Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: Elysium


By:  Emma St. John

Publisher:  Imagine That! Studios

Publish Date:  March 23, 2012

Format:  eNovella, 14pgs

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, YA

Series:  2nd in Chronicles of the  Last Herald; 1st Novella ~ Broken

Recommendation:  Yes!  Quick read, taking us into a world where angels do exist, and a young girl that's to help us, and them.

Book Synopsis:
Jessie is good at everything.  She has to be, since home is so much of a mess.  One night, she and her parents head out to a regular event, but along the way Jessie learns that nothing is regular about any of them, and she is fated to stand between humanity and the divine.

First Sentence:
It was like every other day in my neighborhood, where every house was the identical; same front door, same garage, but inside each was its own private, very different kind of hell.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Jessie is just a normal girl; a cheerleader and on honor roll.  Until you meet her parents, mom is on the crazy side with her finger pattern weavings and some of her talk, her dad is mean and always mad at her mom for being crazy.  But on her way to her ballroom dance competition, Jessica will learn something new mentioned by her parents; talking about being a potential herald, then something that will change Jessie's life will happen.  But she has no idea how so.

Oh oh oh!  I loved!! this short novella.  This is the story of Jessie becoming the Herald.  But so much mystery behind her parents and why.  Oh, I got to meet her parents, which answered some questions and raised so many more!  There is a wonderful build-up around Jessie's mom, making her seem crazy, but then so much more in the end.  There is the question of other family ties, which there are none.

I am always cautious with angel reads, but this feels different.  Not run by religion, but by a character in a common world like us.  A young girl trying to grow up normal, when things around her are difficult.  The author has drawn me in with the words and things going on.  There is enough given that makes you curious about the characters and what is going on in the world, enough to keep you turning the pages and wanting more.

I CAN NOT wait to make this journey with Jessie to learn her way and through the missions she will have.  These novellas are well done, Emma St. John has pulled me into her world of Herald and angel messengers.  I look forward to being lead through this wonderful series of a Herald in the making, and he missions.

I received a copy of this novella for an honest review.
This review is of my personal opinions and thoughts.


Melliane said...

It's nice to have something different with angels in it. Always very interesting. It sounds like a very nice novella.

Gina said...

Interesting take on the angel phenom....and wow, that is a short one now isn't it? ^_^ Thanks for sharing! Your enthusiasm is contagious....

Beth D. said...

A Herald? Like in Lackey's stories? lol. That is all I could think at first! Or is it more of a saving human souls gig? I am usually cautious with angel stories also.

Beth ^_^

Blodeuedd said...

Wow, this is short. so very very short. But I am glad you enjoyed it

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Novella! You are flying through these and I'm so glad you haven't come across a horrible one. These are so hard to write (which is why I'm in awe of all of you doing the Friday fics!). Thanks for the review!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melliane - Yes, I thought so too. And I'm not one that likes to read religious focused reads. And this isn't. Just a girl trying to figure out what she has to do. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

GMR - Yes! It's rather short, yet I really enjoyed it. lol. It has me wanting more! And they are only 99c to pick up in ebooks. So nice and quick! :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Beth D - you know what, I've not read Lackey's stories. So I'm not sure. But this is kind of the saving souls type story. But it's not over religious or such. I actually really enjoyed it. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Blodeuedd - Yes! I was surprised at how short it was too. But I did enjoy it, and they are just a small price of 99c. Can't go wrong. ;D Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (books&Things) - I am. :) I'm really enjoying these novellas lately. Oh, now you are flattering us with the flashes. ;) thank you!!

Cherry said...

Is this a prequel of the series then?

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Cherry, this story is the second in a novella series. I kind of like this idea as they are quick, quick reads, and enjoyable too. I like the idea of the herald with Jesse. I'm really curious to see how she does with the novellas. :)