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Alexis Leno (1987 - ) was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She attended Arcadia University as an undergrad and majored in Computer Science. Currently, she is completing her MS degree from Drexel University in Software Engineering. She enjoys writing and has been doing so since she was young. When she is not writing, she is reading and cooking.
on May 08, 2011 :
Shifting Fate (The Chronicles of Fate1)
By: Alexis Leno
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Shifting Fate by Alexis Leno introduces us to the world of the heroine, Brynn. As the princess of the kingdom of Alii in the mystic realm of Lizon, Brynn lives a rather ordinary and uneventful life with her parents and two brothers. When a man from her past resurfaces with new and dangerous power, her familiar world is turned upside down. A once certain and literally predestined fate is suddenly thrown off balance, and Brynn finds herself on a journey to discover just how extraordinary she truly is.
I luckily snagged a complimentary copy of Shifting Fate in a book giveaway. I truly appreciate the opportunity to read and review new books!
Overall, I believe the core story of the book is really great. I was drawn in by the characters and what they could do from the very beginning. Leno unquestionably has a tremendous amount of creativity and imagination. I most certainly never had any trouble visualizing the setting or any of the characters. The chemistry between Brynn and Cyrus was believable and entertaining without going overboard. I also appreciated the dynamics of the royal family and the people of the village Brynn later visits.
At times I felt that the writing was a bit too wordy. I think Leno tended to “over-describe” everything a little. She also used the same words several times in a paragraph quite often. I cannot criticize too harshly, because I know I do the same (having been told so by someone else)! What I really feel that this book needed was a great editor. The content is there; it just needs to be cleaned up!
Back to the pleasant stuff: I would really love to see Alexis go back and write more about the Great War of the past. I felt a lot of the events in Shifting Fate would have made a lot more sense if she had started the story a little further back or dedicated some more of this book to clearly explaining past events. I think she has a great deal of fabulous material to carry this narrative on for at least another volume or two, and I encourage her to work on that!
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(reviewed long after purchase)