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LS: The Beginning Paperback – June 15, 2011

3.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the LS Series

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"Wow, I loved reading this book. It's really unique compared to most books I've read."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463552653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463552657
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,419,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kelvin O'Ralph is a YA/Thriller/Fantasy author residing in the United Kingdom. He has been writing for over 6 years now, and has written a few projects along his way to becoming a published author.

Still in search for a good publishing deal from a traditional publisher, he focuses on his art and improves his craft by working on amazing projects such as the Sandville High series. The main concept behind the series is to provide readers with a rich suspenseful plot that ensues in readers wanting to learn more about the characters and their stories. He hopes one day this project will be developed into a TV series.

Kelvin's major influences have been Danielle Steel, Mary Higgins Clark, J.K. Rowling, Lee Child. He loves football (soccer) and adores Emma Watson (the girl from Harry Potter).

To find out more about Kelvin, visit his blog at www.kelvinoralph.net Twitter: @KelvinORalph Facebook: Kelvin O'Ralph

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Format: Kindle Edition
Originally posted on my blog at hpreviewsbooks.blogspot.com

I had contacted the Kelvin O'Ralph to review the book and I wasn't disappointed. I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters. I must say that I haven't read a book from the male perspective only recently so it was a nice change from my current readings.

The male lead is Stephen, and he seems to be able to wrap his mind around things a bit more easily than his female counter part Lisa. Lisa is hot tempered and doesn't appreciate her gifts at first. Stephen takes to them right away. The change that both Stephen and Lisa experience is quite unusual. While I wish that O'Ralph went a bit more in depth with the powers and how Stephen was able to understand them more easily, however it doesn't detract from the story.

I did enjoy the romance aspect of the book as well. I was able to get more of the later portion of the book as it was very identifiable for me. The ending is definitely a set up for the next one, and has me wondering what is going to happen next.

I have so many unanswered questions that I am just hoping will be answered in the upcoming book(s). Unfortunately laying them out here would be major spoilers, so when the book comes out, pick it up and read it!

So overall I give this book my Pretty Good rating:
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Stephen and Lisa are two college kids who discover that they both have special abilities. One can create fire and the other creates ice, but they share the powers of mind reading, telepathy, and super speed. When they meet, they feel an instant connection to each other, but in order to stay together and figure out where their powers come from, they must overcome exes as well as other dangers.


I really gave this book a chance, but after the first few chapters I started to lose interest and had a hard time finishing it. The premise is good, but the writing style, character development, and dialogue are not. I can tell that Kevin O'Ralph is a new author, and some of these format errors are expected, but the fact that there are so many grammatical errors as well as errors in overall structure, make this book very difficult to read. There were some sentences that didn't make sense, and after realizing the author was from the UK, I concluded that the language barrier must be to blame. But an editor of some sort would do this book, and future books, wonders. Unless the writing improves, I won't look forward to the sequel(s).

Rating: Toe Tag (1.5/5)

***I received this Ebook from LibraryThing Member Giveaways in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I received an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of this book by the author and while the book does have some editing issues and some grammatical errors, it was a pretty easy fast read.
This was definitely a very unique story line. I loved the main characters uniqueness, their innocence and their love for one another as together they discovered their powers but also about each other and themselves as well. I like how they seemed to grow together in their journey to discovery and I liked the slight mystery this story had to offer about who they were, where their powers came from and what was in store for them next. While this book does end on a cliffhanger, it is a nice one that leaves you wanting to find out what happens next.
While this is a rather young new author, I could see his writing grow throughout the story and I think we can expect some very great stories and books from him in the future.
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The Beginning was one of them books that you knew was going to be good, you just didn't know how good. Well, I honestly thought it was very enjoyable and liked the direction author took with this novel.

The story follows Stephen Wilson who moves to a new school in Sloutenville. When he meets Lisa Morgan one day, they shake hands and from that moment his life suddenly changes. Both Lisa and Stephen soon discover they are connected and that they can manipulate the elements, fire and water. Stephan and Lisa soon become fast friends but when Lisa's ex becomes jealous, this only leads to dangerous things.

It's not often I read books from the male prospective and I have to say I do usually prefer a female one because I feel more connected to them. Hey, I'm female...so it's expected BUT I have to say I think Kelvin O'Ralph did a great job with Stephen. He created a really likeable character that was easy to connect too and had a great personality. I really enjoyed the emotions that Stephen had when he first connects with Lisa and I definitely enjoyed how his feelings developed for her.

The general storyline itself was at a good pace with a great mix of excitement and romance, with a few twists and turns. There were a few questions that weren't answered in this book but leaves me interested to read book two.

My only complaint with the book is I would have of liked a bit more dialogue and depth from the characters, however I could over look that because it was a good read and I'd recommend anyone to try it.
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