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The Elysian Prophecy

(The Deian Chronicles #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  85 reviews
An enchanted island. An evil resurrected. A society determined to gain power...

When a violent attack leaves their father in the hospital, Abigail and Benjamin Cole discover there’s more to their family history than mental illness.

But after fifteen-year-old Abi is abducted, she learns the attack wasn’t random. Thrust into an exotic and beautiful world part of a multi-millen
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Copper Hound Press LLC
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Leighton Williams
True Rating: 3/5

I was given an eARC of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review. This review will be spoiler-free. (Disclaimer: I meant to finish and review this novel before its release date, but since it was only sent to me a little over a week before publication and I had other obligations, I wasn't able to. Sorry!!!)

The best way I can describe this book is to say it was enjoyable. Not great, but not bad either. A true three out of five stars. I was actually considering givin
Silvia Kay
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I had high hopes for The Elysian Prophecy because I'm a huge fan of Vivien's YouTube channel, so I must say I approached reading this book with some trepidation. However, my fears were soon revealed to be unfounded. I devoured The Elysian Prophecy in two days because the pacing was absolutely PHENOMENAL. I have recently read The Selection and even though the two books are nothing alike (other than being YA), the overall reading experience was very similar (I'm mostly talking about how unputdowna ...more
Jul 14, 2016 marked it as to-read
Sooooo excited for this book!!!!
Samuel Bigglesworth
Dec 08, 2016 marked it as to-read
Well first and foremost a huge congratulations to the author for releasing the first few chapters of this!

I have had a read of the first chapter and a half and enjoying it so far, it reads great! The first chapter has me hooked in and invested in the story wanting to know more. The writing style is very readable and the whole thing is very polished.

Getting to the point to release some of your work in my experience can feel like bearing your heart and soul as you know some people will like it and
Emily Mohamedally
I heard of this book by seeing a few of the author’s YouTube videos. Thought I’d give it a try as it sounded interesting. Unfortunately, this book was very hard to get into.

The beginning was just way too slow. WAY too slow. Nothing at all happens for like 6 or 7 chapters. I really could have done without the lengthy explanation of how to play the drinking game that Abi was playing. It was so unnecessary and it went on forever.

Then all of a sudden they are saying things like Marked, Oracle, the K
Samantha Reid
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I actually DNFed this book. I stopped at page 224, so 56% of the way through
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first read the blurb, I hadn't realized how dark the book would actually be. After reading the blurb again, yeah I see it now. Just consider this a warning: This book is very, very dark and can be scary at times. It does not make for light reading as you wind down for bed nor does it make for a sweet, pretty gift for your mother (sorry mom). So, probably don't do either of those.

First, I'm going to start with my absolute favorite element of story art and that is character. And oh my, do I
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy readers tired of Chosen orphans, and aspiring authors tired of hacks
Shelves: fantasy
This book has literally restored my faith in self-publishing.

As a book-book, it's 3 stars. As a self-published book, 5.

Basically, had I pulled this off the shelf at the library or at Barnes & Noble, I would have regarded it the way I do most fantasy books I try reading: fine writing, interesting enough story, gorgeous cover art, but ultimately not one of the few I'd end up finishing on the first try.

In other words, while "the Elysian Prophecy" is no "Snow Crash," it easily passes for a traditi
Jess Crafts
This book definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. Which isn’t a bad thing, but I was thrown when I started this book as I was expecting a book set in a fantasy world, both the blurb and the cover made me think this but the book starts following brother and sister Ben and Abi at an ordinary high school. I didn’t have a problem with this, I thought the glimpse into their family life at the start was really well done and was a great jumping off point to introduce the magic and secret society that w ...more
Keegan Olsen
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Elysian Prophecies:
* writing- it is very cerebral. It focused on physical and mental reactions that leave no room for aesthetic. This fluffs out the whole novel which gets really tedious after a while. In almost every paragraph the author describes how the character breathes, down to how their toes are moving coupled with exposition similar to “their world was crumbling away around them.” “Their life was falling apart” “They had nothing left” This lost its effectiveness very quickly. It was
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Terrible fantasy. Nothing happens for the first 7 chapters that would make me think this was a fantasy or anything similar. There were lot of issues with composition with the most notible as having an entire descriptive paragraph or two between two pieces of dialog that if spoken would only take 2 seconds. The degree of repetition in this story makes it seem like the author thinks the audience is too stupid to understand that the protagonist is a smart, published girl.
Published as in, she wrote
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Really not bad... but not great either. I just can't justify having to wait six chapters for some action to start happening. I thought that some of the beginning details of the lives of Ben and Abi were a little shaky and underdeveloped. For example; I've never witnessed teachers letting athletes slide in school. The teacher slamming his yardstick down even though we never knew he was holding one. Did Abi really not notice Cora's blue hair until Cora had to point it out? We are in Abi's POV she ...more
Tianna || One Page at a Time
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I need to start off and say I did receive an ARC copy of The Elysian Prophecy from the wonderful Vivien Reis in return for an honest opinion. Let me also state that I don't normally don't read this genre but I'm a fan of viven so I had to read it and let me just say I was blown away. Viven has some amazing skills and draws you into this world. The characters are amazingly written. From the moment you start the book to the end you are fully draw in. If you're on the fence, then get off the fence ...more
Jan 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
So excited that this is available! Hopefully, fingers crossed I will be able to read it sooner then later.
Faith M ✨
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan
I received an eARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is in no way influenced by the author or publisher.

So, I believe in rating absolutes (partly because Goodreads does as well, apparently) but man, I think I'm gonna have to give this a half-star kinda rating. 3.5, I think. Definitely not a 3, it was too good for that, but definitely not a 4 either.

The Writing

This is a fast-paced story, meaning that events happen in rather quick succession and do not tend to slow
Puja Mohan
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I asked and received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Vivien Reis, for providing the ARC.

I have to start this book talk by saying that I don’t read YA Fantasy. But as a part of ‘read other genres this year,’ I am glad I read this one.

This is Vivien’s debut novel; DEBUT novel, and she is GOOD!

She is masterful at using imagery, and her description of setting is so well done that I could see them. The romance is handled well, and the characters are r
Megan Rose Robinson
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been a long time fan of Vivien and her writing videos on YouTube and I was beyond ecstatic when I had the opportunity to read an eARC of her debut novel. I have always had a love for kidnapping plot lines and this particular one was unique and definitely kept me on my toes. Definitely one I would recommend and also one I would reread. It was easy to immerse myself into the story and into the eyes of the character. I simply did not want to put it down until I read the entire thing. I found ...more
M.L. Tishner
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Vivien Reis weaves a fascinating world that threads well into our own. I am looking forward to the next book in the series :-D
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Read: September 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy
Length: 393 Pages
Time Read In: 2 Days
Swearing in This Review: Nope, not this time.
Spoilers in This Review: Yes, quite a few actually.

The Elysian Prophecy is another novel that I picked up with the intentions supporting the author. Vivien Reis has a very relaxed Youtube channel and I enjoy watching it. I think she’s very down to Earth and she’s wonderful to listen to when I just need a relaxed writing session. I didn’t have huge expectations for Elysian Prop
Vicks 009er
This book was great. The story was sooooo good! The adventure, suspense, action and drama flow in and out of each scene seamlessly. The back and forth format made this book into literary crack. It was physically hard to put the book down. I think the addiction was mostly through the characters. Not to take away from the wild ride that the story offers, but the characters are incredible. This author truly loves her characters. They come to life right off the page and attach themselves to the read ...more
Dahlia Burroughs
Actual rating: 2.25/5

While the new-age idea of fantasy is quite over-processed, authors are still producing works within the genre. However, not many of them are providing a refreshing look into it. Rather than focusing on Tolkein’s side of fantasy, authors are now trying to focus on other forms. Such as the characters rather than the adventure or the magic. This create more of a contemporary feel or introduction to the genre.

Vivien Reis’ The Eysian Prophecy provides a fresh insight into the fan
Zella Laing
Aug 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Before I start, I'm basing my rating on only a very small portion of the book. This review is in no way a reflection of the entire book.
I hate this. I just couldn't read on, I finished somewhere between the end of chapter one and end of chapter three (it was on some website, maybe the author's as a preview). I'm sorry, but that preview DID NOT make me want to read this any further.
Firstly, I get that a lot of authors have characters that are writers because "write what you know" but it is just S
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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John Ilho
There are three fundamental issues with this book. If you can get through them, and you might if you go into it not expecting a full on fantasy novel, because half of the book does not contain any fantasy at all.

1. The magic system in only introduced halfway through. There is a lot of teenager things going on, then there's a moment when you think, this is it, it's gonna start now, wow it's going down. But it isn't. It's not going anywhere and when it finally does, it's wasted on boring dialogue
Gabriella Slade
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-4-2018
I'm going to very honest, and say that this book did not reach the expectations I'd set. This author is super sweet on Instagram, and I love the cover of this book, so I was very excited to have gotten to read this. Unfortunately, it did drop a little short for me. There are a few reasons: 1. I personally didn't connect with any of the characters. 2. The plot was pretty slow throughout the middle and 3. The amount of swearing made me uncomfortable.
The only reason I really enjoyed this book was
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I feel bad for rating this book so low, I really do. I love Vivien Reis' channel and writing advice, and I know how much effort it takes to write, edit, and self-publish a book. I don't like ripping a story apart when I know it's basically somebody else's baby.

But... this book wasn't great. I think it had a lot of potential but fell flat in many areas.

Some things I really didn't like:

(1) Most of this book was so slow. I don't even think you find out important information that really drives the
Matt Armon
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: aspiring authors, YA fans
My real rating of: 3.5
(yeah, I did a ceiling rouding. It's a debut novel, after all)

I have to start this review by saying that English is not my mothertongue, and I'm not very good at writing reviews. But I think is important to give one, cause as a writer myself I know how unvaluable detailed reviews are. That's why I'm forcing myself into one.

Also, this review contains spoilers. Most of them are hidden, but still...

About the Writing

I can't judge how well written is because, as I said, English
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
After reading the short prequel (available for free) I was really looking forward to reading the main story and to be honest, I was not disappointed.
The plot is engaging, there are moments of suspence, plot twists, mysteries, originality and hunger for knowing what it all means.
The only thing I'd say is that the mechanics of the magic and their skills are not that well explained, but since its a 1st part of series I hope the gaps will fill in the cracks :)
And at this stage I don't think it affec
Mathias Bekker
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly just simply amazing. As a debut novel, this seems unreal that it can be such a joy to read.
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it was good and held my attention it was just too long. It kept me wanting to read, but closer to the end the closer I wanted to be done with it so I could read something else, if it were broken into two books I dont think it would have been as bad.
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