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Rising Shadow Paperback – October 2, 2010
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
About the Author
Jacquelyn has worked as a professional writer since 1991. She has received numerous awards for her technical writing, but creative writing has always been her passion. After writing poetry, children's stories, and screenplays, Jacquelyn embarked on The Soterians series, a series of five fantasy novels for young adults. As an advocate for volunteerism and service, Jacquelyn donates 20% of her royalties to the charities listed on her web site (www.soterians.com). In her spare time, Jacquelyn practices martial arts, trains for triathlons, skis, plays music, and volunteers. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their daughter.
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The story itself is well written and well paced. She builds up the supporting characters well, and they all serve a purpose.
I couldn't give full stars because it was a little too political for me-- not in the aspect that she tried to sell her views, but politics was a driving force in this novel.
I would recommend it, and I am anxious to read the next one
Soon she and the other Soterians are studying martial arts and learning to use their powers to prevent California from tipped upside by evil. But they quickly discover that they're up against a much more dangerous enemy than they could have imagined.
And when Ashlyn meets Kai, a devastatingly gorgeous (yes gorgeous) guitar player, she realizes she must sacrifice more than she ever imagined.
I loved this book and the whole idea of super powers and battling evil. This is an awesome fantasy novel and I would recommend it to teens!
I hope this review was helpful.
This book follows a young woman, Ashlyn, as she transfers to a new college. First off can I just say that I love her age? I love books about teens coming to age but every now and then it is refreshing to find a YA book dealing with characters a bit on the older side. Secondly, Ashlyn is a character anyone could easily fall in love with. She is a great person with a kind heart but she is also not afraid to let her flaws show. Ashlyn's plans are to start over and leave her rebellious past behind her. I love that she is well aware of the mistakes she made but is trying really hard to change the future. Ashlyn wants to lead a good life so she works extremely hard to try and achieve it. Her inner strength was strong to begin with but once she starts getting her powers, she really starts to blossom!
Speaking of powers, I suppose I should explain what I even mean by that! Ashlyn and her roommate, Rebecca, start experiencing really strange things. Rebecca seems to be in tune with everyone's feelings past the point of creepy. For Ashlyn it is more physical. Training for her triathlons has suddenly become extremely easy for her. Not to mention the little part about being able to fly! A series of events leads Ashlyn and Rebecca along with a group of fellow college students to realize that they are Soterians, people who gain special powers when the balance between good and evil shifts too far in evil's favor. This idea alone was what made me instantly love the book. Jacquelyn essentially came up with her own forms of superheroes in a totally non-dorky way! I enjoyed learning of everyone's powers so very much. All of the other "heroes" that were introduced to us were extremely well-developed for side characters. I felt like I could easily get along with all of them!
If battling evil wasn't hard enough for Ashlyn to cope with there is also a new, budding romance that she must learn to balance with school and her Soterian duties. I will be honest; my own personal love life is non-existent so when I get to read about other college students who can pull off relationships, I feel a little better, almost hopeful. The romance between Kai and Ashlyn is ahhh-mazing! You get to see the very start of their relationship. There is an instant chemistry between them but the "new Ashlyn" is trying very hard to make the right choice when it comes to boys so she keeps Kai in the friend zone for a while. The pace that their relationship progressed was perfect for this length of a book. Not only did we get to see all of the things that these two have in common but we get to see them go from understanding friends to stable partners in a relationship.
The conflicts that these characters faced seemed a little far-fetched for me at first. I found myself thinking "this is really the problem they have to deal with? It is kind of lame." BUT as the story moved on and we were able to see exactly what the characters were up against, I was a lot more understanding. The "evil" that the Soterians must combat came as a total surprise for me! I loved how much unexpected action took place in the story especially during the ending. If the Soterians weren't practicing their combating skills, they were off fighting some evil source somewhere!
It is safe to say that this was an extremely pleasant surprise of a read! This action-packed, story will please fans of paranormal, sci-fi, and romance books! I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
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Quick & Dirty: Great idea but I felt a big disconnect with the story and I had a hard time getting through it.Read more