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Tales of Ever: Volumes 1-6 Paperback – March 23, 2014
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~Tales of Ever is an action packed young adult novel, enjoyed by adults and teens yet also suitable content-wise for readers 10 and up. Originally written as a novella series, it has been reworked and is now available as a complete stand alone novel.
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Ever is an amazingly well-crafted and built world. Her attention to detail in a fantastical and horrifying environment were excellent. The emotions conveyed by the characters were understandable and consistent. Though there are romantic elements to the story, they are developed slowly over time, and in a way that makes sense (Trust me, as a male consumer of paranormal fiction, too many stories thrust a love story on the characters in a way that feels contrived, giving the author an excuse to include some sexy times in the book. Though I don't mind romance in a story (romance is part of life), it annoys me when it overwhelms a good story, or when it feels overly fabricated and Mary Sue-ish). Not here; the love elements are presented gradually, and make sense in the context of the story and the emotional life of the main protagonist.
Though Misha does rely on the help of allies, she is smart and capable, able to rise to the occasion and defend herself and others when necessary. I really hope that Wylie continues Misha's story, because I'd really like to know what happens to her. She's the kind of female protagonist everyone should aspire to be.
One of the themes of the story is Misha's unjust banishment to Ever. I hope Wylie explores this theme further, and eventually allows Misha to return to Earth to deliver retribution, lesson or something to those who wrongly banished her; they have to know/imagine that they banished her to almost certain death. Such fear of female power is reminiscent of attitudes about women; the belief that they are emotionally volatile and thus dangerous. I hope the author to eventually explores these themes of misogyny and paternalism; a mindset that would presumes a woman is wild and dangerous merely because she is powerful. Often, hidden beneath that belief is a desire to control and a reaction to a perceived threat to the current power structure.
However, the execution was rather poor. The writing was decent but the character development just felt way too fast. Or maybe it just wasn't explained properly to make it seem more natural. I'm all for the innate ability to control powers but considering she had struggled to bring forth a spark in the beginning, she's supposed to be "wild" and everyone gives the idea that her powers should be just as "wild" and "uncontrollable," and then she's suddenly able to bring them forth without much struggle not terribly long after? With no training and not much of an explanation other than she seemed to suddenly figure it out and can do it? Even when she was struggling to survive on her own without the help of the male characters she conveniently found before she actually had to survive for an extended period alone? I may be mistaken but from what I read it was hard to believe.
It's not a bad book for a time filler and if you appreciate concepts, but if you're looking for something well written and executed I don't really recommend this.
I love how the author is able to make a world that sounds so alien, so magical and yet you are able to really visualize and understand this dangerous prison. The nonhuman characters are made so realistic, alien and yet with some relatable human characteristics. I really admire the main character of the story and her determination to stick to her moral compass in spite of her circumstances.
I highly recommend for youth and adults alike who enjoy stories that can take you to another world, entertain you and move you.
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First, I love that Wylie created such memorable characters. Each one of them had distinct voices and well-conceived back stories.Read more