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Running from Secrets

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  24 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Bethany has never felt as alone as she feels in Linwood—until she dreams up Chime, a woman on the run because of a magic crime she didn’t commit. The dreams get more and more urgent, so Bethany tries to banish them by writing them down, only to discover she’s stumbled into the role of unwitting controller of Chime’s world.Chime is real here, and so is the possessed queen, ...more
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published January 23rd 2010
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Misty Baker
When I was a little girl I used to keep a journal, not for normal reasons of course, (I’m way to unconventional for that) but to keep myself from running away. See, while most girls were busy scribbling notes about boys and what dress they were going to wear to the dance, I was busy fighting off evil warlords or exploring sunken ships. My writing was an escape, (it still is actually,) and because of it I was able to face down what I thought to be the more “problematic” issues of my adolescence. ...more
Gina (My Precious Blog)

Bethany's twin sister, Antonia, burned to death in a terrible car accident. Her family, attempting to put their shattered life back together relocate to "an insanely old and rickety house at the edge of civilization" in the small town of Linwood. Bethany, isolated, alone and friendless begins writing in a personal journal. There she pens the magical New Velerethland a place she goes to in her dreams. In this journal her words evolve into "something of a story of sorts". Each night her dre
This review was originally published on I Heart Reading.

Running From Secrets by Stephanie Void can easily be read as a stand-alone novel, although it takes place in the same universe as Stephanie Void’s previous novel, Halfway. While I enjoyed both books, I thought this one was slightly better than Halfway. I definitely found myself enjoying it more.

Running From Secrets starts by introducing us to our heroine, Bethany. Roughly fifty percent of people keep a journal at some time during their lif
Bella (Cheezyfeet Books)
I didn't really know what to expect from this book. I was pleasantly surprised, and I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed the book.
After the death of her twin sister, Bethany and her family move to Linwood. Bethany feels so alone, that is, until she suddenly dreams up a girl called Chime, and a whole world and story for her. At least, she thinks she's only dreamt it up. But, she soon finds herself inside Chime's world, inside the world that she's written down. In this world Chime is real, and s
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me intrigued from the beginning. Alternate worlds? If you didn't already know, my all-time favorite series is The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. While the world in this book is not accessed by a closet or a painting, it's even more special because it was created by one person, who can travel (involuntarily) into both.

I really enjoyed the book in the beginning, because the idea that Bethany could be creating a whole world of characters and places simply by writing (a story with
When I first read the synopsis for Running from Secrets, I was intrigued. A world within a world? How could you not love something so deep. I wanted to see where Bethany would go, what she would dream up, and how she would get herself into trouble. It seemed like a fantastic premise for a fantasy book, and I was an eager reader when I opened up to the first page.

From there, things became a little rocky for me. There were elements of the story that I really loved, and then there were parts that d
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Running from Secrets was an interesting story, and it was told in a fascinating way. Bethany recently lost her twin sister Antonia, and so she and her family move to a new place to help themselves cope with their loss. Shortly after they arrive in their new house, which is surrounded by forest, a strange man rings the door bell and when Bethany opens the door he warns her that the forest is evil.

Soon Bethany begins feeling a desire to write, and she is quickly enthralled in the written world tha
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Running From Secrets combines the magic of writing and the merging of the real world and the imaginary for a fun read. While Bethany's character wasn't exactly defined, the characters in her made-up world where and the world building was equally as fleshed out. Though there are some hiccups in the writing, Running From Secrets is an easy read with good pacing and an interesting plot.
As the lead, I'd have liked to see Bethany fleshed out a little more. She comes to life when she's in her imaginar
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Running from Secrets reminded me in some ways of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe with its contemporary/fantasy genre crossover. The story is about Bethany whose family have recently moved to Linwood, a small town surrounded by forest which some of the locals say is haunted. Bethany is a twin and the first chapter tells how her sister, Antonia, dies in a car accident and how her family are coping with their sad loss. It’s during this time that Bethany starts to have strange dreams about a la ...more
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This was a pretty interesting way to tell a story. It is a story within a story, so to speak. After a tragic accident, Bethany begins to dream about Chime and the world of New Velerethland. During waking hours, she begins to write about Chime and her adventures, essentially writing the perilous journey that she soon becomes a part of. Somehow, Bethany has been transported to New Velerethland, meets Chime and join
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
This was kind of a hit and miss book for me. There were parts that I really enjoyed, but other parts... not so much. The great part about this book is that it's sort of a story within a story. A book within a book. I loved that concept and I think it was executed quite well.

As a fantasy novel there is the quest aspect of the story, and that takes us into a magical land with spirits, magicians, and an enemy of the queen who has his own minion army. One part of the book that is memorable, to me at
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing that grabbed me about this book was definitely the title. I found it intriguing & mysterious, and it made me really excited to get into it. And as you read the story, you realize that Bethany (our main character) not only has to keep a lot of secrets, but she discovers even more.

I really wanted to give this book 5 stars, but there were a few things that held it back. The story confused me a bit at times, and never quite explained how it was that Bethany could be in two worlds
Sarahbeth Caplin
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who love "create your own adventure" books, Stephanie Void's "Running from Secrets" takes that idea to the next level. Bethany, a lonely teen reeling after a personal tragedy, finds herself living in the fantasy world she created as a means of escape. However, she quickly learns that surviving in her alternate reality is not as simple as erasing the words on the page.

I have to admit that this genre is not one I would normally be interested in, but Void's skill at creating suspense and
This book was good, but lacking a bit with the execution. It was a great book-within-a-book, which gave it fabulous depth and complexity. Some of the details were left out, and some very complex ideas were simplified.

It is a story with fauns, magicians, and fantasy world with a dark, twisty, almost gory details. To be honest, I thought about not finishing until about 30% through when you get to the real crazy twisted part. So, there is a big set up before you get to the best parts.

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I write fantasy and science fiction.

I write fantasy because it keeps us imagining. I write science fiction because it teaches us to dream about the future.

I spent most of my childhood indoors reading, since going outside meant the sun might kill me. Some of my favorite authors are Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Patrick O'Brian, and Madeleine L'Engle. All this reading made me
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