The Wild's Call
It is seven years after the collapse of modern civilization, and the world is entering a new Dark Age. Can best friends Elysia and Darien trust the animal spirits that are beckoning them to escape into the wilderness and create a new way of life? And will they give in to the mutual passion they've always denied?
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Society has collapsed and two friends flee town with an empty rifle, a small supply of food, and a knapsack of secrets, all to escape the pain of a city running out of food, but really because anima ...more
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Standard YA-ish (sex happens and the people are 8 years out-of-college, so it isn't true YA, but it does feel like it during the read) post-apocalyptic urban fantasy romance-adventure. Pleasant read, but not memorable.
A good beach read.
Well, it was a fairly quick read, so there's that. But, mostly, too much was going on in this book. Maybe because it was so short? You have Elysia, a strong female protagonist, and you have Darien, who seems like he wants to protect her.This is a dystopian story, set seven years after a great collapse. Of what? I don't know. But the relationship between these two is sudden and intense, without much of any build-up. And then there was the plot of trying to get ...more
The world collapsed seven years ago and Elysia has just been trying to get by ever since. When Darien steps back into her life urging her to come with him on the journey towards their spirit animals, she tells him that he’s nuts. But she really has nowhere else to turn, so she goes anyway.
Like the dystopian novels that are flooding YA right now, this book had me fascinated by its world. The world has collapsed and now there appe ...more
Honestly, I didn’t know about any other books by this author until I started reading her Shade Series. For a lot of reasons, I really love that series. The characters, the premise, the writing even the local. It’s one of the first series that I have read that took place in an area that I grew up near. It was only part of the draw, but it was there. The point is, reading Shade, Shift and Shine made ...more
I think my biggest problem with the book was the pacing. Things moved too fas ...more
"I definitely didn't want this little freebie treasure to end so soon! Already having an interest in spirit animals likely contributed to my being hooked & finishing in one evening, but what a great evening Jeri Smith-Ready wrote for m ...more
In regards to Jeri and her writing, I much much much prefer her fantasy material to her more contemporary stuff. I just find her contemporary writing style to be less wonderful.
Aspect of Crow Book 0.5
Elysia and Darien are within the city of Baltimore. What use to be the city anyways. Elysia has no choice but to steal to survive. When Darien comes to her rescue they escape the city. They both have had dreams of animals spirits calling them away. The fox for Elysia and the bear for Darien. So off on their adventure to start a new world and a new life. Together.
Aspect of Crow Trilogy: Eyes of Crow, Voice of Crow and The Reawakened.
a short prequel offered free for Kindle.
Kinda, I think, meant to be a an advertisement or a teaser for the series it introduces.
I am intriguied by the whole animal spirit & post apacolyptic (my current fav books) themes.
It is just very basic in it's character development, scenes, dialog and plot. Almost only a just barely fleshed out outline. BUT it has me interested in the series it starts off :).
This was a free Kindle book and it definitely did its work - I now need to read the first of the Trilogy - Eyes of Crow. I enjoyed Smith-Ready's Shade tremendously so I'm curious about her earlier works.
The earth has suffered some major disaster forcing people to steal, loot, kill, etc in response to the shortage of food, fuel and everything else needed for survival. Elysia now hears the voice of the fox spirit and she joins up with a guy who used to be a super close friend. he hears the voice of a bear. They follow their spirit guides and end up in a place where a whole community of people who hear these voices is forming.
I understand that this is a prequel. I'd say take it as a sign to avoid the rest of the series. Run!!!
Read more of this review and a TEASER here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2010/05/made-grade-aspect-of-crow-series.html
Jeri lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats, who often play tag-team "sit in the author's lap and keep her from writing." (The cats, that is, not the husband. Though, actually...)