Saturday, 11 May 2013

REVIEW - Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan

Title: Fields of Elysium 
Author: A.B. Whelan
Series: Fields of Elysium #1
Published:December 12th 2012
Genre: YA Sci-fi Romance
Link: 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.


I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis made it sound really interesting and I wanted it to be good. But unfortunately it fell short. It did not live up to my expectations and there were too many things that annoyed me so that is why I am only giving it 2.5 stars.

The story itself was slow moving. Nothing that overly exciting happened throughout the book. The world that the author created I have to admit was very imaginative and captivating. I liked learning about how Arkana came to be. 

The characters did nothing for me in this book. I didn't connect to any of them and that is a big problem in my opinion. I didn't feel that the relationship between Molly and Victor was believable. It felt too forced. Molly I felt acted very childish and naive for her age and she just really got on my nerves at times. Victor I did not get. One minute he wants to kill Molly and the next he is declaring his love for her. It was done in such a short space of time that it didn't feel believable. 

Another big issue I had with the book was the writing. It didn't flow and some sentences felt out of place and choppy. There were numerous grammatical errors which normally I can overlook but there were too many to ignore here. 

There didn't seem to any definite plot or point to the book other than the relationship between Molly and Victor. It seemed like the author would just throw in something to keep the story interesting but instead it just felt out of place and unnecessary. 

I know there are others who have loved the book but sadly it wasn't for me. 

*I was provided with an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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