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Nolander (Emanations #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  971 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
Nice girls don't believe in monsters. They're wrong.

Amateur photographer Beth Ryder is in trouble. She's taking pictures of things she can't see, things that aren't human. Beth has her own dreams, but people like her don't get to go free. She's seized by a dangerous organization dedicated to keeping Earth's shadow world -- and its frightening inhabitants -- a secret. For
Kindle Edition, 313 pages
Published April 2nd 2012
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Dec 07, 2014 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a confession to make: I am a serial book unfinisher. I feel no qualms with getting three-quarters of the way through a book and deciding, “This is annoying, I’m not finishing.” I don’t need to know the ending, I just want to quit wasting my time.

So although I download, borrow or buy at least one ebook a week, I finish, errrr … quite a bit fewer.

So when I finish a book, I’m pleased. However, when I find a book I can’t tear away from, when I find myself reading it in the three minutes betwe
Kilian Metcalf
Jan 01, 2013 Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I subscribe to four services that notify me daily of free or low-cost Kindle books. 99-44/100% of the titles are dross, but there are occasional flecks of gold. It's those flecks that keep me scanning the notices. Winston Churchill's 6-volume history of WWII for $1.99 each? Gold. Barbara Pym for $1.99? Gold.

In addition to writers I'm already familiar with, I have met several new authors that I never would have come across without their decision to put their books up for free or 99 cents.

This b
Marina Finlayson
Jan 12, 2015 Marina Finlayson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot of fun: I really enjoy those books where the protagonist is discovering the world is a very different place than what they always thought, and their place in it is undergoing rapid revision. Beth thinks she suffers from panic attacks, and leads a very small life as a result -- small even by small-town standards. But when things that weren't there start appearing in the photos she takes, she suffers a terrifying introduction to the world as it really is. Turns out that she doesn't ...more
Nolander is a story about a young woman named Beth who inadvertently captures otherworldly creatures in the photos she takes. She then becomes unwillingly involved in the events of the Second Emanation, the place where these creatures are from.

What could have been a decent book was ruined by a few things. For one, I think this story could have greatly benefited from having an omniscient narrator, or at least a third person point of view, rather than being told in a first person point of view. I
Becca Mills’ Nolander has enchanted me by daring to be a unique concept in the paranormal genre! Beth Ryder, our heroine comes from a small town where nothing is private, and everyone knows she suffers from debilitating panic attacks. Part of her coping mechanism is to dabble in photography, but when strange creatures start showing up in her pictures, she finds herself thrown into a parallel world filled with a menagerie of dangerously powerful creatures and magic! Beth is a Nolander, one of a g ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Ardelaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'll have to say upfront that I didn't finish this book. I barely got through to page eighteen.

I became aware of the author through a blog post and downloaded her first book. The blurb sounded fascinating, the cover was plain gorgeous and it had reasonably good reviews, so I went in with high hopes. The trouble is it just turned out to be very amateur-ish. I don't like to sound cruel but this is the sort of writing you see on wattpad.

The basic premise is interesting: a girl finds her way into
Jun 03, 2015 Irene rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh. This is the best book I've read in ages! I'm really shocked that it was a free Kindle book, since most of those are pretty bad, but this is the diamond in the coal mine. This lady can actually write, and she actually has a story worth telling.

I thought that all the good story ideas were already taken, but apparently I was wrong. Enter Nolander, a novel about a parallel monster universe unlike anything I've read before. If this story idea has been used before, I've never seen it, or
Jul 03, 2016 Cherise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this and the sequel, Solatium, in just a few days. The whole time, I was dreading the read being over, while at the same time tearing through pages to find out what would happen next!

The characters are diverse and well rounded. They aren't just diverse when it comes to race, but also gender and creed, which I found refreshing. No matter who you are, you will find someone to relate to. And you can relate on a deeper level than just looks. We get a sense of where each character is coming f
Jade Moore
May 24, 2012 Jade Moore rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't sure that I could really get into this book. I'm used to reading books with strong women protagonists and it was obvious from the get go that Beth was going not that. Beth suffers from severe anxiety and panic attacks and it causes her to retreat into the shadows when faced with a difficult situation rather than confront it head on. However, the more I read I found her to become rather endearing. She sort of grows into her own a bit and I feel as though as this series progresse ...more
Jen Minkman
Jul 13, 2012 Jen Minkman rated it it was amazing
I was a bit hesitant to download Nolander first, because it is part of a series. I have read way too many books in this genre that are part of a trilogy, and consequently, NOTHING happens or comes to any kind of conclusion in the first book (probably intended to draw readers in and make them buy the second book, but that's not how it works for me, unfortunately). However, this book is different. Nolander is just a very, very good read. I couldn't put it away, and the many twists and turns keep y ...more
Thomas Shepherd
This is a book with a very interesting premise that somehow fails to deliver. I absolutely loved the use that Beth makes of 35mm photography and developing her own black and white prints, and how this introduces the idea of S-Ems in our world, but for me she ended up finding out too soon what was going on.

The story then quickly departed our world - Beth joined up with the mysterious organisations far too quickly for my liking - and the story started to inhabit a world that I did not know and di
Oct 24, 2014 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that had so much potential.
The premise is unique and well thought out. The writing style flows through the story with excellent pace. The characters are comprised of a wide variety of backgrounds and mesh well together. The fiends are fiendish. The good guys are hard to distinguish. There is magic, and mayhem. Even a character named Ghosteater.
But even with all that, this story just falls flat. Nothing happens. There are so many loose ends at the conclusion of this
An enjoyable story, with some great characters. The idea is interesting and I was drawn into Beth's world. A couple of niggles stopped this from being four stars: (view spoiler) ...more
Angela Oliver
This was an odd book. Some of the ideas and concepts were interesting, but ultimately the plot felt a little out of control. It did not so much build to a climax as jump you abruptly into a bizarre alternate plot. The heroine was interesting enough, but a little irritating at times and the whole story felt like it could do with some tighter editing. Still, not bad for a self published novel, although the ending left me feeling distinctly unsatisfied as pretty much none of my questions had been a ...more
Jan Niblock
May 12, 2015 Jan Niblock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow is what I have to say about this story. I truly enjoyed it and it had a little bit of everything. There was some mystery, some science fiction, some fantasy with a little bit of real life. It moves very quickly and keeps you wondering what will happen next. Just when you think you know a character, something changes and you find yourself wondering why or how that happened. I liked how psychology and science where part of the story which makes you think that it just could be real and not fict ...more
Ugh, no. This book was lame. The main character was terrible and it's not like she doesn't have an excuse for the way she acts but still. Even after she gets a little more knowledge about herself and the world around her, she still acts ignorant and I hate that. On top of that, the plot was completely boring to me.
Dec 17, 2014 Roy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book, found it free on Amazon for the Kindle Fire. Fascinating world being explored by a believable, relatable main character. If I was rich I'd buy the movie rights, it's that good.
Oct 26, 2016 Mihir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Nolander is an interesting book with an even more interesting title. It seems to play of the word “land” in a similar fashion as Waylander by David Gemmell. The main story is about Beth Ryder, a young woman living in a small town called Dorf in Wisconsin (possibly).

She’s never been able to hold on to any job due to her panic disorder. She wins a camera in a local contest and while taking pictures of her town, discovers that there’s som
I loved this story!!

I couldn't stop reading; the writing style was engaging and easy to read, the characters were complex and very believable, the story arc progressed at a good pace with a wonderful tapestry of mysteries, dangers and a world that was expertly thought out, beautifully crafted and well executed.
K. Bird Lincoln
Feb 09, 2013 K. Bird Lincoln rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nolander was both more intriguing than I initially thought, and more frustrating. Intriguing because Beth, the heroine, is a convincing small-town girl caught up in wackiness (until the second half where she suddenly becomes smarter-than-your-average bear)that is an interesting spin on multiple worlds, and frustrating because with a little tightening, this could have been a 5 star book.

First, let's talk about about an interesting menagerie of creatures, powers, and "workings" (magic.) While at f
Yvonne Depuy
Mar 12, 2017 Yvonne Depuy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
awesome !!!!
Mar 06, 2017 Emma rated it it was ok
Jul 27, 2015 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most interesting books I have read in a long time! Becca Mills has created a unique plot and characters where I was able to lose myself for hours at a time. Elizabeth Ryder has been forced into a strange and magical world. It’s still the same world but she discovers that there are other beings few people can see living amongst us.

Elizabeth is from a small town in Wisconsin. She has had severe panic attacks most of her life. She has taken up photography which relaxes her but when she
J.A. Cipriano
Apr 04, 2015 J.A. Cipriano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nolander by Becca Mills is a book I wouldn’t normally read, but I’m glad I did. The book is, very loosely, about a girl named Beth who finds out she’s special, which is pretty typical for an Urban fantasy, but that’s where the similarities end.

The Good:
The writing quality for this book is off the charts. It’s so well written that I felt smarter by just having read it.

Beth is a good character, just the right mixture of weakness and strength. The bad guys were strong and overwhelming as well as c
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I regret it took me so long to read this one. I admit, I had picked it up numerous times and never was able to read more than a few pages at a time, not because the story wasn't good but rather I just didn't have the time.

I am glad I finally was able to start it and finish because truly this was a very imaginative read. And even though fantasy and I don't always get along, I did enjoy the uniqueness this one brought.

Nolanders are a very original being. So much so that I am still not all the way
Feb 04, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I finished this book I sat down and thought to myself "Wow, that wasn't what I expected". Right away I wanted to write a review on it, but I couldn't quite figure out where to start. So I ended up reading a short story that was okay, and a zombie book that was great before I came back to Nolanders for the review.

Beth lives in the small town of Dorf, where everyone knows everyone else's business. All her life she has suffered from panic attacks, they have ruled everything about her. She foun
May 31, 2015 Samantha rated it did not like it
I don’t even know what happened here. I don’t know if it’s because I read The Choosing before this or because it was just that bad. The Choosing was so amazing, maybe I should have waited to read this before I did but, it’s done now and I have a feeling that my opinion won’t change if I read this again.

It was so boring. It was mostly dialogue and descriptions and when there was action, it was very short lived and there was hardly any of it.

The writing also turned me off and confused me. When it
Beth lives in a small town, where news travels fast. She's a long time sufferer of panic attacks, but recently her attacks have increased. She can't keep a boyfriend because of her episodes, and has trouble staying connected to her brother and her nieces because her sister-in-law hates her. Photography is her favorite hobby, until one day she takes a photo of a man who isn't human.

This story starts good, but fizzles into a fast paced cheesefest. Alright, maybe cheesefest is too strong a word, si
P. Kirby
A fresh approach to urban fantasy supported by good worldbuilding.

But...(there has to be a but)....

Nolander is a pleasant, easy read, but the plot lacks focus; there's no clear antagonist(s) and Beth, the protagonist, has no motivation other than adapting to her changing situation. Probably because I'm anything but nice, I often found Beth's "niceness," her eagerness to please irritating.

Beth is likeable, but a character is defined by the company they keep, and the supporting characters are poo
Intisar Khanani
Dec 03, 2013 Intisar Khanani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 4.5

A fast moving and well paced story of a young woman who discovers she's more paranormal than normal...not the most unique premise, but I loved a few things about this story:

(a) The heroine. The heroine begins the story with panic disorder. I've never really understood what it might be like to have such a disorder, and it was both eye-opening and very clear that Ms. Mills has done a very good job researching this. Even better, as the story progresses so does character development
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Goodreads Librari...: same series, not linked 2 15 May 14, 2015 07:37PM  
  • Cloak
  • Weaver (Weaver Saga #1)
  • The Darkest Gate (Descent, #2)
  • Grimm End
  • Breath of Air (Dryad Quartet #1)
  • Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga, #1)
  • Semper
  • The Volunteer
  • Stone of Destiny
  • The Pearl Savage (Savage, #1)
  • Threads That Bind (Havoc Chronicles, #1)
  • Give Me (Wyrd and Fae #1)
  • Secret Vow
  • Serenity (Afterlife, #2)
  • The Difference Between Night And Day
  • Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 1)
  • Wolves (I Bring the Fire, #1)
  • On Raven's Wings (Hell Bent/Heaven Sent #1)
Becca Mills is an over-educated, under-exercised lover of good coffee, science, and fast cars. And books. Oh yes. She believes the world can be a rough place and that everyone deserves to leave it behind now and then. That pretty much makes books a human right, no?

Becca is currently completing Book 3 of the Emanations series: Isolate. When not novelizing, she spends quite a bit of time on her "day
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  • Solatium (Emanations #2)

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