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The Raie'Chaelia (The Raie'Chaelia #1)

2.93 of 5 stars 2.93  ·  rating details  ·  341 ratings  ·  108 reviews
When Chalice sets off for Branbury in the middle of the night with her grandfather's instructions, she has no idea of the dangers that await her. The King's men have destroyed her home village of Canton and she is suddenly thrown into a Terravailian world that she does not know. Lost and alone, she is hard pressed to evade the iron grasp of the madman who rules the land. W...more
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published May 27th 2011 by Lucky Bat Books
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Dec 04, 2013 Lissa rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
This book is known to me as "The book with the name I can't pronounce."

I read half of the preview of this book available on Smashwords to decide if I wanted to read the rest or not. It is a Young Adult high fantasy, the genre I feel most at home in, so I was interested to see how it was handled by a vanity publisher as opposed to a self-publisher or a traditionally published author.

I hesitated when I read the Preface. There was a distinct line of defensiveness I was forced to read before I'd eve...more
11 Apr. '12
Right. So I was going through the "Recent Reviews of My Books" section of goodreads, and I couldn't help notice that in the span of 3 hours, no less than four five-star reviews of The Raie'Chaelia have been put up.
I also noticed that these are not new reviews; most of them were just re-posts or whatever you call them. And they all contain basically the same message:

1) How wonderful the heroine is
2) How they have a "book crush" on the hero
3) How adorable the Chinuk is
4) How the author...more
Jun 25, 2012 Jim marked it as read-some-of-it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes it
This author and book have been very actively discussed for some months now on Goodreads.

While following some of these discussions, I became curious about the book. I looked it up on Amazon and found that it was a free Kindle download. With that financial incentive, I decided to take a look for myself to get some perspectives on the discussions.

I have begun to do just that. And my major impression is that I should allow the writing to speak for itself in this case. There are times when nothing w...more
The Holy Terror
I honestly wish I had never known that this series existed.
Howdy YAL
To see full review see here:

I don't read a lot of indy books. It's for a lot of reasons. The main reason being I don't have an e-reader other than my laptop and the other being I don't want to shift through all the shit to get through the few gems that exist in the independent book world (and yes, there are a few good indys you just need to know where to look).

So why am I reading this?

Well, this little book has caused a lot of controversy or should I say...more
Steph Sinclair
Edit: I was strongly tempted to read this (I did attempt and gave up on the third page), but I reconsidered in part to Lissa's awesome review, which you should all go check out. Big shout out to Amazon for allowing kindle content returns! The poor Amazon Customer Service Rep. couldn't even pronounce the title. Smh. Well, that makes all of us! XD


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Why do I always bust out in a fit of giggles whenever I see this cover? LMAO.

♡ Half Blood  Prince ♡
Yet another update 10 April 2012

I read this on the author's blog:

My advice to those who don’t like long descriptions or info-dumping is this: don’t read fantasies that introduce new worlds. The reason is because world-building in these types of books is very important and is something upon which the author spends a good deal of effort. You cannot introduce a new world without descriptions or world-building information. It just can’t be done. If an author tried, the reader would be so lost, they

I've read a lot of books in my life, but few as bad as The Raie'Chaelia. This steaming pile of plotless, poorly written, overlong drivel, with its hole-riddled and inconsistent world-building, its puerile prose and dialogue, its constant info-dumps and dull, sparkless characters, makes Alexandra Adornetto's Halo look positively literary in comparison. Worse still, The Raie'Chaelia is so overburdened with cliches, one cannot help but wonder, at times, if it's meant to be satire. Unfortunately, I...more
♡Karlyn P♡
Not my cuppa. I believe The Raie' Chaelia translates into 'the douche-bag', so no thanks - ever
Kelly Maybedog
Although I was leery, after the big brouhaha, I wanted to see how the book stood on its own. Luckily the book was free for Kindle right now. Luckily Kindle for PC is free. Unluckily, I forced myself to read a lot of the book so I could write a fair review. I really tried. But...

It doesn't start off well: The title is unpronounceable. Hint: You want people to be able to pronounce the title of your book so that when they talk about it with others, people can recognize and remember the name, not be...more
Don't get me started.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Oct 05, 2013 Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* marked it as will-never-read-ever
Not interested.
Dec 04, 2013 Thalia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Only the Incredibly Masochistic
Recommended to Thalia by: Surprisingly...the author.
Shelves: sateajym, e-ufh-apuug
Read the review on my blog:
Word cannot express what a poorly written excuse to waste some Kbs this is (please, oh please, let no trees be harmed in the manufacture of a print version.)

Let's look at the various ways this book sucks. Exhibit one: info dumping.

She knew Auramont was in that general direction from Canton. Using the old, updated map Papa had tossed into her bag, she found her way through Blackburn forest, just south of the Darrenfell Moor, through the Plains of Chauma to the Trui’Quirre Mountains, the path thr
Mean Jane
Review to come, but... wow. Just wow. Gives self publishing a bad name. I want this out of my eyes.


Okay, now I have had some time to sit and digest, I can be more coherent. I understand from reading other reviews that there's been some recent brouhaha around this author. I couldn't give less of a crap. This review is about this book and why it pisses me off.

Here is a single paragraph taken completely at random at 6% in the book:

Outside she had a full view of what had been blocked by the l
Jan 05, 2014 Rose marked it as not-my-cup-of-tea
There's no way on this ever-loving earth I'm reading any part or anything to do with this series.

OMG, people STILL use gratuitous apostrophe marks in fantasy names?
How the Frackity Flux do you pronounce this name.

You don't even get a star rating this is going to be minus star rating if thats not possible i'll make it possible. thats for harrassing my friends and my friends friends i'm so glad i'm not gonna waste my precious time on this swine excremint. and i quote from your blog missy

"they have a right to express their opinions. Everyone does. Do you hear that Melissa et al.? EVERYONE DOES!"

so suck it!!
Jun 04, 2012 Ren marked it as no-chance-for-you
I don't usually pass a book based on author bad attitude, but what Mellisa Douthit do is beyond disgusting. To attack reviewers is bad. Put their private info in public? Worse.

I suggest you to take some theraphy before write your opinion in Internet, Ms Douthit. Hell, maybe you MUST avoid internet,live in your happy sunshine rainbow world, where everyone give your book 5 stars. We have enough Goodreads drama.
Jun 01, 2012 Monica! marked it as never-to-read
I actually have this book on my Kindle at this exact moment.

I downloaded it somewhat against my better judgement, because if my fellow readers are correct, I probably will not particulary enjoy it.

But that's never stopped me before! And normally I am not afraid to let people know my opinions on the books I read, good or bad.

Unfortunately, um... I'm sort of incredibly terrified of the author.

Due to the apparent risk of harrassment, I'm going to be unable to read her book, to recommend it to othe...more
I've read enough of this book to rate it. Calling it bad is an understatement.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Dec 01, 2011 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: Read and Reap
Shelves: reviewed
This was an interesting read. The story was rich in imagination and colorful with descriptions. Personally, I enjoyed the first half of the book more which was filled with an adventurous journey. The second half of the book got bogged down with lengthy explainations of history which should add to the story, but I found myself wanting to skip over long paragraphs of back information not necessary to this first book in the series. Still, I enjoyed the read and hope for a little more romance in the...more
Jan 05, 2013 AH marked it as not-interested
Again with the drama? No desire to read this book.
Christina Wilder
Sep 20, 2012 Christina Wilder marked it as not-gonna-do-it-wouldnt-be-prudent
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Jul 18, 2012 Kyle marked it as to-read
I couldn't help myself. It was free on the Kindle. I am weak.
Jun 28, 2012 Teresa marked it as to-read
Yeah, no way in hell.
Not for me.
Jennifer Bookworm Coalition
If you want to know why I won't ever read this then check out Wendy Darling's review.
BTW, I don't rate books that I don't read, but I shelve accordingly.
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