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Friday, May 3, 2013

Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan-Review and Giveaway

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 Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: inMotion Capitol (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983472947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983472940
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Book Description:

From the Back Cover

First Love

First Secret

First Heartbreak

I never imagined myself in the arms of a stranger.
My dad would kill me for sure if he found out about us.
But it doesn't even matter because I willingly risk my life everyday just to see him.
           
 How can love mend a heart full of hate? Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful. Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers. While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly's life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor. Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings. Fields of Elysium is a suspenseful, romantic tale full of forbidden secrets, unimaginable danger, deception, and the never-ending fight for true love.

Excerpt:
“Don’t move! I’ll get you,” Victor shouted and came around on his Ducati. “Give me your hand.”
I wasn’t panicking at all, though I should have been, considering what had just happened. I lay on my side, hands on the ground in front of me and watched the first sunbeam that reached the tip of the crystal. My mouth opened and my eyes stopped blinking. I breathed slowly and hollowly, feeling the tightness in my chest.
“Come on!” Victor yelled with the deepest, strongest voice I’d ever heard from him.
Though I could hear the words, I didn’t have the power to move my sight away. It was truly hypnotic and I was falling under its affect.
The light moved forward, toward us, and the jutting out part of the crystal was under full sunshine. The sparkling brightness started to spread toward the bottom, lighting up the entire cave. I noticed hundreds of lighteaters standing at the edge of the indentations.
“Now!” Victor shouted again, and crashed the side of the Ducati onto the cliff. For a second my mind cleared and I wondered what was going on. I reached for Victor’s hand and he pulled me up behind him. In a hurry he spun us around and I looked down once more, just in time to see something unforgettable, something that would give me nightmares for the rest of my life.
  

My Review:
This novel has everything I like in a book. A strong female protagonist, a moody good looking boyfriend, a mysterious world and enough action to make things exciting. The world of Arkana is such a beautiful place, with such intriguing scenery and animal life. Molly goes through changes in the novel that help her overcome her shyness and help her gain courage in facing dangers and every day occurrences. She has over protective parents which is nice to see in a YA novel. I liked how she learned to get along with them and tried to gain their trust.

The love story is slow going which I also really liked. It wasn't instant attraction for both where they fall into each others arms. I liked how it took some time before things fell into place. With Victor's hatred towards Earth people, this made some added conflict which I actually liked. 

This book was a great read and I will let my teen daughter read it next. Fields of Elysium has beautiful descriptions that will transport you to this new world.  
 
PRAISE "The novel's take on otherworldly travel is a compelling one, and the romantic plot will likely appeal to Twilight fans." - Kirkus Reviews "I expected a good love story with a paranormal twist. I got so much more. I think you should take the chance and read it. Let this book take you on the adventure, fall in love." - Young Adult and Teen Readers "Fields of Elysium is a fabulous read. ... Whelan paints her faith into the fabric of her story with deft, light brushstrokes, making her work accessible to all, no matter their spiritual beliefs or background." - Readers Favorite "I escaped into this fantasy world, author, A.B.Whelan, created and I didn’t want Molly to go. From detailed descriptions, to sweet romance, and to all the twist and turns in the story, it had me captivated from page one." - Mary Ting, author of the Crossroads Saga "Whelan's writing is very vivid and descriptive. It's more formal than the average YA novel, but I enjoyed the lyrical and mesmerizing quality to it. I thought the overall story read like a fairy tale--very sweet." - Megan Thomason, author of Daynight





Meet:Author A.B. Whelan 
A.B.Whelan is a Hungarian born, American writer. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California. While growing up in a wealthy Eastern European family, she had a chance to travel Europe. Later as an adult, she visited Africa and the Middle East and lived in Ecuador and in Crete.
 
  




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  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

    Andrea, author of Fields of Elysium

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