Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2 [NOOK Book]

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Discover #1 bestselling novel, Evan Burl and the Falling

A monster lives in all of us.

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

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Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2

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Overview

Discover #1 bestselling novel, Evan Burl and the Falling

A monster lives in all of us.

My father abandoned me when I was an infant.
My friends have turned against me.
My uncle hates 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.

Over a thousand years, one man unlocks sapience—the ability to transform the imagined into reality. But not everyone believes sapience is a gift because this power blurs the lines between dreaming and waking, making it impossible to divide real life from nightmare and friend from enemy.

The most powerful of these sapients rule the world, sharing little in common save their venom for each other and lurid horror for Evan Burl—a sixteen-year-old imprisoned with twelve immortal orphans in a haunted castle surrounded by the bones of a forgotten city. Evan finds a letter that orders his execution—signed by his own father—that reveals Evan's latent supernatural talents. As Evan makes use of his new abilities, he loses his grasp on the physical world and fears he might be responsible for the string of gruesome deaths that have begun to plague the orphans.

With each passing day, Evan's waking world is fading into a mist of dreams, replaced by starless nightmares that just might be real. The fates of those who remain alive rest on whether Evan can regain his ability to tell dream from reality and save his friends from the sapients who would rather the world forget that these twelve orphans ever lived.

PRAISE FOR EVAN BURL AND THE FALLING

“Justin Blaney’s descriptive, yet punchy writing style is just one way Evan Burl and the Falling separates itself from the vast majority of young adult and fantasy writing being published today. With its intelligent and gripping storyline, relatable heroes, and highly-imagined villains this book captured my attention from the start. I can’t wait to read what happens next.”
—Freya Hind

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

“Brilliant. I am recommending this book to all my friends”
—Julia (from Amazon.com)

“Evan Burl is one of the most imaginative and creative (novels) I’ve read in a long time. Fans of fast-paced, action-packed fantasy will find a lot to love...”
—Alyce Reese

“Well-crafted. Mysterious. Intriguing.”
—H.J. van der Klis

“I usually don’t enjoy books of this genre... I’m really glad I took a chance. The characters were rich as was the story line. I couldn’t put it down!!!”
—Julie Weber

“Reading Evan Burl reminded me of how I felt when I read great books like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games for the first time.”
—Katie Zinda

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044558014
  • Publisher: Justin Blaney
  • Publication date: 11/16/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 2,658
  • File size: 313 KB

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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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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  • 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015

    HUH?

    I never figured out just what was happening and why. Very confusing story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2014

    Fails spectacularly to live up to all the hype.

    Fails spectacularly to live up to all the hype.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Could not put it down

    Had to get the next volumn and read at work. Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    I am not sure how this has such high ratings. First of all, the

    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.

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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

    Anonymous

    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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  • 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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