tend to mention it a lot along the plot without the "meat" to support it. For example, when three attractive young men started trying to hang out with her and her BFF... Allison immediately realizing that something isn't add up, and she don't lose her head and fall for the pretty charming guys.

I think, that what make the story are the characters, they give it life, from Delaney’s wit, to Nate’s charm.

Nate, Ryan and Jeremy belong to the Elect. The elect are gifted with supernatural powers. At age sixteen Allison start not only to sense this powers, but also use them herself. In the history of the Elect, there has never been one such as she, and with good reason. Because she wasn’t born to such power, she has a difficult time controlling it.
Summery - I did enjoy the reading so much that now I'm starting the next book "The Vanguard" and hope that the author will succeed to keep the same spirit.
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