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(Neliem #1)

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Half the population of the island of Madera are dead, killed by an unforgiving and indiscriminate plague. Oriana dreams of escaping her life of ruthless cruelty from the people who now rule over those who remain. No telling whom the plague will strike next, Oriana means to find freedom for herself and her people. Drawing strength from ancient tales of her enemy, young Oria ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Month9Books
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Clare The story begins on the island of Madera, one of many islands surrounding the mainland Perla Del Mar, all part of the vast Hugganoff Empire. Other lar…moreThe story begins on the island of Madera, one of many islands surrounding the mainland Perla Del Mar, all part of the vast Hugganoff Empire. Other larger, more affluent islands such as Odessa, Phillma and Waria surround Playa Del Sol, the capital of the southern region. (less)

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May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
******** UPDATE: 5/17/19 ***************
After speaking with the publisher about some of my concerns with this book, I have decided to change my rating from 2 stars to 3 stars. The reason I originally had the lower rating is because of my concern that the ending romanticizes controlling and abusive relationships. However, after finding out there will be a second book in the series where things are not so clear AND re-reading the last few chapters of the book, I made the decision to change this to
Liza Fleissig
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great debut - excited to see more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best fantasy I’ve read in years!
Brenda Cates
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really good book. I got it on Thursday afternoon and had finished reading it by Friday evening. It's a page turner, couldn't put it down. A little romance, a little adventure, a little intrigue...just really a joy. Can't wait for a sequel or at least another book by this author.
Lloyd Bryant
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recommend giving Neliem a read! Over the last year or so of being retired, I have had the opportunity to read, read, and read for true pleasure without having to worry about writing book reports or giving oral presentations or being graded in any way. One book may lead directly to the next, often due to a side reference in the first. My tastes range from J. K. Rowling to Solzhenitsyn to Jon Meacham to Doris Kearns Goodwin to George R. R. Martin; anything is possible. I take input for my readin ...more
Julie Hoag
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book, loved loved loved it! The main characters were two of my favorite characters from YA books I've read to date. The character Oriana was so fierce, fiery, passionate, and elegant. The male character Ezra was sexy, sweet, strong, loving, severely devoted, and exquisitely patient. The story portrays a yummy romance that keeps you guessing while allowing you to savor each and every step until the glorious HEA. The storyline is filled with fun and often sexy scenarios. The writer t ...more
Jonathan Rosen
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great debut! Fascinating world and Oriana is a great character to explore it with. I look forward to more from this author!
Eve Rubell
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so involved in the story that I couldn't put it down! What an intriguing book.
Jeanette Aberin
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page turner!

Recommend to young (and old) adults. Neliem is a role model for my daughter! Can’t wait for the sequel 🤞🏽
Oliver Baird
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I got to read this book. First as a boy, I wondered if it was for me. It's a girl empowerment in a fantasy world that reads from like the early 1900's. Women are oppressed, and there's a really unfair class system.
For Oriana, she fights the system without losing her dignity. It shows girls can be brave and smart and know how to defend themselves.
She finds love, not what she expected, and their relationship is so realistic in that as I was reading, I saw it playing before my eyes. I l
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was selected and given an advanced copy. The summary of the book was very interesting to me, I like to read all sorts of genres but I have definitely been in a fantasy mood lately. It's taken me a few days to write this review and I still am not sure I know exactly what I want to say. This book has so much potential. Really, it does. I liked the characters and it had a good core story; it just really missed the mark for me. I won't give any spoilers, but there was so much description in small, ...more
Nov 11, 2019 added it
DNF. Did this book have an editor?
Forrest Baird
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
exciting romance
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Clare Di Liscia grew up near the hills surrounding Dodger Stadium. Enjoying the outdoors, Clare excelled in swimming, horseback riding and ice-skating.
For University, Clare attended KU Leuven, in Belgium. She earned Dean's List recognition and a BA in screenwriting from Cal State Northridge Film School. She placed in the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship i

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