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J.C. Phelps is a wife and mother of three who writes from the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.
The Alexis Stanton Chronicles have been the most enjoyable works she's written. Color Me Grey, the first book in the series, introduces the characters she has come to love. Shades of Grey and Reflections of Grey continue with the same characters and were equally as fun to write.
Traces of Grey, the fourth book in The Alexis Stanton Chronicles, was released on October 31st, 2013.
The fifth book in the series, Fragments of Grey, was released in November of 2014.
Currently, JC is writing the sixth book in the series.
You can find her online at
Facebook - www.facebook.com/authorjcphelps and www.facebook.com/jcphelpsauthor
It took me a grand total of 3 days to read this entire series, which for me, is record time. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, plots and build up to what Grey becomes. Spent a lot of time thinking about what characters would play the rolls on the big screen. It would make a great feminine version of Bourne Identity!
SPOILER ALERT!! Considering the huge focus that is placed on Grey's feelings and relationship for White, it was a HUGE letdown in the end! I was extremely anxious to seeing how the author would tie it all together, and not that I was expecting a full, graphic depiction, but it was almost as if the author is incapable of adding any "steam" to the book.
I really hope there's a 4th book in the works, so that she can really build and develop this relationship to a point of "reader satisfaction".
Okay, so I've read the whole series now. If you're reading this review, you've probably read books 1 & 2 and are trying to decide if you should finish out the series. There's not much I can tell you. If you've read the other 2, then you know what the third one is like. It's more of the same. Alex is the same as ever --- no character evolution whatsoever. She is the exact same person on page 1 of book 1 as she is on the final page of book 3. So that's boring. There's not much to look forward to in the relationship department. Don't want to spoil it, but you'll be let down. Almost the whole book is telling instead of showing. Scenes begin and end in a choppy way with no good segues and no flow. The characters are all the same in ever scene of every book. All the "color" men (White, Black, Red, etc.) don't evolve either. No one's character's goes anywhere. There's no arc. No surprises. There's a little bit more with Colin in this book, but that doesn't really make up for any of the problems. One thing that Phelps does (throughout the series) that really bugs me is to negate the value of anything she says instantly, as soon as she's said it. She'll start off a paragraph with the intent headed in one direction. She'll support her "case" for a few sentences, but then she'll add a sentence at the very end that flips on everything she's just said. It's so frustrating. Don't you want us to agree with you? Or at least to understand what you're saying as valid and try to be on the same side as the character thinking it?? When you make a character turn around and negate everything they've just been so convicted about, it just makes me not care about anything they think anymore. And why does Alex have to be so wishy-washy when it comes to White (and really everything)???? "I'm not ready for him yet.Read more ›
Once again, a very quick moving read for me. I was not surprised to find out about Penumbra's identity and who the new one would be as that part seemed a bit obvious if you read all three in sequence. So, no surprise there, but I still enjoy all the characters and I hope there are more as I'm ready to see what other "assignments" Ms. Grey and her cohorts will take on next.
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I will admit it. I love this series, and Reflections doesn't disappoint. Alexis started out in Color Me Grey as a young, a little bit spoiled, a little bit flaky, woman with an interesting background and an interesting new opportunity as the lone female member of a Private Military Organization.
Through the first and second books we watched as Alexis learned and grew, as a soldier and as a woman. Each was a true treat to read, and this third edition does not disappoint. Secrets are revealed, mysteries are solved, and Alexis truly grows into who she was always meant to be.
The wrap-up of this volume of the series would, should J.C. have decided to end the series at this point, be a clean break. Ends are tied, relationships are brought to fulfillment and relationships between the partners are high and tight. Mr. Black is still my favorite character besides Alexis (White is just a little too prissy for my tastes!) but all of the characters, whether you like them or not, are well written.
Though kids and family are taking up J.C.'s time right now, according to her Facebook page, she has written lately that she is working on a new edition, and I can hardly wait to read it! I got these books for my Nook, then when they came out on Audio I immediately jumped on them and have not been disappointed.
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