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Freshmen

(The Felix Chronicles #1)

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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  249 ratings  ·  67 reviews
A freshman.

The Chosen One.

At the crossroads of destiny and self-determination the two shall collide. At stake, a young man's soul. And the fate of the world.

Reeling from a terrible accident that claimed the lives of his parents, Felix arrives at Portland College hoping only to survive the experience. In time, however, with the help of his reality star roommate, and Alliso
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Paperback, 426 pages
Published May 20th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published May 11th 2015)
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Jen La Duca
I am a huge fan of YA/Fantasy books that have the ability to actually pull in the YA male audience and keep them wanting to read. There are some great series out there that boys, teens and men can get into like Harry Potter, Maximum Ride, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones but the problem with these series is that the first two is read by most boys before they enter high school and the other two are typically read after. Sure, I know there’s some guys that will read LOTR and GOT during high s ...more
Haniya Qamar
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original Post: http://booknauthors.blogspot.com/2016...

Felix is in college finally but.. it's a fantasy novel there's gotta be something right? There's this strange thing that actually kills people when they fail his test. And by killing I mean like literally brutally murdered. But there's a guy who knows the secret behind everything and when everything gets revealed tables are turned, Felix is in hot water now.

OMG! The plot was so gripping and engrossing. Although the book was pretty big one ju
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Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
This story had a lot of very interesting aspect to it and overall I thought it was an ok read. I loved the chapters with the villains (murderers, kidnappers, creatures of the forest) but had a harder time with the chapters containing the main characters.

Felix, his reality star room-mate and the ground keeper were the hardest characters for me to like. There was a shining star and what really made it worth the read for me, was Felix's best friend Allison. Allison and the villains really made the
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Hollie
I have mixed feelings with this read. Here's my breakdown:

Pros:
* I love that it was a creative and unique story - definitely one of a kind
* It had a good balance of suspense
* Offered as a kindleunlimited


Cons:
* At times I felt as if there were too many characters - it seemed to take away from the characters having much depth or genuine feeling personalities
* The romance was lacking - very PG and honestly, quite boring
* This book was 500 pages long, which normally I don’t consider a bad thing, but
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Oct 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Some DNF reviews are the hardest to write. The problem is that there’s an impression that our “DNF” books are the worst we’ve read – after all, what could be worse than a book we couldn’t manage to finish? Well it’s certainly true for some of our DNFs, but most of our absolutely terrible books are so bad that I feel almost compelled to keep reading either to fully describe all their awfulness or in an almost train-wreck like ghoulish inability to look away

This book is not awful. It is not terrib
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Barb Taub
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
What if Harry Potter didn’t know about magic until he went to college? And what if (along with almost everything else to do with dorm life as a freshman) Hogwarts turned out to be more horror story than dark fantasy, and Harry’s fellow students had a tendency to end up as ketchup?

Why am I going into all of this? Well, I was giving it lots of thought as I read The Felix Chronicles: Freshman. I made it through the (long) preface, helped by a warning that it would all make sense later, and that Fel
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K.A. Wiggins
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
Intense, complex and multilayered read I'm shelving this as a DNF for now, with the intent to come back to it at a later date. It was a Goodreads Giveaway book, so I'll definitely make the effort to push through and update my review when I make it to the end.
 
It's a highly detailed, complex fantasy (paranormal?) read and I think part of what made it hard for me to get through was just how much was going on. It starts in ancient history with a flashback setup of some kind of conspiracy, then jump
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A.R.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received a paperback of this book in request of an honest review.

For urban fantasy fans seeking a change from what has become typical fare, R.T. Lowe presents Freshmen, the first book in The Felix Chronicles series. It is appropriate that a novel, whose prologue begins in the year A.D. 336, would have such heft. At 494 pages, Felix is not for the weak-hearted. The first chapter, The Warning, gives readers a glimpse into the history of a secret battle between … good and evil … perha
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Karen
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book introduces you to Felix and Allison, groundskeeper Bill, some classmates and - some characters from other plotlines. As the plotlines meet sooner or later, questions the reader might have are automatically answered when certain events occur.

With The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen, R. T. Lowe has created several expertly woven plotlines; each thread lets you anticipate something more sinister. The story comprises a broad variety of believable and complex main characters, still leaving enoug
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Aly
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book kind of reminded my of Harry Potter a little. It was an older version of him of course but I could see it in my mind. This book was a little long for me but I enjoyed the journey and everything that happened in these pages. What a interesting book. It has lots of blood, excitement, twists and turns. I will give that to this book. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Elaina
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
An ancient warning comes to light in the present and centres around college students in Portland. We’re talking murder and mayhem, and incredible powers! Felix is the focus, a young adult dealing with loss and sadness … and that’s all I’m saying – no spoilers.

Well written, engaging, horrifying at times, clever, and every characters climbs off the virtual page and forces you to notice him and her. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Johann
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Beginning!!

Felix is just starting college when he finds out that he alone must save the world.
He learns about Dresdenites and Sourcerers and has to figure out real quick where he actually fits...before any of these secret groups kill him.
This is the first book in a series and im gonna have to get the rest of them....really good !!!
Jan  Jude
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very worth reading.

Lost some sleep over this book. It's that good. Up there with award winning science fiction. Powerful characters and intreging plot. Kind of Harry Potter with zombies (there are no zombies , just interesting new monsters).
Patricia Goodson
Adventure

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were delightful. The lead Alex is a very reluctant hero. He has to reach past his depression to reach his powers. Fighting corruption, money and power.
D.M. Chappell
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well written. Plot is engaging and paced appropriately. Would recommend to those who like magical/contemporary fantasy for YA.
Michele
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

Enjoyed book one, I like the characters and the storyline. Can't wait to read book 2 thanks for a good yarn Mr. Lowe
Patrick Sullivan
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book

Really well-written. Fast-paced with characters that I quickly came to care about. Can't wait to read the remaining two books in the series!
P.A.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Quite jumpy. It takes a while to get to the point of what's going on. A so-so reading experience.
Sean
Aug 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Really tried to like this one,but I am afraid to say,could not get head round it a DNF.
Marjorie
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring

Could not get into this at all.... Guess it just was not my mind of a story or book. Sorry
Stephen Manning
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
It started a bit slow, but once it go going I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the book and will read the entire series again once book four comes out.
Cayt Landis
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Felix Chronicles by R.T. Lowe is a fast-paced action packed story that combines the coming of age with unknown horror and magic. It follows Felix, a freshman in college who is learning to deal with the death of his parents, parents who died in a mysterious fire. As he comes to terms with his new life, he makes friends and gets on in college. In the background, however, a darkness is spreading. People are disappearing in the local woods and a serial killer who kills teenagers is on the loose. ...more
Brett Dent
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R.T. Lowe is an urban fantasy novel that brings magic and the occult to a seemingly typical college in the Pacific Northwest. But it is evident from the outset that nothing about this setting or the characters involved is typical.

Following a prologue that sets the magical struggle in motion hundreds of years prior, long-time best friends Felix and Allison arrive for freshmen orientation at Portland College in Oregon. We quickly learn that Felix has issues being
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Alex James
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-reviews

Freshmen is the first book in new urban fantasy series The Felix Chronicles, which combines magic and mystery with American teen culture and modern devices such as phones and tablets. Evil “sourcerers” called Drestianites typically hunt and “test” teenagers for magical ability. If they pass then the teenagers will join them, and if they don’t they’ll be brutally killed. However, there is hope for mankind in the form of the Belus, the one whose special purpose resembles unity and a defence agains
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Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for a honest review.

It was a little daunting starting The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen because the book (physical copy) clocks out to be almost 500 pages and the font looked smaller than normal or the spacing in my opinion slightly off; whichever the reason it kind of made me drag my feet while reading the book. It also didn’t help that the prologue, which is normally short, was 15 pages long. The prologue, which takes place around 3
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Geek&glitter
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks so much to the author, R.T. Lowe, for providing a copy of this book to me for review. This in no way affected the content of my review.

Imagine if Harry Potter had never gone to Hogwarts, and instead is attending college in rainy Portland, playing football and attending frat parties, still unaware of his powers and his destiny. This will give you a glimpse of Felix, the main character in Felix Chronicles: Freshmen. But even though Freshmen is chock-full of pop culture references, including
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Beatrice
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, for-review
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.

Actual rating: 3.5/5

The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen was a really enjoyable start to a new series. It was original and well-written enough to keep me going through all 500 pages, without boring me.

Now, I don't have anything against long books (in fact, some of favourite books are long!), but whenever I'm reading a book over 400 pages, I get the feeling that a lot
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Patricia Hamill
The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen spans the first year of college of Felix, a young man traumatized by a horrific tragedy that claimed the lives of his parents. This starts off with a rather intriguing prologue set in a distant past that leaves no doubt that this story will carry a healthy dose of the paranormal. Then we move on to present day where Felix is reluctantly attending freshman orientation at Portland College, a seemingly drastic shift from fantasy to mundane. Soon after, his charismatic ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
RT Lowe does something wonderful in writing a YA Fantasy novel featuring a male lead. There simply isn't enough of them out there. I genuinely believe that more YA-aged males would read more if there was more known material out there that they could relate to. Unfortunately, most stuff out there (that isn't a comic book) is filled with protagonists that are either too young or too old. Lowe hits the nail on the head by giving readers a college-aged male lead.

He also writes believable young adult
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R.T. Lowe is the author of The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen (Book 1), Five Days In January (Book 2) and Tides Of Winter (Book 3). R.T. is a graduate of Willamette University and Columbia Law School. Originally from Oregon, he now lives in Newtown, Connecticut with his wife and four sons.

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