Fields of Elysium

Fields of Elysium

by A. B. Whelan

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ISBN-13: 9780983472940
Publisher: inMotion Capitol
Publication date: 10/31/2012
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

A.B.Whelan is a Hungarian born, American writer. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California.

While growing up in a wealthy Eastern European family, she had a chance to travel Europe. Later as an adult, she visited Africa and the Middle East and lived in Ecuador and in Crete.

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Fields of Elysium 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
angielynn9 More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. It has everything it needs to pull you in and make you want to finish it.  The story, a new take on forbidden love, draws you in.  There is danger, and romance.  Everything you need to keep you engaged.  This would be a great book for teenage girls to read!  I am ready to start the next book in the series and I can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story!! One I could not put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story really captivated me and drew me in from the very beginning.  The "alien" world Arkana was wonderfully described!  All of the characters i fell in love with and kept my interest.  The romance between Molly and Victor was sweet and love how it blossomed!  I would recommend this book to everyone.  You won't be disappointed!s 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love the world A.b Whelan created! I really cared about the characters, and I could not stop reading after the first chapter. I had to see where the cave led! A must read if you like young adult fantasy!
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  Fields of Elysium falls into the lump with a lot of other Indie/small press books. The book has so much potential with an interesting draw, but the lack of polishing really slows down the story. A.B. Whelan is masterful at building a vivid world that seeps into your thoughts and envelops you as you read. But whenever you stumble upon one of those unpolished parts, it breaks the trance and brings you crashing back to reality.    There are a lot of competing stories inside of Fields of Elysium. I felt like the romantic aspects overshadowed the others, though I was more keen to learn about the world of Arkana. As a fan of science fiction, I kept holding out for more about those aspects but I don't feel like it ever came. That isn't to say that A.B. Whelan doesn't deliver a good story, though. Besides the moments of drag, my interest was kept and I had no issues following the story to find out what would happen.   Molly is likable as a main character, and I see a lot of people enjoying her. I certainly had my faults with her (don't we always?), but I did get very invested in her story. I think with more attention to developing a more polished version, Fields of Elysium could easily be a five star book for young adults in science fiction. As is, it's still an enjoyable read with a dose of patience. **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to A.B. Whelan and NetGalley.
mat0 More than 1 year ago
Great book, more description then I like, but it was needed, more high school drama then I like, but the book wouldn't have made sense without it. When I couldn't read I was thinking about the book, going over everything in my head, trying ti decide what came next only to be so very wrong. The author gave me a copy of this book and i would like to thank her.
Alo_m More than 1 year ago
      
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning, this book pulled me into its World and the life of Molly. There was adventure, humor, danger, and of course a beautiful romance with some twists along the way. I enjoy books with a message, and this one has a few lovely messages to pass along to the readers. I love the world this author created, with its different creatures and people. Arkana sounds like paradise. Fields of Elysium is an enchanted reading adventure that left me longing for a World that doesn't exist. Oh, why can't it be real!?
Mzeplin More than 1 year ago
This was truly a lovely story. Exciting and interesting! This story had me captivated from the start. Arkana had my imagination soaring! Wormholes, “aliens” and love all go together beautifully in this book. The detailed description of the scenery on Arkana was done brilliantly. I was able to visualize it all and I was absolutely mesmerized. You can tell the author spent a great deal of time and effort to create this beautiful other world. I sincerely appreciate all Whelan’s hard work. The mystery and adventures were exciting. And the love story was sweet. I really enjoyed reading this book. I will be reading the rest of the series and can’t wait to be taken to Arkana again! I was given a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sherahart More than 1 year ago
Fields of Elysium turned out to less plot-driven than I expected in an SF novel, but I still enjoyed it whenever the story moved off-world. The author did a great job in most of the descriptions. I could visualize the scenes, and the action on Arkana kept the plot moving at a fast pace. Very nice world building. Not so nice editing. At first, I thought, please, not another Twilight, boring move and new school stuff. But then Molly found the cave early on, and I liked the story a lot better on the world on the other side of the wormhole—Arkana. One girl meeting a big group of boys in the wildnerness (and not running in fear of bodily harm) seemed death-wishy, but the friendly vs. hostile boys’ personalities came right out of my teenage experience. I also met a group (in public) and hung out with the outgoing friend until Mr. Antisocial showed up on my doorstep with a gift. If I’d found out (minor spoiler alert) he’d been spying on me with intent to kill, my crush would have crashed. Molly’s didn’t—more death-wish behavior. If the author had addressed this and brought in the reason for moving across country that doesn’t turn up until almost the end of the book, the tension and the plot on Earth would have been a lot stronger throughout. As it was, the lack of a driving force of evil, be it in the villain appearing in person much earlier or revealing the wrong he did near the start, made the Earthbound parts stumble. Then we get to characterization. Molly started immature, grew in the aspects of determination, self-confidence, and loyalty, but still ended immature in most ways. A couple of racial slurs didn’t make her any more sympathetic. “So kind of you to notice,” would have served as a better response to taunting. Instead, she became the worst offender. I got used to the stilted language, but I couldn’t identify with her behavior and lack of self-preservation because I wasn't given a reason for it until far too late. We’re talking the kind of things that weed people out of the genetic pool, not the kind that happen in spite of being careful or using common sense. When given a chance to improve her fitness and thereby survival skills, Molly passes. I thought Victor was worth the effort. Arcana and the characters there were the saving grace of this book. Victor was beguiling, even in his hostility, because it stemmed from his history. And experience changed his behavior. The prophet and his role in Arcana’s present situation were well thought out, along with Victor’s family and the different societies on Arcana. The danger of discovery to Arcana, however, did not serve as well as a continuing evil or villain would have. The villain’s appearance came out of nowhere, making the ending seemed contrived, but kudos to the author for concluding in a way that made that made the story feel complete. Cliffhangers do not belong at the end of a book—they belong at ends of sections and chapters. Entice me with the characters and their world and I will be there when the next book comes out. I will be there for Arcana and Victor. 3.5 stars. Yes, I know most review sites won’t let me give half a star, so I’m rounding up as if the editing (including story structure) were better and because the imaginative world deserves 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Fields of Elysium was a great read once I allowed myself to let go and get absorbed into the characters lives and events. Some people seem to be having trouble suspending disbelief long enough to enjoy it. If you can do this you will fall in-love with the series. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about the religious tones, being that I am not religious in the slightest, but once I accepted that this was a sci-fi fantasy novel, I fell in-love with the characters and with Arkana. Once I let all of that go and go really into the book, I couldn't stop reading. My heart was breaking for Molly and I wanted nothing more than for Victor to love her back. The emotional struggles of each character kept me enthralled. The mystery and beauty of Arkana made my mind swirl with vivid images of this beautiful new earth and I wanted to travel there so badly. The secrets, mysteries and suspense within the novel were just right. Great read. I would highly recommended this novel for those who are into sci-fi, fantasy & romance.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
"You call it Arkana. The Greeks called it the Fields of Elysium. I call it heaven." Molly Bennett is a regular girl with a huge secret. One day while out on a walk with her dog, she stumbles across a portal to a magical place, a land called Arkana.  There she meets a group of guys and her life will never be the same again. She sets off on a journey filled with discovery, secrets, love and personal growth.  "I fully understood that I was anything but fascinating to others, but these guys didn't seem to mind my grayness. Perhaps… just maybe, there was a small chance that I wasn't as drab as I considered myself to be. And perhaps the world wasn't as cruel as I thought it to be." I liked Molly. She seemed like someone I could be friends with. Her willingness to embrace this new land and the people she met there was something I could appreciate greatly. As she discovered more about Arkana and her new friends, she came to realize things about herself, too. Despite the amount of attention Weston paid to her, she was inexplicably drawn to Victor. So was I. Though his initial interactions with Molly weren't exactly friendly, I knew there was more to his behavior. There had to be a reason he was acting so hostile towards her. It reminded me a lot of the way Edward treated Bella in the first chapters of Twilight, though I was pretty sure there weren't going to be any vampires in this story. ;) The truth was far more interesting than that. "I held his gaze, not because I was confident enough, but because physically I was unable to move my eyes away." There was far more to Victor than met the eye. His parents were murdered by Terrakas (Earthlings). All his teachings on his path to becoming a Sentinel have taught him that Terrakas are dangerous to Arkana. Nothing good can come from having one visiting their land and befriending them. He becomes conflicted the more he is around Molly. He thinks he may be falling for her, but a relationship between them just isn't possible. Feelings this intense are difficult to deny or ignore, and as she begins opening herself up more to him, he does the same. I cheered them on as they began to explore their feelings for each other. Despite getting off to a rocky start, they fell hard and fast, much to the chagrin of those around them. Their relationship was anything but easy, but their connection was real.  "Molly dear, you have to learn to wait for perfect moments and take pleasures in small doses. Patience is a virtue, which most young men and women lack." This book sucked me in immediately. There wasn't a slow build-up to the action; the story got off the ground quickly. From the minute Molly stepped foot in Arkana, I was hooked. I had to know more about this land and those that inhabited it. The author's description of this magical place was incredible. The world-building, more than the characters, was my favorite part of this book. It felt like I was right there with Molly, experiencing every new discovery with her. Her relationship with her family, her friends in Los Angeles and those in Arkana felt real and natural. The characters were well-developed. Despite the fact that it was a little predictable at times, Fields of Elysium was a fascinating, quick and easy read filled with action and (clean) romance. This is the first book I've read by A.B. Whelan, but it won't be the last. I've already purchased the second book in this series and look forward continuing on in this saga.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 
Josie-161 More than 1 year ago
awwwww sooo cute and ohhhh forbiden love soooo good love the characters, the plot, everything I hope for book two soon it was super awesome .  thanks to the writer for this excelent book. I hope to find my victor someday too :-)
VonnieR More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book caught my attention. I enjoy reading about time travel and parallel worlds. Fields of Elysium was an interesting book that was easy to read, though it was not my favorite. There were some positive aspects about this book. First, I liked the whole idea of how the alternate world Arkana had different technology and everything was environmental friendly. Reading the descriptions of this world left me awed and only made me wish that our world had the same things. Next, I liked Molly's values when it came to respecting her family. She honored her parents' wishes and she did her best to be a good daughter. I also enjoyed that though she tried to follow the rules, her teenager side still came out. This made her believable. Another thing that I enjoyed about this book was how clean it was. It did not have many swear words and it didn't have sexual scenes, though it did refer to it somewhat. This book would be good for teens to read. As interesting the ideas that the book had, I did struggle with trying to read it. Many of the scenes did not flow. It felt like different pieces of time where meshed together without the help of transitional words. There were also unneeded parts that could have made the book shorter. I found myself skimming a few parts in the book. Furthermore, I did not feel connected to the characters. I could not sympathize the love relationship between Molly and Victor. There were a few sweet moments between them but not enough for me to root for them. These were the reasons as to why my rating was not higher. Overall, I wished I could have enjoyed it a lot more, especially with the great ideas that it had. This book was not the right book for me but I think that teens would really like this one.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book to give an honest review. I have to say I was impressed with this book, by just reading the blurb I was hooked. Now the reason I gave this book 4 stars and not 5 was because some of the wording through out the book. It would bother me when I had to re-read the sentence over to understand it. I wish I would have highlighted them in my nook but I didn't. One thing the author should look at is the word smelt. I looked it up to make sure the spelling was right and I found something about fish and metal. That truly threw me off a bit. Especially when the author used it as his hair smelt amazing. You are taken into two worlds. The world here on Earth where the main character Molly is from, and the other world through the worm hole Arkana. Molly moved to L.A. while being here she has no friends at least not yet. Molly ends up exploring a cavern and comes across a wormhole, she steps through it and sees a whole other world. In Arkana she meets Weston, Victor and their friends. Victor has hate towards Molly and she doesn't understand why, while Weston has a crush on her. The wormhole that Molly found was made by God to give the world a second chance being as Earth is not all about peace anymore. Or at least that is what I gathered. THIS BOOK DOES NOT PUSH RELIGION! I want to throw that out there so it doesn't confuse anyone. Molly has to keep Arkana a secret, which she is very good at I might say. While keeping Arkana a secret Molly starts becoming more opened with things. She ends up with friends even though Camilla is just shallow. Chris I do not even know what is going on with him, Alexia who actually seems like a good friend to Molly. She starts speaking her mind a bit more, but with keeping secrets she also starts distancing her self from her family. Which of course causes her family to be concern. She has a bit of a boy problem going on, that she is struggling with. In Arkana, Weston seemed okay at the beginning but when he got mad at Victor just for winning the game you could just see that he was a spoiled, rich, bratty boy. Victor even though he put on this face of not being nice, hating everything and people from Earth. There was actually a nice young man under there and very protective. I liked Victor from the beginning and kept hoping Molly wouldn't fall for Weston. There is a reason for Victor's hatred with things from Earth. And there is a big secret that is uncovered later on in the book. Which I thought was pretty amazing. Favorite Quote: "When you are perfectly happy with what you have, it's absolutely unnecessary to crave new things. If you always want what you don't have, then you won't find happiness." You have adventure to a new world, you have some suspense, romance that blossoms even though Victor doesn't want it to, I would say maybe this book is more of a Sci-fi read.
MeiB More than 1 year ago
Synopsis While on a hike with her dog Pandora, Molly happens upon a strange glowing blue cloud in a cave. She is sucked through the portal and tossed into a different cave on the other side. While exploring she discovers a group of boys who let her know that she is no longer on Earth, but a planet called New Earth. Review The novel was an interesting concept, one I haven't seen presented quite this way before. The writing was a bit odd, but that is easily explained by the fact that the author is not a native English speaker. A.B. Whelan has an amazing imagination, she has certainly developed a very complex and rich world. Though the book seems to be written for a younger audience, somewhere around early teens, it does tackle a few fairly serious topics, like teen pregnancy and abuse, but in a bit of a haphazard way. My Recommendation While I did enjoy the novel, it did get a bit preachy at the end and wrapped up a bit too cleanly. I give it  4/5 - I really liked it
justine23 More than 1 year ago
Fields of Elysium is a truly exceptional novel, with a love story that goes straight to your heart. Arkana is an amazing setting, and a perfect fantasy world. The scenes that took place there were some of my favorites, and the author really transports the reader into a great adventure within this setting. The flying machines that also tie into nature create surreal imagery, and the description in this world is breathtaking. Many of the characters in this novel are very strong. Molly actually has some depth to her, and is a character that you can really connect with - something I find is very important in novels. Victor is strong, mysterious, and all of those traits that you want the love interest to be when reading novels with romance. The romance within this novel was excellent! There are always those lines between romantic characters that really affect you and make you swoon. The lines that remind you how perfect fictional males really are. Victor has plenty of these lines. His dialogue in general is amazing. A beautifully written, fantastical account of discovering a new world and fighting for love, Fields of Elysium will be sure to please. There are very few negative things I can say about the novel, but I do have some small complaints. I would really have liked to see more of Arkana, and hopefully that will happen in the future. I understand why a lot of the setting had to be on earth, but I thought that some of the Arkana scenes were the best written and most exciting. Whelan transports you to this world along with the characters, and you cannot help but fall in love. Also, I did think that some of the problems were solved a bit quickly. Toward the end of the book, some of the "climatic" moments I just could not get into as much. I would have rather seen more of Victor and Arkana than what happened at the dance. Still, I was very pleased with the novel and had trouble putting it down! It is a great read, especially for readers of romance and fantasy.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Moving cross-country can feel a bit like moving between worlds, but the narrator of this novel finds herself accidentally transported through a haze of curious lights after the move, and she’s not in LA anymore. Soon Molly’s falling for a boy who might be an alien. Her father’s only just released her from GPS tracking, which causes her to wonder, what will he think? And her new earth-friends are too Hollywood beautiful with their heads in the clouds to be much help. Add the Lindbergh baby, bullying, the consequences of teen drink and sex, ecological problems, technological advancements, politics, war, teen romance, and even a touch of the spiritual, then you’ll have at least part of the flavor of A. B. Whelan’s young adult fantasy, Fields of Elysium. The novel’s long and well-edited—just a few odd typos and strange turns of phrase. The voice is very distinctly that of an American teen girl. Emotions shift from “earlier ecstatic feelings” to deep lows through detailed rationalization. And the science and technology are definitely not for the techie. But the story’s fun, with intriguing characters sharing the inconsistencies of genuine teens. Set partly in an LA high school, partly in homes, and partly--well--somewhere else, it certainly gives the reader much to think about, though the much-vaunted “peace” of the alien planet never quite convinces me. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel when the author visited my blog on her blog tour.
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Barb112082 More than 1 year ago
When I volunteered to read this book for an honest review, I had no idea what I was getting into. I am completely blown away by the magic I just read. The idea of stumbling across a wormhole and finding yourself in a planet so similar to Earth is pure genius. I mean, there has to be life out there somewhere, and we already know or at least believe in wormholes. The way the auther describes Victor and struggle with himself over his loyalty to his beliefs and his people, and fighting so hard against his feelings for Molly, you can feel the jumble of emotions and self hatred and love. Arkana seems like such a beautiful place, so like our planet, but pure and breathtakingly gorgeous. Some of the twists really surprised me, but made the story and the struggle that much better. I can't wait to read Book 2... I really hope it comes out soon!
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers Favorite When we first meet Molly in "Fields of Elysium", she is having trouble meeting friends at her new school. Molly and her family have just moved from a small town in New Jersey to the California coast. Molly’s world changes even more drastically when she follows her dog, Pandora, through a wormhole into another world, Arkana. The environment is quite different from the high desert she just left, and the trees are lush and green. Molly is approached by a group of teen boys who seem quite friendly and invite her to swim in a nearby pool and spend time with them. When Molly finally decides she’d better head back home, she is amazed to discover that time passes much more quickly in this other world. She had only been gone for a few minutes, yet in that time, she had experienced so much, including meeting Victor, an enigmatic and brooding figure, who seems to have captivated her interest. From that momentous afternoon on, her life is divided into two realities, her time spent with family and in school, and her stolen moments on the other side of the wormhole. "Fields of Elysium" is a fabulous read. The reader is not assaulted with instant information about the other world; on the other hand, the author, A.B. Whelan, has us share Molly’s gradual understanding and knowledge of that new world as well as her new home environment. Whelan’s characters are not perfect, nor are they predictable in their actions and motivations. It is enjoyable to see how they handle each new situation and rise stronger and wiser each time. "Fields of Elysium" is also an enjoyable 'coming of age tale' that pulls no punches about actions and their consequences but never in a preachy or heavy-handed style. While there are numerous references to Christianity and the Almighty, I never felt that I was being overwhelmed by the author’s faith. It became part and parcel of the theme of the story as any good epic fantasy presents the culture and beliefs of its world and the inhabitants. Whelan paints her faith into the fabric of her story with deft, light brushstrokes, making her work accessible to all, no matter their spiritual beliefs or background. It will be interesting to see how the future volumes of this epic fantasy continue Molly’s tale.
GitaD More than 1 year ago
What a delightful story! This book will literally transport you to another world full of fantasy and adventure! It makes you feel like you should be part of their perfect world. Would recommend this story to anyone with a thirst for imagination! I loved it!