Dec 6, 2014

Review -- Fields of Elysium

16133112Fields of Elysium
Author: A.B. Whelan
Release Date: December 12th, 2012
Publisher: InMotion Capital
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 420
Format: Ebook, Received from author in exchange for an honest review

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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.

My Review:
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, I found it to be completely beautiful and wanted to know more about the story. I didn't find the story to go along with the cover, but at the same time the story had be interested. My poor TBR pile is so huge, I ended up never being able to get around to it. I was asked to do a review by the author and I knew it was time that I finally get around to it.

Molly chases after her dog that ends up finding a secret portal between two worlds. When she gets to the other side she runs into Weston, Victor, and a couple other guys on a birthday hike. She doesn't know where she is and she is confused but she enjoys her time while she is there. Little does she know at the time what she really did discover. One thing she knows is even after she goes back to the portal, she can't get Victor out of her mind. No matter how hostile and rude he acts towards her, she is pulled towards him anyway. Now the question is, what does she need to do to see him again?

This is the first book that I have read that deals with a planet hop in the story. The worlds are similar but very different at the same time. Arkana is very highly advanced and Molly can't help but think what things could change on her world with what she discovered, but she made a promise to not expose the world and she sticks to it. I have read portals between faerie worlds and such, but this one is completely different. I enjoyed it very much and found myself curious what the author was going to throw at me next.

Molly is a character that I liked very much. She was bold at times, but when she was by herself she had her thoughts consume her. I like how no matter what she never gave up on what she wanted, she held onto it even when she knew it wasn't good for her heart and her mind, she held on anyway. She finds friends both in her new town of Los Angeles as well as on Arkana. She is very different from both sets, but yet she found a spot where she belongs. She is a strong willed character with a big heart full of compassion. She isn't your typical annoying teenage girl that you seem to run into in most books.

Victor was one that captivates you. His actions draw you in and make you wonder what he hates about Molly so much. As the walls come down and you get to know him, you can't help but want to run up to him and give him a hug. He can be surly and distant, but you learn why and you can't help but like him as a character. When he finally starts doing things for himself and deciding that he may have more room within him than he though, it is a moment where you want to raise your fist in the air for him. He is a wonderful character with a bigger heart than you would have guessed when you first started following him.

I loved the world and the author does a great job of giving us enough detail to picture everything as it goes. Even though everything is all advanced and animals are different, you are able to see all of it your head without any cloudiness. It is as clear as if you had it right in front of you.

There are parts in the story where you don't know what things would really work, how aging works on either planet, but those are minor parts to the story that have you confused. The story was rather long and part of it was rather winded but it is still very enjoyable. The last few chapters get thrown towards you and a lot of information comes at you all at once. You get to spend a little time wrapping your head around it, but it wasn't too much that caused too much stress, just made you have to do a little thinking.

This story was great and I can't wait to get more of Victor and Molly. The romance is very believable and wasn't one of those typical love at first sight things. Yes, there is an instant connection that both can't deny, but they weren't dating the next day, the romance blossoms throughout the pages in a way that makes you bite your nails as you keep reading to know more. A.B. Whelan has made a fan of me and I know I will be reading the rest of the series for sure.

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