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Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2 (Evan Burl #1-2)

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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  361 ratings  ·  166 reviews
My father abandoned me when I was an infant.
My friends have turned against me.
My uncle beats me.
The most powerful people in the world want me dead.
They all have one thing in common.
They think I’m turning into a monster.

I’m starting to worry they’re right.
Paperback, 1st, 394 pages
Published August 20th 2012 by Inkliss
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Elizabeth
So...what to say.

First...the concept is/was fairly original - which is nice to see, as many novels are simply a rehash on a familiar story, whether or not they intend to be. This one was a bit less so.

However. While I am all for self-publishing, I simply cannot stand it when a self-published novel contains grammatical errors throughout 99.99% of its pages. I'm sorry, but editing (even self-editing, or turning it over to friends - preferably one who understands possessive vs plural vs contraction
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Taylor Troncin
Jul 14, 2013 Taylor Troncin marked it as to-read
Shelves: ebook
I entered a goodreads giveaway and sadly did not win a copy. The cover looks interesting / a little strange. When I read the description I realized that this is a book that I *need* to read!
Sarah Oxford
This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

No question, five stars! This book is mind-blowingly brilliant!

I have never read a fantasy book like this, there are no comparisons, it is so original. The world that is built and the 'sapience' which is at the centre of the story is not based upon any established lore that I am aware of. It is built so naturally though, it just is the way it is and you learn about it gradually. It is a world which has an old England feel
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Brenda Ayala
At first when I finished Evan Burl and the Falling I was outraged. How could the author possibly end the novel like that? It didn't explain anything!! There was no resolution with where they end up, and I was infuriated. It wasn't until I found out that there's going to be a second one that the fire was diminished. Now, I'm satisfied with the ending.

The synopsis given is extremely vague, as is the term "monster". The entire time, we are expecting Evan to transform into this animalistic creature
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Sara
A big thank you to Justin Blaney for sending me a paperback in exchange for an honest review. I finished the book with the newly edited ebook copy.

When Justin Blaney asked me if I would be interested in reviewing his book Evan Burl and the Falling I went and read the blurb to see if I would be interested. And after reading the above description I was really intrigued and anxiously said yes. Once I read the first chapter I was hooked. Justin Blaney has a way of writing that keeps you turning page
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Jeremy Yoder
Evan Burl and the Falling is an ambitious steam punk fantasy and psychological thriller (Full disclosure: I received a free e-book version of this book to review). Young orphaned Evan Burl works the "clanker" machines in his uncle's sweatshop at Daemanhur castle, along with the Roslings, a group of mysterious, invincible young girls. One day, Evan discovers mysterious book that predicts a "falling" that will turn him into a monster and instructs his uncle Mazol to terminate him. As a mysterious ...more
Megan
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this (revised) book in exchange for an honest review.

The last time I read this book, I gave it four stars. It didn't feel complete, but I still really enjoyed it. This time around, it is deserving of the five-star rank.

Evan Burl and the Falling is about a boy named Evan who discovers that he's doomed to become a monster. He lives with his uncle who he finds is charged with destroying him. He also lives with a group of girls he calls The Fallings, because they all
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Victoria Zlotkowski
Jun 09, 2013 Victoria Zlotkowski rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens, young adults and all young at heart
Recommended to Victoria by: Found it on Goodreads
This book fell into my lap on a Friday night. Last Friday night... I love intriguing teen stories, coming of age of sorts.... fantasy and mystery rolled in one.
Of course I could not resist the free download offer either. By Saturday morning I was done.
As I begun reading, the old, yet every time new feeling of excitement and flatter in my stomach took hold of me and I read Evan Burl's tale in one go.... Given a few hours in between to feed the family and pick the kids up from school.
I am in awe o
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Linda
This one is definitely a page turner! I must say this novel is much different than anything I have ever read.

Evan Burl is an orphan who is living with his uncle Mazol, his cousin Pike and 12 other orphans called “The Falling” in Daemanhur. Evan learns that he has magical powers and is destined to become evil, even though his best friend Henri believes he can control it. Each chapter is from a different point of view and is a countdown to the falling, when Evan is meant to fully transform. There
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Mitsy
Dec 01, 2012 Mitsy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Evan Burl is better than Harry Potter. Evan Burl and The Falling is the beginning of the most imaginative series since Harry Potter. I dare say it is the best fantasy book I've ever read. Justin Blaney writes such descriptive scenes you will imagine them on the movie screen or as paintings in a museum. The villains are sadists. The story is so odd and horrific play close attention, when you read this, or you will get lost.

Evan is a young boy who lives in a castle and tries to take care of orph
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Melissa Willard
I have to say this book was amazing!! I seriously could not put it down then I come to the end and find out it's "to be continued" UGH,I can't wait until the next book! All I can say is poor Evan......this kid has been through so much already I just want to bring him home with me,the story seems all too real,I just can't imagine Evan making it through anymore trauma. Who is his father anyway and is he one of the falling? I hope your with me and dare to find out. This is one book I definitely rec ...more
Kme_17
Evan Burl is an orphan. He is the oldest of a group of orphans. However Evan is a special boy. He is magic. He can do things and see things that a “normal “boy could not. This puts him in danger with his uncle and others who want to kill him.
I was graciously given this book to read by the author. I fell in love with this book! It took me a while to get into the universe but when I did I could not stop reading. The world here is so vivid and you can just see the action taken place. I could see t
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georgia
Evan Burl is an orphan, abused, betrayed, and turning into a monster....
This book captured my attention from the start. WIth a well thought through plot, it definitely is worth a read. Its gripping storyline, descriptive and yet punchy sentences, characters that you will love and hate and most importantly, not like other YA fiction novels, is just a few of the great factors that contribute to this books amazingness.
Ending on a climax, i am DYEING to read what comes next!!!
Emily Kemp williams
This was a really good book! I read it several months ago, but just thought of it and thought I'd add it to my shelf. It was exceptionally twisty and mysterious, and I quickly grew feelings for the characters. Just discovered there will be a sequel, hooray! I will definitely be watching for that release.
Calamus
Evan Burl’s life living with his Uncle Mazol is far from ordinary. For one, baby girls have fallen from the sky and taken under his families protection throughout his childhood. Secondly, Evan discovered that he was put into his uncle’s care in anticipation of him becoming an evil sapient in five years. With his destiny looming, Evan attempts to do right by his “sisters” and cousin that he loves, but Uncle Mazol, hardened by poverty, tragedy and greed, starts to exploit them. Everyone has their ...more
Kerri
Evan Burl is abandoned to Daemanhur castle, under the supervision of his Uncle Mazol. He steals a letter, from the man he believes to be his father, that insists Evan is going to be very powerful and very evil someday, and will eventually suffer a Falling. Determined to prove the letter wrong, Evan dedicates himself to the protection of the Roslings: 12 little girls who are sent to Daemanhur -- who aren't allowed to eat, who can't get sick, who can't die -- and are forced into slavery. When the ...more
Melanie Adkins
Evan Burl is an orphan. He's special though, he has magic inside him. Unfortunately he learned this while being held captive in his Uncle's house. Evan isn't the only orphan there though. At least a dozen other orphans Evan calls "The Falling" live in this house and work for his unscrupulous Uncle. All of the orphans want one thing, a family. A home to call their own filled with love. Evan is the self appointed protector of the other orphans. He does what he can to prevent his Uncle from causin ...more
Iola
Sep 23, 2012 Iola rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Evan Burl, age fifteen, is the oldest of a group of orphans who live and work in the isolated castle of Dǣmanhur under the brutal supervision of Uncle Mązol and his goons, Ballard and Yesler. The orphans are always hungry, are punished severely for breaking the rules, and are forced to work from sunup to sundown. A mysterious message in the Book predicts that Evan will become an evil sapient when he turns sixteen, and that he cannot be turned from his destiny.

Each chapter begins with a header sp
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Reland
I don't know if I have ever been more intrigued and irritated at the same time. This book was completely different, fresh and addictive. The only problem was there were places that just left you confused and unable to understand what was happening. After I finished the book, I went online to see if there was a new book yet. The second in the series perhaps. I found on the author's blog that this was just a first draft, as it were. He felt that many of his readers reviews and comments were correc ...more
Courtney
A few months ago, I entered to win a copy of Evan Burl and the Falling on Goodreads but alas, I wasn’t one of the lucky few that won. However, the author contacted me a few weeks later after completing the second part of the book and offered to share it with me in exchange for feedback and an honest review.

When I first entered to win the book in the Goodreads giveaway, I wasn’t exactly sure how the story would play out based on its description. But the cover artwork and the excerpt of the first
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Kimberly
Jun 19, 2013 Kimberly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!! (especially fans of YA and fantasy)
Shelves: read-in-2013
Amazing! Incredible! Fantastic! Blew me away!

I attempted to win a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway, but was unlucky. I found a link that lead me to directly contact the author who allowed me to download a digital ARC. I received the digital copy with a request for an honest review.

There is nothing that I can add to a summary of this story that hasn't already been well-written here. The major difference is that the version I read did not end with a serious, anger-provoking cliffhang
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Kimberly
Amazing! Incredible! Fantastic! Blew me away!

I attempted to win a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway, but was unlucky. I found a link that lead me to directly contact the author who allowed me to download a digital ARC. I received the digital copy with a request for an honest review.

There is nothing that I can add to a summary of this story that hasn't already been well-written here. The major difference is that the version I read did not end with a serious, anger-provoking cliffhang
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Amy
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Jennifer Powell Bowling
Awesome story! I'm not going to outline the story here, because we can all read the introduction on any given book. With that being said.. I have to agree with many others that this was quite the complex story line, you simply MUST pay attention to what you are reading (probably couldn't hurt to take notes either. hahaha). There are so many twists and jumps in the story that you almost feel like you're caught in a riddle that you just don't get. Keep reading tho, you will.(I think) I couldn't h ...more
Christy
Evan Burl and the Falling is a truly unique and wonderful story. It is a fantasy with a touch of steampunk thrown into it. It's a Young Adult book that adults will love. It's the classic tale of good versus evil, yet who is good and who is evil? Even by the end of this first book in the series, we aren't quite sure.

The characters in this book are truly well-developed. You can feel the evil forces at work in the plot. The whole atmosphere is dark and foreboding. The settings remind me of the atmo
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Norm Davis
Oct 06, 2014 Norm Davis rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, Young Adult
Recommended to Norm by: Kristina Davis
First, a very big thank you to Justin Blaney, the author, for providing free versions of the book. At first I thought there was some complicated problems with the first formats I tried to read (mobi, epub, etc). Justine tried to resolve the problem by offering the novel in every conceivable format for free. Turns out all the e-versions have the same problem related to the use of special characters, usually used in the name of the primary characters. In the e-formats those special characters were ...more
Chrissy
I received my copy of Evan Burl and the Falling from a first reads giveaway.

Evan Burl and the Falling is the story of a young boy named Evan and the other orphans in the care of Mazol, Evan's abusive uncle. After Evan discovers a book in his uncle's castle written about him, he realizes that he is destined to become evil, and there's nothing that can be done to stop it. As the time of his Falling draws near, will Evan become the monster he was destined to be? You'll just have to read and find o
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Charlie
Sorry Justin Blaney, but I had to loan this book our TWICE before I had a chance to read and review it. Both readers said it is Interesting, different and that I really should read it SOON. So, that's what I am doing NOW -- reading Evan Burl and the Falling.
Review coming up in a few days.

What an unusual and interesting book.
Took me a while to finish the book - interruptions of course. The first few chapters that I read is like 'what?' However, as you read on you get the jest of the story line
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Heather Miles
I "fell" upon this author and he had given me the draft of this story to read via Kindle. It was surprising refreshing to read. I usually read about the "supernatural", and this books is NOTHING like what is the "norm/popular" that is out there now. As much as I love reading about vampires, demons, witches and so forth; this story was a nice break from them. As it did take me a bit to get into the book (probably because I started it late one night), once I got into it I couldn't stop. Normally I ...more
Bridget
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