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Book 1 of 4 in the War of the Seasons Series

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Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the Science Fiction and Fantasy World she is primarily known for her best-selling trilogy, War of the Seasons. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include Time Traveled Tales, Athena’s Daughters, and War Stories. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse, and is a co-founder of GeekGirlsRun, a community for geek girls (and guys) who just want to run, share, have fun, and encourage each other. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Janine loves pugs, enjoys knitting, making costumes, playing Beatles tunes on her guitar, and spending time with her family. She resides with her husband and daughter in Eastern North Carolina. She is currently at work on her next novel. Find out more at JanineSpendlove.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Silence in the Library (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983656703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983656708
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,910,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jim Bernheimer VINE VOICE on November 14, 2012
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In this animated video I review Janine Spendlove's War of the Seasons Book One - The Human. It's a solid 4 star Young Adult fantasy offering that doesn't have any strong language, excessive violence, or other graphic content. All in all, it is a well told tale that I enjoyed reading. Janine was kind enough to answer my questions and we conduct a mini interview at the end. Thank you for watching.
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For all you lovers of fantasy out there, even if you're not into "YA lit" (that term in itself is so debatable), I would recommend this! It's a quick read, and makes for a good, relaxing, and engaging time. You will fall in love with the reluctant heroine, Story, a believable heroine in a world of faeries, dryads, elves, and selkies that is, surprisingly enough, not so very unlike our own. Read this! You won't be disappointed.
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I had the immense pleasure to meet Janine at Concarolinas this year while volunteering. I loved listening to her brief conversation with Michael Hogan and became interested in her book. The Human is a delight to read. Ailionora is a well imagined world, and Story a wonderful and tangible character. I love how she isn't a perfect character; she has her flaws and is aware of how her flaws affect those around her. I was hoping for a little more insight into both Story and Eirnin's backgrounds, but there are three more books I've yet to read. I've read a lot of books lately from the first person POV (or so it seems), so it was refreshing to return to a third person POV. I already have the second book, The Half-Blood, and am looking forward to starting it.
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Spendlove has developed a new world that I never wanted to leave. She writes a compelling story that make you want to read more and more. Not to be cliche but I couldn't put it down. Her characters are so well written that you begin to feel they might be real. I can't say enough great things about this book and can't wait for the next in the series to come out.
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Finally a book that grabbed my attention! It's a fresh look on the main character who ends up in a new world, although the beginning reminded me a bit of Alice in Wonderland, minus rabbit ^^ We also have unusual elves, which makes it even more interesting. Although the age difference is something you'll have to overlook... otherwise it'd be a little creepy

The new world that Janine Spendlove creates is, despite some clichés, breath-taking. Even the situation Story (okay, not a big fan of the name...) finds herself in is a cliché, you know, prophecy, chosen one, saving the day and such, but it's twisted in such a way that it turned into something new and interesting. And that's something I love: take all the well-known elements, mix them together and create something new, that's also familiar. Those are my favorite books to read ^^

Eirnin and Story are great together, exactly how I like my two main characters. At first they can't stand each other and we have lots and lot of bickering. But they eventually open up and slowly but steadily.... yeah you got what I mean, right? Another plus is Story and her almost complete lack of swooning over Eirnin. It's a relief to just read about love without anyone turning into an obsessed being / stalker. Story is too down to earth for that. Although she has the tendency to over-think. And I could totally see myself in her, I'm also an over-thinker, so Story and I bonded quite easily ^^

There's also a time and place for Story to cope with her sorrow, the sorrow for her lost family. As the story continues you can feel how little by little she's able to cope, to let go. To give it a place. It's not always handled this gradually and naturally. I've read books where this process was herky-jerky.
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So, I first met Janine Spendlove here in Nashville at a convention. One of my friends was with me, and we were both eyeing the last copy of "War of the Seasons" that she had with her. I let my friend get the novel, and I settled for her short story chapbook "Girl" - which I promptly didn't read for about six months. She told me that there were novel spoilers in the short story, so I kept putting it off.
Fast forward to MidSouthCon, and Janine, and more copies of this novel, and I didn't hesitate to buy one.
I got home on a Sunday and had this read by Wednesday or Thursday - I can't remember the last time I couldn't put a book down. Had I known it was this good, I'd've arm-wrestled my friend for the last copy back in October.

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So, the story centers around a girl named Story. Her family is dead, she has one friend, and they go exploring a cave one day when she disappears. The next thing she knows, Josh is gone and she's in some mystical world dealing with all sorts of creatures that only existed in legends and fairytales.

All she wants to do is go home, but she soon realizes that she has a greater purpose there, and decides she's up for the task. And, while she's at it, she may have done a fool thing like fall in love.

Not only is Janine an amazing writer (no matter what I do, my sentences will never be as beautiful as hers), but she has a knack for giving us enough details - but not too many - so that we can visualize these places, understand these people, and get lost in it.

No, she's not perfect. I need to admit, I'm not a big romance fan, and there were lots of moments where I really wanted them to get on with it already and get to Ailionara like they needed to. And then they'd kiss. Again.
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