Beware The Sheep

Beware The Sheep

by M. Lewis-Lerman

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ISBN-13: 9780986342363
Publisher: Maggie Lewis-Lerman
Publication date: 01/14/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

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Beware the Sheep 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LuAnnBraley More than 1 year ago
I was lost at the beginning of Beware the Sheep by M. Lewis-Lerman. Maybe I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around the enormous amount of exposition necessary at the beginning of a fantasy novel - where not only the characters are introduced, but the world as well. Parts of the story which answered many of the questions which arose for me were either revealed towards the end or saved for an ensuing installment of the series. Why did the young people beat up Benny just before they left Primareaux? Why did they call Livi's mother a traitor? Once they got to the Petrichor, which was a setting and a living being at once, things began to pick up considerably. Or maybe my mind was finally able to grasp the rhythm and flow of the novel. You kind of know, once there are two cures for Violet's condition, one that works if the bout is not too serious, and one that will absolutely cure it, but is almost impossible to get - you just know they're going to have to go for the impossible cure. But I must say that I thoroughly enoyed the way M. Lewis-Lerman worked this part out. For me, the time spent in preparation for the quest was very interesting. There were a lot of things to take into consideration for there to be any hope of success. Most people didn't think it would really happen, and had no hesitation saying so, but Livi and her questmates were determined to go. And I didn't figure out what the sheep were right when they were introduced, or what happened to the victims. Of course, an explanation was given after the first attack, and then more and more revealed until we finally got the whole picture. And the character of Livi grows during the course of this book. She starts out basically a naive teenager, just knowing that they are 'leaving' where they are to go somewhere there is a chance for Violet (her friend and pseudo-sister) to be saved. Along the way she learns things about her mother and father and her past that she didn't know before. And she learns one really big thing about herself. (But I'm not going to tell you that, because it really is kind of delicious.) I especially enjoyed the scene after the 'big reveal' and how she learned to deal with what happened. There is a lot of room for this story to grow. This is not to say what we have so far is deficient in any way, but there is still a lot of meat for the grinder. And there are those pesky questions: 1) a fuller explanation of Livi's parents' fate; 2) Will Livi wind up with Benny or Kip, or either? 3) Are the wrongs set right? I'm definitely sticking around to find out! (Disclosure: I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.)
BoilHisBoxers More than 1 year ago
TO READ OR NOT TO READ... Beware The Sheep is a fantasy story that is full of colorful characters and magical setting in the World of Eaux. The author paints us a detailed description of this society and complicated milieu of the Three Crowns that rule the land. If you enjoy stories about magic, richly creative themes and far-off places, this might be a book for you. THE RUNDOWN Livi Dixon is a 16-year-old orphan that is taken in by friends of her deceased parents. Violet, the daughter of her adoptive family and Livi's best friend, is struck with a mysterious illness and the family must set off on a long journey to the Midlands to treat her. When treatment is proven to be temporary, Livi must travel to the Kingdom of Eaux to find the plant that will cure her friend. This task proves to be much greater than Livi anticipated. The 'Shepherd,' a faceless leader that steals souls leaving empty shells of 'Unthinkers,' is out to get something from Livi that she doesn't even realize she has. With each trial that befalls the heroine on her journey, she learns more and more about herself and the magic she possesses. Can she complete her task and save the ones she loves? MY TWO CENTS At first glance, I really liked the premise to this story. There's nothing like a well-developed fantasy world and this book has that. Within the first few chapters, I felt like the author gave such good descriptions of people and places that I could see this story in my mind. The middle and end of the book, while still engaging story-wise, were harder for me to picture from the descriptions. That probably has more to do with me than the author but there you have it. I pictured a mix of fairy tale, magic and steampunk when I thought of the Kingdoms of the Three Crowns. The Midlands/Petrichor... that kind of had me thinking Forest Moon of Endor but with thicker trees... The Faux.. well that's where I got lost on the mental imagery. For some reason, I couldn't shake the semblance of a sort of Phantom Tollbooth vibe. NO SPOILERS. On the whole, I liked this book. The story is well-developed and the author obviously has a wonderful imagination. I kind of struggled after the half-way mark and I'm not sure why. Like I mentioned, I really liked this story so I can only guess that it might have had to do with the feeling of loose ends not being secured before the story moved on. Who knows? It didn't put to much of a damper on the experience, just a slight nagging for me. I give the book a solid 4 stars. M. Lewis-Lerman has a new fan in me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Livi Dixon's best friend is ill, but the only way to permanently cure her is by going on a suicide mission in order to get the special plant. Throughout her journeys she makes some new friends, makes some enemies, and learns a lot about both herself and the past of others. Not only that, but a dark creature keeps trying to kidnap her...who are they and why do they want her? Can she complete her journey alive? It's been a long time since I've read fantasy - too long. It felt good to get back into the genre. I'd sort of consider this a lighter fantasy read. To me this was a lighter fantasy book - nothing too extreme, but still nonetheless fantasy - me favorite kind of fantasy books to read, actually. From page one I was hooked. I was excited to be reading fantasy again and so the more I read the more I wanted to continue and see where Livi's journey took her. Unfortunately (at least in the copy of the book received) there were quite a few typos. It's not the end of the world and everyone makes typos, although it did become a *slight* nuisance. I will be notifying the authors of the the small errors I found. I was rooting for Livi all throughout her journey. A few parts were predictable, some not. Overall I felt it was a good balance and that the book was not missing something crucial. The world Livi is in, the characters, and also the mythical beasts that the author created for the story were all very intriguing and I enjoyed Livi's encounters with them to see where the story would advance from there. Who knows, maybe one day there will be a sequel following her on another journey? In short, I found Beware The Sheep to be a fun and enchanting young adult fantasy novel and would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy the genre. The book is definitely appropriate and suitable for younger audiences, eg. middle school years and above.
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
What a curious title! What could this book be about? The opening lines seem to have little to do with rural living or a murder mystery perhaps involving wool.  But, that's the beauty of Beware the Sheep: straight away, you've uncovered the magic in a book that sounds like one or two possibilities but turns out to be something different - and in a world where everything is boxed, labeled, and fairly evident, this is a winning feature indeed. For there's magic involved here, from a teen protagonist, Livi, who (predictably) enters a magical world that tests her abilities and which (unpredictably) values individuality over conformity to an epic adventure (predictably) that turns into an unusual call to lead a world (unpredictably). The twists and turns of Beware the Sheep are simply delightful: you may not always know where you're going, but the adventure lies as much in the journey as in the action - a fact many authors forget, but which M. Lewis-Lerman keeps firmly in mind as a character and setting evolve that will reach beyond teen readers well into adult fantasy enthusiasts. It takes a 'valiant heart' to trudge a dusty road with an unlikely trio of young adventurers who find themselves on the cusp of change. It takes a vivid imagination to create 'downward growling trees', and a lively pen to create a heroine out of a girl who is loyal to her friends, but who can 'barely shoot an arrow'. And it won't take an exceptional reader to immediately become absorbed in this story: through clever characterization, descriptions that draw the reader into other worlds, and an attention to detail which is more compelling than complex, all ages from middle school into adults will find Beware the Sheep satisfyingly original, powered by its delightfully-vivid scenes that come to life. Compelling characters, well-done atmosphere, unpredictable plot - what more could one ask for, from a fantasy?