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Celeste (The Unseen) Paperback – July 14, 2015
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This YA paranormal thriller will stretch your mind, your imagination and your soul. ...You will not be the same after reading a Johnny Worthen book. You'll be better. --Dan Allen, author of Fall of the Dragon Prince
About the Author
Johnny Worthen is the author of Beatrysel, Dr. Stuart's Heart, Eleanor, and Little Visible Delight. He lives in Sandy, Utah.
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- Review from ScifiFantasyReaders.com -
We already reviewed and loved Eleanor the Unseen by Johnny Worthen. This should be the next young adult series you read.
I gave Celeste The Unseen 5 stars. Eleanor’s story continues to thrill in this second installment to the series.
From start to finish, this book passed the stay up late test. I started just before midnight thinking to read myself to sleep and had to force myself to stop reading at 4:00 AM and finish the following evening.
The meeting with Celeste held intrigue and Eleanor’s social situation made the book so real to life that I almost didn’t consider this book a sci-fi or fantasy, yet it is.
- Book Details -
Celeste The Unseen by Johnny Worthen is 376 pages. Jolly Fish Press published it on June 1, 2015. It is a young adult novel approved for ages 12 and up.
- The novel’s premise -
A girl of 16 is no longer a wallflower, no longer unseen, as she desperately hopes to be. What is being seen going to cost her?
- Editing -
When I read the first eBook (Eleanor the Unseen), I highlighted a dozen typos and formatting issues. I contacted the publisher due to the low quality. The publisher responded that they fixed them all with a post release update; which means we at ScifiFantasyReaders.com contributed to the higher quality of the first eBook.
I expected the same in this eBook but it did not happen. I usually find just less than one typo per 100 pages from the biggest publishing houses. In 370+ pages, I found two, indicating this book was published with a higher quality that you would expect.
The quality publishing of this book makes it a candidate for ScifiFantasyReaders.com's Certificate of Quality.
- Imagination and Uniqueness -
This 2nd book can’t be unique as it is a second book in the series, right? Wrong. Despite knowing what I was getting into after reading book 1, the story still felt fresh and new.
The character’s history, the social situations, the complexity of trying to remain unseen yet be forced into an unexpected popularity creates a unique juxtaposition that pulls the reader forward in the story without a desire to put the book down.
Having read a lot of good first books in a series, I don’t always follow-up with the series unless it is too compelling not to, as this book was.
- Characters -
Eleanor is now sixteen, and though wanting to stay ignored by her peers in a small town with a small K through 12 school, popularity hits her unexpectedly. Her attempts to hide in plain sight are thwarted and she must deal with impending fear of what will happen when she is seen.
David Venn is her boyfriend, and with Tabitha now passed, his mother steps in to provide guardianship. But the situation is precarious and cannot last. When will she suffer the consequences of failing to be unseen?
There were numerous side characters that were surprising flushed out without any boring info dumps on them. Every character had depth, something that is quite hard to accomplish with primarily one point of view character.
- Magic System (fantasy) / Real Science (Science Fiction) -
It is pretty much magical realism done well. One person is special in the entire novel. The world is 100% normal. The setting is a small town in Wyoming. The specialty follows scientific rules. Laws of matter and mass, and one could argue that this was just nature fiction not sci-fi or fantasy.
- eBook Quality -
I found zero eBook quality issue in this book. That is impressive.
- Parental Guide -
Profanity: There was very minor swearing. No extreme words.
Sexuality: There is little more than teenage hormones.
Violence: Their is a an abusive man. A violent scene in a trailer. final scene involves guns and a man is shot and killed.
The only disappointing thing about this book is having to wait until the last book in the trilogy comes out!
After the events of Eleanor, the frightened and secretive shapeshifter, Eleanor Anders, is working to adjust to the tentative beginnings of a new family. After the death of her adoptive mother, she's been taken in by the family of her boyfriend, David Venn, and the friends she couldn't keep from accumulating at school last year aren't going anywhere now. But as Eleanor has always known, attention is dangerous for her. The rumors surrounding her, spanning from promiscuity to Satanism to details perilously closer to the truth, aren't going anywhere either, and when Celeste, the girl from whom Eleanor borrows her physical form, is reported missing, people outside the small town of Jamesford begin to take notice of her reclusive doppleganger, including people who might have the means to learn the truth about her. Eleanor is trapped between her love for her fragile new life and her ancient instinct to run.
The motivations of the Venn family can be a little overly convenient. David’s mother, her edict that David and Eleanor behave as brother and sister for as long as they are legally foster siblings, and her questionable sentiments toward Eleanor beyond the fact that she’s important to David, fade in and out of the story at odd intervals until they’re finally brought to a sudden breaking point that feels a bit out of nowhere. David himself goes through a period of rejecting Eleanor just because of a gut aversion to her inhuman physiology, which after an entire book with him as the unconditionally accepting friend whom Eleanor would be wise to trust with the truth about herself, feels an out of character betrayal. Certainly Eleanor and David’s relationship was due for some serious rockiness, but his situation, stuck between Eleanor and her lingering distrust, his disapproving mother, and the unwelcome return of his mentally unbalanced father, could have been more than enough fuel.
If, like me, you didn’t know how you’d be able to wait once you found out Eleanor would be the start of a series, you won’t be disappointed. Heroic yet vulnerable Eleanor is back, building her confidence and her life one fragile, beautiful step at a time. As in any good second installment, the stakes have been raised, and the snowballing feud between Eleanor’s supporters and detractors and the impending notice by the outside world create a slowly sharpening backdrop of dread to Eleanor’s rising optimism. The action is more intense this time around as well, to a sometimes horrific degree that’s quite all right by me, and that mounting dread leads to a both clever and heart pounding final sequence that will make the wait for the next book even more torturous than this one was.
What a great story! I could not put this book down. I already felt a great deal of sympathy for Eleanor and David when I read ‘Eleanor‘, and this feeling continued to intensify in this book. Johnny Worthen has done an excellent job of creating sympathetic characters. He shows us through the story the ugliness of racism, poverty, bullying, and other issues that lurk below the surface of our society, and at the same time shows us the love, loyalty and mercy that coincides. I can’t wait to read the next installment. Amazing job, Johnny!