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Writing as J. L. Mbewe, Jennette is an author, artist, mother, wife, but not always in that order. Born and raised in Minnesota, she now braves the heat of Texas, but pines for the Northern Lights and the lakes of home every autumn. She loves capturing the abstract and making it concrete. She is currently living her second childhood with a wonderful husband and two precious children who don’t seem to mind her eclectic collections of rocks, shells, and books, among other things.
on Sep. 13, 2013 :
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Grade: A+ (5 Stars and Beyond)
This book was wonderful, exactly what I like in a fantasy, except for all the questions, and I was upset about this until I read that this, and Desert Rose, which I will be reviewing shortly, are prequels to a book that isn't released yet! Now, I'm just plain pumped because I assume the author will answer a good many of my questions in the actual book, and give us more of this world!
J.L Mbewe's writing stlye is very unique, it flows beautifully, almost like poetry in way. She tells an amazing story that captivates us. It builds until you're completely wrapped up, and then it ends, because it's a short story.. I was so caught up! I can't wait for a full length book!
The world of Nalu is so intricate and detailed. It's beautifully described, the places we visit or hear about, and you just know there's so much more beyond that we've yet to hear about. You can tell Mbewe has this whole world planned out, and has got the map in her head.
Semine is such an interesting character, being orphaned is always a good plot point, a lot of places to go. She has such turmoil in the book, she's conflict, she's driven...it's a slippery slope for her, but she's so well written I was pulling for her. I couldn't stop thinking about it!
This book ends with a cliffhanger, and you just need to know more.. it was killing me! I wanted to know, I had to know.. what about the dragons? About Nach? Derk? Raven?
All in all, I loved this short story, it consumed me! I read it so quick, I went back and reread it! All in all, a wonderful tale to get us ready for the full book!
** I was given this book from the author for review **
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 09, 2013 :
We're introduced to Semine and her world in this short story as a prequel. We're thrown into a completely new world, and I am extremely anxious to see the rest of it in a longer story. Admittedly, it left me with lots of questions, which has me interested in reading what this world has in store for us. However, some things were a bit confusing. I'm hoping that will be remedied in future stories and books.
I would suggest picking this one up and being introduced into this amazing world. :)
**I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
(reviewed within a week of purchase)