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Fields of Elysium

(Fields of Elysium #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  158 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
Paperback, 420 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by InMotion Capitol
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Jackie - Fire & Ice Book Reviews
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
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
Raina {The LUV'NV}
Imaginative and vivid, Fields of Elysium revolves around Molly Bennett, a somewhat lonely teen, who stumbles upon a wormhole into another world. Like a parallel universe, Arkana resembles Earth and is inhabited by humans. Only its infinitely more beautiful, wild, and technologically advanced and led by a theocratic government.

When Molly meets a group of boys, particularly the mysterious Victor, she becomes addicted to visiting their world and withdraws from her own. Then she learns
Sara Bree High
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kayla Krantz
Life is never easy as the new girl, and for Molly, this is as true of a statement as any. After becoming an outcast in her new town, she goes for a walk and discovers a secret portal leading to another world. She is fascinated and shellshocked, even more so when she discovers that she fits in better on the other side…even though it is illegal for her to be there. Swept up in her feelings for a boy named Victor, she throws caution to the wind and continues to slip into the portal.

Very wonderful w
Apr 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
-I won this book through a goodreads first win-

The concept of Arkana is what really dragged me right into this story. A wormhole that transports a person into another world. A world that is deemed to be more peaceful, a place where nature and people can live in harmony. A world that actually seems more advanced and more beautiful then that of Earth. After watching a show called Starcrossed on the CW that was cancelled after one season I was eager to find a book that could have some similar patte
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.


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
Jessica Del Fuoco
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Fields of Elysium, by A.B. Whelan in exchange for an honest review.


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
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
Danica Seavoy
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Isn't the cover pretty?

Fields of Elysium is the story of Molly who moves to Los Angeles and her adventure begins when she stumbles upon a wormhole that leads her to another world. In her adevnture she doesn't only discovers secrets but love as well.

I gave it 4 stars because I still couldn't connect to the characters especially Molly. Still, the concept of this story was interesting and a page turner. I loved the twists of this story and there seems to be more.

It's kind of funny because I almost
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
The sci-fi elements of this story are excellent. As the heroine travels between worlds and meets the inhabitants of Elysium the story is exciting and the descriptions are eloquent.
The dialog and characterizations in the everyday world are a bit stilted and distract from the main plot.
Overall the story was entertaining and the sci-fi aspects are quite unique.
Thank you for allowing me to read it :)
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Need book two ASAP!!
Shayna Varadeaux
A junior in high school, Molly Bennett has moved across the country from New Jersey to Los Angeles and her first week at Beverly Hills High left much to be desired. She was nonexistent in her new surroundings. Her first week was excruciatingly lonely but the weekend would give her a break.
She's not too happy with her parents for uprooting her from her friends even if her dad did try to make it better with an Audi. It didn't make everything better but it gave Molly hope that things wouldn't be th
3.5 stars. I've been on a mythology trend, so I was happy that the story is set on earth and another planet, Arkana, linked by a wormhole/gate, rather than another journey into Hades. I found the language didn't flow and didn't sound like teenagers, but maybe the author was trying to demonstrate the lost in translation from a different culture/world/language. It wasn't a hindrance but it was a little stilted and a useful literary device for a foreign author.

I did not understand the necessity of
Violet Stone
What an...interesting book.

Full review to come
First I want to say that I was offered a free copy of this book for review by the author. THANK-YOU!!! :)

OK I LOVE LOVE LOVE the whole premise and idea behind this book. I really do. The whole idea of another almost "parallel" earth is exciting. And, it was a nice change from the typical young adult vampires and werewolves. (BLEH) I found Molly to be a very interesting person. I think she has a lot of potential to be amazing. She's a typical, confused-about-life teenager and I enjoyed watching a
Amber Hodges
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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it

„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
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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"You call it Arkana. The Greeks called it the Fields of Elysium. I call it heaven."

Molly Bennett is a regular girl with a huge secret. One day while out on a walk with her dog, she stumbles across a portal to a magical place, a land called Arkana. There she meets a group of guys and her life will never be the same again. She sets off on a journey filled with discovery, secrets, love and personal growth.
"I fully understood t
Cassie C
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Courtney Robichaux
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to begin! I LOVED this book so much!!! The characters are amazing, the new world is so beautiful, the plot is suspenseful, and the romance is perfect!

The book begins with Molly's life in Beverly Hills. She doesn't seem to fit in after moving from New Jersey. She makes a few friends but her life doesn't feel complete. When her overprotective parents finally grant her a little bit of freedom, she gets so much more than she bargained for! She takes a hike one afternoon, slip
Sher A. Hart
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
Fields of Elysium turned out to less plot-driven than I expected in an SF novel, but I still enjoyed it whenever the story moved off-world. The author did a great job in most of the descriptions. I could visualize the scenes, and the action on Arkana kept the plot moving at a fast pace. Very nice world building. Not so nice editing.

At first, I thought, please, not another Twilight, boring move and new school stuff. But then Molly found the cave early on, and I liked the story a lot better on the
This was quite a delightful read, very suitable for teenagers but still good reading as an adult.

Molly is sixteen and has just been uprooted and moved across the US by her parents. She hasn't really got to know anyone in her new school and neighbourhood. While taking her dog for a walk, she discovers a strange portal in a cave, which drops her into the world of Arkana, and sends her on a romantic—and sometimes dangerous and distressing—adventure when she meets Victor and his friends.

The author h
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A.B. Whelan resides in sunny Southern California with her family, among soccer fields, manicured lawns, and beautiful homes, where everybody’s lives seem perfect. Here is where she cooks up unique psychological thrillers that delve into suburbia life. Also, as a medical professional, she meets interesting people and draws inspiration from them for her characters.

She is a James Patterson Masterclas

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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)”
“See? Instead of thinking of a way to help my people, all I can think of is the smell of your hair and that small dimple on your cheek when you smile.” (Victor)” 5 likes
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