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Shawn Maravel was born in a small New Jersey town located between somewhere and nowhere. She fled the country looking for adventure while following her heart and the love of a soldier.
Shawn started writing when her husband joined the Army in 2008. It started out as a way for her to cope with the long periods of time that they spent apart but slowly took on a life of its own, becoming something she did for herself. Having always enjoyed writing and dabbled in it from time to time in previous years, the military lifestyle really provided her with the opportunity and an outlet to explore the passion further.
on June 29, 2012 :
Yes, this is bone-chilling and packed full of adrenaline as the synopsis on Amazon states. I could not put this book down. The narrative gallops along at such a pace, full of twists and turns, you don't know who or what is going to pop up next. I actually wonder how I stopped reading this book to eat my tea!! Wow! I am still reeling from it all. At the end of Volition we were left wondering if Joel would survive and if he does, what injuries does he have and how do they affect him? Naturally we get the answers. If you enjoyed Volition, as the author says, you will enjoy Severance even more!
(reviewed long after purchase)
Lovey Dovey Books
on Nov. 08, 2011 :
Shawn Maravel takes her writing to the next level in the follow up book to Volition. In Volition, readers are left with a sense of foreboding surrounding Alex as he shows a flicker of what could be his true self.
Severance was truly an amazing read with so much more action. Alex has a larger role in Charlotte's life.Joel and Charlotte have definitely grown and become different people since the first book. Joel has a new outlook on life and how to live it. Charlotte doesn't ask so many unanswerable questions and she seems more mentally stable. The way Maravel has written her characters in this book really shows their growth with the passing of time. The title was truly fitting and once readers read the story they'll know why.
Being able to figure out the answer before the MC did took away from the suspense of the story. Answering the questions the MCs asked did make the foreshadowing, sprinkled throughout the beginnings of the story, stand out.
The ending was a surprise and can only cause readers to light up with smiling faces.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)