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Queen Witch (Foulweather Twins) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 30, 2014
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J.R. Pearse Nelson is a fantasy and paranormal romance author. Her work is fast-paced, adventurous, and sometimes dark. J.R. is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, and Queen Witch, the first installment of the Foulweather Twins series. You can connect with J.R. online at her blog. Visit www.jrpearsenelson.com.
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The book is excellently edited, which is what sets it apart from other self-published novels. The characters are well-rounded and realistic -- and that's one of my most important criteria in a book. I like to connect with my characters. Sage is real and genuine and deep. You can't help but like her and root for her, and worry about her when things get dangerous. There are a couple of good twists in the novel, giving it a bit of thrill and just a hint of darkness. I'd say it's a PG novel. It's aimed at "new adult" readers, but I'm an older Gen Y and still liked it.
The storyline generally progresses at an excellent pace, it's always moving forward but you don't feel rushed. I appreciate that all of the scenes have a good flow and add to the overall storyline, but none of them feel forced or cheesy. It's just plain good, creative writing from J.R. Pearse Nelson.
I will say that this novel started out a little bit slow for me. The story starts when Sage is 14 and those first couple of chapters, at that age, aren't as interesting. But definitely by the middle of the book I was hopelessly hooked, and as the end drew near I couldn't put it down. So if you likewise find that it starts slow, just give it a little more time, it's worth it! (This slightly slow start made me consider giving it four stars... then I reconsidered, because really I do love this novel.)
QUEEN WITCH is a hodgepodge of genres and JRPNelson herself said that she found it challenging to categorize her latest novel's genre. Why you ask? It started as YA with the twins story kicking off when they were in their early teens spanning years until they turned 20. But throughout the story, QUEEN WITCH remained YA as far as the story and overall wholesomeness is concerned. But it could easily mature to New Adult and maybe Adult-Fantasy depending on which JRPNelson chooses to go. On top of that very general genre, QUEEN WITCH has fantasy and dystopian elements so I'm sure this will appeal to a lot of YA-Fantasy readers.
As the first novel of Foulweather Twins, QUEEN WITCH did a real good job in terms of world-building. The story is set in modern times but it also has an old world feel to it. I also liked how the Lady seems to be this silent but powerful force that has so much influence amongst her people and how she wields her power in a very cunning way. The conflict posed at the end of the novel is intriguing and I'm really eager to see how the twins are going to survive this test in their relationship. Sage seems to be this levelheaded person while Wren is the impulsive one but at the same time, I won't be surprised if Sage turns out to be the one corrupted and Wren her savior. So right now I can only speculate but it's really exciting how the story is going to twist and turn in the succeeding story/ies. Can't wait!