Christine E. Schulze has been creating books since she was too young to even write them. Her collection of YA and MG fantasy and Christian Fantasy books, The Amielian Legacy, is comprised of series and stand-alone books which can each be read separately but which also weave together to create an amazing fantasy. Christine has published several stories with Calliope and Kalkion magazines. She has also published several Fantasy and Christian Fantasy books which are available at various online retailers, as well as publishing several eBooks via Writers-Exchange. Some of her current ventures include releasing second editions of Lily in the Snow and the award-winning Bloodmaiden with Old Line Publishing, as well as The Chronicles of the Mira with Writers-Exchange in both paperback and electronic formats. Her most recent project is the professional re-editing and remastering of her YA Fantasy series, The Hero Chronicles, to be renamed A Shadow Beyond Time, which is anticipated for release in 2015/2016. For this series, she has also brought an amazing new co-author onto her team, Kira Lerner. Christine currently lives in Belleville, Illinois in her first and most thrilling apartment.
Lily in the Snow and Other Elemental Talesby Christine E. Schulze
Mica Schist, a rock Elemental, has always felt secure in her caves high in the snowy mountains. Protected by her adoptive older brother, Pearson, and befriended by the bats of her cave,
"Jewett ran. He and the earth carried her, the earth granting a gracious speed, as if it could feel through his arms, the rarity of the gem he held, the urgency of its protection."
Mica Schist, a rock Elemental, has always felt secure in her caves high in the snowy mountains. Protected by her adoptive older brother, Pearson, and befriended by the bats of her cave, it is the only life she has ever known. Until an outsider, Jewett, an earth Elemental, arrives, illuminating Mica not only to the possibility of a whole new world outside hers, but of a life with the young man who opens that world to her. When Jewett unsuspectingly brings great danger to Mica, her only chance of being saved is to escape with him into the woods he loves so much; it is a dream any girl would have, to flee danger with her new found love.
But upon entering his world, she realizes how fragile she truly is, why Pearson always seemed too obsessed with protecting her. Jewett's world, though beautiful, is harmful; no longer connected to her rocks, their security and oneness with her, she finds that the smallest things in his earthen world hurts her. The simple scraping of her skin against the bark of a tree, her falling on the forest floor--even Jewett's touch. All of these, so harmless to anyone else, make the soft mica crystals covering her from head to toe shed away too easily.
And when an Elemental loses all of her crystals, it can only mean one thing: death. How can Mica choose between saving her life and saving her new life with Jewett?
These and other stories weave magic, romance, and adventure into a brilliant new collection of coming-of-age tales in Schulze's debut young adult anthology from Old Line Publishing.
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*Note: I wrote most of this review as I was reading so it’s pretty long* This was definitely an interesting book, filled with stories that were completely different but also connected which is something I found kind of exciting. I couldn’t really get into the first story, “Lily In The Snow” (AKA the story the book was named after) so I actually ended up skipping it after reading the first two and a half chapters. It moved in a really slow pace to the point where it felt like nothing was happening which left me deciding I’d rather get to the next story instead of continuing that one. And let me tell you, the next one, “The Story-Teller” was quite intriguing and I really enjoyed it. There was a perfect amount of suspense throughout it that kept me wanting to read more and more (and then I ended up awake reading three hours after I was going to go to bed because I was so lost in the story. Whoops). At the beginning I found that there was a bit of fluff – there was an introduction explaining who/what Eleesa is and a little bit about the “gifts” her people receive which was obviously helpful, otherwise I wouldn’t know what was going on. But the explanations just kept going on and on, and it felt like there was almost too much explaining (which is odd) and it took a little while to actually get into the story. But once it did pick up, everything was great; I truly did love it! Okay, I won't keep giving details for each story but I did find that the rest of the book was pretty good. Not as great as "The Story-Teller" but still good. The writing style in general throughout the entire book was okay; it sort of seemed like a first or second draft (not a bad one! It probably just needed to be read over one or two more times). I noticed there were far too many lines like “The second hour students are spilling into the hall like angry bubbles overflowing from my favorite cooking pot” which ended up making the stories drag on a bit in a few places. Also in each story there are moments when the character suddenly seems to realize they forgot to explain something and then there’s a bit of new info about who they are, etc. which I somehow simultaneously liked and found a little irritating. I liked it because it added to the character’s personality and made it feel like they were really communicating with me, but the only thing I didn’t like about it was that it just seemed like some of it could have been included in the introductory explanations. There was a lot of “Oh by the way…” It didn’t really take away from the reading itself – it’s just something I noticed a lot while reading them. It sounds like I’m complaining a lot about it – I’m really not. What I mean is while there were all those small details that just added up a bit, the stories themselves were great (for the most part). The characters were likeable and the plots themselves were super interesting. Overall, despite a few small negative things, I found that this was a good read. Probably a one-time read but honestly I would have read everything in one sitting if I’d had the time, so I do recommend it.
WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS BOOK, BUT IT DIDN'T LIVE UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS!! Review brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell I had been looking forward to reading this book, excited by the elemental aspects to the book but Lily in the Snow offered no winning qualities to me. There isn’t very much I can say about the book because honestly, I couldn’t get through it. The book ended just as boring as the beginning. The characters were extremely underdeveloped and bland. I could appreciate the new and imaginative world the author was trying to create but the execution failed because of lack of details and good enough backstory to the characters. The plot was barely existent and I often had trouble following along. The pacing was dragged out and the dialogue was just as flat as the plot and made the story predictable. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters because I just couldn’t connect with how the characters in the various stories were acting. There just wasn’t a moment when I was reading that I felt immersed in the story. Lily in the Snow was just not what I had expected and was too hard to get through to be enjoyable. I do wish the author the best in the future with her other novels and I hope she is able to find a stronger voice as an author as well as better skill in executing her ideas. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
This book was given to me as an advance read by Christine Schulze; thank you so much I feel privileged for having a chance to read this unique book. This book I believe was beautifully written with unique stories that will catch you by surprise, and will have you wanting to read more by Christine. I loved every story, the first was my favorite about a unique rock element finding love with an earth element, a love that was going to be hard to withstand for she could not live outside of her element and that she as beautiful as she was would be wanted for her crystals. You thought that both would have died of a broken heart because the two could not live without each other but in the end they are together and are married in the most beautifullest wedding ever with a hallow of flowers, a jewel that shows their life force, so it seems to glow and when one goes out you know that one will die. Micha's flowers have stopped blooming and is dying and Jewett will grant her dying wish...I won't tell the end because you, the reader need to read this unforgettable story for yourself to see what I mean. Each tale is like a unique fairy tale. Unique versions of couples finding love with each other and all the trials they must go through to be together and finding true happiness with one another or to be sadly loved from afar with hopes of one day meeting and being together. Each tale is beautifully woven with the reader never really knowing what was to happen next, you didn't know if the end would be happy or not, but worth reading for final outcome. I loved every story, and I hope you the next reader will take a chance on this book to find yourself lost in a world were you can say you have been through some of these stories yourself in some way or an other in love and in relationships. Beautifully written and will capture you,finding yourself craving for more, not wanting to put down.