- File Size: 1519 KB
- Print Length: 412 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 21, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00POKZDNU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,898,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fractured Immortal is the first of a series and as anticipated, it ended with a cliff hanger. A testament to a good story, it had me immediately wanting to know what happens next which is all I could ask for as a reader.
A disclaimer: I know the author although we have never physically met (there is this ocean that separates us). I started to read what I believe was a final edited copy of the book in Word format about a month before its release. I quickly read six chapters and wanted more but I am not one of those readers who can read on a computer. I paused because I wanted the reading experience to be as it was intended to be so I anxiously awaited its release. I’m glad I did. I am proud to have Emma Wicker as a friend and am extremely impressed and proud of her as a writer. What an amazing first effort!
I am looking forward to the next book in The Bearwood Series!
Although she has been looking for the enemy, she has been trying to avoid another. Kyle was Ilia's first love, but they have a painful history that's hard to get past. I found Kyle a little immature and sometimes annoying, but he had a lot of good qualities.
When she finally goes to her home town, she is surrounded by her loving friends that all share her feelings. They also discover that Sol is looking for something in their town, and he isn't under the radar anymore. The war is on, but Ilia feels something for a vampire on the wrong side. There's something about Nathaniel, and Ilia has a strong connection with him.
The love triangle between the characters was okay. I like feeling torn, but Kyle wasn't my favorite to begin with so I was heavily leaning towards Nathaniel. I really liked most of the characters and the plot, but the writing style took some things away for me. Other than that, this really was a home run, and I can't wait to read the next book!
Wow!! That is my exact thought ending this book. I am speechless. Fractured Immortal is the debut writing of E.L.Wicker. It is a paranormal's haven. Filled with vampires, shape shifters, and witches, it takes us on a fast-paced journey that is filled with surprises.
"I want you. I keep coming back for you."
Told in past and present from both first and third person points of view, Fractured Immortal presented a very unique story in characters and elements. E. L. Wicker's writing style was beautifully descriptive. She painted pictures with her words that caused the story to come to life in unimaginable ways. The characters were remarkable. The emotional moments in the story made me feel shock, sorrow, joy, hope, and pleasure. When I read about Julia Mallory Rose, I lost all composure. For those that need a sampling of shmexy to get you through, although it was not throughout the entire book, when it arrived, there was exploding sizzle and heat. This was a great beginning to The Bearwood Series. Now off to book two.
"I love you to the depths of my soul."
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UPDATE - Decided on a 4 Star review.
You can read my fully review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...
...So, what did I like about it?
I was very impressed with Ms Wicker’s first attempt at a published novel; her writing style and how she crafted her story. I felt that her tale’s timeline was easy to follow (even when our main character flashed back to the 1800s) and the locations used throughout this story were beautifully described; utilising all of the senses.
I understand that Ms Wicker has studied Social Science at university meaning that she understands our human society, social relationships and the implications of the myriad of interaction and choices we make every day. This may be the reason why the characters felt so real to me; the deep platonic friendship/bond between Ilia and Lucas, her valued friendship with Lana, the emotional turmoil between Ilia and her first love, Kyle and Ilia’s unrelenting obsession with hunting down and killing Sol.
Please be warned, there are a few very traumatic, violent scenes in this book that some readers may find disturbing but I think that Ms Wicker handles them very eloquently, giving us enough graphic detail to shock us with the horror of each situation but then balances that out with expressive prose to convey our heroine’s viewpoint and her emotional state of mind.
This story made me smile, cry, growl in frustration, blush and kept me turning the pages.
...So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Honestly, not much.
The final chapter in this book is a “present day epilogue” which does leave us with a bit of cliffhanger ending. Now as my regular followers will know I HATE big cliff-hangers, however, this isn’t what I call a life threatening cliff-hanger, e.g. “our heroine is running through the wood to escape her captors when suddenly she falls off a cliff…” or “…comes face to face with her enemy, who’s pointing a gun at her…” because those sort of endings leave the story up in the air and are very frustrating. In this case, however, a bit of a cliffhanger was not unexpected as it is only two book series after all.
...So, basically what I’m saying is...
This paranormal romance story gripped me from the very first chapter; it’s got tears, angst, fighting and pain but it’s also got love, passion and laughter. Although Ms Wicker is a huge fan of Young Adult (YA) fiction and is labelled an author in this genre, I feel that Fractured Immortal has more “gritty/explicit” scenes than the average YA novel which some younger YA readers may feel uncomfortable with.
For a paranormal tale it is actually a very human story filled with pain, anger, passion and betrayal and for a supernatural being Ilia is surprisingly easy to relate to. I think it’s the clever way her character is written so intimately that you feel every emotion she is going through.
All of the other characters are painted so well and are so vibrant that you actually feel as though you are one of the group, you can’t help but be completely drawn into their world.
I was also very excited to learn that Ilia’s favourite musical tastes matched my own. In one scene I was literally singing along with her as she ran through the forest, the music pumping through both our heads!!
E.L.Wicker writes with such an ethereal beauty and spellbinding intensity it will leave you breathless and gasping for more.
Beware: This book will cause housework to be left, dinner to go uncooked and even daily cleanliness routines to be ignored, as you just have to keep turning the pages.
An amazing debut novel by a very talented author, I simply cannot wait for book 2 !!!!
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in Vampire stories. There are a lot of Vampire tales out there to choose, but I'd definitely suggest taking a risk on this exciting new series. Be warned – it's not for kids!