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Posted November 27, 2012
I have to admit that I really struggled to get into this book. The story didn't flow very well and there were moments when I wish a little more effort had been put into the editing process. Although the hiccups I noticed were very slight, they were enough to distract me from reading, and at one point I was ready to put the book down, never to pick it up again. I also felt that sections of dialogue were forced and there was that tiny annoyance of characters always refering to each other by name, even when there was no one else around...
Now I know it seems like I'm only harping on negatives, but I always strive to give my honest opinion!
I'm not saying I hated this book, it just started off as a bit of a bore. I really only got into the story a couple of chapters in, when Thomas comes to see Carmen and Brighton, and they discuss the latter's talents. I felt this was the turning point of the story and things only got better. I enjoyed the interaction between Lily and Bri. They felt like a real couple and even reminded me of a few of my married friends! Although Brighton didn't stand out as the typical drop-dead gorgeous hero, he certainly lived up to the part with his devotion and love for Lily. He was willing to die for her, literally, and he always had her best interests at heart.
Lily is a great character. She seemed a little flat at first but when she appeared later, she really had grown into a beautiful, more complex young lady.
The talent that each character has is very interesting. It was a wonderful, fresh idea and the fact that the Dark Ones are "magically" inclined but still vulnerable is a nice change because most of the time these types of characters are invincible!
Overall, this book grew into a fantastic fantasy adventure.
May I also just add that I am so happy with the cover change. The new cover for Energy just speaks so much more to what the book is about, and it has a more mystical appeal!
Posted October 16, 2012
I received this book from the Author for an honest review.
I enjoyed this book but felt it was a bit slow to start. Once you get into the story line, after Brighton lives with Carmen for a few years, the story picks up and becomes a bit smoother. It can also be a bit predictable and choppy in areas with some of the characters lacking character (?) We know what Lily looks like down to her pink bows but never really know what Adri looks like or Brac, they just kind of exist in a one dimensional world. Committing myself to a story that is more than 400 pages long, I want to feel like I live with these people in the three dimensional world of my mind. Don't get me wrong this is a great story and will transport the reader into the world of the Dark Ones whose evil magic has kept everyone in line for thousands of years. It will enthrall you and has just enough romance, adventure and magic to keep the story moving until the end. I also love the panthers!
The story starts off were we meet Brighton and Lily, two teenagers who have grown up together in a small town called Clareton or Four Mountains. Just when their relationship starts becoming more serious, Lily is dragged off by a Dark One who holds a secret about her past and ultimately her future. Brighton in a fit of rage from losing everything he ever loved, vows to search for her and the robed stranger until he learns of her untimely death. Brighton has secrets of his own that he has yet to learn about and master with the help of an old friend. Years go by and Lily returns from the dead to find Brighton living in another town and still deeply in love with her. They find out they possess powers that can pull the energy from other living things to survive, just like her father Seth and the other Supremes have been doing for over 3000 years. Here the battle for good starts as they try to free the enslaved towns and cities that find themselves under the rule of the Supreme Dark Ones. Even when they go to the heart of the Dark One's castle, they can not lose hope that good will overcome evil. But even when they help defeat one evil they open up another form of evil and greed that Brighton feels he has to fix. But he just may find that fixing them will mean he has to give up himself in the process.
A good start to the Energy Chronicles, Energy - The Awakening, will find you looking over your shoulder for the robed figures with long black tendrils coming out of their hands. Looking forward to Book 2!
Posted May 13, 2012
What a ride!!! My heart pulled for the young couple and teared for their many losses. I loved the innocence between Brighton and Lily and the other characters that played parts in this story. Non one was insignificant, everyone was essential for the story to carry on the way that it did. It has betrayal, violence, romance and retribution. It had many ups and downs and I just couldn't put this down. I can not wait for the second part, I have to know what happens next. Must read!!! *****5starsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.