Danielle Tara Evans
Danielle Tara Evans lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and she is married with three furry children. She has been writing fictional stories ever since she was a young child. Her first novel, Escalators, was published in 2012, and her other works include The Cleansing and The Revolt: The Sequel to The Cleansing.
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The Revolt: The Sequel to The Cleansing
John and Annie's son is now grown up, living in the UNE as Eric Beaumont. He was raised by his adoptive parents to be an Erdinist and a Julian supporter, and he does not know who he is really is. As Eric's life starts to unravel, he begins to learn the truth about the UNE. When efforts are made to take down Julian and his oppressive regime, dangerous consequences arise.
After the earth suffered from a series of severe natural disasters, America allows in foreigners to assist with rebuilding. A new wave of immigration occurs, and now Americans are in the minority. A foreigner becomes president and forces them to attend the Earth Education Program. As a massive genocide takes place, American couple, John and Annie Weber, struggle to survive in this new world.
After enduring a childhood in poverty with his alcoholic father, Jason Schultz is now a grown man suffering from depression. Between his strained relationship with his sister and a job as a cook that he despises, he struggles to make it through each day. When he falls in love with a girl he believes he can never have, his depression escalates, and he makes a decision that changes his life forever.
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Smashwords book reviews by Danielle Tara Evans
on March 11, 2013
Karen A. Wyle has created a whole new world in Twin-Bred. In this futuristic novel, humans are now living on a planet called Tofarn where they must co-exist with the Tofa species that was already there. Of course this is never an easy thing to do, particularly when there are communication issues and huge biological and sociological differences. The main character, Mara, is a human who comes up with a plan to try to get humans and Tofa to understand each other better. The Project is then born, where both human and Tofa host mothers carry twins in utero—one human and one Tofa.
While I found the story to be very creative and unusual, I honestly had some trouble getting into it at first. The book spans a long period of time starting at the beginning of the Project and then showing the twins as they grow up into adolescence. There are so many characters presented that it was hard for me to really get to know any of them. However, Mara was definitely an interesting character, being that she still talked to her twin who died in utero. There were some characters that I wanted to see more of, such as Laura and Veda, and I also found it was hard to distinguish the personality of one Tofa from another. Just as they looked like each other, they all seemed to act the same as well. Each scene was so short that it felt like it was over almost as soon as it had begun so it was difficult to invest in what was going on.
That being said, I still believe that Karen A. Wyle is a very talented writer. Her descriptions of the world and of the bizarre characteristics of the Tofa were nicely done. It was a mainly dialogue driven novel that did not have an overabundance of detail, which I enjoyed since dialogue is usually my favorite aspect of reading.
While it took awhile for anything of major significance to happen (after the Twin-Bred were born), there were some intense moments later on in the story. Prior to that, I was just waiting for something to go wrong. How could anyone possibly think this Project would work out as planned?
If you are looking for a fast-paced sci-fi novel with lots of action, then this not the book for you. But if you are interested in reading an imaginative story that shows how difficult it is for anyone different to live peacefully among others, then this might be one you’ll want to pick up (or download)!
- Reach: a Twin-Bred novel
on May 20, 2013
In Reach, the story begins where the first novel left off. The Twin-Bred, along with Mara, and a few others leave their planet in a spaceship, hoping to find a new home. Since they had failed to bring the Tofa and human species together and are no longer welcome anywhere on Tofarn, they begin a new and risky journey in space. The issues on their home planet are not forgotten, however, since host mothers and a pair of Twin-Bred have stayed to lead separate lives.
This novel moves along at a much quicker pace than the first one. As they venture into the unknown, you will want to keep reading to find out what will happen to them. Will they find a new home? Will they remain safe out in space? If they find a new home, will they be welcome there? Or will it be even more dangerous than the planet they left behind?
Meanwhile, back on Tofarn, the situation between the humans and the Tofa appears to be worsening. In Reach, the scenes flip back and forth between Mara with the Twin-Bred and the problems that remain on Tofarn. Both are equally enthralling, and as all the events unfolded, I found myself to be drawn into this world, or rather, this universe. Once again, Karen A. Wyle does not disappoint with her flawless writing.
I felt a stronger connection with the main characters in this novel as I rooted for them to finally find some peace. It was fascinating to learn more about the Tofa as well, who have abilities that were never realized before.
After reading the first Twin-Bred novel, Reach is a sequel that will answer any questions you may have had. You will delve further into the story of Mara and the Twin-Bred, and you will see how much this is a reflection on our own world. This is definitely a book worth reading!
- Killing Matt Cooper
on June 09, 2013
I normally enjoy stories that are told through the viewpoint of someone you can feel for—you know, a good guy or girl. Being that I knew this story would be told through the eyes of someone truly evil, then I got past that and found myself both intrigued and utterly disgusted at the same time. I do like a good disturbing thriller after all. And this book certainly delivered on that.
Fearlessly written, the author holds absolutely nothing back. This is not an exaggeration. The main character is a serial killer, and you are taken into his sick and twisted mind. The repetitiveness of his thoughts is indicative of how I believe someone like him would think. I had no empathy for this character at all. I found myself hoping this was fiction and not an autobiography in disguise! That is how good of a job the author does with bringing you inside this psycho’s demented world.
The story is graphic, and many of the scenes are deeply horrifying and troubling. And what is even more terrifying is that there are people out there who do commit atrocious crimes such as this. So even though this is fiction, it is probably more realistic than most of us would like to believe.
It often read more like a diary, where the killer tells a lot of his story, and the dialogue is limited. It was a short, quick read, and I do sincerely hope for a sequel. The story did not feel finished as there is definitely more to be told here.
I recommend this for anyone who thinks they can take it for what it is - a messed up and gritty story.
- Ridley House
on Feb. 23, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was smoothly written, well-edited, and the story was compelling with a fascinating main character. It only took me a few days to read it; I didn't want to put it down. Each scene seemed to unfold before me as if I were watching a movie.
Kay appears to be nineteen, but in reality, she hasn't aged or changed at all in seventy-five years. She also doesn't know why, and she has no memories of her childhood or who she was before she was unable to mature like a normal person. She has been changing locations and doing odd jobs for years, living a very lonely existence. She gets a summer job at the Ridley House Inn, and suddenly, she feels she may find the answers she's been seeking. Not only does the place feel familiar, but there is an old portrait of a woman on the wall who is identical to her.
While there, she meets a handsome, young man, and memories slowly begin to return. She is desperate to find out more about her past, especially anything regarding her lost love. She makes some friends, and she also makes some enemies while working there. The owner of the inn may be her relative, and she may also be able to give her information about her family.
This is an intriguing mystery and love story; books like this one are the reason why I love to read so much. I got completely lost in it, and I couldn't wait for the secrets in Kay's past to be revealed. I was also hopeful that Kay would get a much deserved happy ending. Highly recommended.