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Strayborn

(Draev Guardians #1)

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Elemental Manipulation is a tricky business. Only those with the power can train to become a Draev Guardian.

Cyrus Sole hates life. She’s only half-human, with weak wrists, and not a day goes by when someone doesn’t say something mean about it—especially her step-mom. But when the forbidden power to manipulate metal awakens inside her, she finds herself on the run as the Ar
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Kindle Edition, 403 pages
Published October 14th 2019 by Storyteller Wings Press
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Elizabeth Dragina
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word. Oh my word. Oh my word. Oh my word.

I'm about to explain why you need this on your on your bookshelf--if you read the rest of this review you might have another book on your TBR.

There are very few people in the world of storytelling that I consider master's of the art. I have just added Elizabeth Rawls to that tiny list. She knows how to grab you by the throat and hurdle you through pages of magnificence.

The synopsis hooked me more than a lot of other books I've checked out. I love
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Deborah O'Carroll
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That was delightful! A unique and thrilling MG adventure, which I enjoyed very much despite being older than the target audience. I think readers of all ages will find this Christian Fantasy story a delight, especially if you like academy stories! (Think Harry Potter, Knightly Academy, Ewan Pendle, etc.) It’s exciting and not without its bouts of tragedy, but it’s also full of heart and fun and it makes me happy. I keep smiling just thinking about it! :)

I loved getting t
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Stargazer R. L.
Nutrition Facts:
-Fabulous Middle Grade novel
-Fun, epic, heartwarming
-Has a heroine who is going to follow the Lord God no matter what
-Great worldbuilding
-Super enjoyable read

Serving Suggestion:
-If you like fantasy
-Want a Christian Middle Grade book
-If you like Howl's Moving Castle

Ingredients:
-Cyrus, brave, faithful, determined.
-Aken, fun-loving, fiercely loyal, gets into trouble.
-Nephryte, devoted Christian, mentor, has air powers.
-Mamoru, O.o o.0 O_O

Allergens:
-Some very watered down language
-So
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Merie Shen
This book came highly recommended to me, but I had my doubts about it. I didn't really get into it until around the 20% mark, when I finally came to terms with the fact that there were no potato chips in the house and I would just have to continue reading this book without them. Well, as soon as I sat down for the next chapter, it got good. No potato chips necessary.

I was told the worldbuilding in this story is excellent. Well, it is. I don't want to go into too much detail, but I especially lov
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Kyle
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Fresh and original” aren't words I often use in connection with a story that revolves primarily around vampires, but they absolutely apply to Strayborn. Thankfully, Strayborn steers well away from all the usual tropes that afflict YA vampire novels…so much so that I wouldn't actually saddle it with that category. The vampires of this story (called “vempar”) are a clever and richly-detailed new take on the mythological creature that's a far cry from the stock blood-drinker archetype you'll find ...more
Yakira Goldsberry
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
How much do you like vampires?
I could answer that question with “Not at all”, but after watching Dracula: Untold and Hotel Transylvania with my family, a small part of my hear opened up to allow myself to say, “They’re okay.”
But today, I am here to tell you that vampires rock! Or, at least E. E. Rawls’s vampires do. Called ‘vempars’ in her debut middle-grade novel Strayborn, Rawls paints a whole new picture of vampires, letting the world explore a side of them never seen in common fiction—vulner
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Valicity Elaine
The Christian Fantasy We've Needed All Along

This is an interesting book! Let me get this plug out of the way and say that The Rebel Christian is always on the lookout for amazing Christian fiction, so I was very pleased to add this wonderful piece to my collection!

When I was first approached for a review I felt a little leery because this book was a bit long but it turned out to be such an adventure! What I liked most about this story was that it was most certainly a fantasy nov
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Claire Banschbach
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I beta read this for EE Rawls quite some time ago, and remembered really enjoying it then. Some bits were familiar enough, Aken's hot-headedness, Cyrus's determination, the misfit band of students she falls in with at the Draev Academy (basically a magic school for vempires), the mentor with secrets...

The other part I remembered was the fresh worldbuilding. In this world, a second earth type planet with magic (but separate from ours), we have humans, vempires, faeryn, dragons, etc. All twists on
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Mike
Apr 09, 2020 marked it as partly-read
I think I'm going to stop getting books via Prolific Works (the former Instafreebie); I don't think I've ever had one that I liked without reservation.

I picked up the extended sample of this book that way. It did not make me want to buy the book, for reasons I'll discuss shortly.

First, the good. This is an appealing world, fairly clearly based on anime/manga (the brightly coloured hair, the vaguely steampunkish setting, the approximate laws of physics, the ability of the teacher to produce a p
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Jenelle
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
7 Reasons You Should Drop Everything and Read This Book:

1. Cyrus Sole. I completely fell in love with young Cyrus within the first chapter, and when the story deviated from her storyline to briefly introduce a new character, I didn't want to leave. I wanted to know more about her, about how she was going to handle all the things, and where her story would take her, and what would happen next. She starts out as a sort of Cinderella-meets-Harry-Potter, but there are plenty of unique twists and tur
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Merenwen Inglorion
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4

Reasons for rounding up:
-Unique take on vampires (in this series they’re called “vempar”)
-Those snippets at the end
-Nephryte (if he and the vempar lady are “just friends”, can I have him? XD)

Reasons for nixing stars:
-SO many YA/MG cliches; Adults Are Useless, Everyone Hates the MCs, etc.
-The writing was choppy most of the way through; fragmented sentences that got a bit annoying during action scenes, POV switches (between close third and distant third)
-Random chapters f
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Galit  Balli
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Okay, this review was such an easy thing to do, this book was a great story and a wonderful adventure to follow. I think this story is for a younger audience but I still enjoyed it a lot and didn't diminish my enjoyment one bit, hehe :D

The characters

Cyrus Sole: This is by far my favorite character <3

I wanted to know more about her, about her family, her inner struggles and thoughts, I just craved for more and more. At first, it was too Di
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Gordon
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, younger-kids
Well, that was rather fun*. I do like a good school-of-magic story, and while this does have a lot of Harry Potter DNA, it has its own ideas as well. The world building in particular was vivid, colourful, and interesting. The world of Eartha bursts with exotic races, monsters, woods, cities, colourful personalities and their rivalries – and the academy which our young heroes attend is a microcosm of all this imagination. Our two POV protagonists are likeable and believable kids: Cyrus is a half- ...more
Madeline Rose
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was a fascinating read!

The first thing I really want to mention is how the writing style conjures different images in my mind. Let me explain. Usually when I read a book, a little mini movie plays in my mind. I can see the character's faces, watch what they're doing, look at the setting, all that stuff. When I was reading this book, I didn't just picture a movie in my head. At times, the writing felt like I was watching an anime. Other times, like I was watching a cartoon. And still ot
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Laurin
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This middle grade fantasy by E.E. Rawls has some fascinating world-building that a young reader could easily get lost in. The “Abilities” that the students at Dravensett have are diverse, well-thought, intricate, and interesting. She has created quite a vast magic system with rules for each Ability and race, making the characters have use their differences to work together. A wonderful lesson!
Tucked within the pages of Strayborn are several beautiful lessons that young people really need to hear
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Rachael Ritchey
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great beginning to new ya fantasy series

Strayborn has all the boxes checked for a great series starter. This is definitely ya fantasy that is appropriate for young ya readers, too, and I get the impression the whole series will grow with the readers.

Full of mystery, the story mainly follows Cyrus, a half-human half-vempar carrying a secret inside herself not even she knows, and Aken-Shou, a pureblood vempar boy hated by his own kind and determined to prove he is not the scourge they all believe
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Joy Rancatore
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This promises to be a delightful series for fans of clean fantasy with a hint of steampunk. The primary characters, Cyrus and Aken-Shou, demand to be loved. I don't see how a reader could not fall for them both. Both young, without families and full of pain and secrets they don't even understand, Cyrus and Aken form a bond that's sure to guide them in their journeys ahead.

The main critique I would give is Cyrus keeps a couple of secrets. One of them I could not understand, though I was sure the
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Amarie
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could write an entire dissertation on why I believe, based solely on Strayborn, that EE Rawls is the second biggest Naruto fan in existence--second only to me, that is. (The map legit had a place labeled "AKATSUKI".)

For the purpose of this review, I will refrain from discussing Naruto and tell you to go read this book instead!! (For real, go read this book.) However, I would like to mention that this is basically the book version of a manga/anime. The dialogue, facial expressions, character in
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Iris
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was an interesting story but I had a hard time staying engaged in the plot. There is a lot of back story and world building. The main characters are all early or mid teens. The perspective of different characters was helpful but there were places that I got bored or wanted the story to move on and kept having to put the book down. I'm not sure if I would continue on in this series but there was enough intrigue that I may be persuaded.

Content:
Sexual: none
Violence: mild/murder
Language: none
Anne Kavcic
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got the sample (15 chapters) in a giveaway and have to say that the book is really good. The characters are well drawn, as is the world and the magic in it. This book works for older children as well as adults, I think; the sample ends on a cliff-hanger but it looks like there will be some serious good and evil and betrayal coming up. Will definitely read more to find out what happens!
Joseph Leskey
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
RTC, probably.
Nicole Moses
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rough, but good

It's a good book, interesting and I want to know where the story is going. It's a bit rough in some ways i.e. sentences or passages that could be rewritten to flow more smoothly, but overall it's a good book and I look forward to the sequel.
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