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Running from Secrets [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Void
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bethany has never felt as alone as she feels now, in her new hometown of Linwood. Her family is in shambles and she feels isolated.

Then she discovers Chime, an young woman from another world who is on the run and scared. Chime has been accused of a magic-related crime and must find a way to prove her innocence before she is caught by a queen who wants nothing more than to see her dead.

To stay alive, Chime must seek refuge in the one place she fears—the lair of the queen’s enemy, a twisted sorcerer no one has seen in years.

Bethany decides to help Chime, even if it means leaving her own world behind, with dire consequences.

If you enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia but are looking for a darker, slightly more grown-up read… then look no further.


Product Details

  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Silver Glass Press; 1.00 edition (January 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035RPFE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Story within a story May 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
For those who love "create your own adventure" books, Stephanie Void's "Running from Secrets" takes that idea to the next level. Bethany, a lonely teen reeling after a personal tragedy, finds herself living in the fantasy world she created as a means of escape. However, she quickly learns that surviving in her alternate reality is not as simple as erasing and re-writing the words on the page.

I have to admit that this genre is not one I would normally be interested in, but Void's skill at creating suspense and pacing it well kept me interested. From the very first page, Void pulls no punches and throws the reader right in the middle of the action. There is something that every reader can appreciate: artful prose, page-turning adventure, even a hint of romance. This is the first book I've read by this author, and she is definitely one worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Running With Secrets by Stephanie Void October 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Running From Secrets combines the magic of writing and the merging of the real world and the imaginary for a fun read. While Bethany's character wasn't exactly defined, the characters in her made-up world where and the world building was equally as fleshed out. Though there are some hiccups in the writing, Running From Secrets is an easy read with good pacing and an interesting plot.

As the lead, I'd have liked to see Bethany fleshed out a little more. She comes to life when she's in her imaginary world, becoming bold, but in her world she does flounder a bit. I'd have liked to see her grow a bit more as a main character, particularly with the secret she's harboring. Otherwise, I did like her imagination and willingness to believe and fall in love with the gift she was given. The characters in her imaginary world, Nvetherland, are vivid. I was particularly pleased with Dulgue's, The Resident Dark Lord, story arc and I liked the romance that sprouted up between him and Chime. The Dark Lord was by far my favorite character. I loved how inventive and intelligent he was.

Where this novel really shone was the world building. As I'd mentioned before, the real world bits fall a little flat but Nvetherland is vivid and felt whole. I was always pleased to be back there and see more of the imaginative qualities that were there. From Vault 5 (that knows your fears) to the Minion Army that doesn't do anything to David and his faun friends, it all felt like it was whole. One scene in the real world that stands out to me is when Bethany stumble upon a minitaure verison of the same castle in her world. It was at that moment that the magic of the other world bleed into Bethany's real world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A KindleObsessed Review January 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
*This is a 3.5 Review*

When I was a little girl I used to keep a journal, not for normal reasons of course, (I'm way to unconventional for that) but to keep myself from running away. See, while most girls were busy scribbling notes about boys and what dress they were going to wear to the dance, I was busy fighting off evil warlords or exploring sunken ships. My writing was an escape, (it still is actually,) and because of it I was able to face down what I thought to be the more "problematic" issues of my adolescence. (How hard is a Geography test really gonna be after I just escaped from Hurtsalini -the Mistress of the Underworld's - death grip.) Since my awkward tween days I have stopped journaling, opting for a more "grown up" alternative (compiling the worlds longest bucket list) but regardless of the absence of my little green binder the thrill of creating my own world has never left me.

In Stephanie Void's novel "Running From Secrets" Bethany (the heroine) takes the world of journaling to a whole new level. Not only does she WRITE the story of her dreams, but after just a few pages, she finds herself LIVING it.

"Bethany has never felt as alone as she feels in Linwood--until she dreams up Chime, a woman on the run because of a magic crime she didn't commit. The dreams get more and more urgent, so Bethany tries to banish them by writing them down, only to discover she's stumbled into the role of unwitting controller of Chime's world.

Chime is real here, and so is the possessed queen, minion army, mysterious professor, Vault Five, wind chimes with a secret code, child's rhyme that can kill, the naked painting, and other things Chime's story leads her to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Book For Narnia Fans :) May 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Running from Secrets was an interesting story, and it was told in a fascinating way. Bethany recently lost her twin sister Antonia, and so she and her family move to a new place to help themselves cope with their loss. Shortly after they arrive in their new house, which is surrounded by forest, a strange man rings the door bell and when Bethany opens the door he warns her that the forest is evil.

Soon Bethany begins feeling a desire to write, and she is quickly enthralled in the written world that she has created. Her parents become worried and her mother suggests that she take a class at the community college because she's a smart girl. Being at school gives Bethany a chance to learn and meet new people, yet for a huge chunk of the time that she is at school she's still completely absorbed by her story. Over time, Bethany realizes that her story isn't what it seems. She has vivid dreams about the characters and even interacts with them, and she realizes they aren't dreams at all. She is really in New Velerethland with her characters! The fact that she can actually go into the story was the thing that fascinated me about this book the most!

I thought that Bethany was a great main character, she was smart and strong, and she adapted quickly. the only thing that I didn't think fit with her was her age. She was supposed to be 17 and she just didn't act like it at all, but I guess not at 17-year-olds act the same, so it wasn't a huge thing. Some of the dialogue was a little awkward, but it didn't detract away from the story. I absolutely loved the characters from New Velerethland, they were my favourites! Chime and Deluge particularly! Then there was the Queen Numuriu who was possessed by evil spirits, and the faun David, who I thought were both fantastic!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really had fun with this book
After reading and enjoying Stephanie Void’s THE BLUE, I figured I wouldn’t mind reading another one of her books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by price_hound
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I totally loved this book. She nailed a perfect balance between whimsical fantasy and everyday life and struggle! Read this!!!
Published 10 months ago by Amanda R Weener
4.0 out of 5 stars One of those books you can't put down
First off, I wanted to put this at a 4.5, but the stars don't seem to go in between.

Secondly, this book was an awesome read! Read more
Published 20 months ago by LightofEaerendil
5.0 out of 5 stars Running from Secrets
This was a great story. I enjoyed it very much. Another book that must read is The Final Showdown you'll surely enjoy the story from start to end!
Published 20 months ago by Ben Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars YA Debut Novel
Bethany is confused. Her family has just moved to town, fleeing a family tragedy. She has no friends and roams the forest beside their house, searching for something, anything,... Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by Sandra Kirkland
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Mysterious
The first thing that grabbed me about this book was definitely the title. I found it intriguing & mysterious, and it made me really excited to get into it. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by Maria Elizabeth Perez
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting world building
This was kind of a hit and miss book for me. There were parts that I really enjoyed, but other parts... not so much. Read more
Published on August 1, 2011 by Ashley @ Book Labyrinth
3.0 out of 5 stars Running from Secrets
Read the review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books ([...]).

This book had me intrigued from the beginning. Alternate worlds? Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Huifang Tao
5.0 out of 5 stars What an enchanting tale!
This is an extremely entertaining book with so many twists and nuances that you won't want to put it down. Chime's world is charming and intruding into it is so much fun. Read more
Published on March 29, 2011 by Mother Goose
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More About the Author

Stephanie Void writes fantasy, science fiction, and children's books.
She spent most of her childhood indoors reading, since going outside meant the sun might kill her. Some of her favorite authors are Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Patrick O'Brian, and Madeleine L'Engle. All this reading made her want to write stories herself, so she did.
When she isn't writing, she might be doing one of these other things: oil painting, graphic design, photography, singing, perfecting her Gollum voice for everyone's amusement, or enjoying nature.
Sometimes she mangles some songs with a string instrument and calls it violin playing.
Once somebody thought it was a good idea to give her a black belt and a teaching license in Shindoryu Aikijutsu.
She's from New Orleans, Louisiana but moved up to Boston to eat snow.

Her Books:
Running from Secrets
Halfway (Wizards and Faeries Book 1)
Wanderer's Shadow (Wizards and Faeries Book 2)
The Blue
Across the Universe with a Giant Housecat

Her Short Stories:
"Music of the Spheres"
"Formula for a Galactic Conquest"
Our Summer Garden (children's book)

She also has a YouTube channel where she offers tips and advice to other writers. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/user/StephanieVoidWriting

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