Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2

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Discover #1 bestselling novel, Evan Burl and the Falling

My father abandoned me when I was an infant.
My friends have turned against me.
My uncle beats me.
The most powerful sapients in the world want me dead.
They all have one thing in common.
They think I'm turning into a monster.

I'm starting to worry they're right. More
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About Justin Blaney

Justin Blaney is the #1 bestselling author of 6 books including Evan Burl and the Falling and the critically acclaimed photography journal, Fast Wide Open. He began attending college at 16, married his high school sweetheart at 17, and had three daughters by 21. While earning several graduate degrees and raising his young family, Justin founded more than a dozen businesses and nonprofits, making him a millionaire at the age of 25. He has since lost his fortune several times over, but through the ups and downs discovered the work for which he was designed.

Justin’s passion is helping individuals and organizations develop and share their uniqueness, enabling them to achieve their greatest success in life and business. He’s reached over a million people in dozens of countries, getting to work with and be mentored by some of the most influential figures of our time. His blogs JustinBlaney.com and I4J.org receive over 100,000 monthly views and he is followed by more than 40,000 on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube. Justin and his family live outside Seattle.

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Review by: Christy Maurer on Sep. 24, 2013 :
Evan Burl and the Falling is a truly unique and wonderful story. It is a fantasy with a touch of steampunk thrown into it. It's a Young Adult book that adults will love. It's the classic tale of good versus evil, yet who is good and who is evil? Even by the end of this first book in the series, we aren't quite sure.

The characters in this book are truly well-developed. You can feel the evil forces at work in the plot. The whole atmosphere is dark and foreboding. The settings remind me of the atmosphere in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is one of my favorite books in that series. It's gloomy and dank and dark, yet somehow there is hope. Though it's believed that Evan is destined to turn into a "monster," hope lies in the fact that our choices help shape our destiny.

A lot of different characters and settings make the book at times frustrating since you want to know what is happening elsewhere, but I like when books make you feel that way. It's not all laid out at the outset, and you have to dig a little deeper to see how all of the characters fit together. The ending is definitely not the end, so don't read this with the expectation that there will be closure. There's no closure. You need to read this book knowing that it is the jumping off point of a much larger story. I highly recommend it! This review first appeared on my blog here: http://www.christyscozycorners.com/2013/09/10-amazon-gift-card-and-evan-burl-and.html
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Review by: Simon Purvis on Sep. 16, 2013 :
I just finished Evan Burl and the Falling. It was a fun read, but at times, definitely confusing. Evan Burl is a boy who discovers that he will turn bad because he possesses magical abilities. Early on in the book, Evan steals a book from his uncle so that Evan can write stories for one of the girls he watches over. However, there is a letter in the front pages of the book that says Evan will turn evil in just under a year. As I mentioned earlier, this is because Evan possesses magical abilities. Most of the story seems to have this fact set in stone - Evan will turn evil.

Unfortunately for Evan, he is raised by his uncle who for all counts doesn't particularly like him - but that might be because of what happens to the uncle's son while he is with Evan. The uncle, himself, is not a really likable character and as the story progresses, he becomes less and less likable. This is also compounded by the fact that the uncle hires two men to oversee Evan and the Fallings,a group of girls who fall from the sky and seem to be immortal, who are also not very nice and are abusive to Evan and the girls. The Uncle runs a operation out of where they live using machines called Clangers. Also, there are a few other characters in the story who are after Evan and want to either have him killed or use his ability for their own good. Everybody seems to have it in for poor Evan!

What I liked about the book was how each chapter was told by one of the main characters. Evan would speak, then there are chapters with Cevo - a man who also has magical abilities, but falls on the side of being a bad guy, Henri - one of the Fallings that Evan is specially close with, and so on. This format really does help build up the tension. The chapters would end on a cliffhanger and then pick up/start with another character. The book switched between these characters. But, this also led to the confusion for me.

At one point in the book, we are not sure if someone that Evan sees and speaks to him is really there or just a figment of Evan's imagination. We find out later on that Sapience, the magical ability that Evan possesses can send the practitioner insane - is this what would make Evan go evil/bad? I don't know, the different narrators may have confused me along the way with some of the plot twists towards the end - some of these plot twists are really cool. I will definitely have to re-read this ebook. Evan Burl and the Falling is a unique story and I would definitely like to know what happens next to these characters!
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Review by: april reynolds on Sep. 03, 2013 : (no rating)
This was a good read but keeping it straight is not easily done. I could not sit down in one setting and read this book therefore i had to keep going back and forth to figure out where I was along with the characters in the book. If you have an open mind and great imaginiation this book will take you to a brand new place. It is very detailed and will keep you guessing.
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Review by: kathleen zapoev on Aug. 10, 2013 :
I loved this book.Action,adventure,mystery and fantasy. What more can a reader ask for...except a more "final" type of ending so I don' t have to wait for the sequel !!! The ending leaves you hanging after quite an adventure. Mr.Blaney...sequel please.I have to know!!!
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Review by: Brenda Ayala on May 03, 2013 :
At first when I finished Evan Burl and the Falling I was outraged. How could the author possibly end the novel like that? It didn't explain anything!! There was no resolution with where they end up, and I was infuriated. It wasn't until I found out that there's going to be a second one that the fire was diminished. Now, I'm satisfied with the ending.

The synopsis given is extremely vague, as is the term "monster". The entire time, we are expecting Evan to transform into this animalistic creature that will be the end of everyone, including those he loves. Which is true, to an extent. We learn this when we see through Pearl's, Henri's and Claire's eyes. They see a visceral thing trying to break free from the confines of Evan's psyche. It's a curious manifestation, and proved to be very interesting.

However, we find that this "monster" that Evan was cracked up to be never really rears his head the way we expect it to. Instead, Anastasia turns out to be the little devil. Her point of view was a strange twist. I thought it was considerably unnerving that there was no conscience on her part; no recognition of what she was truly doing. It was also a bit scary that she didn't realize that all the animals she thought were alive really weren't, as was the case with the rat and the kitten. Very creepy, and very well done.

I actually predicted Anastasia's role in this. It seemed obvious from the beginning that she would be the antagonist in some form or another, which proved to be true. I don't think I'm ruining anything by saying that. However, there are still several bits of the plot that I'm puzzling over. I'm not totally sure what the deal was that Henri made with Mazol, not completely anyway. I'll probably go back and read those parts again. I'm not sure why the fallings were all in chests, although I have a feelings it has something to do with keeping them safe, and also delivering chests. I'm not sure who stabbed Claire's and Anastasia's father.

I'll have to contemplate it for a while. It is definitely an interesting and unusual work, and I have to say I enjoyed it. It's definitely an exciting, action-packed read that I would recommend.
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Review by: S. A. Merk on May 03, 2013 :
While I agree, this is a great story told by someone who knows how to tell stories, I feel that we do our fellow readers a disservice by equating the stories we like to well known movies or novels.
The next Harry? I doubt it.
But not because the story doesn't warrant such praise. It does. I just think there are so many unique qualities to the imagery and the characters, that it deserves to stand on its own. I'm sure the other reviewer meant only to praise this novel, I just had to throw my 2cents in. I mean no offense, so please don't take my response the wrong way.
It is a pet peeve of mine, which sets up an author to try to live up to the many different expectations of the vast array of readers out there as each tries to measure this story against their interpretation of another.
Sure, I can see this doing well turned into a movie; I can see this turning into a series loved by fans. But, my fellow readers, since you can get this for free (for now anyway) - don't take my word for it. Read it. You won't be disappointed.

PS don't take the 4 star rating as something less than great. In order for me to award a 5, it needs to be perfect. Few have met that criterion.
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Review by: Paul Battle on Dec. 12, 2012 :
Absolutely one the best stories of this gendre. Evan Burl will be the next Harry Potter!! This is a must read for those who love fantasy and magic. I am looking forward to the continuation of Evan's adventures to come. Justin Blaney has built himself a wonderful character and surrounded him with a world full of potentially continuing story lines. Five stars for this book!!!
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Review by: C.J. Schmidt on Nov. 21, 2012 :
Fantastic story! I can't wait to find out what happens next! Thanks for the free read!
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