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The Reconciling (The Overcome Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 2, 2016
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
About the Author
I have been writing ever since I can remember. However, it was my fourth grade teacher who gave me the encouragement I needed to believe in myself as a writer. From that point on, I was a writer. Journalism, poetry, fiction. I love it all and have done it all. I am excited to begin my career as a novelist with The Reconciling: Part I of the Overcome Trilogy. I am a proud resident of Texas and live in the burbs with my husband, John, and daughter, Emalyn. I can't get enough of pizza and hummus (though not necessarily together) ... (though why not now that I think about it). I like nature walks, reading and binge watching TV shows. I owe all to my Jesus and love serving Him through my passions and talents.
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I really like Chrissi and her mom. Their relationship is real and loving, which is awesome to see in YA. The supporting characters are also very realistic. We get see their growth and questions as if we are right there with them! I can't wait to read the next book and see how everything advances in both realms!
Plus, I absolutely loved the reference to the TV show Roswell. It is still my favorite tv series to this date! So bonus points!!! Lol
While this novel tackles spiritual and internal issues, it also touches on very real concerns that plague the modern teen. From school bullying to difficulty connecting with parents and other adults, and even the subtle pitfalls in longtime friendships.
It is rare that I will finish, let alone give so high a rating to, a book that jumps around in point-of-view as much as this one does. I would be firmly immersed in the events through Chrissi's perspective, experiencing her emotions and thoughts as my own, then the author would reveal the thought of another character in the scene. This would be fine if the book were written in true omniscient POV (not my favorite, but a valid style). However, much of the narrative starts out in close third (deep in the mind of a single character) then jars us out of that into another's perspective. The author does at least make it clear whose thought we are reading at any given moment, which helps.
The only other issues I had with the book were the constant whining of the school bully during the journey and the slow start to the story. While we get a fantastic picture of Chrissi's life at the beginning, we spend most of it sitting in a tree with her, with no movement to the current plot whatsoever. The character development and mystery we see in all this backstory (basically Chrissi's memories of how life has been growing up with her curse) are intriguing, but they could have been sprinkled in while the current story got moving.
The author's skill in storytelling, deep character development, and gift for sprinkling in clues to both resolve and deepen the mystery wove together to overcome the book's weaknesses—so much that I'm planning to read the sequel.
The reconciling is an enjoyable, intriguing read, despite occasional point of view confusion. It’s relatively short (satisfying in a world of sprawling epic fantasies) and sufficiently complete to read on its own. It’s also sufficiently incomplete to entice readers to look for more. I’d certainly enjoy seeing how these teens put the things they’ve learned to good use.
Disclosure: I was given an ecopy and I offer my honest review
Curse? Or gift?
Only King Roi (RAW-EE) knows.
The only way to find him, to find her answer, Chrissi must embark on a spiritual journey. However, she is not alone on her path to truth and discovery. Three of her peers accompany her along the way. One of them being her archenemy. Will this sect of chosen teens find their way to the king, the one who holds the answers to all their questions? Most importantly, will they survive the journey to him?
This story is beautifully written. And the contemporary, classic tone makes it all the more captivating. The Reconciling is a must read for those who are seeking an adventurous, mysterious, and fantastical read. Not to mention the elements of hope and faith weaved throughout the pages. April Lynn Newell is a gifted writer
I can’t wait for book two in The Overcome Trilogy!