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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Book Review: Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan

Fields of Elysium (Fields of Elysium #1) by A.B. Whelan 
Genre: Young Adult (Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: December 12, 2012
Publisher: InMotion Capitol

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, danger, deception, and the never-ending fight for true love.

Fields of Elysium is the first book in the Fields of Elysium series by A.B. Whelan. From the very beginning, this book pulled me into its World and the life of Molly. The writing style is a little different(a good different), and it made me feel like I was right there with Molly. She was a character with a good head on her shoulders. I love that she has a good relationship with her parents. Her dad has some irrational worries that made him act overprotective, but he loves his kids. A LOT. Better safe then sorry. I get it.

I couldn't stop reading. I hated having to put the book down when things like work and bathing got in the way. Molly and Victor are simply adorable. They were super mushy at times, but they're just so darn cute. Victor showed some pretty dramatic character growth. All the characters were endearing. You know how in some books the supporting characters blend in with one another and can be pretty forgettable? That wasn't the case here. Each character had their own little quirks that made them unique.

There was adventure, humor, danger, and of course a beautiful romance with some twists along the way. I enjoy books with a message, and this one has a few lovely messages to pass along to the readers. I love the world this author created, with its different creatures and people. Arkana sounds like paradise. Fields of Elysium is an enchanted reading adventure that left me longing for a World that doesn't exist. Oh, why can't it be real!?

I'm a Hungarian born American writer, who was lucky enough to travel Europe, Africa, and The Middle East and live in Ecuador, Crete and Italy. I graduated as a computer engineer, thus if anybody tells you math and literature can't walk hand in hand, don't believe them. *smile*

I'm the author of the Fields of Elysium saga, which I like to call a young adult romantic fantasy. The first book of the series was inspired by amazing movies like Dirty Dancing, Avatar, and Twilight and earned praise from prestigious review companies and readers. I'm currently working on book three and four, and planning to write two more novellas to finish the series, dedicated to two very interesting characters in my story, Victor Sorren, the byronic hero, and The Prophet, the mysterious leader of the Arkanians.

To learn more about A.B. Whelan and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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