Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2

Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2

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by Justin Blaney
     
 

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 people 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.

Praise

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 people 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.

Praise for Evan Burl and the Falling:

"Evan Burl and The Falling is the beginning of the most imaginative series since Harry Potter. I dare say it is the best fantasy book I've ever read. Justin Blaney writes such descriptive scenes you will imagine them on the movie screen or as paintings in a museum. Oh, and if you think you've got it figured out, guess again."
Mitsy, review on GoodReads

"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 Crowther

“Rich, believable characters set in a captivating storyline that made me constantly anxious about what would come next. This story of hope and redemption will have you rooting for Evan to find the good within himself.” — Marisa Loper

"This book will take you on a fantastic odyssey that immerses your senses with riveting action … you will see, hear, smell and feel Evan's dangerous journey of self-discovery, constantly in fear that something could rise up out of the ground beneath your chair and pull you into this strange world." — Hilary Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044558014
Publisher:
Justin Blaney
Publication date:
11/16/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
373,487
File size:
320 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Justin Blaney is the #1 bestselling author of 6 books including Evan Burl and the Falling and the critically acclaimed photography journal, Fast Wide Open. He began attending college at 16, married his high school sweetheart at 17, and had three daughters by 21. While earning several graduate degrees and raising his young family, Justin founded more than a dozen businesses and nonprofits, making him a millionaire at the age of 25. He has since lost his fortune several times over, but through the ups and downs discovered the work for which he was designed.

Justin’s passion is helping individuals and organizations develop and share their uniqueness, enabling them to achieve their greatest success in life and business. He’s reached over a million people in dozens of countries, getting to work with and be mentored by some of the most influential figures of our time. His blogs JustinBlaney.com and I4J.org receive over 100,000 monthly views and he is followed by more than 40,000 on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube. Justin and his family live outside Seattle.

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Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was totally caught up in the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
-SHIRLEY_ More than 1 year ago
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...
bikrgran More than 1 year ago
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.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Seredetia More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does not even remotely meet the hype. Extremely confusing; jumps from POV to POV and is told in a very abstract way, so that much of the exposition is *astoundingly* unclear and muddled. It also seems to be without end. Every volume "ends" in a cliffhanger which the subsequent volume picks up from. The volumes literally break between sentences. Vague, confusing sentences which utilize exceedingly poor imagery. Good luck.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was a nice short read. I loved how it was presented from the perspective of many characters but it was not confusing. The idea of "sapience" is very interesting as well. Can't wait to read the next book in the series. My only complaint is that it took a while for the book to pick up. Glad I kept reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never figured out just what was happening and why. Very confusing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fails spectacularly to live up to all the hype.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to get the next volumn and read at work. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not sure how this has such high ratings. First of all, the writing was poor and inundated with grammatical and spelling errors. It seems that the author never took a creative writing class of any kind and did far too much telling, and not enough showing. That being said, there were many things that he did not tell. Too many things. I understand wanting there to be an element of mystery, but you have to actually understand the characters. It seemed that the characters were more plot devices rather than people you cared about. The relationships were underdeveloped. I didn't care about any of them. You do not want to be reading a book where you don't care about the characters and the plot doesn't make any sense. However, I pushed through because I thought something might actually happen at the end. Well, silly me. Cliffhanger. I'm done. I don't care what happens. Just don't put me through it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creepy yet thrilling, this book is addicting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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..:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading the story sometimes has a dreamlike aspect to it that slows it down however.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried to read, not my cup of tea. Felt I was missing the point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad but the plot .is too disjointed. It jumps around with out much purpose
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MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
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.
Julie_C More than 1 year ago
Captivating story. Hard to put down.