What a great idea for a book. And the story was entertaining as well. Imagine being born and growing up with a physical part of your body missing - buWhat a great idea for a book. And the story was entertaining as well. Imagine being born and growing up with a physical part of your body missing - but not entirely. It is replaced by a ghostly representation of that part, and although it can function like the missing part, it can also have unusual qualities. The author did a wonderful job of creating a world where this condition exists - Psyche Sans Soma or PSS. It makes for a very unique tale.
There is quite a bit of action throughout the story and the book is fairly fast paced. The main character, Olivia, has PSS and as a result tends to be a little irreverent and headstrong. She has a strained relationship with her mother - a mother who has difficulty accepting Olivia's ghost hand to the point of being repelled by it. In fact, Olivia has a difficult relationship with people in general because having PSS isn't well accepted. Luckily, Olivia has a best friend who does accept her completely and when the new kid Marcus shows up, he too is drawn to Olivia (something Olivia immediately misinterprets). These relationships all become important once the plot starts moving - and the plot starts moving quickly. The fun begins when Olivia's ghost hand gets a mind of its own, deforms and goes into a classmate to extract something from her. It's a little strange but a great way to get the story going. In no time at all Olivia is in danger. She gets followed by a stranger, is hunted by a fringe group and betrayed by an important member of the community Olivia had known for years. Her weird hand isn't just ethereal energy with a nifty glow in the dark feature. It has weird powers - or you could say it causes Olivia to have weird powers.
Overall, the book was fun and the writing good. There was humour and one wonderfully creepy/tense scene involving hanging razor blades in a hidden basement dungeon accessed through a freezer (you'll just have to read the book to make sense of this sentence). I did flounder a bit with the book in the second half - I thought Olivia became wishy-washy in her decisions and a little annoying. And the real reason behind the CAMfers chasing the kids was a bit of a stretch for me, although there may be more to it in the next book. I did like the new characters in Marcus' group though (even the hot head Jason). As for the relationship with Marcus - I don't know that I really bought it. It's probably something the second or third book in the series will work out but it was a bit too quick to develop I thought. Also, I was hoping for more on the whole PSS thing. It was such a unique part of the book I had hoped the author would give the reader more details.
I do recommend the book to YA readers - it's kind of urban paranormal, action and romance. I loved the whole PSS idea and hope the author will expand on it in books two and three....more
Outstanding second book in the series. Love the artwork and how it flows together with the text portions of the story. So well done. Just sad it tookOutstanding second book in the series. Love the artwork and how it flows together with the text portions of the story. So well done. Just sad it took me so long to post a review for it or I'd write more details, but life happens that way sometimes. I'll pick up the third when it's complete (and yes, I think it's worth paying for that one too)....more
It's somewhere between a graphic novel and a well illustrated novel - a perfect choice if you're looking for something a little different. If you're aIt's somewhere between a graphic novel and a well illustrated novel - a perfect choice if you're looking for something a little different. If you're an avid reader who also enjoys Manga, Anime, Cartoons and Comics (or any of those), this could be an opportunity to satisfy a couple of those hobbies at once. Fabled Kingdom is an adventure filled with fairytale characters and settings. At first it may seem like a Red Riding Hood type tale because it shares many similarities (like grandmothers, a huge wolf, huntsmen and a girl in a red cloak), but it's really an original adventure that takes place in more than one fairytale setting. The characters are engaging and the artwork is great. I found the comic style to be very appealing and a wonderful compliment to the story telling. I can see it being popular with teenagers or pre-teens, particularly those who take in a fair amount of YA and love an adventure that pulls up all sorts of things from fairy lore. I did have to use the online reader for the book, but other than that Fabled Kingdom (Part 1) was a very polished product - professional from start to finish. ...more
Biting into that third book in a series means you have expectations. And what a thrill, my expectations were met. Not too long and not too short - it'Biting into that third book in a series means you have expectations. And what a thrill, my expectations were met. Not too long and not too short - it's the perfect distraction. It's not just a continuation of the same old thing with fun characters and good dialogue. This story actually has stuff happening. The series is thoroughly enjoyable. I'd call it a kind of paranormal/cozy mystery mix. There is a little romance, but not enough to ruin the tone or story. But the best part is the indie author pricing. It's every bit as good as many of the super hyped books I've read from traditional publishers - without the atrocious price tag. ...more
It surprises me that there are no reviews here. It surprises me almost as much as the book does. For one, it really is quite good. And for another, itIt surprises me that there are no reviews here. It surprises me almost as much as the book does. For one, it really is quite good. And for another, it is not at all what I thought it would be. Although the story is exactly as the title claims - a dystopian journey - my first impression is that the story is really more of a western. From the grubby clothed, gun toting heroine right down to her companionship with a horse named Blaze, the story is a straight shooter. The writing is very clean. There are no superfluous words, added subplots, annoying characters or meandering thought processes. It's a journey survival story and the author sticks to it. Yes the reader is thrown into the story without any clues about the world it takes place in, or who the main character is (other than a young woman with solid instincts who adopts the name Hawk). But sometimes more questions than answers can be a good thing. It keeps the reader reading. And because, when I reached the end of the novella, I learned that the proceeds from the sale of this author's books would benefit a women's shelter - I decided to buy the next one....more