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Riven

(My Myth Trilogy #1)

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Winner: 2016 Publishers Weekly's BookLife Prize in Fiction, Young Adult
Winner: 2016 Moonbeam Gold Medal, Young Adult Fiction
Winner: 2017 Royal Dragonfly First Place, Young Adult Fiction
Winner: 2017 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award
Nominated for the 2018 IndieNext List

Which reality would you choose? Seventeen year-old Emily's dad is in prison for securities fraud and her
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Jane Harris
Guys! I didn't know I could review my own book! Anways, I'm straight up in love with RIVEN because it's MAGIC and because the Uni gave it to me and patiently waited 4 years until I learned to write well enough to tell it. I love it because my kids are in it...Jacob, Aidan, and Claire (for reals Jacob would sell his own mother down the river for a rare Magic the Gathering card. Oh wait. I am his mother). I love it because my maiden name really is Alvey and it really does mean Elf Warrior, and tha ...more
Dee Arr
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, ya
The character of Emily was the first reason that I found this novel interesting. Sassy, smart, seemingly level-headed, a confident teenager poised for womanhood yet still struggling with shaking off the last bonds of her young life. As I continued reading, my view on Emily changed as author Jane Harris began revealing more and more about her. While it is difficult to share much of this story without ruining it for other readers, I will do my best to describe the book without spoilers.

Emily stumb
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Lyndi
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved this book through goodreads giveaway.
it was an enjoyable read but it didnt really grip me at first. Some bits were a bit choppy due to the fact that this book is based around fantasy and reality and sometimes you couldnt tell which one you were in which is not really a bad thing as your experiencing what the main character Emily is feeling. Also, because it is an advanced reader copy, there were some grammatical mistakes but it didnt take anything away from the book. I also liked the
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William Stuart
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Riven (My Myth #1) by Jane Alvey Harris showed up in my Goodreads recommendations. Intrigued by both the cover and the blurb, I added it to my TBR list. Read on for my thoughts!

Synopsis (from the author):
Which reality would you choose? Seventeen year-old Emily's dad is in prison for securities fraud and her mom's strung-out on pain meds, leaving Emily to parent herself and her younger brothers and sister. She's got things mostly under control until a couple weeks before Dad's release, when voice
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Paige Green
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5/5

Genre: YA Fantasy/Contemporary

Recommended Age: 18+ (trigger warnings for child molestation, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Language and violence)

Pages: 326

Author Website

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I received a copy of this book courtesy of KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Which reality would you choose? Seventeen year-old Emily’s dad is in prison for securities fraud and her mom's strung-out on pain meds, leaving Emily to parent herself and her younger brothers and s
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K.A. Wiggins
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
*Gifted a copy via Goodreads giveaway* Very interesting premise and some strong faerie-fantasy writing. Non-explicit, but trigger warning for child molestation, child and spousal abuse.

Due to the premise, which involves childhood abuse and the resulting trauma with fantasy/storytelling as a coping mechanism, the reading experience gets a bit confusing. There are multiple realities overlapping and intruding on one another, and it can be hard to follow, which could be an interesting artistic choi
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Kat Kennedy
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
RIVEN (MY MYTH TRILOGY BOOK I) is a young adult fantasy novel about the world of the fae and a teenaged girl who possesses powers she doesn’t fully understand. When the lines between fantasy and reality begin blurring in Emily Alvey’s life, she starts to question her own sanity. With her mother suffering from depression, she is the sole caretaker for her three younger siblings and now her father is being released from prison after ten years. No wonder Emily is stressed and beginning to manifest ...more
Shirley
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book. It just draws you right in. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Faith Rivens
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie-reader
Riven is a refreshing YA story. Jane Alvey Harris has a powerful way with words and she uses them masterfully as she brings to life the story of Emily, a young girl with scars of the past who retreats into a fantastical world to escape the abuse of her reality. The presence of some minor characters could have been better developed, but overall this story impresses. Rich and imaginative and meaningful, Riven is an unexpected breath of fresh air.
Jessi
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome YA fantasy novel about a girl named Emily who tells these fairy tales to her siblings, but those tales begin to creep into her reality. It was incredible to see the web between the two worlds weaved so deeply and perfectly! I loved the story, the characters, and ALL the layers and meaning under the base of the story line. I look forward to seeing what happens next in this trilogy from debut author, Jane!

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Fernando
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as part of the GoodReads giveaway program. This is the first book I won from Goodreads, I am so excited!

Overall, this book is easily one of the more descriptive novels I have ever read. When she talks about Emily's (the main character) cuts and oozing of the pus from the healing of the scars, I cringed a bit. I have never felt that way about a book before, heck no movie has made me feel that way so Jane Alvey Harris has earned my respect at making me cringe with such descriptive
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Tara
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was awarded this book through a goodreads giveaway. This book and just a few others have truly raised my rating standards, wishing there were extra stars I could give.
This book is about pain, strength, and survival-the amazing coping mechanisms a person has to survive the most horrific events.
Emily, a 17 year old, is acting as sole parent to her younger siblings. Her father has been incarcerated and her mother has been locked in her room for months with an addiction to prescription drugs.
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Erika
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR EVERYONE TO READ!!!!!
I'm done & I couldn't be sadder😭😭😭. It was written so beautifully getting lost in the realms made it so much better! Jane painted beautiful pictures in my head as I was reading every word. There was times where I was so lost in book that coming back to reality felt weird and wanted to get lost in the book again!!! The way Emily overcomes what she's dealing with is so great. Emily's connection and raw emotions makes getting lost and invested in what
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Yvonne Glasgow
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found myself quickly fascinated with this book. The author has an amazing talent for weaving stories that are visual, intriguing, and leave you guessing. I didn't want to put it down each time I started reading.

I have always been fascinated by fairy stories, so I was extremely delighted when the fae began to appear in this tale. The twists and turns are divine; you'll doubt your beliefs just as much as Emma doubts hers by the time you get to the end of the story. I can't wait to read the secon
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Jessica White
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and more can be found at A Reader's Diary!

Holy.... Wow.
I had no idea what to expect when I started this book, but I'm so glad I did.
Emily Alvey is trying so hard to be a typical 17 year old girl and raise her three siblings, but that's hard to do when your father is in prison and your mother is drugged up...
One day she wakes up with runes burned into her arm. The hot lifeguard, Gabe, happens to notice them, but ignores it and takes an interest in Emily, even though she kicks him squ
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Reader Views
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RIVEN

Jane Alvey Harris
Jane Alvey Harris (2016)
ISBN 9781944243715
Reviewed by Faryal (Age 14) for Reader Views (8/16)

“Riven,” by author Jane Alvey Harris, is pleasantly distinct from the mainstream flow of utopian/dystopian young adult novels. Harris has created a book that tackles abuse, fantasy, and psychological thrill.

Emily, the seventeen-year-old protagonist, has gone through many hardships. Her dad is in jail for security fraud, and her mother is no help taking care of the family, as she is
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T.W. Barton
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in a new fantasy trilogy.

I suspect that this story will be a surprise to many of the young readers that call this genre their favorite.

The author does an amazing job of creating a wonderfully rich world and characters that draw you in and keeps you turning page after page because you just have to know what happens next!

All the while she is also exposing those same minds to a subject that does and will affect them at some point, either on a personal level or by acquaintance. Take t
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Meryl Xiong
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world-building in this book is INTENSE! The constructed fantasies/realities in Riven are so alive and complex. I can't wait to explore them even further in the next books. I kinda want an expansion book just on the First Realm and perhaps how realms work because I'm a nerd like that, just in case the trilogy isn't enough to elaborate on the worlds as much as I want them to. The characterization is also fascinating. Watching (reading about?*) Emma grow from and cope with her drastically chang ...more
Kelly
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Wow oh wow does Jane have a grasp on descriptive writing! The imagery was so vivid that it was like a movie unfolding in my mind as I read this book.

Jane has such a mastery over the English language- the plot was well constructed and characters rich and evolved; and surprising...The twists and turns of the story takes lead the reader on a journey of suspense and intrigue as you try to wrap your head around the alternative reality that surrounds Emily (Emma) Alvey. It's fantasy, but has such a c
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Dita
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is WOW! Jane does an amazing job combining fantasy and reality in this amazing story of a girl finding her inner voice and figuring out what is important in her life. Although there are some dark themes in this book it is totally appropriate for young adults to read. I had a hard time pacing myself through this story and finally had to give in and finish it, and it was thrilling to say the least. Jane is an amazing author, and I look forward to continuing the journey that her chara ...more
Suzanne
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riven is a delightful book for any fantasy genre reader. Jane Alvey Harris slips from reality to fantasy and back again so seamlessly it sometimes takes a few seconds to figure out which world Emily is in. Harris deals with the horrid crime of child abuse in such a way that is both subtle and yet unmistakable. Her descriptions are so bright and colorful it brings the fairy world right to the reader. I enjoyed the book greatly, and it was with a great sigh that I finished the last page. I'm defin ...more
Luisa
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i won a copy of this book in the good reads giveaway, which came with a lovely personal note,
i really enjoyed the book,
its a story of a young girl struggling to cope with her life both past and present, she starts to have a breakdown and lets her mind take her away to live in a fairy tale land of magic and fairies, there she learns to confront the bad memories she has buried deep inside and begins to deal with them,
it has strong family of characters you care for both in the real world and the
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Brenda
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced reading copy of this book, signed by the author - thank you so much, Jane!

The concept for this book is intriguing: a teenager's coping mechanism (fantasy) gone awry. I really enjoyed how the author handled the reality of the protagonist's life; it felt true-to-life and unforced. For me, the fantasy portions weren't as successful.

I think young adults will really enjoy this story, especially young women, as the lead character, a 17 year-old girl, is so strong and relatable.
Nadège Richards
Riven is eloquent and one-of-a-kind. From the first page to the very last, I was lost in Emily's head, seeing the things she did and believing her thoughts like they were my own. Harris' unscripted prose and her knack for tapping into such a dark, wild story are a work of art. One I haven't encountered in a very long time.
G. Gaynor
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm reminded of the film "Somewhere In Time" with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour; how a man finds the love of his life outside of his own time and he goes back to her, to be with that woman, only to pull a penny out of his pocket, a most contemporary coin, and he's snatched back into his own time. He dies a lonely and heartbroken man, but on his way to the hereafter, there she is, patiently waiting for him... and they go off together... somewhere in time!

Okay, enough of the romantic reflecti
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J Yoder
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riven is the story of a young girl, Emily Alvery, and her journey through a troubling and confusing time in her life which leads her to get caught up between two words. At first, Emily is introduced as the eldest child of 4 with a troubled mother and father who is just about to be released from prison. Emily meets Gabe, a lifeguard who appears to have a bit intense interest in Emily. Gave quickly notices the engravings on Emily's arm that she is trying to hide and tries to help her. The reader i ...more
Ditrie Bowie
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magic is at the heart of this story.

Or is it?

The way this narrative is written reminds me a bit of the film Inception. Events have a dreamlike quality, and it never is quite clear whether the fairies and magic are real of a coping mechanism for horrific trauma. It really could go either way (much like the questions the spinning top at the end of Inception incites).

Either way one thing is clear: the protagonist is not a reliable narrator. However, she is realistically written and does her best t
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Nicole
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense Fantasy novel!

Wow this book was one intense ride. You first meet Emily at the local pool while she is looking after her sister. You meet the rest of her siblings as she scrambles to get everyone together and pick up dinner. It's obvious right away she has a lot on her plate! I liked this main character a lot and the way she relates to her siblings felt so real to me.

Things shift in the story when you realize that Emily can travel through a portal to the land of the Fae. Often times the
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Erin Crocker
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-Written

It’s hard to use the word “enjoyed” when speaking to a novel all about coming to terms with repressed trauma.

“Riven” kept me turning the page, though. In the book we meet Emma who lives with a neglectful mom and who’s dad is soon to be released from prison. With all that’s occurring, she’s left to care for her siblings. Everything’s crashing down on her until, in combination with self-medicating, she has a breakdown.

Through, what I’m guessing is guided hypnosis and some type of me
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