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The Vengeful Half

(The Hidden Lands #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  28 reviews
This novel contains interior comics and art by the author.

Olivia might look human, but she’s grown up with a heavy secret: her mother is a potion-maker from a parallel world, the Hidden Lands.

Alfred is the blind, charismatic young heir to the illegal potions trade. When Mom is kidnapped by the magic dealers with whom she once made a bad bargain, Olivia has no choice but t
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published March 10th 2016 by Catlord Press
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Cherry (_forevermint)
I’m not a difficult reader to please, so if you give me a cool new fantasy world with interesting characters and laugh out loud moments? I’m beyond happy. The Vengeful Half was enjoyable in so many ways. It was a great book to read just before bed to wind down after a long and exhausting day. Despite the seriousness of the events and the high stakes, Jaclyn Dolamore entertains with her witty sense of humor and unique brand of comics. The story could have been read without the comics, but the exp ...more
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

This is one of those overdue reviews, since I've had this book on my tablet for quite a while. I remember requesting it partly because of its cover (the paperback one -- by comparison, the Kindle cover on Amazon is pretty bland), which seemed quite ominous to me. What can I say, I'm weak when faced with a certain type of cover.

The plot was intriguing, for sure. A hidden world full of family secrets, alliances to be had, strange m
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My new novel is out today and I feel fully justified in giving it 5 stars because I reread this book three more times just for fun before I started sending out review copies...the last time it was just mine.

I've had a hard time letting this go. I am consumed with feelings. I've spent a long, looong time with these characters and this world.

This is the first book I've released that is 100% me. I had a blast drawing comics and illustrations that are peppered throughout the book. All of my passions
Maranda  @ Melange of Reviews
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 4-stars
"How terrifying it would be, if even death wasn't an escape from our past sins and suffering."

Olivia grew up in America and knows little of the Hidden Lands. After her mother is abducted she is forced to trust two strangers to help her. They take Olivia to the Hidden Lands to find her mother. Atlantis, a city in the Hidden Lands, isn't quite the fantasy world Olivia always pictured. There are cell phones, airplanes, and a surprising amount of American pop culture.

I quite enjoyed the technologic
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars.

The Vengeful Half was a delightful, and often hilarious read, interspersed with cute, amusing drawings by the author. The fantasy world and magic system was unique, though as a reader, a little confusing to understand without having to flick back. The plot certainly travelled in directions I had not considered and the ending was bittersweet, but still promising future adventure.

Breaking it down even more, I found the MC, Oliver, very fascinating, though on another level, I feel like I
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3 Stars

Full Review:
*I received a free ecopy of this book via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was well-written enough I think, but the problem for me was that it wasn’t at all what I was expecting from the blurb. I was expecting a kidnapped mother, a girl whisked away to some other realm, lots of action and adventure and maybe some semi-dark and emotional scenes as she searched for her mother and pieced together clues, ran from and/or battled the villains, and got
Kirsten Tattersall
4.25/5 stars. I received this book from the author through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This was not a serious book, almost in the sense that it didn't take itself seriously. Not at all, and I think that's the reason I was able to like it as much as I did. There were a few "serious" bits, but not so much that it can't be considered a light read. One of the coolest bits of this book were that one of the POV characters is blind, and to him and the other POV character, it wasn't a ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
The Vengeful Half is a fairy tale with no fairies; less grim than the Brothers Grimm. Pointy ears and portals to Atlantis and nothing here to scare fraidy-cats or violate pubescent minds. If you enjoy stories with 'Rodents of Unusual Size' and 'Pits of Eternal Stench,' you've come to the right place.

The illustrations are cute/funny sketches by the author, who also drew the cover art. I thought all the characters pretty much looked the same, like mini-Vulcans. I did love when Jaclyn (the author
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Goodreads.

It has been so long since I have read a fantasy that actually felt like fantasy.
It was like I was asphyxiating and suddenly someone pumped the room full of oxygen.
The Vengeful Half has all the wonder and strange curiosities my wonder-lusting heart could ask for. I could feel all the thought that went into this book- all those hours of imagining and dreaming sunk into the ink on ever page.
It is truly a one of a kind unique book all on its own. Add some art, in
Rick Silva
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prose novel with comic segments and sketches drawn by the author at the end of each chapter.

Olivia and her mother have been living in hiding in various locations around America, but their past finally catches up to them, as Olivia's mom is abducted by agents from the Hidden Lands, a dimension of magical beings living in a world that has absorbed a great deal of 20th Century Earth technology and culture.

When Alfred, the eldest son of a powerful Hidden Lands crime family, offers to bring Olivia to
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Vengeful Half focuses on Olivia Winter, an atypical teenage girl with a slightly overprotective mother, who escaped from a parallel world called The Hidden Lands. After Olivia’s mother is kidnapped for her skills as a potion-maker, Olivia is thrusted into the world which her mother sacrificed everything to protect her from, which leads her on a whirlwind journey of self-discovery.

I loved the characterisation of every single character in The Vengeful Half. I enjoyed that we got to see the swi
Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews)

I was provided a copy for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Stars

This book is a fantasy story about two worlds, our normal world, and the Hidden Lands, a parallel world. Olivia has grown up knowing about the Hidden Lands and magic and such, her mom has always told her about it but she has never seen the other world or done magic aside from some light telepathy with her mom. She yearns to see where she is from and not to live on the run constantly moving around,
(I received a copy from YA Bound Book Tours for review. All opinions are 100% my own.)

3.5 out of 5 stars

The author drew illustrations! I have to admit, that was the driving factor for me with this story. The Vengeful Half is a fun fantasy novel with a fascinating story line and illustrations that add a bit of wit and humor. Olivia is a normal teenager until a blind heir to an illegal potion empire comes asking for help from her mother to lift the curse she placed on his grandfather. His arrival
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I have to admit, it took me a while to really get into this book. Not that it wasn't interesting, I was just so confused. Miralem! Fanarlem! Daramons! The first half of the book kind of see-sawed between not enough information and too much. By the second half of the book, it really took off.

I found myself much less annoyed with the Hidden Lands' constant history lessons and lengthy descriptions when I realized this was g

(got this book in exchange for honest review.)
No spoiler review.

I am left with mixed feelings about this book.

I loved the cover and premise of the book and dived right into reading it.

The story was a little bit of everything; it was fun, its left me wondering at times, it had good humor.
But i guess based on the description, I was waiting for some epic story which i didn't get and hence even though i loved the book , it did leave me a bit disappointed.

The story flow was awesome
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great worldbuilding! I've enjoyed all of Dolamore's books that I've read. I did wish that this book - like some of her others - were paced a little slower. Some of the powerful moments are over so fast that I don't think they have the strength they could. Still, the book did make me cry. There's some mighty emotional impact in there.

Per usual, I adore Dolamore's characters, especially her male romantic leads. (Aww, Alfie!) They feel so real and nuanced. It's easy to sympathize with their motivat
Well.... that was a different cover than the one on my Kindle. I'm not sure if I love it or not, I think it's some sort of weird combo. Like, you have Olivia's "half" or whatever you want to call it which is freaking kickbutt.


It's so prettttyyy!!! And it screams Edward Scissorhands, which I dig and do not dig simultaneously.

Then you have Olivia and Alfred on the bottom that has me like...


They're only 16 and 17 y'all! They look mid 20s! I mean, I get that people can have mature looking faces (*l
Mary Taranta
I was fortunate to get an e-copy that included all the intended artwork, and the comics made me laugh so very much. (The artwork will be missed in the next books, but it's an understandable decision to withhold such a labor intensive effort!) Alfred and George were perfect, and I appreciated that George didn't always respect Alfred's choices, but he still followed orders. (Sometimes it feels like imbalanced power friendships have the less powerful character act too out of station with no social ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I first saw the description, I thought that this book would be the start of a grand adventure and possibly a new series. It certainly had that potential based on what I'd read. After reading it, my estimation is somewhat diminished, though not completely.

The story itself was good and had a nice development. The execution was a little on the childish side, which made me think that this would be better labeled
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was so out of my comfort zone - yet I really, really liked it.

Well, maybe it's not so far out of my zone. "My books" are those that are more character-driven - more so than some of the YA books I've read which, to me, seem to go to fast and not give characters enough time to develop. This book has characters that I came to know and care about (which is where I typically lose some of the YA books) and their backstories to shape the plot which actually became secondary to their experienc
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading the book I was iffy on if I was going to like it. It didn’t take long for the some eventful things to happen though. Once things started happening I read the book straight through. I didn’t want to stop. Nor did I want the book to end.I am not sure if I particularly like the little illustrations in the book though. I feel like it would be better if there was an illustrated book made separately. Also the parts where the details of how the book came to be shouldn’t be ...more
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

DNF @ 10%

I found the pictures to be taking away from the story rather than adding to it. I also thought that the plot was a little all over the place and I put it down a while ago and realized I don't have any intention of picking it back up.

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Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-got-it
3.5 Stars

I love the cover of this book, and truth be told it's what prompted me to read the blurb and ultimately purchase the book. I really enjoyed the vibe the writing in this book gave off, the kind of 60's mod feel. There were some great references, for instance... Target on acid (I want to go!) and some modern book references (Harry Potter). Even a shout out to 'The Who' (one of my favorites of the British Invasion). The story started out a little slow, there was really a lot to learn. The
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
*copy received from Netgalley*
A entertaining story that takes to a whole different world. Although it was a great story, I found it a bit slow at times and not as action-packed as I thought. That isn’t bad, but it just wasn’t what I expected. The characters were interesting and original and I really liked how Dolamore wrote the dialogue between characters. Definitely check this out for a good read.
A surprisingly fun read, even if I prefer Dolamore's Sorcerer's Concubine/Wife series (mainly because this is firmly YA and the latter is not.)

Likeable characters, a plot that zips along, some fun world building, and the ending that feels complete but still leaves you wanting more - a lovely, fun read.

Extra points to, once again, not making the hero a jerk but a nice person. Fantasy, especially YA fantasy, needs more of that.
Emily Crow
I read the kindle unlimited version of this novel, which did not have the author's illustrations, so my rating is purely based on the story itself, which was a lot of fun. Olivia and Alfred are great characters and I love this fantasy world. I think I may have found a new favorite author. ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book! Oh, man, so enjoyable, loved the characters, the world, and the illustrations, which were hilarious! Can't wait for the sequel! ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have
Well this was so much more than I expected and I hope there's a sequel. full review to come. ...more
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Jaclyn Dolamore has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives in western Maryland with her partner and plot strategist, Dade, and three weird cats. To keep abreast of new releases, sales, and extras, please join her mailing list! ...more

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