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Fields of Elysium (Fields of Elysium #1)

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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  283 ratings  ·  152 reviews
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Can love mend a heart full of hate?

Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful. Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mu
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Paperback, 420 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by InMotion Capitol
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Jackie
I was given a copy of this book to read and review. I would like to say thanks to the author, and the group where I found this book. This amazing book drew me in, and didn't let go.

Molly's family moves to Los Angeles, where in school she is known as the new girl. After school one day She takes her dog Pandora, for a hike in the forest. Her dog leads her to a cavern, where she finds a worm hole. She goes threw and finds something that will change her life forever.

This book was an amazing read. I
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I have a deep respect for authors. Writing is a labor of love, I think. Every book from every sort of author takes courage. You write something that you have labored hours and hours over and set it before the world to read. Readers always have an opinion. Not all readers agree. I hope you will understand this in my review of this book today.

For me, this book was tough to get through. I didn't feel any emotional connections with the characters. I liked the characters well enough, I just didn't co
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Sara Bree High
Fields of Elysium
By A.B. Whelan
Reviewed by S. Bree High YATR

I want to travel to new earth too! I feel like maybe I need to stomp my foot and pout. If I did do you think I could get my way. I am not so sure but let me tell you the place I visited while reading this lovely gem of a book, amazing. There were religious tones in the book that added to it, the book was not a book about god or faith in general. It allowed you to read the story and decide what you thought. I enjoyed that it allowed me t
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Brenna
EDIT: I am currently done reading and am posting my review above my thoughts while I was reading this!

Okay so I rated this 2 stars because on Goodreads, when you hover over the stars, it says "it was ok" and that's exactly how I felt. It was okay! Not bad, not amazing, but okay! A good book starting out (albeit very Twilight-esque), an interesting concept with lovely details and ideas, and definitely a good read if you enjoy YA novels! However, for me personally, I'm normally not into very obvio
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Fields of Elysium is one of those books that completely takes you by surprise with how involved and wrapped up in it you become. I never expected to love this as much as I did nor to become so engrossed in the story that I would have to sit down and read it all in one sitting simply because I had to know how it all played out.

I really can't even name one thing that I loved about it or that made it stand out so much other than to say that it was just so well written with some pretty great charact
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Ellen
By chance you discover an earth like world and get the opportunity to discover who you are hiding away in the corner.
Molly had a hard time connecting with people once she moved to L.A. While taking her dog for a simple walk, Pandora introduces her to a magical place on the other side of the cave. Welcome to the new world Molly.
I was surprised with this book. I was expecting quick mini trips of going back and forth but each visit introduced something new and because of the time difference Molly
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Jamie
Rating: 3.5- 4 stars

This book actually wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be, which is why I removed a star. Don't get me wrong, I still really liked it. (:

The Story:
The story is about a girl named Molly, who moves to a new place and then stumbles across an alternate universe when chasing her dog into a cave. She meets Victor and a whole bunch of other people who dress and act completely differently from the way they do on Earth. She tries to find out more, but they don't trust her. Vic
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Jessica Tarrats
I received a copy of Fields of Elysium, by A.B. Whelan in exchange for an honest review.

****PLEASE NOTE THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*****

Molly Bennett is a small town girl from Hopewell, NJ who was suddenly uprooted by her parents to Los Angeles, CA in the middle of her high school career. She has some trouble adapting to her new home
and school, all with dealing with an overbearing/overprotective dad. While taking walk with her dog, Molly comes across small cavern that suddenly transports
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Mickey
Fields of Elysium is actually my first sci fi book. I really enjoyed the experience of reading this book and would like to start by thanking the author, A.B.Whelan, for taking me on this adventure with her.
This book was a really easy and enjoyable read for me. I actually got through it in 1 / 2 days.

WARNING! SPOILERS FROM NOW ONWARDS

Before i go any further i would like to highlight the fact that these are just MY views which people don't have to agree with and this is MY interpretation on the st
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Yana
The Fields of Elysium was a great read once I allowed myself to let go and get absorbed into the characters lives and events.

Some people seem to be having trouble suspending disbelief long enough to enjoy it. If you can do this you will fall in-love with the series. I did.

At first I wasn't sure how I felt about the religious tones, being that I am not religious in the slighest, but once I accepted that this was a sci-fi fantasy novel, I fell inlove with the characters and with Arkana.

Once I let
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Sheila
Moving cross-country can feel a bit like moving between worlds, but the narrator of this novel finds herself accidentally transported through a haze of curious lights after the move, and she’s not in LA anymore. Soon Molly’s falling for a boy who might be an alien. Her father’s only just released her from GPS tracking, which causes her to wonder, what will he think? And her new earth-friends are too Hollywood beautiful with their heads in the clouds to be much help.

Add the Lindbergh baby, bullyi
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Vonnie
The premise of this book caught my attention. I enjoy reading about time travel and parallel worlds. Fields of Elysium was an interesting book that was easy to read, though it was not my favorite.

There were some positive aspects about this book. First, I liked the whole idea of how the alternate world Arkana had different technology and everything was environmental friendly. Reading the descriptions of this world left me awed and only made me wish that our world had the same things. Next, I lik
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Kitty
I suspected from the beginning the writer's first language was not English, as the writing is stilted and appears as if it was written by a middle or high school student. The characters are completely unbelievable simply because of their speech patterns. The lack of contractions is jarring and made each character seem robotic and unable to be separated from the other characters.
Also, there seemed to be little action in moving the plot forward. It just sort of dragged on without any great excite
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Patricia
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

Imagine going for a regular hike with your beloved companion animal and stumbling upon a portal to a another world. That is exactly what happens to Molly and she meets a group of teens from another planet that have disdain for all Terrakas(people from Earth). This book has the right amount of adventure, plot mysteries, and of course the important dash of romance. It was so entertaining and easy to read that I found myself wishing I h
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Britt (Britt's Book Blog)
What caught my attention first was the cover of this book. It’s beautiful. It’s intriguing and stunning.

I liked Fields of Elysium. I really like sci-fi books and reading about parallel worlds and time travels. All of those elements are in this book.

Fields of Elysium is interesting and a captivating read. The concept was interesting.

The story is about a teenage girl named Molly who discovers a portal to another world, Arkana. There she meets a group of guys that are her age and her life is foreve
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Caroline Waddell
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this book. The plot is so original and interesting while also combining real characters and teenager problems. I love Molly Bennett so much. She is a girl we can all relate to. She feels like is the new girl in a strange new school and feels like an outsider. I have personally been in that exact same position and can relate 100%, and even if you haven't ever been the new girl everyone can relate to feeling like th
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David Torres
This book started off what I believe was slow. And I thought, "This isn't going to get my interest is it?" Then again that was on the fifth page. I didn't even realize the moment I was absolutely hooked. It just snuck up on you. And the thing is, that it's impressive. The book didn't have to try to grab your attention. Your mind is just immediately drawn by it.

This is a completely original book. Original Ideas. And a whole new universe rich in beauty and culture. A.B. Whelan digs in depth to pa
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Theresa Needham fehse
free book for free review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com

Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles with her family from New Jersey. Molly is oh so no happy but what is a teen girl to do. How about chasing her dog into a cave and finding a Portal to another world. review It is a dream world everything is so pure the air even hurts her lungs. Everything is so pretty and bright. 5 teen boys come upon her and invite her to swim with them. They do not know that she is an "Earthling". They become quick frien
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Nathalie
Need book two ASAP!!
Cassie C
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I was given a copy of this novel by the author in exchange for a honest, unbiased review.

Fields of Elysium is one of those novels that surprises you after you are finished reading. You are utterly captivated by the characters, and are eager to read the next in the series because you want to find out what happens next! While there were some flaws (which I'll get to in a bit), overall this was a great read with a supernatural/paranormal twist. The characters were good, and
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Amber Hodges (Paradise of Pages)
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, I found it to be completely beautiful and wanted to know more about the story. I didn't find the story to go along with the cover, but at the same time the story had be interested. My poor TBR pile is so huge, I ended up never being able to get around to it. I was asked to do a review by the author and I knew it was time that I finally get around to it.

Molly chases after her dog that ends up finding a secret portal between two worlds. When
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Heathery
3.5 stars

My favorite thing about this book was the world-building and new planet experiences. The competition games (already forgot the name of them) were interesting to me, but they weren't a very long part of the book, regardless of how often they had been mentioned up to that point. I wished they had been shown a bit more.

I think this book could have been edited down a bit. There were a lot of things that happened that seemed completely irrelevant to the overall storyline. For example, there'
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Alexandra
My full review on my blog: http://sleepsontables.blogspot.co.at/...

The story follows Molly, who moves to a new place and then stumbles across an alternate universe when chasing her dog into a cave. She meets Victor and his friends. She's confused at first because these people dress and act totally different than what she's used to. She beings to wonder what she's stumbled into. Victor and his friends don't much like her at first but begin to take a liking to her and trust her. Molly spends her t
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Kristen Noel
The Good
•Descriptive
•Solid characters

The Bad
•Needs some overall polishing
•Drags at several times

The Gif


Fields of Elysium falls into the lump with a lot of other Indie/small press books. The book has so much potential with an interesting draw, but the lack of polishing really slows down the story. A.B. Whelan is masterful at building a vivid world that seeps into your thoughts and envelops you as you read. But whenever you stumble upon one of those unpolished parts, it breaks the trance and brin
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Danica Cannon
When I saw the cover I thought, simple and GORGEOUS--so I read the blurb. YES I wanted to read this, it sounded like a really cool concept.

This was just not a good reader experience for me.

The writing felt choppy, and the characters made no sense to me. Their dialogue reminded me of when I have conversations with myself in the mirror: they didn't feel like they had different dynamics in their speech. To me it sounded like it was always the same person talking.

The MC, Molly, sees Victor for the
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Kimberly
I really enjoyed this YA/Teen science-fiction book and the world that it is set in: Earth and New Earth or Arkana.
The start of the book is a little slow as Molly goes through the trials from moving from a small town on the East Coast to LA, a move made on about one months notice!
One afternoon she goes on a hike with her dog Pandora who eventually scampers off after a squirrel ending up at a cave that changes Molly's life forever.
In it is the portal to another world and Molly can only follow thr
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Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Original review can be found at: www.beawesomebeabooknut.blogspot.com

I liked this book a whole HECK of a lot better than I thought I would. I liked it so much I finished it in less than 24 hours and I stayed up past midnight to do so. hee hee I loved it!

I escaped into this fantasy world, I loved every moment of it. It was glued to my hands. With detailed descriptions, to sweet romance, the action, the characters, and to all the twist and turns in the story, it had me captivated from page one
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Hope
I received an electronic copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

First Impression: Titled after Heaven’s field, and including space travel with romance? Sounds like an interesting read.

Characters: Molly Bennett is a typical high school teenager who ‘falls down the rabbit hole’ and accidentally discovers another planet. She falls for Victor, a Sentinel Apprentice from Arkana who detests all things Earthling. I found the main characters enjoyable and well thought-out, but the suppo
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 CCAM&GZM

„But if young hearts didn’t believe in miracles anymore, then all is lost.”

If you have a romantic nature and an imagination that carries you through fantasy worlds then you will like Fields of Elysium. If you are not, there are still big chances that you'll like the book. This is because you will like for sure the main characters, the author’s ideas and style.

The main characters grow on the reader's heart as they and also the story evolve. Molly is a great example for all young girls and was a
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Janeczka
Such an great novel! Special thanks to A.B. Whelan for the wonderful opportunity to get the chance to download and read this as an e-book because I loved it!!! I fell in love with Victor Sorren instantly as well as with the world of Arkana. I think what makes this story so unique is the fact that we get to compare and contrast both how Earth is today versus how it could "possibly" be in the future as we read and gain more knowledge about this whole other planet that seems to exist. It was well-w ...more
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I'm the author of the Fields of Elysium saga, which I like to call a young adult romantic fantasy. The first book of the series was inspired by amazing movies like Dirty Dancing, Avatar, and Twilight and earned praise from prestigious review companies and readers. I'm currently working on book three and four, and planning to write two more novellas to finish the series, dedicated to two very inter ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Fields of Elysium (4 books)
  • Valley of Darkness Part 1 & Part 2 (Fields of Elysium, #2)
  • City of Shame Part 1 (Fields of Elysium, #3a)
  • Return to Innocence (Fields of Elysium, #4)
Valley of Darkness Part 1 & Part 2 (Fields of Elysium, #2) Safe and Sound (Fields of Elysium, #0.5) Valley of Darkness Part 1 (Fields of Elysium, #2a) City of Shame Part 1 (Fields of Elysium, #3a) Valley of Darkness Part 2 (Fields of Elysium, #2b)

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“I don’t know who those other people are and what they did to you, but I’m not one of them,” I whispered, on the verge of tears. (Molly)
“You are. You just don’t know yet.” (Victor)”
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