The One (The Portal Trilogy #1)
by Heather Self
Published June 15th 2012
That cover just took my breath away! It looks so awesome and cool and it's a good description of Eveline or Evy with her freakish eyes and hair. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect when I first started reading this. All I know is that the story had something to do with an alien who had been living on earth for a long time.
But as I dig deeper into the story it is indeed so much more. Evy and her kind is actually dragons with powers related to the earth, water, wind and fire. They are known as the Kin and they got stuck when the portal between Earth and Cascalar closed nearly 2000 years ago. As times went by, they learned to survive and can take on human shape.
Apparently there's a prophecy where Evy is believed to be the one who can opened the portal and free her people since she has a certain mark on her. So her family is protecting her from the Nerada which are corrupt human/kin hybrids who is after her.
The story is a light and enjoyable read but the presence of instant love and love triangle is very cliché. And the relationship between Evy and her long lost brother;Liam is borderline weird for me. Liam is too intrusive, obsessive and over-protective that sometimes I'm just confused who is the supposed love interest in the story. Nevertheless I do think the characters with their individual powers are freaking cool and the story is interesting and engaging enough for me to finished it. The ending is such a cliffhanger and I so can't wait for the next book.
Recommended for: fans of Obsidian and I Am Number Four
Verdict: 3 stars.
In my Début Author & Self Published Reading Challenge
Available on: Amazon