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LS: The Beginning Paperback – June 15, 2011
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More About the 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
Top Customer Reviews
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:
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I cannot even get past chapter four.So what happens is this guy Stephan I think and this girl Lisa meet and shake hands. They then realize that they are acquiring powers. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The only reason this book didn't get five stars is because, I don't fully like books from a Guy's point of view. Other than that this book is one of my faves! Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by nemo
Lots of spelling and grammar errors. Story doesn't go anywhere and still don't know what its about. Needs some work. Was this a first attempt at writing?Published on February 10, 2013 by Dennis
The preface drew me in. The story kept me reading. The characters are interesting and the plot is intriguing. The story is imaginative. Read more
The Beginning is one of those books that drew me in from reading the synopsis. I love a stories about characters with powers. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Fantasybkgirl
Where to start? Ok, i wanted so badly to like this book, it had been on my to-be-read shelf for a long time. But .... i just didn't. I basically forced myself to finish it. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by Tarra
Kelvin O'Ralph is a young, promising author, who has written a book that reminds me a little of the X-Men. Lisa and Stephen touch hands and more than sparks fly. Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by elkite08
I enjoyed this book! It is about two college kids, Stephen and Lisa, that come together and find that they each have special powers. Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Tina S
The characters are not lovable and not very diverse. The characters are stuck in some old world where they treat each other like ladies and gentleman. Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by Dom