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RaShelle Workman is an international bestselling author. Under this name she writes reimagined fairy tales, science fiction, and urban fantasy. All of her novels have been listed on multiple bestseller lists, including her BLOOD AND SNOW series, which has sold more than a million copies. Her IMMORTAL ESSENCE series has been read more than two million times. Three of her books have been translated into Turkish and several can be downloaded and enjoyed on audio. Two of her books have been published through Curiosity Quills.
She has one pen name: CARLY MORGAN ~ Inspirational Western Romance.
When RaShelle isn't writing, she enjoys baking, creating new taco recipes, and watching Supernatural. She lives in Utah with her husband, three children and their three dogs. Find her online by visiting her website at: www.rashelleworkman.org. And sign up for her newsletter to receive free books and get information on book release dates: http://eepurl.com/chMcej.
on Dec. 27, 2011 :
In a world of vampire and werewolf novels, Workman is a breathe of fresh air by bringing a new era into science fiction.
I loved the alien mythos and fell in love with not only the characters, but the story as well.
Looking forward to the rest of the series and eager to learn more about Workman's alien world!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Dec. 22, 2011 :
First of all, I must point out the obvious. This cover is absolutely stunning. It's what made me want to pick up the book in the first place. When I finally read the book, it definitely didn't disappoint either. The characters were witty and funny. Venus even though she was sick, wasn't whiny and made a lot of wisecracks that had me chuckling. The only character that I found annoying was Cheverly because she seemed like a main character, but she wasn't explained very well. I thought I was going to find the book not to my liking after reading the synopsis, but the author pulled off the plot very well. She makes you feel like you're right there, experiencing all the characters emotions. I so excited to learn whether Venus picks Michael or Zaren. I'm curious in the next book to find out more about Michael's past and why he doesn't get hurt as easily as a normal person would. I can't wait to read the next book, Beguiled, and fall back into the story
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Karen E. Hoover
on Dec. 08, 2011 :
The very first thing I have to say about this book is how much I absolutely adore the cover! It is one I noticed and was interested in long before I asked to be included in the Dark CARMA Blog tour. I wanted to read it! With a cover like that, how could it not be good?
I wasn't disappointed, though it was a book that surprised me.
Let me explain: In the opening scenes we come upon Princess Venus. Now, with a name like that, I expected the story to be mythological in nature, and thus was confused by all the high tech involved. Beds that conform themselves to one's body and such. At first I thought, "Okay, she's meshed high tech with mythology," but then Venus finds herself on earth, where even the air she breathes is toxic to her. Her family has disappeared, her precious irrihunter (which it took me a while to figure out what the heck that was. lol) has been murdered, and she's been accused of sacrilege and treason by the Gods.
It was interesting, and I enjoyed it, but I was still thinking high tech mythology--and then space ships got involved.
I suddenly had to adjust my thinking. This book was science fiction with some mythological undertones, yes, but it was Sci-Fi! Once I figured that out (I should have watched the book trailer before hand. Dead giveaway there! DOH!), the reading went much easier and was fascinating. But truly, at its heart, this is a romance, and a well written and enjoyable one at that. For me, that says something. I'm not a huge romance fan, but this story sucked me in so much that I found myself looking for a spare moment ANYWHERE to read. I ended up staying up until the wee hours of the morning to finish last night because I just couldn't stop, even when the words were blurry because I was so tired. I couldn't put it down! And now I am to be tortured, waiting for book two.
I'm beginning to understand how my own readers feel when they bug me for the next book. lol
So, congratulations, RaShelle, for writing such a fascinating story that sucked me into its world and wouldn't let go. I'm still thinking about it, all these hours later, and I would definitely recommend it to any and all readers. Its clean, exciting, and I couldn't help but root for the heroes. Very well done!
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)
on Nov. 14, 2011 :
What a fantastic read! For days, I didn't want to put it down (though life got in the way). I found myself mentally enveloped in Venus's world, thinking about it whenever I couldn't be reading. Her journey and struggle capture the imagination long after the story ends.
Workman develops a fascinating world of upheaval and betrayal that force Venus into exile on Earth. Workman's prose donates extra flare to the story, weaving together vivid images of setting and characters. And her exceptional storytelling seizes the reader and doesn't let go.
My only complaint about this book is that it's a part of a series, and I have to wait to find out what happens next.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
on Nov. 10, 2011 :
THE GOOD: Amidst all the vampire, werewolf and fallen angel novels out there, EXILED is a refreshing and unique read. Little details brought Venus’s world, Kelari, to life: everyone's features are the same (silver and white) until they become immortal, Kelari's atmosphere is different, they have unique swear words (because why should someone on a different planet use the same swear words we do?) and, of course, the Kelvieri's Boots.
These boots fascinated me. "They were black as a starless night, soft as feathers, yet stronger than any metal ever discovered. Thrantum. That’s what the Gods called the material." Within the heels of these boots, the Gods capture symbols of a person’s imperfections. The idea almost gives me shivers!
RaShelle didn't waste time in getting the plot moving, meaning I had no problem turning the electronic pages on my Kindle. It was also great to see the story unfold from different characters' perspectives (Venus; her personal guard, Zaren; the human, Michael; the bad guy, Dervinias...). No character is present by accident, and almost everyone with more than a passing role turns out to be related to the conflict in some way. I love a book where the details fit together like pieces in a puzzle, and although this picture isn't complete yet, I can look forward to more pieces falling into place in the next book in this series, BEGUILED.
THE BAD: My enjoyment of this book was somewhat hampered by the numerous missing apostrophes, occasional clumsy sentence structure, one or two tense mix-ups and an accidental extra word here and there. BUT I have since noticed that a second version of EXILED was uploaded two days after I downloaded the first version. I haven't looked at the second version, but I'm sure the author has fixed up all those little errors I came across.
THE PRETTY: Do I really have to elaborate? I mean, look at that cover! Gorgeous!
And, for the record, TEAM ZAREN! (Yup, I have a thing for Venus's sexy guard...)
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
on Nov. 01, 2011 :
This book blew me away. I loved it from the first page and was thrilled to be reading something so richly creative and engaging. I definitely want to spend more time with the characters and delve deeper into their world in the sequel.
The story starts on another planet, complete with strange animals and a hi tech closet, but soon brings us down to earth. Someone knocked Venus out, blackened her name and sent her off in a space ship but luckily her handsome guard, Zaren saw her leaving and followed in another ship. He has known her since she was tiny but his care extends beyond that demanded by his role, not that Venus notices.
I loved Venus with all her confusion. She has both strength and vulnerability and an endearing innocence in all things love related. She also has an awesome pair of hi tech boots (or is it magic?).
Her first interaction with Michael, the boy she is supposed to help, makes him (despite his good looks) seem like a total creep, but once she gets into his mind when he’s dreaming, she realises that he’s had a tough life. Given the abuse he’s suffered, it’s amazing that he has any heart left at all. Michael is confused about love and so is Venus. On earth she’s experiencing feelings and desires she’s never had before for both Zaren and Micheal.
She releases Zaren from his role as guard, so that if she dies he can return home without her, but that frees him to develop a different kind of relationship with her. He tries to help her understand what these feelings are and that there are different kinds of love. He doesn’t take advantage of her either, which he could have. Zaren is one of those noble characters that I love. According to the story, loyalty, leadership and love are the qualities that every princess should acquire and this story gives Venus the opportunities she needs to develop these qualities. At the same time Zaren models them all.
As Venus learns about love, the nasties close in and the story becomes a battle for survival. Dervinius, another exile from her planet, has been asked to kill her by his scheming boss back home, but he is a complex character, and won’t kill her himself. But he doesn’t need to, because he has a gang of humans who assist him in horrific ritual murders who he can command to do it for him. (I was pleased that there were only two instances of these sickening murders.) Then Michael’s abusive father turns up, searching for the alien causing the murders. He knows he’s chasing the wrong one, but he doesn’t care, he just wants one under his scalpel.
With Zaren gone to plead with the gods to save her life, Michael is the only one who can help her, but will he? You’ll have to read the book to find out. The ending is perfect. It ties up the two main threads, but leaves some questions unanswered and challenges still to be met in the sequel.
I give Exiled 5 stars and recommend it for everyone. It’s really a ‘must read’ if you’re into young adult fantasy /sci fi.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Oct. 31, 2011 :
Don't often review books, but this one deserves the attention. It's different from what is being advertised in most situations. It's not a dystopian, no vampire, werewolves, or fairies in sight here. Just aliens.
This book is one of few which kept me interested to the point that I did not pick up another while I was reading.
A 4/5 for me since I was constantly being sucked in, but disagree with some choices made along the way. It did take a little bit to understand what was going on in the first few chapters, but once the terms became familiar it was alright. My first book in which I actually read about aliens and hope that this becomes a new theme. Will most definitely be buying the sequel when it comes out.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Oct. 31, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the descriptions of planet Kelari and felt like I was literally out of this world for a while. I would have liked to actually see what happened to Venus' family rather than just being made aware that SOMETHING happened, but I guess that's how it was for Venus and I have a sinking feeling it couldn't be revealed in this book anyway.
Other things I enjoyed from the book include the different names of things and people from planet Kelari and some of the science fiction ideas in the book. I don't want to give too much away, but I especially loved the idea of the immortal boots and how they reveal Venus' weaknesses.
For me this book was plot driven which I love. The questions raised early in the story and throughout compelled me to keep reading even if at times I got tired of being inside someone's head for too long. I enjoyed the main characters but all in all I think Michael is my favorite, probably because he's human and I can relate to that.
I think the book could have used one more sharp eye edit, but other than that, I think it will be enjoyed by YA lovers of all ages (especially those with a thing for 80's music.) And that cover is gorgeous!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Oct. 29, 2011 :
Such a great book, I enjoyed it from page one! Look forward to more books from this amazing author
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Oct. 13, 2011 :
Exiled is so good. Michael or Zaren. I'm totally team Michael. This book is well written and lot of fun to read.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Oct. 08, 2011 :
Amazing book very well written, great characters, can't wait for the second one. An author I will look for more books from.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)