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Shadows of the Mind (Pembroke Eve Chronicles #1)

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  157 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Shadows of the Mind focuses on Jacob Theison, a young man who thinks he’s better than all the other folk who live in the picturesque town of Pembroke Eve. It’s no place for a modern guy and he wants to leave, try his luck on the greener pastures of ‘anywhere’ else.

That is until he realizes one thing. Deep down he’s just like everyone else, a country guy through and through
ebook, 235 pages
Published February 15th 2010 by Extasy Books (first published 2010)
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I'll not put a summary of the story but just tell my personal impression.

Have you ever went out with a friend and spent all night talking and having so much fun with him that you lost concept of time?

That's exactly what I felt reading this book.

Mark Alders captivate me after few lines... i love the main character, and his young discover of what he want (in this case, men when he discover his homosexuality). It's so sweet hear Jacob voice telling how now, at the age of 18, he is so certain about
Wonderful read. Mark Alders is wonderful in making the "bizarre" into something believable. The characters are vivid. They draw you into the story and make you wonder what could possibly be next.

I never talk much about the story for fear of giving away too much. The story moved along smoothly. When I feared I had become lost the author managed to bring me back in and show me where it was all going.

I so enjoyed this book that I stayed up late reading and then even telling myself not to I went i
♡♥Ang ♥♡
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Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Nov 26, 2010 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emanuela ~plastic duck~ by: Bookwatcher
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was a lot of fun. It's action-packed and at the same time weird and entertaining as a sci-fi b-movie (Creature of the Black Lagoon comes immediately to my mind).

The best thing of the book is its narrator, Jacob. He is, like he often says, the only 18 years old gay in his town, Pembroke Eve. The author is very effective in writing this 18 year old boy. He seems naive sometimes and too excited, but he is always enthusiast, like you'd expect from someone his age. My kudos to the author f
~~~Heather S.~~~
I'm quickly coming to realize that Mark Alders has quite the imagination, I never know what's going to happen next or what crazy concept will be thrown at me! And frankly, that's a very welcome breath of fresh air! His characters always seem to grab me, make me love them, and want to hear their story.

While Jacob and Callum fell for each other fast and hard, their relationship still felt very genuine and natural. Their horniness at inappropriate times had me laughing, as Suzy says "Boys"!! Their
Heather C
This is my first full length novel by Mark Alders. I wouldn't call this a romance. More like sci-fi adventure with m/m romantic elements. To me it almost feels like a YA novel because of the characters' ages (18ish), except there is cussing and sex.

Together, Jacob and and his new found gang of friends will have to save their entire town from an alien invasion.

I'm loving the friendships that are forming between Jacob, Callum, Suzy and Zane. And even Mister B.

Jacob and Callum are so cute together
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I was confused a lot during this one i never knew what was happening and what was just in Jacobs head. I enjoyed the story and I love Jacob and Callum but i didn't feel the connection between them in the beginning. Not sure how to really describe this book, one of those you just have to read yourself
Nancy L
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OMG this was soo good! Ok I know it's not exactly a review but it really needed to be said! It was a little weird in places but it was such great weirdness! I'm off to read the next one!
I don't know what to say. I can't even formulate a sentence. Every time I thought I might find something worthy in this book, I read something proving me wrong.

[spoiler ahead]Jacob's flimsy manner of falling for someone, minutes after meeting (and after lusting for another). Getting a blow job while running away from aliens, right after one of them pissed himself. Just these two elements... what a way to start the story! O_O (I probably should have stopped then) The forever mingle of sexual innu
Wow I really enjoyed this book. It really freaked me out. Science fiction is not normally my cup of tea but Mark's book pulled me in. I really loved Jacob and Callum and the rest of the group. All I kept thinking about,was what would I do if this happened to me( knock on wood,LOL)Don't read this if you're home by yourself, the only reason I could read it, my husband and daughter were home with me, hehe. I wonder what type of dreams Mark must have if this is in his imagination, lol Great great bo ...more
Wendy Ann
Wonderfully wild and crazy pretty much sums it up! I can tell this is going to be one heck of a series after just the first book. It was action packed, had tons of humor, was extremely descriptive and creative, and most important - left me wanting to jump right into the next book of the series!! I have a feeling that Mark is one of those authors that will keep you on your toes because you won't anticipate what he'll come up with next - love it!
Shadows of the Mind has been one of those books which I’ve found hard to rate. On one hand this was a greatly entertaining and interesting science fiction story about aliens who abduct a whole small town for nefarious purposes; yet on the other hand there were some parts of the book which made me wince, cringe and groan aloud. Had it been that I felt that the book was a pastiche or supposed to be a comedy, then I may have given the book a much higher grade, but the tone of the book wasn’t right ...more

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I have no idea if this book was meant as a joke, or the author was serious. I am not saying this to discredit the authors work, but the writing and story was almost too unbelievable to be taken seriously. Yet, through all that, the book was highly entertaining and quite different from what I have read in the m/m genre.

Jacob Thieson lives in the boring ass town of Pembroke Eve, to stand out he decides to come out. So n
I love a nice surprise and Mark's books have so far been that...imaginative, funny, and very different...for some people that may not be a good thing for me it ABSOLUTELY is.

Jacobs's voice was funny and he was a character I clicked with instantly...nothing I love more than a horny teenager who still has the ability to see a world full of romance and possibilities...he was my favorite thing about this book and I loved him with Callum I bought their romance completely, and Mark's Pembroke is a pla
Stacey Jo
This was a well written, fun and creative story. I had a great time reading this one. It was very creative. The descriptions of the inside of the ship and of the aliens was excellent and I like how it wasn't common. Loved the reason they were here, now THAT was imaginative! The characters had depth to them and their banter worked well. I liked the way they saved the town. There wasn't much sex, which for me is often a downer because I like my reading devise/book to be smokin' but what scenes the ...more
I started out a bit worried because the main characters were so young (only 18) and I was worried that I wasn't going to be pulled into the story. That lasted until halfway through the first chapter, and then I was totally absorbed. Mark really pulled off the first love thing and while sometimes I was like "no, you can have sex now! There's aliens after you and you need to be running!", I thought they were very believable scenes. I can't wait to see how these characters develop throughout the se ...more
Lexi Ander
I was surprised by this little gem. I often find that I make purchases based on a book cover and I was looking for a outerspace love story when I bought this. Ha! Maybe I should have read the synopsis! This a wonderful coming of age story. I found myself laughing (I need my own I Love Boys tee shirt) and then yelling at my Kindle "shut up and run you fools!". I have confession though, my favorite character is not our hero but his boyfriend, Callum. I would save the world for Callum too. I look f ...more
I'm not usually a fan of the syfy genre because it requires a certain amount of suspense of belief and most times I just can't do it but oh gawd this story is amazing. The fact that it's so out there go hand in hand with some of the all too real and not too attractive details. I could not put this one down. Jacob and Callum are so just too cute together and although i hate insta-love this couple just seems to work. I know I wont do this book justice with my review so i would just say READ IT! I ...more
It wasn't bad, but it was just...weird. Actually, I agree with other peeps. It's a rather non-erotic story and actually rather clashes with the cover.

I didn't like the random insta-love. That rang of Hollywood "logic" (read: nonlogic) to me. As for the rest...
I just wasn't interested in the plot. The characters weren't developed enough to engage me in their stories.

I DID manage to skim my way through the last half or so, so that's something?
Jade Archer
I really enjoyed this book. It was so wonderfully different; both in voice and plot. Best of all it was extremely funny! Each character was not only unique and memorable, but had some of the best lines I've read in ages. Great work, Mr Alders!

Tami (synchro from BL)
DNF at 30%.
I don't rightly know what to say. A strange piece. Not my cup of tea.
Not too badly written, but I didn't dig it. Not one bit.
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book but I certainly didn't expect the fantastic B-movie send up that I found. Everything is here, from the tentacled aliens, to blossoming romance and the scrappy ragtag group of unlikely heroes. In less deft hands this story would've turned into a horrible mess but instead Alders gave us a wonderfully campy send up. Not only that the characters were well developed and likable. I couldn't help but root for the underdogs and cheer and wince ...more
This one is really difficult to rate. I'll rate it 3 stars, but maybe will have to change my rating after reading the other books of this series.
James Cox
Fantastic. You have to read this, hell, any book by Alders!
Apr 26, 2011 Chrys added it
Recommended to Chrys by: Nancy L
An entertaining adventure with plenty of humor mixed into a non-traditional m/m story. Alders has a unique voice in his writing that sets him apart from other authors, so he's a great chance of pace if you're ever looking for one. This book keeps you on your toes because you can never quite predict what is going to happen next, how a character is going to get themselves out of a sticky situation, or what threat lies just around the corner.

I enjoyed reading Shadows of the Mind as challenge pick
I keep running into comments about Mark Alders so I just had to read one of his books. This story is a hoot and scary at the same time. Who could concieve of green mist with slimy aliens? So campy! And yet I was on the edge of my seat wanting to make sure everyone escaped alive. Very clever story and very likable characters who learn about themselves and how to be better human beings at the same time. I will be reading the rest of this series for sure!

(Part of me was picturing the robot in Lost
Wow. Mark was so descriptive in this book that I was able to really visualize what the spaceship, green mist, alien tables, and the such all looked like. There was just enough detail to have me figure it out, but not too much detail that I felt that it distracted from the story line. The only thing that I didn't think sat well was how quickly the MC's fell in love but I guess a situation like this could make anyone bond quickly. Great book and I am glad to finally read some much raved about Mark ...more
I'm not really sure about this book and why it did not rate more than 2 stars. For a start things didn't add up, lonely gay boy in town with no others around then suddenly as the spaceship lands the 2 guys Jacob meets up with are gay. The story was OK but there didn't seem much of a pace to get things done and Callum really annoyed me because all he wanted to do was have sex with Jacob - never mind that the lives of everyone in town and their own lives were at stake.

Premise of the book was good
This was a really weird book. I say that in a good way. As I was reading it I kept thinking, "This is such a strange book." I knew I wanted to read it because I love Mark Alders. I love the way he writes. I did not rememeber that this book was part of a series until I started writing this review. I will look for more books after I finish. Anyway, this is a good one to put on your to read list. I read it in just two evenings, so it is a quick read and lots of fun.
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