Evan Burl and the Falling [NOOK Book]

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Discover #1 bestselling novel, Evan Burl and the Falling

My father abandoned me when I was an infant.
My friends have turned against me.
My uncle beats me.
The most ...

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Overview

Discover #1 bestselling novel, Evan Burl and the Falling

My father abandoned me when I was an infant.
My friends have turned against me.
My uncle beats me.
The most powerful sapients in the world want me dead.
They all have one thing in common.
They think I'm turning into a monster.

I'm starting to worry they're right.

An excerpt from Evan Burl and the Falling

I found myself in a kingdom of stars and clouds. Endless. Deadly. Blue as blood.

Stretching without blemish from one side of the world to the other, the sky was perfect but for one single black speck.

If anyone was watching, they might have wondered whether I was merely napping on a pillow of thin air.

But it was nothing so pleasant.

This was a falling.

For what felt like hours, the whole world seemed frozen below me. Except for the wind, everything was silent. It seemed as if I could stay up there forever. It was beautiful really, if I ignored the fact that I was hurtling toward the ground at about 214 miles-per-hour.

I didn't even feel sick to my stomach, until the last thirty seconds.

First, the rolling mountains and hills lumbered toward me like big bullies begging for a fight.

Then houses and barns popped out of the ground, like grasping hands from a fresh grave, pulling me down into the earth where I belong.

Ten seconds later, what seemed like a bit of lint stuck to my eyelash transformed into a living human.
Then more. Dozens, hundreds of people. Working, eating, anything but looking up to see me plummeting through the sky.

Another ten seconds—far too soon—and the whole world rushed up at a speed that turned my stomach to acid.

The last hundred feet were the real test.

Gasping one last lung full of air, I realized in that moment that I was less brave and more foolish than I could possibly have imagined.

And right before the end, I closed my eyes.

Like I always do.

Praise for Evan Burl and the Falling

"Amazing!" -- Melissa Williard

"The best fantasy book I've ever read" -- Mitsy Princell

"I want more! It just isn't right that's over. Evan Burl is every bit as good as the top YA fiction out there right now, in my opinion, better. The characters are brilliant, each story line is captivating, the content is complex and unpredictable, and I am intrigued to read more." -- Bethany Canfield

"I'll never view a clear, blue sky the same! This book took ahold of my imagination and guided me through the forgotten hallways and secret rooms I've always dreamed of finding. A fantastic story about the burden of knowing one's destiny, and desperately trying to avoid it." -- Eric Nienaber

"Wickedly complex villains so entertaining and terrifying they'll get under your skin and never let go. Evan Burl's world will fascinate you, creep you out and leave you begging for more." -- Mary Weber

"This eerie world and amazing cast of characters grabbed my heart from the first page and never let go. I can honestly say I would do anything to get an advance copy of Evan Burl's next chapter." -- Natalie Medina

"I'm hooked. So many threads of greatness, I can't wait to see how the series ends." -- Annie Biondi

"Justin Blaney creates a wonderful world of intrigue, mischief, and magic that comes alive through vivid storytelling. This is a struggle of good and evil at its finest ... it will have your mind on edge as you race to the end." -- Kari Skinner

"I read Evan Burl and the Falling when I was supposed to be working on my homework. That should speak for itself, it was a fantastic distraction from reality." -- Jessie Crowthe

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044558014
  • Publisher: Justin Blaney
  • Publication date: 11/16/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 3,102
  • File size: 456 KB

Meet the Author

#1 bestselling author, Justin Blaney, was born in Los Angeles and began his writing career in Mrs. King's English class at the age of 6, but after a tragic accident involving a manual pencil sharpener he suddenly declared that writing was "not his thing."

Instead, he moved one state north to make his fortune in the organic meats industry.

After being named the Sausage Baron of Springfield, Justin grew tired of farming fame and moved yet another state north where he can venture into the meat department at Whole Foods without being pestered for the secret to one of his famous recipes.

Since then, Justin founded several companies, earned an MBA, began producing films, ordered a coffee in San Antonio, rode an elevator to the top of the Space Needle and decided to give writing one last shot, the result of which is a book about a shut-in named Evan Burl who never takes a bath. Evan Burl and the Falling, the first novel in a series that has very little to do with hygiene, reached #1 bestselling status in the suspense, fantasy and teen genres.

Justin lives with his wife and three daughters in Issaquah, a suburb of Bellevue which is a suburb of Seattle. You can find out more about Justin's exciting adventures by executing a search on the world wide internets or by visiting his "online web page" at justinblaney.com

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    I was totally caught up in the story!

    I was totally caught up in the story!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    This was quite possibly one of the best paranormal fantasy/ Sci

    This was quite possibly one of the best paranormal fantasy/ Sci Fi stories I've read this year. It had great action sequences, the story never lagged, and the villains were so loathsome and terrifying that I enjoyed reading about them as much as I liked reading about the protagonists. I can't wait for the sequel. As a side note- if you are reading the ebook version, you may find some grammatical errors and the like, but I believe those in in the process of being corrected.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    Mr. Blaney has a real knack for spinning a story. Evan Burl star

    Mr. Blaney has a real knack for spinning a story. Evan Burl starts off as a seemingly normal boy who was sent to live with his uncle, Mazol, and cousin, Pike. He's told that he can never leave the castle grounds because he would die, but he doesn't really have a strong desire to do so anyway. Every year a child drops magically from the sky in a chest and becomes part of the family. At the beginning, we don't know who or what these children are, but they grow up "normally" in the castle, tasked with various chores. They are called The Falling.




    After an event happens with Pike, the children are not as happy as they once were because Mazol works them tirelessly. No one eats very well and hatred grows for Mazol. When Evan discovers a hidden book in his uncle's room, and Henri (one of The Falling that Evan is closest to) starts asking him odd questions about sapience (magic), we find that Evan has a year before he turns into a monster. The book counts down the days that Evan has until his fate is sealed, and it is up to him and his "sisters" to discover a way to be saved.




    When reality starts to spiral out of control for Evan, and two powerful men vie for control of the boy, things get very twisted and confused. Just when you believe that someone has betrayal in their heart, the story twists again to reveal that they really didn't have anything to do with Evan's predicament. The book was an absolute page-turner for me because the "reality" of the book seemed to change on a whim. It left me feeling like I had no idea what was going on. Thankfully, though the book was not completed at the time of reading it, most of the confusion dissipated by the end of the novel when loose ends were tied up. 




    The reason for four stars out of five is that the book was, again, not completed at the time I read it, leaving typos and a few characters lacking the development and backstory that I'm used to. I'm sure that Terrilium, Mazol and Cevo will be hashed out in further books, but for being so prominent in the story, I really didn't know their motives. Cevo was the "fleshiest" of these three characters, but I didn't really feel that I knew him. Also, I really didn't understand the point of Anastasia's character. She was a nasty little girl that didn't seem to have a real purpose in the storyline. I felt like kicking her!




    If you are looking for a good book to read, then I definitely recommend Evan Burl and The Falling. The story will leave you turning the pages frantically while trying to figure out just what the heck is going on and who did what to whom. Eventually, though, it does fall into place.




    I received an advanced reader copy in e-book form directly from the author and everything written above is of my own opinion. I was not monetarily compensated for penning this review and hope that the provided text is helpful for those looking at this title.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    What a story!!  Number One about killed me off!!!  I was not pay

    What a story!!  Number One about killed me off!!!  I was not paying attention to the page numbers and flipped over the last page only to see those three dreaded words, " To Be Continued".   The book is so very well written and has your attention glued to the pages..The characters are well fleshed out and the story flows quite well...  Thanks for a great book...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

    I¿ve read a lot of paranormal & sci-fi, but nothing that com

    I’ve read a lot of paranormal & sci-fi, but nothing that compares to this one. Evan Burl lives in an “orphanage” run by his Uncle. The story is strange from the get-go, but a good kind of strange. It holds your attention from first to last. Definitely a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Evan Burl

    Creepy yet thrilling, this book is addicting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    I liked this book and I know that is kind of a cop out I do beli

    I liked this book and I know that is kind of a cop out I do believe if you gave it a chance and let it speak for itself you would enjoy it. So many twists and turns and just when you think you are figuring out a character they turn around and flip you  for a loop! I still dont know is Evan is evil and trying to be good or good and trying not to be evil..and dont even get me started on Henri..:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

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    Well worth reading the story sometimes has a dreamlike aspect to it that slows it down however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Hard to put down!

    The book was exciting and suspenseful and sometimes confusing. The characters were the best...even the bad guys...and just when you think you have it figured out...you're wrong again! Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Beyond me

    Tried to read, not my cup of tea. Felt I was missing the point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Interesting premise

    But I found it disjointed at times. Somethings were too indepth while others weren't fleshed out quite enough. Overall worth the time to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    An original idea and holds a lot of possibilities.

    Not bad but the plot .is too disjointed. It jumps around with out much purpose

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

    Evan is on a quest to determine who he is going to be and not be

    Evan is on a quest to determine who he is going to be and not become a monster like his uncle and others say he is going to become.

    The number of perspectives used in this tale does get a bit daunting, and the number of evil and/or crazy characters feels a bit overwhelming at times, however, it all does get explained, at least in the capacity for this portion of the tale. This is the first part of a series, so some questions/issues are left unresolved.

    Characters and scenes are vividly and lushly described throughout the narrative. The narrative is a complex web of details with some mystery and magic.

    Overall, a fun read.

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    Captivating story. Hard to put down.

    Captivating story. Hard to put down.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    I received this book to give an honest review. May contain spoi

    I received this book to give an honest review.

    May contain spoilers

    I debated on if I should give this book a 3 star rating or a 4. I finally decided on a 3 since the book did turn out to be a decent read but there was just way to much within the story that needed to be hashed out.
    When I read the blurb I imagined something totally different with the story. It was good, but at times it left me uninterested. At times I felt I was losing reality like Evan was.
    I would get pulled in only to lose interest then get it back and lose it again which about drove me crazy. You follow the story of Evan who is suppose to turn into a "monster" but not your normal run of the mill monster. He has powers which will turn him evil if not taken care of by people who are suppose to kill him.
    You follow through between different characters, Evan, Henri, Claire, Cevo and Anastasia. Which at times I found myself going what does this person have to do with the story. Even though later on it became clear that they all played a part it was at times confusing for me. Hence the reason I would lose interest. Going back and forth between I believe 4 different POV's it got confusing and especially with the jumping around between I want to say with the time maybe? Example: Claire and Anastasia, they seemed a bit into a different time period than Evan was at times. Maybe it was just me but that is the reading I got from it.
    I would still like to know how one of the characters Anastasia became Terisma, is this something her mind formed? Or is it another personality disorder?

    The action did seem to be all over the place, example. Evan would stab someone then the person would get up and leave or hide. Then come back and it was like a repeated cycle.  I would also like to know exactly what the "falling" is? I do understand that if Evan accepted his powers he would turn evil unless killed. But when he falls I did not understand where he fell to? Maybe it was left to be like that for maybe a book two in the works? I do not know.
    I would say to give this book a try you may enjoy it, I thought it was decent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Hard to follow

    I read the whole book and still I don't know what happened. The ending left me hanging. Where is the ending promised? Finish the story, I'll buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    good story

    I liked this book even though it was sometimes difficult to tel who was speaking. The book also didn't let me finish. I could not get past page 328. As such I have no idea how it ended. The story of Henri and Evan was good. I had no idea if Henri was helping Evan or setting him up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Great book!

    It keeps you hooked all the way through.An enjoyable book for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

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    Posted October 7, 2013

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