Sofia is a 17 year old who is quite content with her life. She has a caring boyfriend who also just happens to be her best friend since birth. She has a loving mother. She is successfully completing her last year of high school and enjoys her part-time job. She can’t imagine wanting more from her life…until Ar’ch (pronounced Ar-rick) enters her dreams, sparking a burning flame inside of her that she can’t seem to extinguish nor does she want to.
Ar’ch is a Diasodz (Die-ah-sodz), a species created by the Goddess back when God created humans. Diasodz were made to heal and protect humans, but when the Diasodz turned their backs on helping humans and left Earth to live in their own world, the Goddess abandoned them. Since then, their powers and their very lives have been fading. A prophecy foretold that a young girl born on Earth would be the Diasodz’s savior. Ar’ch and his brother, Angel, travel to Earth to retrieve her and bring her back to their world before her death day in order to save their kind. Ar’ch knows the drill: find the target, capture her, and safely bring her home. But what happens when the target captures his dormant heart?
Choices create action. Actions have consequences. When faced with the truth, what choice will Sofia make? Will she be able to accept the consequences that follow?
For me this is a re-read, and so I knew what was coming from the story itself. My expectations were pretty high, since I remember enjoying the tale the first time I read through. This review will be a blend of the first and second readings.
After meeting Ms. Calleiro through her interview, and her main character Ar’ch, I couldn’t resist picking up the book to see what it was about. When I first started reading, I didn’t check the genre, so thought I’d gotten pulled into a romance. There is a little bit of that, but this definitely falls into the world of fantasy.
Though the most of this installment of the story is based on Earth, Ms. Calleiro takes the time to build up the town where the action takes place. And, to be truthful, she does a wonderful job – pick just about any small-town-USA setting, with an active town square, and this tale would fit right in. There are enough references to the times to date the piece, which is not a bad thing. It gives the over all story a rock solid foundation for the rest of the fun to build on.
While the world building is great, this is where Ms. Calleiro’s skills really get to shine. She takes several common character tropes, allows them to hang out front and center, yet makes them enjoyable again.
The trope that really stands out actually comes from the title itself-“The One”-and while this holds true for the main character, she does not come across as one-dimensional. She has her flaws, virtues, and strengths along with the other characters. Throughout, figuring out who belongs on which side of the antagonist/protagonist divide remains a fun guessing game – some are quite obvious, others not so much. This provides a fine warp and weft for the tapestry each character makes to add onto the overall final picture.
There are a few times where the insistence by Ar’ch and a couple other characters that Sophia is special is a tad thick, her own disbelief helps to provide the tension within the story itself. The characters themselves come across as real as someone you might bump into tomorrow – the smug “I know I look good, and I want others to know it too” type that just makes you want to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads in the middle of a snow storm. The “Um, you’re going to get us into a world of hurt” type that draws you in to trust them implicitly, because while they are flawed, they are also brutally honest. The absolute skeptic who provides a sense of relief when things are going too good. And, the “You aren’t going anywhere without me” type who just want to protect and mother everyone they encounter.
Overall, the pacing is well done. This is a YA book, so it’s not quite as heart pounding as some others I’ve read, nor is it as laid back bucolic as a few of my favorites. Ms. Calleiro allowed the story to have a natural ebb and flow to the action, which really helps bring the scenes to life. The only quibble I had is in the last couple of chapters – things do begin to feel a little rushed, though not enough to break the story.
Definitely a full 5 out of 5 paws from this pukah. It is a debut novel, so there are a few minor flaws, but nothing that will jar you out of the story. And, really nothing that detracts from the tale being told. It almost is in retrospect that they start to dull the glitter of this wonderfully written book.
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