The plaque on Mrs. Ink’s lawn reads the Edgington Mansion, it was once thought to be lovely, though now rather decrepit and certainly full of secrets. She lives here with her husband. He is a philosopher, and said to be quite mad. According to Mrs. Ink their house is full of books, “Stacked, piled, and always advancing out and away from the shelves that ought to keep them in.” She paints and draws, writes and reads, and occasionally goes down into the dark, dismal, cobweb-creepy dungeon, to do laundry.
Evelyn Ink is the author of the YA fantasy novel Ill-fated and the children’s trilogy Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones. She was formally trained to be a parachutist, but found it did not fit her longstanding desire to avoid heights and thus decided to study the much less vertically horrifying subject of English Literature.
If interested, you may choose to follow Mrs. Ink on her blog or check in with her on facebook. However, due to her absolute terror of electronics and a crippling phobia of the social media (technical term: Socmephobia), her blog posts tend to be infrequent and erratic. Also, due to several post exile investigations she is generally prevented from giving any specific information regarding her whereabouts...
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By Evelyn Ink
Published: January 7, 2014.
The entire country of Shalendorf will have to grow walls if they think Belin Vaulatrix is going to marry that fat, dullard of a boy Edmon Casterwick! But a country on the verge of civil war, plagued with a series of mysterious disappearances, might just take her on an adventure she does not expect...
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- Aversion (Book One of The Mentalist Series)
on Dec. 19, 2012
I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Three up for...
1. An intelligent, non-skanky main character, with all her (BLEEP!) together. Lately, I’ve set down a lot of YA books because the main character is just such a bimbo, I can’t possible read on. I found Gemma to be bright, sincere, and resourceful, with just enough quirk and sarcasm to feel like a real teenager.
2. No love triangle. Hurray! I for one get really tired of main characters who just gush and turn gooshy for multiple guys. You start to doubt their sincerity, even later when things move on from crush-lust to real attachment, if they’ve already proven themselves to be flakey an easily smitten (or just easy…) well, it’s hard to take the character seriously, much less their relationships.
3. Udogu’s writing style is clean and concise, matched well by the great editing and layout of this book (I know this doesn’t matter to a lot of people, but I personally cannot read a poorly edited book).
1. YA fan readers who prefer romance over action, will likely enjoy this book a lot more than I did. The plot, though intriguing, felt like a lot of set up, with very little action. In some parts it felt like information was being withheld just to drag the story out.
2. I understand this book is the first of a series, but I think series books can still have adequate closure, the ending of this book felt rushed and no real answers were given.
Overall, it read more like an introduction to the series, then a well rounded story. That said, it was a fun read with good characters, excellent writing style, an excellent editing and layout.
on Oct. 13, 2013
The book starts out with the main character (Paul) in a state of muddled confusion trying to harness his special powers as well as unravel the mystery as to where the powers came from. Written in an almost stream-of-consciousness style (although not in first person), the reader is slowly given drifting bits of information that piece and pull the story forward, but (at this point) it is not quite enough to drive the plot. Although I respect the author’s style of writing, which I assume is meant to capture the mental state of the main character Paul, I will say it did not immediately hook me, and I had to force myself to pay attention and read on through those first few chapters.
Happily, the more I read the further I was pulled into the story, and as the plot thickens and pieces together, the intrigue builds.
Overall: There are some proofreading issues, though not bad, the writing is decent, the dialogue sounds natural, the characters are excellently crafted (though not particularly likable) and the plot suspenseful. The only downside to this book was how long it took me to be drawn into the story.