Saturday, May 11, 2013
Review: Fields of Elysium by A.B Whelan
How can love mend a heart full of hate?
Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful. Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers. While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly's life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor. Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings.
Would you fight to be with the one you truly love? What cost would you be willing to sacrifice for that love?
Fields of Elysium is a suspenseful romantic tale full of forbidden secrets, unimaginable danger, deception, and the never-ending fight for true love.
Fields of Elysium is a truly exceptional novel, with a love story that goes straight to your heart.
Arkana is an amazing setting, and a perfect fantasy world. The scenes that took place there were some of my favorites, and the author really transports the reader into a great adventure within this setting. The flying machines that also tie into nature create surreal imagery, and the description in this world is breathtaking.
Many of the characters in this novel are very strong. Molly actually has some depth to her, and is a character that you can really connect with - something I find is very important in novels. Victor is strong, mysterious, and all of those traits that you want the love interest to be when reading novels with romance.
The romance within this novel was excellent! There are always those lines between romantic characters that really affect you and make you swoon. The lines that remind you how perfect fictional males really are. Victor has plenty of these lines. His dialogue in general is amazing.
A beautifully written, fantastical account of discovering a new world and fighting for love, Fields of Elysium will be sure to please.
There are very few negative things I can say about the novel, but I do have some small complaints. I would really have liked to see more of Arkana, and hopefully that will happen in the future. I understand why a lot of the setting had to be on earth, but I thought that some of the Arkana scenes were the best written and most exciting. Whelan transports you to this world along with the characters, and you cannot help but fall in love.
Also, I did think that some of the problems were solved a bit quickly. Toward the end of the book, some of the "climatic" moments I just could not get into as much. I would have rather seen more of Victor and Arkana than what happened at the dance.
Still, I was very pleased with the novel and had trouble putting it down! It is a great read, especially for readers of romance and fantasy.