Evarance – Rise of the Shadows

Here is an expert from my first review for OnlineBookClub.

Evarance – Rise of the Shadows
By Bonnie M. Clark

Rachel Summers struggles to find her identity in a family which she believes she looks nothing like. As the twelve-year-old continues to question who she is, she gets trapped in the world of her dreams along the way. In a world where firefoxes, aquamares, and dragons run free, Rachel can’t help finding solace from the mundane experiences of her own life. Suddenly, events in this dream world take a turn for the worse. The darkness that seeks to envelop Rachel’s newfound world poses a threat to the creatures she comes to know and love. She must find a way to stop it…

…Clark transported me into a world so full of vibrant colour and psychedelic madness that it was impossible not to want to be a part of it myself.

Read the rest here.

Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1)

I decided it’s time for me to try out a new reading experience (or rather listening experience) so I borrowed an audiobook from my local library…

Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1)
By Anna Carey

A dystopian future with the past thrown in for good measure. In an America where girls are separated from boys, Eve must find herself and uncover the truth about the world she lives in.

What I found refreshing about this book was that it truly centred around its characters as opposed to being swept up in a mirage of setting and political intrigue. Don’t get me wrong that’s all part of the story as well. However, I felt that it takes more of a backseat than in some of the other YA novels I’ve read. This doesn’t mean that the characters of the novel were perfect specimens though. One of the eponymous protagonist’s most annoying traits was her naivety. Granted, she has lived in a girl-populated bubble for the past sixteen years of her life, but her necessity to repeat what she learned in school was annoying. Her repetition occurred over and over, despite what she discovered as the story continued. At one point, I questioned whether it was the narrator’s voice boring me, but this wasn’t the case. Eve’s character could agitate me at times, but as the story progressed, her character development became evident. It was slight – but evident.

Without a doubt, the most important issue raised was that of gender roles. We (the reader) are transported into a primitive world with (some may argue, somewhat) archaic views on the roles of men and women. Considering that this is a YA novel, I could argue that Carey put these in place to provoke interaction from her audience. How do they view themselves in society? What would they do in Eve’s position? It’s also important to consider that this is a coming-of-age novel. As a result, it will be easy for many of Carey’s audience to relate to the trials and tribulations Eve faces. Eve also has the independence of adulthood thrust upon her. She juggles having to look after herself for the first time amongst the various other threads of the story. It’s important for Carey’s audience to realise that they are not the only ones going through these sorts of problems. In this respect, Eve warrants a great sense of empathy from us readers.

Whilst I had problems with the parts book, for a first experience with audiobooks it was enjoyable. I may be tempted to rent the rest of the trilogy to see how Eve’s story ends, but we shall see.

I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars as it suffers from being a book amongst a horde of other similar ones. There are elements of uniqueness, however, that warrants a recommendation.

A New Feature!

Hey everyone!

I know, I know it’s been a while but college has had me swamped with work so I’ve found it difficult to post anything on here. I haven’t left writing alone, I don’t have much of a choice in that respect, but I haven’t felt that anything has been good enough to post on here.

I will get back to posting some of my writing on here when I can (probably after exams) so stay tuned until then!

Anyway…on to the real reason for this here blog post. I’ve decided to add a new feature: The Bookshelf. It’s not just going to be a list of books I’ve read/want to read/am currently reading. In fact, it’s going to be a section for book reviews.

I look forward to sharing my reading journey with you guys and I hope you’ll share yours with me too!

–Renée