Liornabella

Rated 4.25/5 based on 12 reviews
Turn the page, and allow this tale of mystery, deception, and coming of age to draw you in. Elle, a magnetic seventeen year old, has been accepted to one of the most prestigious schools in the
Viridian Isles. A superior athlete who excels academically, Elle has an independence of spirit that continuously puts her in grave danger. More

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About A.E. Outerbridge

I am Allison Outerbridge. My books are about awesome teenagers, adventures, coffee and the occasional scary beast. LIORNABELLA is the first book of The Viridian Chronicles and Moroso, Book II is now available! You should read them. ;-)

I have a bachelor of arts from queen's university majoring in philosophy and a post graduate in human resources; however, I do not philosophize nearly as much as I thought I would. I have been everything from a human resources director to an ice cream scooper. I love wine and jalapenos but not together.

I live in Southern Ontario on a horse farm with my husband and two children. When not writing, I like to spend time with my family and my crazy dogs, cats and horses despite their incessant flatulence … the animals not my family … 🙂

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Review by: Essieh on April 3, 2018 :
this book by A.E. Outerbridge was great… lots of fun to read and very descriptive. Almost too descriptive at times as the cost of some pacing that lags in the beginning, but it does improve as it goes along. Interesting characters, and a solid mix of suspense, supernatural drama, mystery and danger, friendship and betrayal, life and death situations,…and so much more. Although I did think the beginning started off kind of slow until I got more of a feel about the characters and their backgrounds, how things were connected with Ellie and the other characters (especially from the ‘past’), once things got moving along I really got hooked. I liked that it was so descriptive that we can really put ourselves inside the characters’ various perspectives but without it feeling ‘head-hopping’. Solid prose and the dialogue and conversations with the characters were very authentic. You can’t fake that in my opinion. This book is more about ‘ideas’ than action-packed, (but it’s not boring and there is some great conflict and intense scenes throughout), and I for one have never read a book that had such a readable storyline about something that could easily be very complicated! I liked the short, fast paced chapters and even though some of the italics grew wearisome after awhile, it wasn’t too bad. But still an entertaining, enjoyable and haunting ride, one I’m happy to have taken. Suitable for mature teens and older. Recommend for fantasy fans who want a complex, yet engaging literary read that is really different from much that is out there.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: MarcellaGonzo on April 3, 2018 :
Every blue moon I read something that makes me totally forget about the outside world for a little while and it sweeps me off me feet. It’s not all that often, but when it happens, it is amazing. That is how I felt while reading “Liornabella – The Viridian Chronicles Book 1” by A.E. Outerbridge I was intrigued from the very beginning in this interesting and creative world the author created. The writing is strong and pulled me right in, although I must confess in the beginning I felt a tad lost at first and was anxious for a more inciting incident to really hook me. But it soon picks up and Elle and friends are a cool crew to hang out with at this mysterious university, where the past comes to life in unexpected ways. I like that it had many of my favorite elements in a book. It’s hard to totally categorize, as I felt it was sort of a blend between fantasy, mystery/suspense/action and even some romance (light, but with Elle and Elan) But the characters are college-aged so this is a YA/NA book, although I feel it would most definitely appeal to adults as well. I did feel that at times the pace slowed down on occasion and I found myself skipping ahead at some places, But there was so much going on, I wasn’t bored, just curious what would happen. I appreciated that not once did I feel like the story was being “told” to me, but instead, I was a part of it and experiencing the action in real time. I felt a genuine connection to the world the author created and to the characters, and aside from the occasional slow spots thought it was quite a wonderful read. Ready for part 2!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Anabella Johnson on April 2, 2018 :
I give this book 5 stars! I didn’t want to put it down until I had read the whole thing, and finished it in the course of 2 nights. This was a great book that felt familiar in certain ways, but still unique and fresh and not at all predictable thank goodness!.Author A.E. Outerbridge creates a complex and imaginative and thought-provoking world. I thought the descriptions and characters were wonderful, and I could picture everything happening perfectly. I think the story as a whole could have benefited from some tightening, and at times it seemed to lose some focus as the plot seemed to happen “to” the characters and “around” them, instead of them being the cause of action. To me the strongest part of the story was the characterizations and the relationships between the characters, especially Elle with Martine, or Naomi, or Elan… we see their personalities shine and pull this delightful story forward. Has its dark and edgy moments, and will pull the rug out from beneath you, but that what makes it so good. Overall I did enjoy this story and would definitely recommend it for readers ages 17 and up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: CodyB77 on April 2, 2018 :
creative and well-written, “Liornabella” by author A.E. Outerbridge is the first book I’ve read by this author but it certainly won’t be the last! This world she creates here is impressively conceived, and I was pleased with the level of character development throughout – and there are lots of them (living and not…)! But so frequently in books they are the same from beginning to end… not here!! Elle is the main characters, and she is such a great heroine and role model – no damsel in distress, but smart, strong, and resourceful. The plots are complex and intelligent, yet quirky enough to keep you hooked. There are several big reveals that continue to shift the dynamic of the storyline in unexpected ways, something that even a jaded reader like myself can fully appreciate and still be shocked by. This is great because nothing I hate more than predictable clichés, especially in this genre. I would also like to commend the level of professionalism in this novel, from the cool cover, to the formatting, to the editing and the overall execution– all top notch. Only a few places where I thought it was unnecessarily wordy and overwritten, and it did take some time for the ‘antagonists/bad guys’ to really show themselves, so in a way it felt a little too ‘safe’ for too long in the beginning (despite intriguing prologue). But once it got going it was really good and just kept getting weirder and better! Looking forward to more from A.E. Outerbridge.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: DarleneCupp on April 2, 2018 :
"Liornabella” (The Viridian Chronicles Book 1) by A.E. Outerbridge is one of those rare books that will appeal to adults as much as it does teens, young adults. It is inventive and imaginative, with clear, crisp writing and an engaging tone. While this novel isn’t quite in the same league as some of the bigger-named authors, Outerbridge definitely demonstrates considerable talent for penning a fabulous multi-layered plot with universal themes that almost anyone who reads it will connect to. It has a good, positive message, secrets, danger, action, intrigue, and adventure. I think the author is highly intelligent and creative. I would love to read more from her in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Darla Ortiz on April 2, 2018 :
there were many things that I really loved about “Liornabella”, and a few things that I though could be improved upon. First I have to say that I adored all of the characters, and thought they all felt really authentic (even the bad ones *ahem* Barabus). I loved that no one ever felt really cliché or stereotypical, and that each one had qualities that made them unique. I loved that unique premise and the “Set up” of Elle going to the school and meeting her friends, and having problems with some cliquie-types, but then also learning that there are things going on that are far more than she ever could have guessed, or realized how she is connected with it. What I didn’t like was that I didn’t feel like there was much character development or real internal struggle or conflict…there was just a certain amount of tension I thought was lacking for too long. I never worried for our mc’s safety – even during the Quintile Cup, and never felt like all hope was lost which is imperative to achieve true emotional engagement. It just felt too “safe” for all the build-up that was happening, almost as if the author didn’t want to go “too” deep, and not that I blame her, I just thought there was some missed opportunities. SO much of it was Elle reading the books of the past events that it didn’t give the tension and high stakes of the present as much as I’d like. But overall this was a very solid novel, one that is well-written and decently-edited. It has a bit of a bumpy start but then it smooths out nicely. I give this book a solid 3 stars, as it is ‘good’ - I did really like it and think others will too.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jhonni Parker on April 2, 2018 :
I read a lot of YA/NA paranormal/urban fantasy books, so this is a genre I’m quite familiar with. I’d never read anything from A. E. Outerbridge before, but the premise seemed interesting and I was intrigued with the opening pages because she wastes no time in setting the intriguing, dangerous, historical and enchanting vibe right away. I’m always on the lookout for fresh new talent, so I was curious to see how she would deliver in this one “Liornabella”. I wasn’t expecting all that much, but I was completely blown away, because not only is she unarguably a talented writer and storyteller, but more than that she genuinely impressed me with the thorough world-building of this ‘alternative’ world(s) that is set in the past (1879) but feels so modern, and myth and lore that felt original and fresh, even when familiar. All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books, and although I appreciate literary influences (as is mildly felt here as well – definitely Harry Potterish vibe), Outerbridge was still able to cast this epic story a new light to give it a very unique feel – a blend of mystery and secrets and drama in an atmospheric setting. I liked how descriptive and intense it all was, and for such a long book I finished it in less than a week. It did take me some time to figure out what was really going on, so the beginning was a little confusing for me (just for a little while) but by the end there were so many highs and lows, it felt like a rollercoaster. Things aren’t what they seem and neither are the ‘people’! I love the setting and the characters (especially liked Martine, Elle’s BFF) I wouldn’t necessarily call this a ‘horror’, but it does have its dark side and gets creepy at several parts – in a good way. Wraps up well enough but leaves the door open for more. Recommend for fans of Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, etc…I recommend it for mature teens on up because of some perhaps ‘adultish’ scenes but they work well with the storyline and do not feel gratuitous.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: GillianHancock on April 2, 2018 :
I really enjoyed “Liornabella” by author A.E. Outerbridge, even though I’ve been suffering from some paranormal/fantasy burnout lately – this perked me right up! I liked the overall storyline and the style of Ms. Outerbridge’s writing…. This felt more like a very unique character-drama (under very strange circumstances) set in a mix of the modern and historical world to me than anything, so I’m glad I gave it a shot. I was really impressed! I really liked the world she created here and especially how the characters connected not only with each other, but with the characters and events of the past. The journal/books were a good literary device that helped to explore the mysteries of Liornabella and some prominent characters… and how they from the past are connected to Elle in the present (although it is still set in the past) it sounds confusing, but the way the book is written it makes sense… very easy to grasp the complex (and creative) ideas that Outerbridge puts forth, and the result is an impressively crafted story that in unpredictable and engaging. Has sort of a ‘surreal’ vibe that I really liked, and the narrative prose was really strong. Liked that she did a great job of showing the story and not ‘telling’. Some parts were a little overwritten and I think could have benefited from some trimming in some places (just some scenes didn’t really feel all that necessary), but for the most part the editing was good. Lots of characters – some whom we get to understand better than others, but I thought that Ms. Outerbridge did a great job with them and making them more ‘creative’ than just the standard figures we normally see in the genre (loved Naomi, Elan, Martine, and the others). One thing I really liked was how frequently I was surprised at some things that happened – this isn’t some generic, predictable tale, but something that felt new, even if it has some familiar elements. Emotionally engaging and with lots of intelligent action, some admittedly over my head. But an entertaining ride that also makes you think outside the box. Can’t wait to read more from A.E. Outerbridge soon. Hope the next book isn’t too far off!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Claire Middleton on April 1, 2018 :
This was more like a 3.5 stars for me, but I'm rounding up... There were things I loved about this book, and a few things that I didn’t so much love. First, the writing was great, which is VERY important to me. I read a lot of indie authors and nothing makes me more bonkers than poor editing. This novel was nicely edited as far as I saw, but there were a few things – like it felt very modern and present day – how they act and talk, but the story is supposed to be set in 1880’s… one line is “I would say her creep factor ran fairly high” – this sound way more like a teenager in the 2000’s than one over 100 years ago. But this is just a small nitpick really---I thought the plot was great, if not a tad familiar for the intended audience. But I don’t think every story has to be a total reinvention of the wheel… it is fun to read familiar topes in different ways, and it is done well here and with a fresh perspective. Also, at times I wondered if certain parts were really necessary, that although it added to the overall flavor of the book, seemed to slow the pacing down. But there was great action and I definitely see teens and adults alike eagerly gobbling this up. Even if some parts of the execution could use a little more polish, there is a great story in there they will most likely enjoy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jenna Brewster on April 1, 2018 :
Creatively layered, well written and nicely edited, “Liornabella” by A.E. Outerbridge is a great book for fans of New Adult/ Coming of Age alternative/historical fiction, paranormal & fantasy, action, drama and suspense. This novel holds its own with the world building and plot structure, and an interesting cast characters and plenty of intrigue to go around. Half the fun in reading this book is trying to figure out exactly what is going on… what it all means. But there were some times where I felt it could have used some paring down, as while technically the editing was very clean, there were frequent places where there was needless information, scenes, or conversations. However, I feel Ms. Outerbridge did a great job of bringing in a unique voice and making the story wholly her own, and giving it a special feel. I certainly didn’t feel like I’ve read this million times before, even if it has a somewhat familiar literary premise on some level… it is still brilliantly complex with more depth that I initially expected. While it takes it’s time to really develop the deep tension I like for an engrossing story, it does get there and the ending will make you wish there was more! Interesting concepts with characters ‘history’, roles and functions, lots of frightening and dangerous action, and a fun cast of characters to take you along for this intoxicating, enchanting journey. Recommend for ages 17+
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Steph Coleman on April 1, 2018 :
fantastic! Wow what an awesome ending! Actually, the whole thing was pretty great, but I don’t think I put my e-reader down once after the 70% mark. This is an impressive effort from author A.E. Outerbridge, and it is quite clear that she is an author we can expect great things from. While I do feel the pacing needed tightening at times, there is the spark of something wonderfully inventive here (rare for this genre!) and the writing felt as natural as it did effortless. You can’t fake or even teach that, in my opinion. A.E. Outerbridge has found her literary voice, and I could totally see this being a movie or miniseries (or it should be!) It’s not too long (finished in just a few nights) but is packed with so much ‘story’ that it has that “epic feel to it which I love. You really get lost on this bizarre, yet realistic world for a long time and don’t really want to leave! Or at least you want to know what will happen with everyone now, especially Elle. A fun read that will appeal to fans of many genres, as it encompasses so many different aspects of literature, not just fantasy or horror/supernatural mystery. Definitely recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: LauraClarke on April 1, 2018 :
I honestly had no idea what to expect when reading this as I went into it pretty blind --only read a brief blurb—and I was in no way prepared for how totally addicting this novel would be, and the sheer magnitude of this incredibly visualized world, the intriguing characters (present and past), the multi plots that break the mold and far surpass anything I remotely expected … I was really impressed with just how ‘deep the rabbit hole’ went here with this book --different contingencies and realities and the possibilities that are beyond our immediate vision or reality but stays true to the spirit of what we love reading about in the genre. In a way this book made me think of a “Harry Potter for Adults” (minus the magic) as is noted in another review, but it really fits. Even the Quintile Cup is reminiscent of the Tri-Wizard Tournament. The way A.E. Outerbridge writes is captivating from the beginning and you just want to keep reading and reading and not stop. It is both descriptive and has great world building (important for a historical fantasy) but also is interesting and has a hint of mystery/suspense throughout so that you aren’t bored (you can tell there’s more to the story than we know). I was reading as fast as I could (especially toward the end), and even though it’s a pretty long book, I was disappointed when it was over. I wanted more!! But the ending is amazing as is the rest of the book and totally throws you for a twist. This is the first book in the series, so I hope the next one will be available soon. I’d love to read it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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