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REFUGE OF DELAYED SOULS

Brilliant and Spooky

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Mar 9, 2013: I began reading the first book of this series on Wattpad, and I’m very much looking forward to more. The plot was what drew me in at first, as it follows Elizabeth Whyte, our nominal main character and a woman who can see spirits, and some others with her gift (or curse, depending on your point of view). This eventually moves into a bigger picture study of the agency who employs them (as well as number of completely spiritual beings), and about what it is that they do.

Another big reason for my enjoyment of this is that the author has a genius for setting scenes and making her story come to life. When Elizabeth is walking outside on a blustery day, the author made it so that I could almost feel the cold, wet wind on my own cheeks and pulled my own sweater tighter to keep out the chill. She also has a wonderful talent for breaking down complex action scenes and describing them in a way that I can almost see unfolding as if something that had actually taken seconds to play out had been filmed and then run back in slow motion, so that each action was clearly shown and understood.

I have to admit that when I first started reading this story, I had a problem with how the author cuts in and out of various story threads with different narrators, progressing several seemingly different tales with different characters, some in the present and some in the past. My preference is for more straightforward narratives, but as the story came together, I could see the reasons for telling the story in the way she did, so overall I’d say that the style did work for me.

I understand that the author published this on Wattpad hoping for feedback because she’s thinking of publishing it as an e-book. I hope she does so that I can add it to my collection. At any rate, I can definitely recommend this story, especially to anyone who likes paranormal fantasy and strong female leads.

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AWAKENINGS

Awakenings never sleeps

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jan 3, 2013: Kudos to Klitzke! 2.7 years of three well written updates a week, without a break as far as I can tell. This is a serial writer who is in it for the long haul and won’t let her readers down. And rather than going stale, Awakenings gets more interesting with time. Creatures from Welsh, Scandinavian, and classical mythology have shown up to harass our heroes (as if the grey gremlins from the ravine weren’t enough!), along with more prophecies and premonitions than you can shake a magic sword at. In addition, at least three babies are expected in 2013 at the haunted homestead.

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AWAKENINGS

(Gradual) Awakenings

By Chris George, author of Shadow

Aug 18, 2011: Awakenings is a work of post-apocalyptic fiction set in a small Michigan university campus. It deals with survival and the relationships and tensions between the survivors, but with an added supernatural twist – the survivors may have all survived for a reason, one some among them have felt for some time and others are just beginning to become aware of.

It’s primarily a character story – largely focussed on dialogue scenes and internal monolgues and it’s pretty slow to build and dip into its more fantastical elements. This is both a strength and a weakness. Many characters are introduced very early on, but you quickly get to know them thanks to this way of telling the story, however it can be frustrating that you aren’t getting to see some of the concepts that many of them are talking about right from the start. This could have been a technique used to build tension – are these things real, or are they delusional? – but the main characters think and feel their way around these concepts with such confidence that the reader is never left in doubt, even if some of the other leads are.

The characters are generally well-written and likable and if you stick with the story in spite of some occasionally frustrating use of language you’ll grow quite fond of them and be interested in their plight, but be prepared to take it for the long haul – this is not a story for those seeking instant gratification. If you can cope with that then you may find it to be a rewarding read in the long term.

You’ll like it if you like relationship-heavy, soft fantasy.

You won’t if you like ‘perfect’ prose and plenty of action.

Worth a look.

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