on Aug. 2, 2015 :
I was going to leave a review exlusively for the first part, 'Fearscape', but I bought the book from a different website and Smashwords.com won't let me leave one. No matter: I liked the first one so much that I just bought the whole series!
WARNING: THERE ARE SOME SPOILERS BELOW.
I finished Nenia Campbell's 'Fearscape' two ago. Four days ago I opened the front cover after opening it from the package (I bought the physical copy). In my opinion, it was an intense journey from start to finish.
The main character, Val, is a good girl who is showing signs of being stalked (that sense of anxiety is there from the beginning), yet doesn't wish to make things harder for herself, her friends, or her parents. Speaking of parents, the relationship with her mother was portrayed in a realistic lighting. For example, in one of the first couple chapters, I couldn't help but love the casual dialogue between Val and Mrs. Kimble when talking about things like what to get at Starbucks. It's just like the conversations I, a high school girl, have with my own mom. Good job on the realistic familial relationship, Ms. Campbell!
And then there's Gavin, a creepy yet alluring high school senior who both has the reader loving him and disgusted in equal measure. What I really, REALLY love about him is how Ms. Campbell, though writing him to appear as a love interest at first, makes sure emphasize that he is dangerous. When Val becomes closer to him, there's always that feeling at the back of her mind that is telling her to get out of the situation. Her naivety prevents this, of course, but those feelings grow throughout the book sure enough and by the last couple of chapters we see her in a near state of panic. Thank you author for not writing this story with a "happy ending" where the two are in love with each other. No offense to anyone that likes 'Twilight', but that chemistry the two share isn't healthy. Thank you for underlining that with Val's moments of fear and Gavin's sick obsessions.
There were moments where the books seemed just a bit childish, I will admit. Take the last chapter in "Fearscape" for example; Ms. Wilcox had a whole history about how her sister was assaulted as a teen described in one paragraph. This could just be me, but I didn't really see the benefit of writing that portion. I also caught one or two grammar/spelling errors, but, considering this was self-published and didn't have any fancy editors or anything, it was easy to overlook and forgive.
The full series has just been purchased and I can't wait to start book two. Who knows? Maybe I'll leave a separate review for the other two books. I'm so glad to have found out about this book when surfing through the many links on fictionpress.com. I wish the Nenia Campbell the best of luck with future projects and I hope to maybe see improvement in her writing as the years go by.
(reviewed the day of purchase)