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Open your heart and mind to the simplicity and complexity of a name.

I know only my name. Beyond that is confusion, a void where fantasy and reality swirl together. Fairies, Giants, Elves, Dwarves, ancient Keepers, and...Dragons?

A dark soul threatens the Five Kingdoms, but I am powerless to stand against it, overwhelmed by phantom memories, broken and lost.

Somehow, I must l
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 18th 2012 by Splashdown Books
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Timothy Ward
Jun 23, 2012 Timothy Ward marked it as to-read
Got mine in the mail today. Some initial thoughts from the first twenty pages: all my senses are entertained, creating a lifelike experience; fascinating character abilities that resemble Wolverine for Fantasy lovers; and action more shocking than any movie I've seen lately. In the midst of all this, I feel for the main character, and am engaged in her journey.
Denise
May 04, 2012 Denise rated it liked it
Diane Graham thrusts the reader right into the action as we follow Ocilla, a girl who only knows her name, through escape, discovery, trials, and adventure. The reader is introduced to many different, colorful characters throughout the story, each of which helps her discover not only her past, but the strength within herself to meet and beat each challenge she faces. Her world building is intriguing as is her use of multiple lifetimes in the story to get the theme across to readers. Her ...more
Cindy
Mar 13, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
I Am Ocilla is a complex adventure mostly told from the perspective of an amnesiac trying to make sense of fairies, intelligent critters, and nightmares that are clearly more than dreams. Full of wit and wisdom, the tale unfolds for the reader as Ocilla gradually gets a grip on who she is, who she's been, and who she's meant to be.

Although I'm not a fan of stories that switch from first person perspective to third person, this only occurred a couple times when something important to the plot occ
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Kristen Stieffel
May 31, 2012 Kristen Stieffel rated it it was amazing
A beautiful fairy tale. Literally.

Diane Graham brings new life to an old genre, the fairy tale, with her vision of five kingdoms separated and oppressed by a cruel overlord. Her storyworld contains all the old favorites: dragons, fairies, talking animals, evil curses, and true love.

The first-person, present-tense voice takes some getting used to, but it totally works. Since Ocilla is an amnesiac, all she has at the outset is her "here and now." As the story progresses, she discovers her world an
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Morgan Busse
May 12, 2012 Morgan Busse rated it it was amazing
I loved I Am Ocilla. In fact, I read in two days. It was one of those books I could not put down. Diane M. Graham does an excellent job using first person point of view to help the reader experience Ocilla’s fears and struggles with her memory loss. I enjoyed the journey as Ocilla slowly discovered who she was and met people from her past.

The characters are great too. Men who turn into trees, an invisible panda, and dragon people. They may sound weird, but I thought Diane’s creativity to build h
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Ralene Burke
Mar 14, 2012 Ralene Burke rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Mrs. Graham has gone and set the bar high in this fabulous fantasy. Deep-rooted in basic Christian values, this novel is reminicsent of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, but for an older audience. Her poetic prose and attention to detail draw vivid pictures for the reader as we experience the unraveling of life with Ocilla.

The cast of characters are unique and fun, which offset the powerful, heart-wrenching stories they hold. The plot is fresh, full of twists that show us just how little we know
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Crystal
May 14, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Diane is a great Autor and person!! She took fictional characters and made you fall so in love with each of them. I wanted Ash to hold me with his leafy arms and Tiana to fly again!!! I want Rowan to be happy and close to his family!!! I hurt along with Ocilla. Willy was so wise. But, my favorite was Quinn!!! (that was my husbands name) I laughed. I cried. I WILL read it again!!!! Thank you Diane!!!!!
Chris
Jul 02, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
Diane M Graham weaves together a complex and beautiful story like no one else can, stamping it with fantastical characters and stunning prose. I Am Ocilla is truly a unique and special novel, making it something you don't want to miss out on. I'm very much looking forward to whatever it is Diane has got up her sleeves for us next.
Kat Heckenbach
Jun 04, 2012 Kat Heckenbach rated it it was amazing
Fairy tale and fantasy, adventure and emotion--I am Ocilla took me on a journey that had me laughing, cheering, crying, and contemplating. It is a story of self-discovery, of love, of good and evil, all told in a voice that captured me from the first page.
Rebecca Minor
Sep 14, 2012 Rebecca Minor rated it really liked it
So far, I agree with Tim Ward...lots to enjoy here across all the senses. Diane Graham turns an artful phrase, and her characters and their abilities are fresh and imaginative. I sincerely believe she is going to be an author to watch in the current generation of fantasy writers.
Brenda K. Hendricks
Jul 09, 2012 Brenda K. Hendricks rated it it was amazing
Diane kept me intrigued throughout the book. Her characters are well fleshed out and believable. She is a visual writer. I enjoyed the read.
Keven Newsome
Aug 26, 2016 Keven Newsome rated it it was amazing
In our current book economy, where writers can rush to publication, by-passing the traditional gatekeepers, and throwing good writing principles to the wind, there’s a lot of junk out there. And the problem is, you can’t tell anymore what is a properly good read and what is a waste of your time and money. It’s become a mine field, a dart shoot, a flip of the coin. So more than ever, the educated reader must depend on good solid honest reviews before taking a chance. Sadly, most reviewers are ...more
J.L. Mbewe
Dec 21, 2012 J.L. Mbewe rated it really liked it
The darkness of my abyss consumes...

I am Ocilla is not your average fantasy, fairy tale story. Ocilla is a young woman, but an old soul. It is up to her to figure out the prophecy and save her world, but she doesn't know who she is, only her name.

I've been needing to write a review for awhile now, but how to capture that adventure and share it with you all, needed some time to process. First, the story is told in first person, present tense, and the main character had no memory of anything, but
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Lisa Godfrees
Jul 31, 2013 Lisa Godfrees rated it really liked it
Genre: Fantasy

Premise: Ocilla wakes up in a dark prison not knowing where she is or how she got there. The only thing she remembers is her name. She’s rescued by people who believe she is the Chosen One they’ve been awaiting for 500 years. Can she be their Chosen One, reunite the five kingdoms, and bring peace to the land without her memories?

Theology: His strength is made perfect in our weakness

Led by El and the Son through other characters, Ocilla learns that forgiveness is more powerful than
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Rhema
Oct 29, 2016 Rhema rated it it was amazing
This book was an awesome way to start off the last month to a new year. I Am Ocilla is a high fantasy story about self discovery, adventure, true love and destiny. Graham's writing is beautiful, engaging and almost poetic, each time I found myself saddened by the death and destruction, sympathizing with Ocilla's doubts in her ability to be The Chosen One, recalling events from previous chapters trying to see if I could solve the mystery alongside Ocilla, elated and sad of the irony in the magic ...more
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fav book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Diane Graham lives in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma with her husband and five children. She is an avid reader and lover of all art forms that encapsulate imagination and goodness.

She has been a waitress, a car saleswoman, a real estate wannabe, and had grandeur dreams of growing up to be a mom. Never in a million years did she expect to be a writer, but children do this awesome thing with a pe
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