NEVA JONES IS ON A QUEST
But she's not quite sure what she's questing for. A crow told her to take off all the iron she was wearing, a stag told her to get a lock of pale hair and a lock of dark, and an owl told her to jump into a lake.
Neva is a businesswoman in the New South, not a character in some fairy tale but she'll take on this quest if it means no longer feeling like she's going insane. So she dives right into the lake and into a crazy dream-world where nothing makes sense, giants speak in riddles, surfers throw tea parties, and there's ocean as far as the eye can see.
One thing seems certain: the hottie she met on a business trip in Wales is here, and needs to be saved from living the cycle of a curse over and over. Neva's saved herself plenty during her thirty-one years; she figures she can save a dark-haired, blue-eyed Welshman by solving a bunch of riddles. And then, if this really is a fairy tale, they'll be together forever.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||4.20(w) x 6.59(h) x 0.65(d)|
About the Author
Kassandra Sims is a criminal mastermind and evil genius whose plans for world domination and sassy yet comfortable heels have been as of yet woefully unsuccessful. Born and raised South of the Mason-Dixon line, she currently bides her time in her lair in Nashville, Tennessee, waiting for the opportunity to thwart the forces of shoe designers everywhere. Her time is generally occupied with knitting, researching ancient cults, practicing her evil laugh, and employing her uncooperative cats to stage mock battles. She has worked on several Canadian television shows, and written movie scripts that have seen various levels of production. Falling Upwards is her second novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've apparently been on a bit of a faerie land kick lately, and this book fits perfectly into this theme of parallel, mythological worlds. The heroine, Neva Jones, meets a strange, handsome young man named March on a business trip to Wales, and after going home to Mobile, Alabama, Neva starts to wonder if she's losing her mind. She hears strange music, sees strange sparkles, and ends up diving head-first into a pond only to surface in a strange, magical world. An executive for a pharmacological company is the last person you'd expect to be drafted into a mystical quest, but that's exactly what Neva must do.I thought this was a very fun read, with lots of creative twists on traditional Irish and Welsh mythology and characters. Manannan Mac Lir, the Irish sea god, as a California surfer dude was my favorite twist in particular, and I really loved how Kassandra Sims played with the "reality" of these myths. Hell, I want to go on a vacation to her Ys/Lyonesse, hehe.Neva's likable enough, though sometimes her spunkiness manifests as sheer stupidity (if someone tells you to stay where you are instead of running at a giant, pissed-off board, for god's sake, stay where you are!), and I really liked the mercurial March. Neva's Southern Belle dialogue got a bit tiresome at times, particularly when she was hanging out with her gay friend Tony. Tony is a drag queen by night (and a literature professor by day, whee!), but he sounds like every stereotype of a flaming queen. I prefer a little less reliance on the Jack-on-Will-&-Grace stereotype in my gay characters, thanks.Like I said, this was a very fun read, and Sims has a nice way with words, managing to write vivid, lengthy descriptions without boring the pants off of me or veering off into purple prose.
Neva Jones is in Wales on a business trip when she meets the enigmatic March. From the onset she thought he was different though she is not sure why except that he seems to live in this world and somehow outside this world.------------- In sweet home Alabama, curious and attracted to March, Neva suffers from hallucinations that frighten her. Still she develops a hypothesis to overcome the limitations of her mind. On the other hand, March believes Neva is the woman who can lift the curse that has left him with one foot in a realm of dreams and one in the mortal plane. As Neva begins to believe that there is more to the universe than the physical plane starting with the metaphysical feelings of falling in love, she struggles with reality vs. illusion as she enters a realm in which her only realism anchor is March.---------------- FALLING UPWARDS is a sort of modernizing of Alice Through the Looking Glass. The story line starts a bit slow and disjointed as Neva and March meet in a Welsh pub, but once she crosses over into a fantasy realm, the story line turns fast-paced and exciting as the heroine ponders whether reality means insanity. Fans who dive into that Alabama pond with Neva will enjoy her quest once she steps out of the water to meet fantasy species, talking animals and of course March.--------------- Harriet Klausner