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About the Author
- Publication date : January 25, 2014
- File size : 1930 KB
- Print length : 306 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Yvette M. Calleiro; 1st edition (January 25, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00I4L2Q40
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1495338975
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,381,036 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is an interesting sci-fi YA novel with the unusual premise of a superior race of human-looking people called Diasodz, who have a variety of different powers such as an ability to heal, and who live in a different dimension to humans. I liked the idea of a different dimension rather than a different planet and I also enjoyed the parallels between life in their dimension and life in the human dimension such as their serving of a goddess.
Sophia is an ordinary, if pretty, teenage girl who is growing up in a single parent family. Her mother works very hard to support them both and give Sophia a good life. Sophia is an excellent student and is working hard towards gaining acceptance into a college of her choice. Sophia has a boyfriend, Rafe, who has been her best friend since birth and who is the son of her mother's good friend, Damiana.
The story starts with Sophia have a very life-like dream which features a gorgeous man. Before she can find out who he is she wakes up. A short while later, Sophia meets this same man at the café where she works as a waitress. At the same time, Angel, a new-comer to her high school, comes into her life and befriends both Rafe and herself.
It soon turns out that Angel is the younger brother of the gorgeous man named Ar'ch. As Sophia gets to know them both better, all sorts of unusual and strange events start to happen in Sophia's previously peaceful life. In addition, Sophia develops a strong attraction for Ar'ch which puts her in a complicated situation with Rafe, who is theoretically her boyfriend but with whom she has a platonic relationship.
Sophia was a lovely character and very typical of an overly sheltered teenage girl. Her reactions to Ar'ch and the attraction she feels for him were perfect for a YA novel. I enjoyed Sophia's loyalty to both her mother and Rafe and also her hard working tendencies which send a good message about the path to achievement to young readers.
Ar'ch was an interesting character. A play boy who has always had lots of female attention, he falls hard for Sophia. He tries to resist his attraction to her as she is part of his "mission" to earth and he is trying to be professional. Some of his behaviour seemed a bit unlikely for a man of his experience and age, but he was still enjoyable and I enjoyed hearing about him.
The ending as it related to Rafe was unexpected to me as I expected more to come in respect of this particular character. His reactions and behaviours were a bit unusual for a young man of his age and I thought this might lead to a bigger role for his in the future books. I have yet to see if that will be the case or not.
The story moved quite slowly for the first half of the book and there was a strong focus on the potential romance between Sophia and Ar'ch but the pace picked up hugely during the second half of the book and there was a lot of excitement and the introduction of new evil characters which made it highly entertaining.
This book will appeal to readers who enjoy sci-fi with a strong romantic element.
I enjoyed the book though it was obviously written for young adults. The suspense of what was going to happen next kept me interested. How long was Sofia going to be able to keep her secret admirer from her boyfriend? How were the two aliens going to convince Sofia to leave her world to save theirs? Did she have to die to go to the other world? How was the trip to their world to be made? What would happen to her boyfriend?
On top of these driving questions, there was also Sofia’s mother who knew of the parallel universe and what was to happen but didn’t prepare Sofia for this fate. And then, Sofia’s mother’s best friend was public enemy #1 in the parallel universe but was living in Sofia’s human world. How was this all to play out? So you see, there is quite a bit to hold your interest.
There were a few errors, mostly toward the end of the book. The book was intended for people much younger than me, but I feel the book still deserves five stars. If you like fantasy and especially not a senior like me, I’m sure you’ll want to rate it even higher. I encourage you to give this book a chance. I do not regret buying my copy. I’m sure you won’t either.
I like the creativity the author uses in distinguishing the Diasodz from humans and revealing their powers through Ar'ch and Angel.
I actually do believe there is a parallel universe we cannot see, a spiritual world, alongside our physical one so I loved how this came out when Ar'ch and Angel were fighting the deminions (lower-level demons) but to Sophia, it just looked like they were looking at the fountain.
I look forward to learning more about the Diasodz, the Goddess, and even more about Valorie and Nolan and what the other world is like. I want to know what Damiana and Drake are really up to and if Mel had a greater role than being Sophia's best friend. What was she doing at the Main Street Fountain anyway? And I don't believe what she said to Sophia about that phone conversation either. I wonder if she was talking to someone else. Her constant proclamations about how she's there for Sophia just seems kinda fake so I wonder if there's something else going on. And what's with Sophia's mom Liana staying behind? Something smells kinda fishy and I'm excited to find out. I wanted to read a later book in the series but I'm glad I started at the beginning!
On to book two...
Top reviews from other countries
Sofia is a seventeen year old in her final year of school. Up until this point, her life has been normal. Then she meets a mysterious, and good looking, guy in her dreams. It turns out her life isn't what she thought it had been, and she has been living a lie all these years.
This book has all the ingredients to make it great: storyline, magic, mystery, romance, drama, etc. Unfortunately, the execution is wanting. The writing is repetitive, and lacks spark. The different points of view all feel as though they are the same voice for the most part. The author has massive potential, but needs to invest in an editor. I desperately wanted to enjoy this book, but found myself bored by 18% of the way in, and it became a chore to read on for much of the rest of the novel. Such a shame. I love YA. I love Fantasy. I love anything with paranormal/magical elements. Yet, somehow, I just could not love this book.
I offer three out of five stars for The One Discovered, and could see myself upgrading this to four or five with the right kind of editing. I feel that author Yvette M. Calleiro is one to watch in the future, even if this first book in the series could use a thorough revision. There were some instances in the narrative that were unique, and it is obvious there is a great imagination at work here. With the correct technical help, this author could be fantastic.
The story is full of fantasy and suspense with a cliff-hanger ending that makes me desperate to read the next book!
I enjoyed all the central characters and for a debut novel I think the author has done a brilliant job. Would make a great film!
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