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Alternate worlds and teen emotions in a complex mix

  • May 6, 2013
Moving cross-country can feel a bit like moving between worlds, but the narrator of this novel finds herself accidentally transported through a haze of curious lights after the move, and she’s not in LA anymore. Soon Molly’s falling for a boy who might be an alien. Her father’s only just released her from GPS tracking, which causes her to wonder, what will he think? And her new earth-friends are too Hollywood beautiful with their heads in the clouds to be much help.

Add the Lindbergh baby, bullying, the consequences of teen drink and sex, ecological problems, technological advancements, politics, war, teen romance, and even a touch of the spiritual, then you’ll have at least part of the flavor of A. B. Whelan’s young adult fantasy, Fields of Elysium.

The novel’s long and well-edited—just a few odd typos and strange turns of phrase. The voice is very distinctly that of an American teen girl. Emotions shift from “earlier ecstatic feelings” to deep lows through detailed rationalization. And the science and technology are definitely not for the techie. But the story’s fun, with intriguing characters sharing the inconsistencies of genuine teens. Set partly in an LA high school, partly in homes, and partly--well--somewhere else, it certainly gives the reader much to think about, though the much-vaunted “peace” of the alien planet never quite convinces me.

Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel when the author visited my blog on her blog tour.

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Sheila Deeth ()
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Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
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"The novel's take on otherworldly travel is a compelling one, and the romantic plot will likely appeal to Twilight fans." - Kirkus Reviews 
"I expected a good love story with a paranormal twist. I got so much more. I think you should take the chance and read it. Let this book take you on the adventure, fall in love." - Young Adult and Teen Readers (5 star review)
"Fields of Elysium is a fabulous read. ... Whelan paints her faith into the fabric of her story with deft, light brushstrokes, making her work accessible to all, no matter their spiritual beliefs or background." -  Readers Favorite (5 star review)
"Very creative in the description of Arkana and the characters are enjoyable." - Book Nerds Across America (4 star review)
"A.B.Whelan has an amazing imagination, she has certainly developed a very complex and rich world." - Mei's Reviews (4 star review)
I escaped into this fantasy world, author, A.B.Whelan, created and I didn't' want Molly to go. From detailed descriptions, to sweet romance, and to all the twist and turns in the story, it had me captivated from page one." - Mary Ting, author of the Crossroads saga. (5 star review)
"Whelan's writing is very vivid and descriptive. It's more formal than the average YA novel, but I enjoyed the lyrical and mesmerizing quality to it. I thought the overall story read like a fairy tale -- very sweet." - Megan Thomason, author ...
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