Sunday, August 5, 2012

The One by Heather Self

Ok, so this is the debut book by my fellow Texan, Heather Self.  This book is serious good stuff.

The Blurb:

Stranded on Earth two thousand years they’ve waited for the arrival of the One: some to save her, others to kill her. With her birth, the ancient prophecy could at last be fulfilled and the doorway between the worlds would open. Those who know the prophecy believe this event occurred almost eighteen years ago, and now, they’ll stop at nothing to find her.

Seventeen-year-old Eveline has lived her entire life on the move and she hates it. She knows her parents believe she’s the One, and they’ve done whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of those who want her dead. But Eveline isn’t fully convinced that her parents’ beliefs match her own. What she does believe is that Leadville, Colorado may be the chance she’s been waiting for. The chance to be somewhere safe. The chance for her to make friends and have fun. The chance to finally date a guy. The chance to be a normal girl, at least as normal as possible for someone not human.

My thoughts:

Ok, so if I had to describe this book in a few short words it would be this...seriously original awesome urban fantasy.  Evy's race has been stranded on Earth for 2,000 years.  She is only 17 years old and her family hopes she is the One, the savior of her race that was prophesied about thousands of years ago.  One of the things I liked most about this book was that Evy's family did not try to hide who or what they were from their daughter.  I mean, how many books have you read where the main character's purpose was deliberately kept from him/her?  It was really refreshing.

So, let's talk about romance.  And boy, is there some romance in this book!  I have a love/hate relationship with love triangles.  There are two seriously HAWT boys who are vying for Evy's attention.  First, let me talk about Chase!  (OH MY GOODNESS!)  *dreamy sigh*  Chase is another member of the Kin and is 300 years old.  He is actually Evy's half-brother's older brother.  (really not too confusing!).  It's apparent that he is interested in Evy, but he has reservations about getting romantically involved with her.  He remains distant until the competition comes onto the scene.

Enter, Kieran.  Hot, Irish, motorcycle riding, Kieran.  Kieran is Narada, the sworn enemy of the Kin.  There is more to this guy than meets the eye, literally.  Evy instantly has a connection with him  that is H-O-T.  Now, what girl wouldn't love to have the attentions of an Aussie and Irishman?  AGAIN, *dreamy sigh*...

Let's not forget about Liam, Jenna, and Kai.  Liam is Evy's older half-brother and sworn protector.  He's swoon-worthy in his own right.  Jenna and Kai become the best friends Evy has looked for her entire life.  They are all great supporting characters.

I love how this book reads a lot like a movie.  I could picture the scenes in my head as I read them.  There were enough twists and turns and action scenes that make it a very quick, and enjoyable read.  I reallly cannot wait for the next book in the series.

If you are super interested in this book, you can check out the Heather Self week at Supagurl's blog site.  It is full of great character interviews and some scenes with different characters' points of view.  (My favorite is from Chase, of course!)


  1. Love triangle? Hardly. We all know who the better man is.

  2. I LOVE this book! Heather is a wonderful writer; her words flow so well and the characters are fantastic (especially Chase - yum)! There is never a dull moment in this book. Can't wait for the next one :)

    Another great review Beth. Thanks for sharing :)