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D. H. Nevins earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. As a teacher, she had spent years encouraging students to write before she decided to follow her own advice. Two years later, she published “Wormwood.” She lives in a rural part of Ontario full of forests and lakes, and incorporates her personal experiences and beautiful scenery into her works. She is presently writing Wormwood's sequel.
on Aug. 21, 2013 :
I contacted this author about doing a book review on her book Wormwood. I stepped outside my genre in hopes of finding something fresh for my mind to absorb. The reviews preexisting were fabulous, so I had to get my hands on a copy of this book. Not to mention the trailer left you wanting to know the main characters, their struggles, and how it ended. I was pleasantly surprised that the book immediately jumped into the action. There was no long build-up I am used to. It grabbed your attention from the start.
100 Nephilim, super powerful half human half angels beings, are given the task to clean the earth of all human life. It is judgment day, and the Nephilim are tasked with returning all humans to their spiritual forms. Kali, in an attempt to escape the devastation, runs a trail to the top of a cliff where she finds Tiamat, someone she met 10 years prior. Tiamat, is actually one of the Nephilim who has destroyed her world and even killed her father. Tiamat struggles with his mission because he has a strong connection to the young woman named Kali. Kali’s survival is dependant on the one responsible for the totally obliteration of her world, she must learn to trust him even though he might have her own destruction in his plans.
The female character, Kali, is strong and very likable. You find yourself relating to her and her plight. She is not the usual damsel in distress you find in a lot of YA books. Kali is ready for battle, and she isn't about to let the Nephilim take the rest of humanity lying down. Throughout the book, Kali comes into contact with additional Nephilim and must do battle with more than one. She must stand and watch the one she loves as he falls. Kali must deal with the reality of her true father, not the loving man who raised her.
The strong male character Tamat is a complex nephilim stuck between his responsibilities and his moral sense of right versus wrong. I can relate to him very easily. who hasn't been in a battle with themselves to do the right or wrong thing? The weight of his guilt is tremendous. You can actually feel the weight on his shoulders.
You find yourself caught up in the story before you know it. The imagery projected makes you feel like you are right there in the book beside Kali. Like you can see the world through her eyes. It is so well written. I lost myself a few times, as if I was right there beside them battling the Nephilim.
The plight of Tiamat is one anyone can relate to. To fall in love with someone that he shouldn't, then is in limbo between responsibility and what he feels inside. You so what these characters to forget the angst between them and fall in love. However it is never that easy. Not even in the real world. Which makes you keep reading more to find out if they can put their past behind them and fall in love.
I adored this book. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. I was sucked into the world of Kali and Tiamat completely. I could put myself in this book, as if I was there, a part of their world.The sparks between the 2 main characters left you wanting more. I demand a sequel to know what happens. Do they fall in love? Can they leave their past behind them?
The only thing I found was there could have more dialogue. Other that it is a 5 star book. If you love post-apocalyptic stories this a must read. Even if your stepping out your genre for a breath of fresh air pick this up. I promise you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Death Throes Publishing
on Nov. 02, 2012 :
I don't usually write reviews, but I figured that I would make an exception in this case. At any given moment, I have at least three books lying around the house that I dip in to here and there (That's not counting the Nook that I take with me everywhere and the audiobooks that are always playing in my car and/or IPod). This book made me forget all of the others. The author's writing style renders smooth prose, which led me through the entire narrative without any hiccups. The story was incredibly original and enjoyable. Watch out for the writer of this novel; she has an extremely bright future ahead of her!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Oct. 23, 2012 :
So I received this book from the Author as a gift for winning a contest on facebook. When I received the book I was thrilled because I had read the blurb. D.H. Nevins was a little worried that I wouldn’t enjoy her book due to my not liking Dystopians. But while this book is “technically” a dystopian novel it is so much more than that.
I started reading this book and immediately got sucked into the story. I fell for Kali immediately, she seemed so down to earth, so nice and so very young, and she actually reminded me of my daughters. Then we meet up with him *key sound effects* and all Hell figuratively and literally breaks loose. Tiamat is a Nephilim sent by god to destroy all of humanity and send them for their final judgement. *see not a dystopian simply an end of world because God did it story*…
Um where was I? Oh right, I don’t want to give away any spoilers because I insist you go get this fabulous book. After all who can possibly say no to angels and demons? Oh didn’t I mention there is a demon? There is! And the twists that this book takes are going to make you stay up late into the wee hours of the morning reading to find out what happens next. I know I stayed up until 1 in the morning just to get to the end and then nearly cry because it was over. But I know book 2 will be out early next year and I’ll be first in line to grab that so I can continue on this wonderful Journey with Kali.
Before I forget, the character creation in this book is great. Kali is likeable and quite a strongly written female and Tiamat is so turned around because of his feelings for Kali that you almost laugh at his stupidity, but in a good way. There are supporting characters as well in the form of other Nephilim and the Demon but while they are critical to the flow of the story they really don’t matter but even those were well written and we got such a strong feeling for some of them that it showed the amount of time this author spent creating this book.
The plot was fabulous and the ending was… not over yet I’m afraid since there are more books to come from this author. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Paranormal and especially anyone who loves angel stories or in this case “end of days” stories.
Thank you D.H. Nevins for this fabulous gift of entertainment you have provided me with and I hope to see more from you in the very near future.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Oct. 07, 2012 :
100 Nephilim, super powerful half human half angels beings, are given the task to clean the earth of all human life. It is judgment day, and the Nephilim are tasked with returning all humans to their spiritual forms. Kali, in an attempt to escape the devastation, runs a trail to the top of a cliff where she finds Tiamat, someone she met 10 years prior. Tiamat, is actually one of the Nephilim who has destroyed her world and even killed her father. Tiamat struggles with his mission because he has a strong connection to the young woman named Kali. Kali’s survival is dependant on the one responsible for the totally oblieration of her world, she must learn to trust him even though he might have her own destruction in his plans.
Favorite Quote Tiamat - “Compared to tonight, I feel like I have been half-alive the entire time I’ve exsisted.”
Wormwood is a dark and fantastic tale. Wormwood has dazzling plot twist and turns that will captivate any reader, making it impossible to put this book down. The lines will be blurred between good and evil, truth and lies, and hero and antagonist. When I finished Wormwood, I closed the book with a WOW on my lips. Extraordinary story telling D. H. Nevins, you blew me away. There is so much to say about this book but I don’t want to give anything away. Absolutely 5 stars.
I won this copy of Wormwood from Sherry at Fundamental Book Blog and D. H. Nevins, I am giving my honest review.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on July 17, 2012 :
Wormwood is an angel, post-apocalyptic story with a gripping emotional current from start to finish. Not having to survive high school to feel all this was a refreshing bonus as well, as these angels stay grounded in our world without having to go to class, first.
Tiamat isn't only hot, he's a complex character weighed down by the grief and immorality of his responsibilities. When he saves and falls in love with Kali, things get really complicated. This strong heroine isn't about to give up and make the angels' mission of destroying humanity easier. Even if she is in love with one of them.
The colliding sparks between Tiamat and Kali left me constantly guessing to what would happen next, and I really enjoyed the hints to mythology within this fast-paced book. I look forward to the next one of the series.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
on June 28, 2012 :
The mythical creatures in this novel are larger than life. The author shows the readers glimpses that the main character, Kali Michaels, is a strong and fascinating woman. Early in her life, she meets a man with whom she feels a strong attachment. Her world turns upside down when years later she finds the same man standing in the same place on the mountain peak. She learns he is a half-human, half-angel that helped destroy Earth to send God's children home for judgment. Kali learns many things from Tiamat. She gains extra traits from an accidental contact with the half-angels blood. These traits and her own ability help her survive as she battles to find and save survivors in the post-apocalyptic world. My only complaint is that I wish the author had used a little more dialogue. Other than that I found it to be an intriguing and enjoyable read.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on March 03, 2012 :
Review copy provided by author. Originally reviewed here http://incaseofsurvival.com/fiction-review-wormwood-by-d-h-nevins/3345
Wormwood is a curious book. I enjoyed it a great deal, but a few unignorable flaws stopped it from being an A grade for me.
First things first, I really loved reading this one. You know those books that really drag you in? Where leaving the book before you’re ready leaves you confused and resenting the world? This is one of them.
Ok, so, we have Kali, who as a teen meets a strange man called Tiamat (I’d have considered that a clue, but I hang around with Goths.) who she gives some heartfelt advice. 10 years later, she’s hiking when the world falls apart… and she finds out later that Tiamat was at least partially to blame.
There’s a lot of mythology in this book from various traditions, and as a filthy heathen raised by atheist hippies, I have no idea how accurate or well portrayed it is. However I found it an interesting addition to a well-thought out world. Which leads me to another point.
Nevins has seriously considered the post-apocalyptic world. The descriptions of this ravaged world were some of the best moments of the book for me. Beautiful and shocking all at once.
As for the plot, it’s enjoyable and carries the reader along just fine. An awful lot of it relies on Tiamat not telling Kali anything, but I suppose when you’re dealing with half-angels who have ‘compulsions’ to act according to God’s Wishes, that’s to be expected. My only real issue was that I, personally, would have found it impossible to forgive Tiamat everything he does, no matter how attracted I was or how good his reasons. That’s probably why no gorgeous half angels are protecting me from apocalyptic events.
But- I said there were flaws, and there are. There is no such thing as a flawless book. While the writing is often excellent, it often feels distant, or relies on overly-complex sentences once too often. Occasionally the dialogue is forced and awkward, more there to info dump than to exist as natural speech. While these flaws were not overwhelming for me, they did occasionally drag me out of the book and remind me I was reading a story, which stops this book from hitting the coveted A grade.
If you like religious apocalypses with a heavy romantic element (and angels) this book is for you.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Angela aka VWrulesChick
on Feb. 06, 2012 :
The apocalypse story takes place as the world is being swallowed and torn up by an angel or demon, Tiamat, but Kali does not know that yet. Kali is spared, but why? What is her purpose in all this? and who is this Tiamat? Follow her in her adventure as she tries to understand her beginnings and her purpose in this new Earth of and the what her future may hold with the Nephilims. Recommend.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
on Feb. 05, 2012 :
This for me was one of those glad you forced yourself to go on books. I liked the beginning of it, the earth shattering around Kali's feet the eventual destruction of everything, but as the book went on and she met Tiamat and learned about him and wh was responsible for all the destruction, I started getting a little fed up with her. I'm not usually a fan of the whole rapture and God's wrath stuff, since I've never bought into that whole scenario, Did this make me a little too critical of Kali and her acceptance of everything? Possibly. I kept wanting her to get angry instead of just Accepting God's will. Why was she so mad at Tiamat when he was just following orders? To be honest I kinda wanted to smack her. But as the book went on I became more sympathetic to her and by the end I was glad I had stuck with it.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on Jan. 20, 2012 :
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Jan. 08, 2012 :
Wormwood I hope marks the beginning of a stellar career for its author, D. H. Nevins. Its an astounding first novel, clearly and concisely written with passages vibrant with imagery. An extremely gripping and well written story which I hope becomes the first in a series of novels for this author. Bravo! A five-star read!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Jan. 08, 2012 :
Wormwood I think marks the beginning of a brilliant career for its author, D. H. Nevins. The story is intense, gripping and filled with complete and interesting characters. Hopefully this will be the first in a series? I sincerely hope so!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Nov. 15, 2011 :
Wormwood is D.H.Nevins' first novel, and quite simply it's a hell of a debut. It tells the story of a tormented angel, the titular Wormwood, and the fulfilment of his destiny to destroy the earth. Wormwood is one of the Nephilim, a group of angels sent to bring humanity to judgement. The author's humanisation of these creatures captivated me. They are at once mythical, larger than life, and yet also understandable as people.
Kali, the main character of the piece, is extremely believable. Her relationship with Wormwood is complex and moving. Against the dark backdrop of the end days, Kali's story shows contrasting glimpses of hope. She is so human that I actually felt for her suffering. She is the archetypal normal person in an abnormal situation.
Wormwood is dark, original, concisely- and skilfully-written. D.H.Nevins manages to tell an ambitiously epic tale, but one that is shot through with believable human touches. I hope it is a precursor of more to come.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
on Oct. 16, 2011 :
D.H. Nevins’ lead character, Kali Michaels, narrates this story. She meets a man on a mountain peak while taking a break from a group she is guiding through the wilderness and instantly feels a strong connection with him. Then, ten years later, after graduating college and while taking a leisurely hike up the same peak, the world turns upside-down. Kali fights her way through a land in upheaval, only to find the same man standing in the same place as years before.
She learns his name, Tiamat, and that he is one of 100 half-angels, Nephilim, that have just destroyed Earth per God’s instruction to send his children home for judgment. However, being half-human, Tiamat finds himself drawn to the woman who had so fascinated him ten years before. Tiamat also senses that Kali has a purpose to carry out as she has a special ability to find living people, of which there are surviving groups, and thus does not take her life.
Tiamat informs Kali that she must seek these pockets of survivors, and in preparation for her trials, he has stockpiled food and water. He finds horses to help in her quest. Through accidental contact with the Nephilim’s blood, Kali gains additional traits that help her survive.
Throughout the book, Kali comes into contact with additional Nephilim and must do battle with more than one. She must stand and watch the one she loves as he falls. And she must deal with the reality of her true father, not the loving man who raised her.
All-in-all I give this well written novel four stars. While it caught my interest immediately, I would have enjoyed more dialog. And while there is a lot of dramatic instances, I feel they could have been embellished to create more tension. I look forward to the sequel and any additional works by this talented author.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)