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When Vanessa Wester decided to start writing she found an outlet for her imagination. It is the best way she can think of to express herself and escape from everyday life.
She has a lot of eggs in her basket since she is a qualified Secondary School Mathematics Teacher, ASA Swimming Teacher, has a degree in Accounting & Law, has been a competitive swimmer and enjoys art, singing and drama. In addition, she is bilingual in English and Spanish, and speaks some Dutch, since she was born and raised in Gibraltar and has lived in Rotterdam.
However, since her son was born, she has been a stay at home mum who gives up a lot of her time towards voluntary organisations.
My Book Fairy
on July 06, 2014 :
Evolution Doesn't Come Without Change... - The review of Complications (The Evolution Trilogy)
This is the second book from The Evolution Trilogy by Vanessa Wester. I was already in love with the main characters of the story from Hybrid, but this story took us through the changes experienced in the new evolution of humankind by Steven. How far would you go for the woman (or man) you love? The characters are real and you spend the better part of the time wondering about the changes Steven is going through, the choices he makes and contemplating alongside him if the choices he's made are right. In addition, you learn more about Steven's biological family. Without spoilers, the relationship of his grandparents is amazing and beautiful. Going through the emotions with the characters in the story is easy to slip into, you feel the confusion, the happiness, the joy and the pain right alongside them if you allow yourself to get swept away like I did. It truly is about life and that sometimes there are complications you never could have seen coming, you have to confront what happens in life, even if it's not what you anticipate and everyone has questions on their choices. I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down, at the end I was left conflicted I wanted to read the third book in the series, but I also didn't want to rush this series to the end, knowing there was only one book left.
I gave this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars because aside from a single sentence, the story was nearly flawless. The characters and story had me enchanted from day one and the plot unfolded at just the right pace. This isn’t your typical paranormal or vampire story, but it will keep you on your toes and isn't full of “fluff”, but has a lot of deeper issues going on in the sidelines along with the main plot. When I found out this was the authors debut trilogy I couldn't believe it. I can’t wait to see what else Vanessa writes in the remainder of this trilogy and beyond.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
S. A. Williams
on March 27, 2013 :
'Complications,' the second book in the Evolution Trilogy, picks up where 'Hybrid' left off. We rejoin Steven as he begins his journey away from the "community" in the Amazon with his mother and grandparents; his ultimate goal being to rekindle his love with Caitlin. As predicted by the title, complications ensue. The plot is a bit slower at first, but it picks up quickly enough.
Much like 'Hybrid,' my primary source of enjoyment was the plot line that Wester has developed 'Complications.' In similar fashion to the plot of the first book, the reader follows Steven's own interesting journey as he discovers more detail about himself and the other "vampires," how they came into being, and how they differ from the traditional vampire--and again, we only learn these details as Steven himself learns them. For me, this allowed some connection with Steven as my questions were answered in tandem with his own.
Structuring the plot in this way, however, took me out of the story on a couple of occasions. Steven's character (and eventually Caitlin's) become inconsistent at times throughout the narrative--this seems clearly aimed at demonstrating their own confusion and adaptation as they undergo what is an unpredictable change (and it would be incorrect to assume that their characters would remain unchanged throughout that, surely), but I'm not sure this device worked as well as intended, at least not for this reader.
Wester's prose is, as it was in 'Hybrid,' a bit stiff/awkward for my taste. The book as a whole has some editing needs (certainly even mass market books contain errors, don't get me wrong, but here there are some obvious ones that need attention). I found the dialogue in 'Complications' to be, for the most part, a bit more natural than it was in 'Hybrid,' which was a positive for me.
But, it's notable that the criticism I'm offering must be taken in context--specifically the context that overall, this was a worthwhile read. I enjoyed the story arc, and the book left me anxious to read the next installment of this trilogy (I believe Wester is writing it now). If you're a picky reader, you may see issues where I've noted above, but for the general audience (and certainly this book's target audience) I would recommend this one. It provides that ongoing 'I-must-know-what-happens' feel that's always wonderful in the second part of a series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)