Fields of Elysium

Rated 4.50/5 based on 10 reviews
A lonely teen discovers a secret wormhole to a distant planet—and a distant boy who steals her heart—in this
young-adult sci-fi romance.
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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 More

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Words: 113,120
Language: English
ISBN: 9780983472957
About A.B. Whelan

A.B.Whelan is a Hungarian born, American writer. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California.
While growing up in a wealthy Eastern European family, she had a chance to travel Europe. Later as an adult, she visited Africa and the Middle East and lived in Ecuador and in Crete.

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The Fields of Elysium Saga is a YA romantic fantasy that follows the journey of Molly Bennett through happiness, sadness, triumphs and disappointments, as she lives a secret double life between Earth and the peaceful and amazing planet Arkana.

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Review by: Ariel Avalon on Nov. 15, 2013 :
I really wanted to like this book. It has some problems though, which kept me from being able to really dive into it and not look away. The writing style is really stiff, which is hard to deal with, as the book is long. The flow was stunted and jerky and it became quickly obvious that English isn’t the first language for our author. It felt like the author came up with her ideas in one language and then wrote them down in another and a good part of things were lost in translation.

The writing style got to me. It was full of description. I read very far into the book and felt like I had read more details than dialogue, and when you do see dialogue, it’s awkward and superfluous. The writing is far too formal, for any novel really in my opinion, but especially a novel with teenagers. Teenagers don’t speak like that. It would’ve been fine if the Arkanians spoke formally only, but it leaks into other parts of the novel until the other characters are speaking and thinking formally and it doesn’t work. There were a lot of unnecessary scenes that could’ve been cut to make the book shorter, which would’ve been nice because the story repeats itself in places. There were a lot of plot elements that were tossed in there randomly for convenience with little to no purpose or explanation, which is one of those things I have problems forgiving. I hate when I can’t see the buildup. The lack of buildup leaked over into the plot as well. Usually, you can see threads of the climax as the story goes. You might not know which thread will be pulled, or how hard it will be yanked, but you know that you need to follow one of those threads because they will lead you to the climax. Having multiple threads is the way to keep the readers guessing and engaged. This story had no real threads, just wisps that were trying to become strings. By the time the climax happened, it was hardly led into and ended up being a let down because of it.

The characters needed better development. I couldn’t relate to them, or even care for them or their relationships. The interactions were unnatural, the dialogue uncomfortable to even read, and their emotions and actions hard to believe. Molly annoyed me the most, she could’ve been such a great character, but she spent too much time pining over Viktor (Who, by the way, switched between being “Victor” and “Viktor” often through the novel) and stressing over nothing. I hated being in her head. She was dull. Her motivations were shallow and tedious.

Despite the flaws with the story, lack of climax, poorly executed resolution, and underdone character development, the winning ticket of this story is Whelan’s imagination. I found the descriptions of Arkana to be captivating and beautiful. It is such an interesting place that it actually makes me want to spend more time there. So while I probably won’t rush out to continue the series post haste, I will eventually get the next because I want to see more of Arkana. I feel like this could’ve been a really great story with more polish. It needed more storyline input before being sent to publishing and probably more editing to make the writing and dialogue feel more real.

originally posted at arielavalon.com
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Joselyn Raquel Moreno Burke on Nov. 02, 2013 :
awwwww sooo cute and ohhhh forbiden love soooo good love the characters, the plot, everything I hope for book two soon it was super awesome .
thanks to the writer for this excelent book.
I hope to find my victor someday too :-)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Valerie McQueen on Oct. 01, 2013 :
This one took some doing for me. While the plot was great and more descriptive after about 20%, the beginning just seemed very slow to me. Once the flow started however, it became a super awesome book.
This is a story that blends subtly so much more than what you think you are getting in the beginning. It's a little bit sci-fi with all the techie things Arkana has to offer. It has a few reference to religion, and even a love story all twisted together. Quite the ambitious feat for the author.
While the main characters have great development and depth, some of the secondary characters fell a little flat or one dimensional at times. As this is a series, I hope we get to meet them on the next novel.
I have to say I never thought O would like a book like this so this was a great surprise for me. o am so not a technology person, in fact my oasis would be back in the wild frontier days sp this is a great surprise for me. If the author can sell me on this one, she can win anyone over!!! Great YA read

Michelle McQueen
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ashlee C on Sep. 07, 2013 :
I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review

This book was fantastic. I loved the mystery and the romance. The author is so very creative with the setting and the characters. I personally loved Weston and would have loved to have him for a boyfriend. However Victor did seem interesting too. The only thing that was odd about him was his attitude. But it made the story better in my opinion. I loved the adventure and the emotions. I think the author did an excellent job this book was very well written and I highly recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anastasia Agrotera on June 20, 2013 :
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

Imagine going for a regular hike with your beloved companion animal and stumbling upon a portal to a another world. That is exactly what happens to Molly and she meets a group of teens from another planet that have disdain for all Terrakas(people from Earth). This book has the right amount of adventure, plot mysteries, and of course the important dash of romance. It was so entertaining and easy to read that I found myself wishing I had the time to finish it all in one sitting. I recommend it to all YA fanatics and to anyone with an evening to spare on the wonderful planet of Arkana.

So jealous of the thorux, ducani, and araneavis. Earth needs to definitely keep up!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sharon Alvarado on May 30, 2013 :
A junior in high school, Molly Bennett has moved across the country from New Jersey to Los Angeles and her first week at Beverly Hills High left much to be desired. She was nonexistent in her new surroundings. Her first week was excruciatingly lonely but the weekend would give her a break.
She's not too happy with her parents for uprooting her from her friends even if her dad did try to make it better with an Audi. It didn't make everything better but it gave Molly hope that things wouldn't be that bad here.
Molly stumbles upon a wormhole and finds herself on Arkana during a hike with her dog Pandora. She meets some guys out on a birthday celebration slash hunt and is mesmerized by one named Victor Sorren. She spends the day with them and Weston is the one who shows interest and he's Victor's best friend. After spending the day with them she promises to return the following day. She keeps her discovery a secret for now. Not knowing what the consequences could be if she told anyone. She returns to Arkana as promised but this time it's just her and Weston. They go to Weston's house where she asks questions and tries to figure everything out. But soon finds out they know all about her kind. Weston sends her back after Victor protests her very presence in Arkana. So Molly leaves Arkana without her curiosity being satisfied. Back to BHHS where she suddenly has friends and a guy who seems interested. The most popular too. Everything seems like it just might be getting better and maybe even bearable without Arkana and Victor..... but she can't shake her memories of Victor. He infiltrates her dreams and day dreams.
She is seeing him everywhere. She's convinced she's losing it and fatigued but they are destined to be a part of each others worlds. It feels so meant to be but so very dangerous.... They have so much to overcome. Internally and in general.....

This was a good read and it definitely was a new thing for me. I think it's more SciFi than anything I have read. I have to admit that I lost interest a couple times in the current activity and not the plot. I always wanted to know what happened next with Molly though. But by midway I really couldn't read fast enough but man before that I thought I was going to give up! I am definitely glad I didn't!!!
AND..... while Victor's character is intriguing I am not crazy about the description of his appearance he seems different when I imagine him ;) But before the book is over he is described as my mind saw him.... nice!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Joselyn Raquel Moreno Burke on May 30, 2013 :
awwwww sooo cute and ohhhh forbiden love soooo good love the characters, the plot, everything I hope for book two soon it was super awesome .
thanks to the writer for this excelent book.
I hope to find my victor someday too :-)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Theresea Wasson on May 09, 2013 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Find a magic portal, go to an alternate earth with advanced technologies, no pollution, different animals and everyone gets along (most of the time). Add in teenagers and you have Fields of Elysium. The story kept me hooked from the very beginning. I read the entire thing in 10 hours :) There were several instances of religious tones to the book, but nothing that was smack dab in your face religion which I liked.

Molly is a 16 year old who's parents move from New Jersey to Los Angeles (talk about a culture shock to anyone) and she is having a hard time adjusting. On one of her many rambles she comes across the magic portal that takes her to Arkana, which she finds out later is an alternate earth. While there, she meets up with Victor who wants nothing to do with her. As her friendships blossom with other people in Arkana, she is continually drawn to Victor, and he begins to find himself drawn to her which he continually fights because it is illegal for Arkanans to have anything to do with earthlings.

The only thing that kept me from giving this book 5 stars were some minor errors in story continuity, spelling and grammar. I also felt the ending was too abrupt. The story could have ended on a different note. I look forward to the rest of the series
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kate Graef on Feb. 16, 2013 :
This is by far my favorite read this yesr!!!! LOVE IT!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Denn4 on Feb. 15, 2013 :
Loved loved loved this book. I cant wait for the next book to come out.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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