Fields of Elysium
by A.B. Whelan
YA Fantasy / Urban Fantasy
Published December 12, 2012
*Ebook obtained directly from the author
in exchange for an honest review*
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
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So I adored this novel. It's taken me a few days to get on here and write my full review. I'm still thinking about the world that Whelan built. I loved the creativity of this book.
It took me a little bit longer to read this entire novel compared to my average reading time... I think a few things may have contributed to this... It started off a tad slow before it began picking up. The other thing is the expanse of creativity. You take it in bits and pieces because you have to let it sink in. It's amazing & leaves you saying "woah."
I enjoyed the characters but my only downfall was my annoyance with the main character falling in "love" at the snap of a finger. I had to overlook that little aspect because, well, I'm a realist. Lust/attraction/intrigue - Yes. Love - No way. Later in the novel, I can understand the "Love" but not until really close towards the end.
I enjoyed the ups and downs throughout the novel but my favorite thing, and I can't really talk about it enough, was the creativity! Oh My Gosh! I want to travel to this world! I want to see the creatures (not be picked up and carted off by one though >_<) and travel in one of their vehicles!!! Eeek! So awesome!!!!! Honestly, if you like to escape to a new world, GET THIS NOVEL. Definitely worth it!
The only downfall, the one part that was a tad annoying, was the insta-love - Otherwise, the novel was great!
I really look forward to following A.B. Whelan from this point forward. This is the first novel I've read by Whelan and really hope to read more soon.
Overall Rating: Solid 3.5 Stars
Cover Rating: 4 Stars - It took me a bit to realize what I was looking at - total blond moment - when I realized it, I felt like a total dummy LOL I loved the connection to the story!Characters: 3.5 Stars
Plot: 3.5 Stars
Climax: 3.5 Stars
Ending: 4.5 Stars