Born in Chicago, and studied at The University of Illinois @ Champaign-Urbana. Avoids political ranter and has an aversion to eating things in multiples of three.
on April 29, 2014 :
My head is spinning from everything in this book. I loved it all! Loved it!
It's hard to write this review because I liked the book so much I just want to tell the whole story! I think I got it now...
It starts with something terrible that happens to the protagonist, Kailey, and she lets out a scream heard round the world. Not only ours but also Renhala. Something is wakened and its not good, both realms are in danger. Our realm is called Abscondia and true to reality we are the realm with all of the technology. Renhala is the opposite of this. They fear technology and want no part of it. They rely more on magic, which obviously is way more cool!
I love the authors imagination as they travel to new areas of the magical Renhala. They meet new creatures along the way and some join them on their journey. There's stinky, gooey, sweet Bu and Jenna the mischievous Woodsprite. Also, Cheeto a pregnant raccoon type animal, giant rabbits, moon cats and more!
There is an interesting love triangle which is by no means the focus of this adventure but is fun to watch unfold.
Neda and Velopa represent the balance of Renhala. I like when Neda talked about everyone's magic and their connection to the earth. She explains that our technology interferes with our ability to connect to everything around us and scrambles our intuition. Intended or not I found an underlying allegory in this story that I connected with.
The story was so well put together considering how much was really going on. We got to know enough about the characters so I didn't lose track of who anyone was. Their personalities all shone through so I connected well with them. There was unexpected surprises, twists and turns and some fun banter between them that had me giggling.
Lastly... where can I get an Everything Bag?! I seriously could use one of those!
(review of free book)
on March 11, 2013 :
Renhala was the most engaging book I have read in a long time. I was captivated by the imagery and how the author combined so many different elements into a complex - yet readable - novel. You keep reading to see what happens on the next page - and the ending leaves you wanting more. I am looking forward to the sequel. This is a most impressive and enjoyable novel.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 21, 2012 :
Renhala was not my typical read - but I loved every minute of it! A sweeping fairy-tale like fantasy woven into everyday urban life, Renhala is an intelligently written page turner. The characters are well-developed, the story line sucks you in, and the smart humor interspersed throughout the book will make the 400+ pages fly by. A fantastic read! Can't wait for a sequel!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)