Summary from Goodreads: 2015 Dante
Rossetti Awards Finalist 2015
International Book Awards Finalist 2015 USA Best
Book Award Finalist
Carmichael has always believed life is simple. You’re
live. You die. She has no
cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a
reason the world treats her like a pariah. When an
unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life,
Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t
stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of
friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in
a way most people don’t. Finally, Allie
has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth
birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all
faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t.
When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even
among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special. As Allie
struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to
overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A
dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power
and freedom that is her birthright. …only Allie
hates to fight.
Melissa A. Craven (the "A" stands for Ann—in case you
were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at
the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural
for Emerge to take place there.
Today, she is back in
Atlanta—for some reason she can't seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that
makes her long for things like "lake effect snow" and wind that will
knock you flat. Melissa decided a long time ago
that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their
fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird
like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously
"unique" and "quirky."
She is an avid student of art
and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West
Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but
she's always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.
In her spare time, if she has
any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the
interior design part of her brain.