Ruth Ellen Parlour
Born in North Yorkshire I grew up in country Durham, North East England. I am a fantasy writer for young adults and occasionally write short stories. I’m currently studying a masters degree in digital arts and design at Teesside after my BA in interior design.
I love bunnies, have a cheeky lop called Bandit and one day I hope to be a fosterer for unwanted bunnies.
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- The Dark Song
on Oct. 23, 2011
I very much enjoyed The Dark Song. It's very well written and the description is beautiful. I love how the writer can convey so much using so few words. I love the imagery, the character, and the mystery portrayed in the story.
I would definitely recommend reading The Dark Song.
on July 22, 2012
Trinity captured me from the first draft. I was drawn into the story immediately and was thrown into riveting action when the Wolves attack. Clare has an amazing gift for writing characters and driving emotion into the story. I fell in love with all the characters and rooted them throughout the novel. I love the tension and conflict between the two male characters and the naïve, empathetic female who stood between them. Every character has demons they had to face and it was a delight to watch them grow and develop their relationship through the course of the novel.
I enjoyed the tense mystery towards the end of the novel and the wondrous world of magic Clare built up around her characters. The way she describes the otherworldly aspect really brought it to life. Through the characters Clare manipulated my emotions to make me feel empathy towards the suffering of characters both major and minor. She has a great gift for storytelling and I look forward to reading her future works.
on Sep. 24, 2012
I was hooked by Provencher’s engaging writing style and intrigued with Nalena’s unusual life with her hoarding Mom. I felt I could relate personally with Nalena which made her character believable. Tantalizing twists throughout kept me reading, I wanted to know what was going to happen and why.
I’m not particularly interested in the teenage romance aspect, although I would have loved it when I was a teen, now I don’t find it interesting. The novel was heavily focused on the romantic life of Nalena and I find it dissatisfying for the romantic interest to be perfect, but I understanding that this is appealing to teenaged readers.
I don’t fully understand the finer details of the plot concerning the ancient community and the antagonists, but that might just have been something I missed, or may yet be revealed in the rest of the trilogy. Personally I prefer more conflict and action throughout books whereas Cornerstone felt a little more slower paced and the climax seemed short lived.
As an independent author, Provencher has brought a very high standard of writing and editing to her novel. Cornerstone is certainly on par with traditionally published books. I know a lot of people who love Cornerstone and it is a books that teenage readers would also love. I think Provencher is a noteworthy writer and should be celebrated as an ambassador for independent authors. I look forward to seeing where her writing career takes her.
- All Things Unholy: An Ikaros Crux Case
on Oct. 09, 2013
For me, this was the best part of the story. Ikaros Crux steals the show. An alcoholic running a dismal pawn shop, struggling with some sort of supernatural ‘problem.’ He is rude, uncouth, and inappropriate. Also hilarious. There was lots of laugh out loud moments from this character.
Miss Viola Van Wyke is an impoverished noble struggling to survive, looking after her senile mother and keeping an eye on her wayward cousin. She is a modern woman: strong, scientifically minded and very proper. Very opposite to Mr Crux, which in part makes their dynamic a great aspect in the story.
Leonid Sandor is the new detective inspector and clashes with Mr Crux throughout. Ex-military, Sandor is a man who upholds the law no matter what. There’s some great conflict between him and Crux in this book and keeps the twists and turns compelling.
There’s great arcs and development for each character in this story. I felt sympathetic for each one and rooted for them throughout the book.
A Victorian murder mystery supernatural style story. I loved ATU from the start, it captured my attention and held it right to the end. The plot moves at a steady pace, introducing the supernatural elements at a believable rate. Gritty, mysterious, compelling, and humorous, there’s lots of twists and turns and numerous factors involved in the complicated plot.
Viola comes across a dying man in the street and feels compelled to find his murderer. She teams up with Mr Crux who is sure the supernatural is involved. Mysterious murders happen throughout the city which are all connected. Both Crux and Sandor are trying to investigate, with very different means and methods. It escalates from there.
I laughed, nearly cried, and nearly jumped out my seat with excitement (no joke.) It’s one of those books that’s difficult to put down. I love Bredenberg’s creation and can’t wait to read the sequel.