Thursday, May 2, 2013

Fields of Elysium: Review, Tour and $25 Giveaway!

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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. Fields of Elysium is a suspenseful, romantic tale full of forbidden secrets, unimaginable danger, deception, and the never-ending fight for true love.

Well, first off I want to say that I'm always happy to be a part of blog tours for Kathy over at I'm a Reader, Not a Writer.  She's a popular gal in the blogging world and doing lots of fun things.  Blog tours are a great way to read books and link up with others, sharing reviews and opinions.  

I have a deep respect for authors.  Writing is a labor of love, I think.  Every book from every sort of author takes courage.  You write something that you have labored hours and hours over and set it before the world to read.  Readers always have an opinion.  Not all readers agree.  I hope you will understand this in my review of this book today.

For me, this book was tough to get through.  I didn't feel any emotional connections with the characters.  I liked the characters well enough, I just didn't connect with them.  It's hard to get into a book when you can't feel that connection.  

The book was really slow moving.  I did some skimming, I admit.  There were some parts that I really enjoyed but overall it was just hard to get through.

I could tell from the beginning that the author's native language was not English.  The dialogue didn't always flow as it should.  The grammar was off sometimes and there were words that were misused.  

This just wasn't a great book for me.  There were a lot of creative and good ideas, but it just wasn't put together in a way that pulled me in as a reader.  But, I am one girl with one opinion.  You should check out all the reviews on this tour to see what other people are saying.

Content:  Some mild swearing and profanity

Author A.B. Whelan A.B.Whelan is a Hungarian born, American writer. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California. While growing up in a wealthy Eastern European family, she had a chance to travel Europe. Later as an adult, she visited Africa and the Middle East and lived in Ecuador and in Crete.
  foe blog tour giveawaysBlog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash A gift bag of one signed copy of Fields of Elysium, a scrabble-tile pendant on a necklace, and a fridge magnet Ends 5/15/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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