by LeighAnn Kopans

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When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.

If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub's research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they're not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they're busy falling for each other.

Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub's purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it's up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.

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BN ID: 2940016475325
Publisher: Leigh Ann Kopans
Publication date: 05/30/2013
Series: One Universe , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 343
File size: 983 KB

About the Author

Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen.

Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)

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LoriMLee More than 1 year ago
My 10yo's review: I think One is a very well organized book. It shares Merrin’s thoughts on why she wants to be a Super instead of a plain old Normal. Merrin Grey is the most determined girl I’ve ever read about. She’s very unique. She never gives up. Because when Elias’s in danger, she has to figure out a way to save him. Even if it risks her life or if she becomes some science experiment! But Elias is also always there to catch her if she falls. Literally. Merrin’s drum skills can impress a guy. But we all know that’s not the reason why Elias likes her. And they’re not the only people falling in love. I just love how the romance doesn’t end! The romance always come back, but along with friendship right next to it. The fantasy and the romance is what brings you into the book. You can’t stop reading once you’ve started. It sucks you in and takes you to a world of love, wonder and troubles that give them the challenges that life brings us. It’s that awesome. Leigh Ann is a wonderful writer. Her descriptive words and how she made up the characters’ personality is unbelievable. I want to write like her, and I wanted to be an author even more after I read Leigh Ann’s book. I think I just went supersonic. "You can only kick dust when you’re on the ground."
TaraAllen More than 1 year ago
The Good: The story is amazing. A fun, different take on superpowers. I read through it super fast to the exclusion of all else. There were many glares and sighs as my nose was stuck to the screen of my Kindle, but it was so worth it. Seriously, if I had all the moneys I would buy copies of this to just leave lying around for people to pick up. This isn't your usual spandex wearing superhero story. It goes deeper. I love the fact that in order to fly, you need a combination of powers that work together. I'd honestly never thought of it, but it makes perfect sense. Which is part of the draw for me. It makes me think: Oh yeah, that's totally how that would work if we had superpowers. LOVE IT!! I also love the characters. Merrin is such a great heroine. She's smart, strong, and she knows what she wants. She loves fiercely and fights like hell to save her family. I just want to hug her. Elias is totally swoon worthy. He's the sort of boyfriend every girl should have in highschool. He's sweet, confident, supportive. The best part about their relationship, for me anyway, is that neither of them loses their sense of self. Yes, they're in love and they can do amazing things together. But Merrin never gives up being herself or tries to be different to make Elias happy. Theirs is a healthy relationship that makes me all kinds of happy. No bad. Just read it. You won't be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Growing up as a fan of SuperHeroes, this book's description intrigued me. Finding out, through writing groups, about LAK, intrigued me even more. When this book came out, I snapped it up quickly, and promised myself to find the time to read it. I finalyl did this afternoon.. nearly seven weeks later. Right now, my biggest qestion is why I didn't read it sooner. And the second comment of course, is bring on TWO. This is a book which DOESN'T require suspending belief to enjoy. It's a YA Romance, and a detective story all rolled into ONE. Merrin's task of figuring out who to trust, and finding basis for not trusting others, comes up against a brick wall named Elias. Several points during this story had me cheering for both Merrin and Elias, and several other points gave me tears for both. This book is well worth everyone's time, and should be a runaway success with the YA mindset, and the adults who secretly cherish these books. I look Forward to TWO.
LadyJai More than 1 year ago
I've been skeptical about self-pub/indie authors for a while since I've had so many bad books I've read (or attempted to read). But when my friends, who share the same skepticism recommend her to me, well I just have to read. And I'm glad I did. A well written, engaging story with characters you can fall in love with.  Kopans' twist on superpowers is fresh. There's whole caste system, even amongst the Supers. I did enjoy this book. Despite it's being an eARC, I know she polished the final up from any typos I may have seen. So don't let that get to you. I love Merrin. I love seeing everything through her eyes and feeling everything she felt. I love Elias and the chemistry they share. And the science, very well done!  Can't wait to read TWO! 
Ambur More than 1 year ago
Ever since I laid eyes on One's beautiful cover months ago...I knew that I had to read it, and once I read the blurb, I was completely sold! And it completely delivered and even surpassed all of my expectations! :D I absolutely loved every single moment that I was reading One, and I definitely plan to read it again in the future! Leigh Ann Kopans has created a world that is not only imaginative, but is also reflective of world history as we know it. She has also created some of the most appealing and well-developed characters that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting through the written word. I absolutely loved Merrin, and I loved getting to know learn her insecurities, and see Elias help her finally repair the rifts that her past had created. I also loved all of the moments where Elias and Merr were together...they were perfect together, and they totally gave me happy butterflies in my own tummy! Along with amazing characters, and fantastic world-building, Kopans has crafted a story that will leave you desperate for more...and it will constantly have you turning the page as fast as you can possibly read. I loved the action, the suspense, and the mystery element that surrounded Merr's own search for a way to fix Ones. I'm a fan of trying to anticipate what's going to happen in a book, and Kopans kept me constantly guessing! I was riveted to the story, and surprised almost every time that Merrin was! Overall, One was an amazing story! It was unique, impossibly to put down, and has a cast of characters that you will thoroughly enjoy getting to know! I'd recommend One to those who like books with intricate world-building that fits within the future of our own world. I think you'll also love this one if you enjoy romances where the girl's a little hesitant, but once she lets the boy in...the romance is pretty much magical. ;) This book is definitely "one" (hehe) of my favourite reads so far in 2013, and I wholeheartedly recommend it! :D * This also appears on my blog and on other social media sites. * I was provided with a copy of One to give an honest review. All opinions are my own.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 stars I first saw this book on a Waiting on Wednesday post and after reading the synopsis, I knew I would have to read it also! When I saw the blog tour open up, I definitely had to jump on board! I am so glad I could be a part of it. I adored this book! The pacing was very well done- I couldn't stop reading once I started! Not to mention- I loved the characters. Merrin, Elias, Leni, Daniel- they were all so awesome. The storyline was also great- I absolutely love reading about characters with superpowers. It's the inner comic geek, I guess! Let's start with Merrin, who is our main character. As you read from the synopsis above, she is a One. All she dreams about is flying on her own. One of the things I absolutely loved about her is her unwillingness to give up. She doesn't accept that a One is all she'll ever be. She is determined to find answers and plans to do that by taking an internship at what's called The Hub. Merrin is a bit quirky and awkward. She is not at all happy about being transferred to the Normal school, Nelson High. Starting a new school is hard enough, but to be a One and starting at a normal school? Not a positive thing. Merrin wants to blend in. She doesn't want to be noticed as different. She wants to get her classes over with, so she can score that internship. She keeps her eye on the prize. Until she meets Elias, who turns her well-crafted plans upside down. Again, he is adorable. I don't know any other way of describing him! He made me smile like a lunatic and I loved how he got through to Merrin. He is patient and kind, but you see glimpses of a sadness that make you wonder- what does he know? Is he hiding something? Merrin, however, is wary of Elias at the start. After an incident at her old school, she is left wondering what his motives and intentions are. He doesn't give up trying to get to know her and eventually she recognizes a kindred soul and slowly starts to let him in. He introduces her to his friends Leni and Daniel, who are also Ones. Merrin's first reaction to Leni is hilarious. I love Merrin's voice throughout the novel. She's super snarky and fun. Eventually, she warms up to them as well and isn't afraid to ask them for help when she needs it. All of them are so welcoming and accepting of her into their group of friends. None of them want to give up trying to obtain their Second. While the others have learned to somewhat adapt and accept, Merrin doesn't feel whole without her Second. "I'm just Merrin. And my only option is to get that Second. Because the only way I'll ever be worth anything is if I figure out how to fly". (p. 41, ARC copy) I think this is where Elias and Merrin's relationship becomes a huge deal. Yes, they realize that together, their powers combined can make them fly. And they are ecstatic. She's falling for the boy who can make her dream of flying come true. But it's more than that. Elias shows her that although they both love flying, there's more to her than that. He cares about her and sees how special she really is and on more than one occasion proves to her how much. Merrin's family also plays a big part in this story. Her younger twin brothers are Supers and even when they're driving her crazy- she loves them and would do anything for them. Merrin has a stronger relationship with her father, but we do find out some interesting developments about them later in the book. I felt Leigh Ann gave us a perfect blend of plot and romance, which as you all know, is how I like my books! There's not a whole lot more I can say because I definitely don't want to ruin this book- but trust me- it's awesome. Epic. I absolutely loved it to pieces. I cannot wait for the next book in the series, Two! *Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Shannon K. Anthony Merrin's story drew me in from the start, she is a strong MC that fights for what she wants, even if what she wants changes along the way. One has a dystopian setting where you have to have two powers to be a Super if you want to be 'someone important'. The next best thing is to be a Normal - with no powers and you live away from Supers- with... well, a normal life. Or... you can be sort of a freak and have just one power, not quite fitting in either world. Merrin is a One. And she wants nothing more than to use her brainiac smarts to figure out a way to fully become a Super. She is transferred to a different High School because she never developed that second power and she meets Elias. And this is where I start to swoon. They get entwined in this sweet little romance that happens fast for both of them but in such a natural way that I couldn't help but smile like a lunatic for them. In this closeness they discover a way to make both their "One's" work. Merrin can float, Elias can push air, and together? They fly! This is just the tip of their story, them flying together is not normal. If its discovered... well, I think you should find out and read it for yourself. There is action, romance, betrayal, friendship and love, which is important in so many ways for the story. I loved the world created by the author and cannot wait for the next book in the series!
LizLSteiner More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, original twist on the idea of having superpowers. Seen through the eyes of a wonderfully-drawn heroine. I can't wait to read the next chapter in Merrin and Elias' adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited for this book. I pre-ordered two copies as soon as the release date was announced. I near bounced out of my skin when ARCs were given to the members of the street team, Team ONE (which I joined). But all of this was pretty new for me because... I don't go crazy over Young Adult. In fact, I hardly read any Young Adult (I know, I'm so boring). I don't know if this is because I just exited my angsty teen years and I'm not that excited to revisit them, or what. Maybe it will change soon. If it does, it will be because of books like this one! *big, huge, gigantic smile* So you can take this from a total Young Adult cynic: ONE passed my expectations. Over and above. Totally in love. Boom. The story starts out with a fabulous hook -- Merrin has only half of a super power. She doesn't fit in with the mutant kids called Supers, and she doesn't fit in with the Normal kids, either. She's known as a One, a.k.a. a freak. Yeah, okay, typical teen feels, I don't fit in, nobody understands me, etc. But not only did the futuristic world grab me, Merrin's attitude was excellent. She's not whiny, she doesn't sit around being a pout. She does her best to use what she does have: an incredible brain. Yes. Main character we can get behind. Like, like, like. Enter tall and gawky totally awkward and smiley love interest character. He's just the right amount of push, enough to get into Merrin's world -- and just the right amount of no pressure, I like you, let's be friends. He really reminded me of my little brother. A total sweetheart at the core. Someone you can be happy about every time he shows up. Love, love, love! And just about the mid point, when I felt a little bogged down with "I love you, you're so perfect for me" moments, the story starts spiraling out of control with about 80 pages of sheer action. The ending was perfection. Happy, but with danger lurking. Sequel, please! Overall? Five out of five stars. No matter who you are or what genre you usually read, pick up ONE this June (and be ready for the sequel, TWO, coming in October!). You won't regret it.
AOlivieri More than 1 year ago
I'm in love with this book. Merrin is a One, a kid with only half a superpower, and science tells her she'll never be anything more. She can float, but she can't fly. Most kids stop trying after a while, realizing there's nothing they can do. Except Merrin. She's determined and stronger than she realizes, and she holds onto her dream, despite what the world says. Elias is also a One--he can push the air around him. Their romance is sweet and natural, makes your heart flutter with all the ups and downs of first-love. And together, they can fly. I KNOW, RIGHT? But Merrin's dream isn't to only be able to fly with someone else. It's to fly on her own. To be more than a One. Her dream doesn't die, even when she's with Elias, and that's what I love about her so much. Merrin is one of my favorite MCs ever written. This book has tons of romance, superheros, secret government experiments, and compelling, relatable characters. You will FALL IN LOVE with this story, just like I did. I know it.
Gypsyfly More than 1 year ago
I read a lot, but I don't fall in love often. I fell in love with this book from the beginning. It's sad and it's beautiful and I love Merrin so much. Elias is great, but I LOVE Merrin. Because she's me. Teenage Jenny is crying because someone, somewhere, understands her. Obviously without the Oneness, but isn't that the best part of fantasy/sci fi books? They take our ordinary problems and magnify them to enemies we can face. This is one of those books that I love so much that I almost don't want to share because that will make it less "mine" - the last book I remember feeling that way about was A Wind in the Door. It's wonderful. It's heart breaking. This book needed to be written for all those girls who know the world is scary when you feel small and insignificant and who fear the things they want most and try, try, try to be more than ordinary.
VBartles More than 1 year ago
I'll admit, I'm probably not really the typical target audience for ONE. I never read comic books, I'm not a big fan of super hero movies, and I only know who the X-Men are because my sister used to talk about them all the time when we were in high school. But Merrin's story drew me in, and I totally begged for a chance to join LeighAnn's "street team" to help promote ONE. I love the idea that Merrin and Elias were "soul mates" - not in the clichéd, insta-love way that so many relationships form in books and movies these days, but in the way they could do so much more together than either of them could do on their own. They didn't technically need each other, because they were both "fine" on their own. But they're better together, and that's the true test for any relationship, isn't it? Merrin could have lived a full and complete life without Elias. She wasn't pining away as only a half-entity until the moment she met the boy who brought purpose to her drab existence or anything cheesy like that. But Merrin and Elias fit together, each bringing individual strengths and abilities to the relationship to create a whole that was much more than the sum of its parts. Alone, they each had a little bit of something extra. Together, they could fly. I think that's why ONE resonated so strongly with me. I may not have the hidden ability to float three feet above the floor, but I do know what it feels like to be caught in the middle between the popular kids and the average kids, not quite fitting in with one group or another. And like Merrin, I secretly believe that I could be more than I appear to be, if I only knew how to access my own hidden powers. And I'm so grateful for my sweetheart, who brings out the Super in me on a daily basis. *Note: there is some profanity in this book, but it's not excessive, and I still felt comfortable passing it along to my kids to read when I was finished with it.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
3.75 Stars! This debut is an enticing Sci-Fi/Dystopian mashup that fans of the Avengers and X-Men will no doubt, enjoy. Filled with action, suspense, romance and swoon, ONE brings to light the superhero potential we all have inside of us - that is, if we can just get past our short-comings first. I enjoyed Merrin's character because she's smart, strong and can play the drums like a boss. She posses an inner strength that rivals the physical strength of Superman and she doesn't back down from a challenge. Elias, Merrin's love interest, was a breath of fresh air as far as book boys go! They share a lot in common and the relationship that develops was sweet but still had plenty of romantic tension. The supporting characters were entertaining and the book ends in a way that will leave readers sated yet looking forward to where the story leads next.
Arithion More than 1 year ago
Extremely unique twist on the super hero.  Was originally a little skeptical about it, but it doesn't take long for the characters to win you over. Strong writing and storytelling mixed with characters you feel for and cheer for makes this a book I'd easily recommend. Saying everything I'd like to say would be far too spoilerish. Suffice it to say - if you like super powers, YA and a heroine who fights for what she wants - read this now.
CC_Graziano More than 1 year ago
A review copy was provided for an honest review. Superheroes are appealing to everyone which is why One is so unique. It shows teenagers struggling to deal with age-related issues as well as discovering where they fit in—power-wise and life-wise. Merrin thinks she's less of a person and insignificant because she doesn't have a whole superpower. Instead she has half of one, and despite feeling worthless she never gives up on trying to become something more and I think that's a great message to send to readers. Never give up no matter how much others want you to, there is wisdom and strength found through perseverance. Merrin is an awesome heroine because she's protective of herself and refuses to accept her lower status in a world where she's looked down upon. She's direct, really smart, and strong-minded which is everything I really admire in a person. Then there's Elias who is tempting from the moment Merrin lays eyes on him. He's popular, good-looking with kaleidoscopic eyes, and he shares a common bond with Merrin that ties them together. Merrin Grey is sixteen-years-old and a misfit among society because she is just a One. Being a One is hard on her because she has half a super-power. She can float—not fly—just hover a few inches above the ground. Her ability is useless while her family are all Supers. They have distinct and powerful gifts. The only thing that keeps Merrin going is the chance to get an internship working at the Hub. The Hub is where powers are tested, developed, and researched which gives her a shot at finding a way to make herself fly for good and bumping her from a One to a Super. But when she meets Elias VanDyne becoming a Super seems a lot less important because he's a One too. Together they discover that their half-powers when combined are significant and can change the future for all Ones. As Merrin gets closer to obtaining an internship the Hub's real initiative is revealed and everyone that she cares about is in danger. I loved the Urban Fantasy world that's built it's interesting and full of potential for bigger things. The entire concept behind Ones and Supers is just a lot of fun to read about, if you love original superpower stories this is definitely one to pick up. Elias and Merrin's chemistry is wonderful; they have a lot in common and can relate so well and while you're reading you forget these are fictional characters. Merrin is self sufficient, full of independence, and as much as she relies on Elias she's completely capable of sticking up for herself which I liked. Elias reminds me of a young Clark Kent - he's adorable, protective of Merrin, and emotionally strong, and patient. He deeply understands Merrin and overlooks her outbursts and accepts her even when she has a difficult time accepting herself. Also he wears glasses, never have I read a novel where the leading male interest wears something considered a nerdy feature, it was refreshing! He may have a power but he still needs spectacles to see! Overall One is impressively written, has compelling main & secondary characters, with suspensefully thrilling twists. I kept putting this novel down because I was afraid of reaching the end which I knew was bound to happen. The story just kept getting better with every page turn, and I loved every single second. The further into the story you get the more complex, enjoyable, and exciting it becomes and I can't stress how great this book was. It's one I'd easily recommend to fans of superhero stories, romance, and supernatural elements all within a contemporary setting. SUPERenjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys like superheroes, right? You know you like superheroes. Unfortunately, it’s tough to come up with a new, original, not-in-a-graphic-format superhero story these days. (Trust me. I’m trying.) I mean, remember Sky High? Yeah. shudder Now, I need you to imagine Sky High for me. Take away all the lame cliches and the freaky guinea-pig shapeshifting. (Keep the prejudice against kids with stupid powers, you’ll need that.) Now add in a plausible government, some much more compelling characters, and a love story that isn’t quite as cliché. Ha! You’ve got something that looks an awful lot like Leigh Ann Kopans’ ONE. See, in the ONEiverse, kids are either supposed to have a natural and complimentary power or no power at all. Having just the natural power makes them (in-universe) lame and pathetic Ones. See, you might have pyrokinesis, but without flame resistance, you’re just gonna set yourself on fire. And, y’know, get burned. (Hint: not fun.) So the MC, Merrin? She’s one of those Ones. She can float. That’s it. Just float. Boooooring. That is, until Elias comes along. See, he can push air, right? (Plus: sweet, adorable, persistent, beautiful. Definitely a keeper.) So when he and Merrin are together, their Ones combine and they fly. Pretty sweet. ‘Cept the thing is, Merrin really likes him and all but she’d prefer to be able to fly on her own. And that, my friends, is what sets this book apart from other YA books. See, I already told you what set it apart from superhero lit. But the fact that the MC has her own conflict, apart from her boyfriend, that has nothing to do with his family or her family but only to do with her own, personal desires and ambitions, is absolutely fantastic. So you see, ONE is awesome. It’s got likable characters (I haven’t even told you about some of the supporting ‘cause I don’t wanna spoil anything.) It handles real, accessible problems like not being spectacular, but not being normal either. Plus, it’s still got the cool powers and epic fight scenes that you love in superhero fiction. Consensus: Yes! You all must get yourselves out and purchase it in mass quantities!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ONE is a superhero story. But it's so much more than that. It's the tale of a young woman finding herself. Of thinking and saying she's fine, but realizing she's totally not. Merrin, the main character, sees herself as broken, and sets out to "fix" herself. She wants to find a way to make herself whole. But really, she never needed to. When she meets Elias, and they find out how compatible they are, she runs. My husband put it this way, "It's like she was so comfortable with being uncomfortable, that when she finally got what she thought she wanted, she couldn't handle it." This throws her for a loop, and she finds herself not knowing what she really wants anymore. I think a lot of people can relate to that, young and old. By the end of the story, Merrin has accepted the fact that she doesn't have to be alone. She doesn't have to do everything by herself. It's okay to need other people for some things, especially when those people love and care for you and WANT to help you. It's okay to depend on them. You can be broken, and still be whole. That's what ONE is for me. If we feel broken, it's okay to reach out. Because maybe someone else is broken too, and you can lean on each other. And together, you're made whole. Honestly, Leigh Ann probably didn't plan it, but it's a very Messianic story in this sense, and rings true with me on so many Christian-y levels. The Savior gave His life for us. We're broken, and He makes us whole. So that's my review of ONE. It doesn't do it justice by a longshot, but it's how I feel when I read it I hope that if any of you are thinking about getting it, whether for yourself or a son or daughter, or grandchild, niece or nephew, that you will. I'll give a warning for my LDS readers, there is some swearing, but it is not excessive, and nothing that detracts from the story. I'd probably rate it PG according to today's standards. A fantastic, genuine story for young adult readers. -Darci Cole
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little hesitant about this book when I saw the concept of Leigh Ann Kopans book ONE. Super powers in YA have been done so much that it’s almost impossible to escape the tropes, and so much YA has felt predictable to me lately. But when both Becca and Trisha said it was awesome, I knew I had to give it a shot (They’re both amazing writers in their own rights, and thus far, haven’t steered me wrong on books). When Leigh Ann asked for people to volunteer for a chance to read it early in exchange for an honest review, I couldn’t resist. I’ve been known to put down even my best friends’ books after a chapter or three if they’re bad. In those cases, I just explain to them why I couldn’t get through it. I figured worst case, I would read some of it, and if it was really bad, I could just bow out gracefully. I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only was it not a trope-walk, but the style was engaging and the pace was crisp enough that I devoured it all in one sitting. I’d meant to read a chapter or two, then go back to configuring the new TV and maybe play some video games on it (purely for testing purposes, of course!). The next thing I knew, it was 3 hours later and I’d devoured the book without even getting up again. Uhm, oops? I’m a sucker for well done romance. I get tired of the instalove where their eyes meet and they’re instantly stupid in love with each other. The romance on this was VERY well done. It captured both the immediacy and overwhelmingness of teenage love, while making the growth of it seem realistic. The Super powers were convincingly done. I could buy into the world building with it, and most of it was well woven into the narrative. The only point where I felt like I was being given a history lesson, it was one, but it worked. It was still well filtered through Mer’s world view. My only real complaint is that I could have read far, far more of it, like a couple books more, minimum! Looking forward to reading much more from Leigh Ann. Definitely an author to keep an eye on, I foresee very good things in her future. -Leigh Caroline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read lots of books as a Bookseller at Barnes and Nobles. So when I come across one I love, I have to share! One was a great read, which I couldn't put down. Teenagers who have superpowers?! Cant beat that. It reminded me of Xmen meets Sky High. I fell in love with the characters, Merrin and Elias. When there are Supers who have two powers, Ones who have only one power and Normals who don't have any, you know a conflict with ensue. Merrin has only one power, she floats but she wants to fly. She meets Elias and have to read it! And boy does it get good toward the end. This is a must read. Leigh Anne is very descriptive that brings this world to life. The emotions between the characters make them feel real. I truly enjoyed this and you will too! Leigh Anne pours the magic out in her writing and it is not hard to be hooked. DON'T MISS THIS BOOK. A fan forever! Tawney
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You want to read this book. So. Rewind to summer of 2012. I'm an intern at a literary agency in Manhattan, and I'm sitting at the intern table, reading queries, like any other afternoon, when the agent I work for pops over and says "hey Caitlin, I have this manuscript I'd like you to take a look at. The author emailed to say she had interest from another agent. It's YA, are you interested?" And, well, yes, of course I was. That manuscript was ONE by Leigh Ann Kopans. And I devoured it that day at work. ONE is the story of Merrin Grey, a sixteen-year-old girl with half a superpower when most Supers have two. For instance, Merrin can float, but she doesn't have that second superpower that would allow her to push the air around her and fly. And Merrin, organic chemistry genius that she is, is determined to fix her One-ness. Guys. This book is awesome. I knew immediately upon starting it just how awesome it was. I probably made a terrible report to my agent about it later (sorry Leigh Ann), since she asked me what I liked about it and I had to think of coherent things to say instead of just "uh... everything... I like just about everything, really... yeah..." Leigh Ann eventually signed with the other agent in question, however, so I think everything will work out nicely in her favor. ONE has all the makings of a great YA book. Fantastically intriguing sci-fi premise? Check. Reverse chosen-one thing for the protagonist? Check. Weird government conspiracy? Check. Excellent romance? OH MAN CHECK. My favorite thing about this book, though, both during that first read-through and now, is Merrin herself. There are so, SO many sci-fi and fantasy YA books that I've read where the romance is the be-all and end-all of both the character and the story. Where the female protagonist is defined by her love of the wonderful, charming, handsome love interest. And Merrin is so very much not that kind of girl. There is a scene in the book in which she decides she can't lean on Elias, the love interest (who is an interesting, flawed, sweet character in his own right), until she can stand on her own two feet and I think I actually shouted "YES!!!" while I was reading that. In the office. (And even now, I grinned like an idiot on the bus rereading it.) Merrin is exactly the kind of girl I'd like to see more of in YA novels - a girl not necessarily averse to falling in love, but one who knows that she shouldn't compromise herself in order to do that. She refuses to let Elias be her whole world - a big part of it, an important part, yes, but not ALL of it - even though just being with Elias will QUITE LITERALLY solve ALL OF HER PROBLEMS for her. But she wants to solve them herself. She wants to be her own person, not just an extension of someone she loves. Leigh Ann is a fantastic writer - you can really tell just how much work and how much love she's put into this book - and someone I am glad to call my friend. Trust me, guys. You want to listen to this story she has to tell. ONE comes out on June 11th. I'm so so super excited for Leigh Ann and I can't wait for it to get all the recognition it so richly deserves.
catty189 More than 1 year ago
Have you ever thought about having a superpower? Merrin has one! But one in Merrin's world is not enough. To be normal you need two superpowers or none at all. Merrin feels incomplete and she happens to be quite the angsty teenager. Combine these things and you get one determined girl who uses her intelligence to find a way to "fix" herself. I was immersed into this world from page one and didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed the characters with Merrin loving drums and science and Elias being caring and sensitive (not to mention he wears glasses, sigh). The plot has a sweet romance and some awesome twist that I didn't see coming. It was enjoyable from start to finish!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the perfect sci-fi book for me. It's what I'd call lite sci-fi. The slow dance of Merrin's and Elias's relationship as it grows from first sight to first flight oozes romance. The future-world twist in ONE makes the cool science mechanics of Mutants and Supers and Normals and Ones all the more interesting and relatable – I mean who hasn't wanted to be something other than themselves when they were growing up?  Imagine that feeling multiplied to the highest degree when you realize you'll never measure up to what you want most. And it has nothing to do with how hard you work, it just... is. This is Merrin's spot in life. She is a smart, stubborn girl who has decided to not play by the rules and I love her for it - I'd follow her anywhere (even though sometimes I want to shake her for not seeing what is unfolding right before her eyes).  I'd even follow her into the creepy Biotech Hub. It is - wait, no spoilers. Sorry.  Back to the spoiler free version: there are superpowers. Awe-inspiring superpowers! Some fun, classic powers and others that are too cool to not dream about forever. Without giving anything away: I want a twin Super. Now. Just saying. And as if all of that isn't enough to suck a reader in, the gorgeous Nebraska scenery through Merrin's eyes as she pines to fly – then actually flies over golden cornfields and under starlit skies – is worth every page. ONE is an evocative character driven story with real-to-life relationships, family ties, heartbreaking moments, and a heart-pounding ending. Debut author LeighAnn Kopans will have you eager for more! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 loved this book so much. LeighAnn Kopans has done a HUGE favor to all the superhero loving nerd girls by creating a world that we can get lost in and feel empowered by.  Plus, Elias is so SWOON WORTHY.  You MUST read this book, you won't regret it.
nikkidee More than 1 year ago
This book is not X-Men in YA form, or Marvel characters as's about a girl and a boy and--yes, their superpowers--their ability to challenge authority and let nothing stand in their way.  Merrin Grey is a teenager with just one superpower, which, for us mundane humans, would be positively amazing. But in her world, her ability to hover does nothing for her because, in order to be a true superhero, you need two powers.  Which makes Merrin an outcast as both a superhero and a human.  The concept behind this novel is truly brilliant--the research behind the physics in this story speak to that truth. While reading, I waited for every word to give even more explanation about the science for why a person would need two powers, and I was never disappointed. If you can create fire from thin air, you also need to be able to heal. If you want to be like Flash, you also need to be weightless. In order to hover, you need to be able to push the air around you and control the wind.  Which is where Elias VanDyne comes into play.  The bulk of this story spends time weaving through the relationship of Merrin and Elias, each of who need the other to be a true superhero. Merrin, who can hover with ease, finds herself needing Elias, who can push air. And while Elias is a truly swoon-worthy character, my love for Merrin grew tremendously while I watched her and Elias's relationship evolve--because Merrin is such an independent and feisty character, she begins to realize that she doesn't want to have to rely on Elias--as a boy and a boyfriend--to bring her true powers to life. This idea of a powerful female lead not wanting to rely on a male character is something that most YA novels are missing, and a concept that needs to be instilled in our youth today. Yes, sometimes this stubbornness could force a few frustrated sighs from the reader, but there was always another incident a few pages away to bring Merrin back to reality and make the reader understand why these thoughts and events needed to take place within the plot. These realizations on her part only made me love her more as the story played out. The other crucial piece of this plot (without giving too much away) is the mysterious Biotech Hub, where the research takes place about these superpowers. Merrin, whose intelligence is another aspect of the story which truly amazes, has been vying for an internship at the Hub since she could talk. But of course, Ones aren't welcome into the program, and Merrin works to change that. However, what she finds in the process, with the help of Elias, brings about twists and turns that the reader doesn't expect in the least.   The way debut author Leigh Ann Kopans molds this debut story from start to finish is edgy, exciting, and beautiful. The intensity of what is at stake for both Merrin and Elias, as well as the exceptional dialogue and heart-flipping romance that this book provides, will keep you flipping page after page (warning: this will result in a one-sitting read).  Needless to say, ONE is a book that will leave you longing for TWO, the second in the series (out this October). 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ONE is by far one of my favorite YA books I've read this year.  The protagonist, Merrin, has a fantastic voice, and she's so incredibly relatable and independent, which is one of my favorite elements of her character. The romance with Elias is so sweetly drawn, and I often felt myself falling in love with him along with Merrin.  As an X-Men fan, I was so looking forward to the superpower aspect of ONE, and it definitely did not disappoint. The wordbuilding is done masterfully: the perfect concoction of clever, cool, and creepy.  Highly recommend this one for fans of superheroes, strong heroines, and sweet romance.