Emma Jackson grew up in London and, after trying out a few different counties for size, has settled in a lovely little town called Seaford on the south coast of England. She lives with her partner of ten years and the cat who adopted them a week after they moved in.
She writes fiction in no particularly genre, it just depends which story has taken her interest, though admits to having a soft spot for romance. Made Up is her debut novel, which she has chosen to self-publish on her twenty-eighth birthday as a present to herself.
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- Children of the Gods - A Chosen Novel
on May 16, 2012
Years ago, a generation of people from Reka’s home agreed to offer up their adolescent children as hosts for the ‘Gods’ in return for saving them from famine and starvation. When Reka is picked to be the host for Anaya, the Queen of the Gods, she believes her life is over, her body to be hijacked and her spirit crushed – but from the moment she steps on the ship, nothing turns out quite as she expected.
The story is told from Reka’s first person perspective and I have to say I found it slightly confusing, as a lot of the world building elements were either referred to but not thoroughly explained, or things happened but were given no further context. I’m not someone that is a big fan of ‘telling’ in comparison to ‘showing’ but I needed more clarity about what was going on and why. Some of the time I wondered if I was just being a bit dense and not picking up on the subtleties, whereas at other times it just didn’t make sense to me as to why nothing more had been said (for example, when Reka told us that Anaya had showed her a memory but then not said anything more about what it was of).
The opening chapter of ‘Children of the Gods’ did fall prey to this issue but I have to say that the actual events that were unfolding hooked me in and kept me reading. I thought the whole plot was very interesting and there were lots of ideas that were really imaginative. The budding romance between Reka and Jaxson was sweet and I liked how they gradually grew closer and more trusting of each other but I would have liked to see this play out in different settings to keep it interesting. There was a point where each day felt quite repetitive (a lot of meals and canoodling).
Overall, I would give this a 2.5 star rating as there was heaps of potential in this story but the execution needed some tightening up.
- Toby's New World
on Oct. 18, 2012
This children’s book tells of how a young boy called Toby begins to cope with the news that he is permanently blind.
I think this is a wonderfully sensitive and educational book for young children learning to deal with blindness or, in fact, any child, to promote understanding and empathy. It is neither patronising or preachy and in simple, well written prose a positive message is conveyed whilst still giving an honest and realistic depiction of the difficult emotions Toby is dealing with.
The only reason I have given this 4 stars instead of 5 is because, as an adult, I don’t think I’m qualified to make an absolute judgment. I would need to see how a child responded to it in order to do that but I believe that the author has made a difficult subject very accessible.
on Jan. 05, 2013
Paige is only nine years old but she is a powerful witch, able to control the elements and heal people. That should be any young girls dream but either people can't believe she is capable of such magic because she is so young or they expect her to be evil. This children's book deals with Paige's frustration and how she learns to handle other peoples prejudices.
Using very concise and clear prose, Witchlet tells a well developed story and provides a good character arc for Paige. She is very believable as both a frustrated little girl and powerful witch. I liked the idea of a child witch not only learning to cope with her powers but how the adults around her behave and I think this would appeal to kids whilst also being thought-provoking. The book leads to a satisfactory conclusion whilst also introducing characters of interest for the rest of the series.
The only reason I could not give a full five stars is because I am not the target audience, being an adult and therefore it is difficult for me to judge how much a child would enjoy the book. I think it would have been lovely if there were some pictures to illustrate the story as it would be great to see Paige calling up and riding the wind but at the same time there is plenty of description to create the image in your own mind.