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World of the Innocent Paperback – May 2, 2017
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About the Author
Nadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.” With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. As the founder of Prismatic Prospects, her communication company, Nadine has served as editor for a number of titles, and through her writing, from her books to her blog posts, she aims to help spark hope, inspiration, and genius in as many as she is privileged to reach.
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I loved Jhoi’s involvement with a positive group of performers. Additionally, her friendship with an elderly neighbor, Mr. Elmer, is endearing. She sincerely looks for his sage advice, and she finds that his observations and advice are worth consideration. If her reticence in physically showing affection were due to her beliefs, I would have found it more palatable. However, I didn’t fee; the reason given to be viable/realistic.
Marcas is a very positive guy, and with Jhoi in his life, he is absolutely “Jhoiful”. Even though Jhoi is supposed to be a very charismatic leader amongst her peers, I was drawn more to the magnetic Marcas. Their respective talent and mutual respect makes for an interesting relationship.
World of the Innocent is a nice, clean read. I truly appreciated Ms. Keel’s creation of characters who don’t tightly fit into the mold of the typical young adult. I feel that the writing could have been crisper to allow for more character development, increased story tension, and a less abrupt conclusion.
Becoming a young woman and realizing her own inward growth, Jhoi (pronounced JOY) has never considered Marcus more than just a friend. As a poetic artist, Jhoi has always been just friends with the somewhat-strange yet admired Marcus but something seems to be changing. As she explores her conflicting thoughts and feelings in this well-developed novella, Jhoi slowly, deeply and carefully makes the transition from childhood to young adult. Built on trust, morals and respect, the developing relationship between Jhoi and Marcus is endearing, heartening, and innocent.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a favorite author of mine, I know author Nadine Keels will deliver a well-written, character-deep, word-conscious piece. Her newest release, World of the Innocent, is no exception. Feeling the pull from the first few pages already, I enjoyed the style and voice with which this story was written. Though perhaps more a contemporary young adult book, I enjoyed it none-the-less. With a respectful message, a morally strong relationship and a durable faith, I wouldn’t hesitate to share nor recommend this sweet novella.
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of World of the Innocent from the author for my honest review*
Jhoi is a poet in college that is emotionally guarded, religious and self-conscious. Marcas is another artist, producing music tracks in a friend's studio, and has fans both of his music and his appearance. They're both strange in different ways, and Jhoi's friendship with an elderly neighbor prompts her to take a chance with her emotions and broaden their friendship into something more.
This is novella length at 108 pages, but it still feels pretty heavy emotionally.
Jhoi and Marcas have a friendship that deepens over time, turning into a more romantic kind of love. It isn't the soul-searing passion that most romances deal with, but the slow evolution and realization that this other person is The One. They share inside jokes and common interests, some friends and the feeling that others don't understand them. They both are concerned with their emotional and spiritual lives, as well as the honesty of their art.
Possibly because of its short length, I didn't have a good sense of the amount of time passing in the book. It also ended rather abruptly, though it explained the opening really well.
Marcus was the Romeo to Jhoi's Juliet, they fell in love slowly and without passion.Their friendship was molded through trust and consideration for each other's moral standards.An amazing lesson was taught to Jhoi by her father that was then passed on to Marcus, deepening their relationship to a place that God, himself, seemed to help flourish. Slightly paraphrased, to call someone a friend is to be calling them an extension of yourself.
This story is one that someone driven for passion and romance would not understand, but someone that looks for depth and understanding with enjoy and truly cherish. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to read this novel and I hope that Ms. Keels decides to continue on with this story in other novels. Jhoi is a continue story line that can reach out and touch the lives of many.