T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.In addition to MORE and its sequel, The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short stories A Piece of Cake and Window, which also won a Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Award for Short Story/Fantasy. Her new YA romance, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without a paranormal or fantasy element, although she believes love is the best kind of magic.TWELVE, the final installment in the MORE Trilogy will be released October 9, 2014.
The action-packed conclusion to the MORE Trilogy is here!
Ava Michaels is gifted, powerful, and — whether she likes it or not — part of a plot to take over the world.
It’s only been a few months since Ava Michaels discovered she has ties to an ancient people living in the shadows of the human world, despite their superior gifts and abilities. A select few don’t like hiding, however, and think it’s time to take control.
Now Ava’s caught up in a conspiracy in the works before she was even born. In fact, her birth was an integral part of the plan. She’s one of the Twelve, the most powerful Race ever created, and they were created for a purpose.
Turns out, Ava doesn’t like being told what to do.
All she wants is to start a new life with her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, but before they can even think about that, they must join forces with former enemies, seek out some powerful new friends, and figure out what exactly the Twelve, and their power-hungry leader, are up to.
Then, they have to find a way to stop them.
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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
There are just a few words for me to describe T.M. Franklin's Twelve, in fact the entire More Trilogy. Wow. Just, wow. It's freaking good. There are a few science fiction series that leave me entranced, and More is one of them.
I've long been fascinated with the concept of the Nephilim, or as they're known in other myths, changelings or demigods, with Merlin, Prometheus, Hercules, even the Eight Immortals of the Chinese, among the most prominent of them. The fact that they're common across cultures around the globe leads credence to the basic supposition of this series: they exist. Not only do they exist, they're alive and well while hidden in plain sight among us.
Ava had suspected she was different since she was a child, and it was all confirmed during college. She wasn't human; well, not exactly. She possessed powers and abilities to control matter in unimaginable ways and sense things beyond the norm. Perhaps not so strangely, she finds this out while studying physics. One sign? Her heterochromia, or differently colored eyes, which all Race have. Would Alexander the Great (who was rumored to have a hazel and a green eye), been thought of as one of the First Race? I wonder.
Caleb was Ava's assigned physics tutor and Protector. After they both defied the Council on their ruling on Ava, he became much more than that. It's only because of him that she is able to stand up to Elias and his machinations of the Twelve, through the power of their bond.
Their fight for freedom and justice put them through test after test despite their fear that the next one would leave the other without a mate. Yet they have no choice because of destiny's ruling. Or can they make their own choices and win?
I was tense throughout this entire series, always with a question on what would happen next! There is no definite pattern and no sure answers (or hints!) as to how More would end, except for me being 99% sure that Caleb's and Ava's love would be strong enough for them to battle the Twelve.
One main question that was never answered for me, though. If Lucy was just human, how come she saw Katherine when she was supposed to be veiled? It's strange for me and somehow doesn't make sense. Katherine's veil was stronger than most and a very powerful gift so why didn't it work on Lucy? This is the only reason behind the 4.5 stars because I felt it should have been something important for the Race to consider a possible threat.
All in all, Twelve was one of the best finales that I've read. The action jumps off the page, the descriptions are so vivid, and T.M. Franklin's writing is just spectacular. For her first series, kudos, kudos, kudos! My inner geek salutes you.