Disclaimer: this book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
I'm not one to read about demons. And at times, this book felt like a nightma...moreDisclaimer: this book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
I'm not one to read about demons. And at times, this book felt like a nightmare. But somehow my mind did not pick up on that. I didn't have a nightmare.
Demon possession occurs when you first get into the book. Not the demon possessing you, but you looking through the eyes of the demon. It was a bit weird for me because I hadn't read the books that the demon had come from. But that didn't stop the story from being understandable. Had I not read anything by S.M. Reine, this still would be an interesting story.
I love Ms. Reine's characters, in spite of being paranormal, they seem very real. This book will keep you on your toes, biting your nails with all the suspense. And get ready because the last part might keep you up all night. It was really bad because I finished it before I went to sleep. I had to start another book to dull me back to sleep.
If you can handle the paranormal if you love the paranormal, this book is for you. I will be looking at the books I haven't read yet, so that I will be ready when the next of the series is out. Thank you Sarah for letting me read your great book.(less)
Epic video game, Dante's Inferno, Pilgrim's Progress meet 19 year old girl. She rocks! As the main character goes into Hell to rescue friends she meet...moreEpic video game, Dante's Inferno, Pilgrim's Progress meet 19 year old girl. She rocks! As the main character goes into Hell to rescue friends she meets many horrid obstacles along the way. This is non-stop excitement. Minor romance but not as bad or as angsty as most YA's. This girl is on a mission. Her will and self-worth are on the line the whole way. I have got to wonder if the author had nightmares many a night as she wrote this. Oh, and there's a horse!
There are places I found the tenses going astray but it was in first person and in your face. There, also, were times of repetition, but I suppose faced with the challenges the main character faced, I would not only be repeating myself but stuttering like a fool comes to mind. Great story!(less)
As you can see this was a complimentary copy from BookRooster for review. So it isn't loan-able, sorry. But if I get around to reading this again, and I want to, I will buy a copy so I can share. It was that good.
And... there are pictures! Beautiful illustrations by the author as lead-ins for chapters. That is one area that made reading by text-to-speech a problem. I had to go to my Kindle PC or on my Android tablet to look at the pictures as they flew by as the Kindle read to me.
Speaking of that same feature, Usually the text-to-speech helps anchor me into the story. But this time I found myself far more distracted than usual. Things would take a turn in the story and I would miss it and suddenly the characters are in a far worse or far better place. I would have to go back and re-read these sections to see where, when and why it happened. I know that was me. That's why I maintain the five star rating.
So what if you woke up in a land of fantasies and were wearing a punk metal clothing and piercings, but you don't know why you are dressed that way or where you came from? And someone names your memory, because of the lack of one. And there are dragons... This is how the story begins and it never lets up. It is an adventure. There is a satisfying ending but it does feel open to a sequel. I'll read it! Love the characters!(less)
Recommended by Isabelle. Author: M. L. Woolley is very nice. Must read these books soon!
*** Okay, I have been sitting on what to say in this review all...moreRecommended by Isabelle. Author: M. L. Woolley is very nice. Must read these books soon!
*** Okay, I have been sitting on what to say in this review all day. The plot, the story was interesting. I like reading or watching 'end of the world as we know it' books or movies. I liked the characters and watching their development, toward good or bad. I was happy (but does it cheapen the message) for the redemption of some. I kind of wished one who wasn't redeemed had been, while another was that I felt didn't deserve it, but got it. But that's me playing god in M. L. Woolley's world. I especially felt drawn in for the preparations of what is coming.
BUT... I had a hard time with the point of view, rather, whose point of view this is now, especially in the beginning of the book. It seemed to jump around. Maybe titling each section would help the reader know who we are reading about. And then there were a couple places where a more universal POV jumped into the middle of an individual's POV. I think this was something missed by the editor(s)
I have nothing against religion, per se, but the inclusion of certain scripture and verse weakened the story and what seemed to be main goals.
On the other hand, I loved the idea of the dream relationship and wished to read of more individual occurrences of the dream meetings. And I would have loved seeing the best friend's story built up more, and a follow through of predicted great deeds.
I am, however, looking forward to reading the sequel, maybe what I need resolved in the story and with its people with be written there.(less)
The adventures continue for Abigail and friends. I liked this one enough that I am hoping to see part three soon, assuming, due to ending, that there...moreThe adventures continue for Abigail and friends. I liked this one enough that I am hoping to see part three soon, assuming, due to ending, that there might just be more.
I find myself questioning a lot on this one. Though Abigail Deane is in the title, it seemed there was more about everyone else. She doesn't seem to be star enough to have it titled after her. I like her but she isn't deep enough. I feel more of her friends Ethan and Cassie and Auntie Temperance than I do Abigail. I just like the girls I read about to be spunkier.
What I do enjoy is the traveling. It is fun to go to new places and see them through the characters' eyes.
And the adventure and edge of your seat excitement pushes this to nearly a five star status.
I wish I hadn't finished this in the middle of the night after I had closed down the computer. Writing reviews a day later is not as effective. And by the time I realized I hadn't written this I had already finished another book so I have to sort through my hazy brain to be fair.
What I think might be good about Abigail not being so front and center, is that boys might like this better. It isn't all gushy romance, though thoughts are there. It is more about the mission and the adventure. (less)
Whew! Glad I am finished reading this. I couldn't read it as a bedtime book as I am sure I would have horrid, angsty dreams. But I read the last part...moreWhew! Glad I am finished reading this. I couldn't read it as a bedtime book as I am sure I would have horrid, angsty dreams. But I read the last part during the morning hours so there is time to shake it off.
I am jealous. This is your first book, Ms. Courtney Allison Moulton? Wow! It kept me on the edge of my seat! Congratulations on a job well done!
This was angel meeting hell-hounds. It was, also, teen girl in high school. Thank goodness there were no pompous girlie bullies, that gets so old. But grades, and parents and growing and trying life. And love.
There was a bit of spirituality tucked in but it wasn't pedantic or preachy. It was brave and edgy. I loved the characters, except her father... I wonder what gives with him?
If there is a book two, and I feel there must be, I will have to find it. This was a library find that was quite accidental, but rather serendipitous.
Read it. Tell me what you think. The only reason this isn't getting five stars is I am still shaking from the evil spawn. (less)