Official Review: Legions of Lilith; The Awakening

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Official Review: Legions of Lilith; The Awakening

Post by NL Hartje » 03 Feb 2018, 12:51

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Legions of Lilith; The Awakening" by Deanna R Sweeney.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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To turn to diamond or to dust: that is this book’s question.

Deanna R. Sweeney has gifted paranormal fantasy readers with a visually stunning reimagination of the caged lion waiting to pounce free. The biocentric imagery and metaphoric detail presented throughout Legions of Lilith: The Awakening inspires audiences to embrace nature’s beauty surrounding them and acknowledge the power of hidden life forces snaking around every corner.

Sweeney’s book follows a young woman who has been emotionally tormented throughout life. Shunned by society for her oddities and even chastised by her own mother, Veronica Strange is presented to readers as someone who has mostly given up. Much of the book’s first half is riddled with her inner dialogue working to blend into the crowd by masquerading the charade of normalcy expected by the community. What becomes blindingly clear to the audience is that this dormouse is poised to either crumble under the sadness of her pretense or break free and welcome her true self.

Branded a psychotic, Veronica hides her supernatural traits until disturbing events turn her mundane life as a resort manager into a fight-or-flight situation. She is forced to choose between impending destruction and brandishing the truth of her powers and past. One of the most alluring parts of Legions of Lilith: The Awakening is the reincarnation of mythical characters from Judaism, ancient Egypt, and Arthurian legend into Veronica's present-day story. This exciting twist reveals a fresh perspective on the timeless war between good and evil.

Fantasy lovers from many subcultures will find enjoyment in this book as there is a bit for everyone: beloved characters from lore, friendly and fearsome ghosts, action scenes, epic weapons, and even animal companions. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The imagery painted by Sweeney doubtlessly meets design-loving fantasy fiends’ standards. She is particularly adept when describing the locations and moods of her scenes and deftly places readers behind the eyes of the characters.

I was halted from rating a 4-star review by a few rough patches regarding the writing specifics. Although Sweeney proved she can orchestrate an intricate picture, there was something left to be desired concerning the character dialogues and scene transitions. There lacked the flow and seamlessness of real human conversation, and at times those presented were wordy, or robotic. I would have also enjoyed more background on the supporting cast members, specifically with reference to popular lore. The introductions of characters with known storylines (Lilith, Merlin, Neith) were a bit jarring. Simple segues could have explained the presence of these characters who exist in previously written tales; for example, “Common folklore portrays Lilith as . . . But in actuality . . .”.

This book ends by setting up a continuation, and readers wonder if the dormouse will finally relinquish her hold on the inner lion. There are many fresh ideas to be expanded within Sweeney’s world, and I am anxious to see what comes next!

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Post by Kat Berg » 12 Feb 2018, 01:49

I am always intrigued by new takes on old stories. It can be risky though, as it is difficult to mesh things seamlessly. I may need to take a peek at this book and see what I think :)

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Post by vinodsai » 12 Feb 2018, 02:13

Sounds Interesting. Thanks for your detailed review. I love fantasy novels and love to find out more about Veronica Strange.

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Post by NL Hartje » 12 Feb 2018, 04:24

Kat Berg wrote:
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I may need to take a peek at this book and see what I think :)
Yes, please do and tell me what you think! If love to hear someone else's thoughts! :D
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Post by NL Hartje » 12 Feb 2018, 05:23

vinodsai wrote:
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I love fantasy novels and love to find out more about Veronica Strange.
Isn't that name just a hoot?! :P
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 12 Feb 2018, 07:29

The author seem to have done a fine job with his book in providing an undisturbed flow of imagination to its readers. There is a lot of interesting genre involved suspense, fantasy, supernatural, paranormal. I think the plot will turn out to provide a fun-ride to its readers. Looking forward to add it in! Thanks for the details!
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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Feb 2018, 08:12

All the different characters from myth and history sound quite interesting to be put into a story like this one. Thanks for the review, but I'm not sure this one is for me. I appreciate the information, though!
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Post by CommMayo » 12 Feb 2018, 10:15

I really enjoyed reading your review. It is very well written and nicely laid out. Sounds like an interesting book for sure.

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Post by inaramid » 12 Feb 2018, 11:16

Was that an owl on the cover? I'm instantly reminded of Harry Potter :) I'm intrigued by the plot, as well as by the character (not a teenager, YAY!). Although your note about the stiffness of the dialogues concerns me a little, I may give this one a try. Thanks for this well-written review!

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Post by Musae » 12 Feb 2018, 12:07

I love the review and may give this book a chance.

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Post by NL Hartje » 12 Feb 2018, 12:33

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
12 Feb 2018, 07:29
There is a lot of interesting genre involved suspense, fantasy, supernatural, paranormal.
Yes! It was really interesting how she blended ghosts with popular mythical stories.
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Post by NL Hartje » 12 Feb 2018, 12:36

kandscreeley wrote:
12 Feb 2018, 08:12
All the different characters from myth and history sound quite interesting to be put into a story like this one. Thanks for the review, but I'm not sure this one is for me. I appreciate the information, though!
I'm interested to follow what audience the author attracts with this one. The book is a bit of a mishmash. I'm hoping more detail in the next book will pull it together.
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Post by NL Hartje » 12 Feb 2018, 12:40

inaramid wrote:
12 Feb 2018, 11:16
Was that an owl on the cover? I'm instantly reminded of Harry Potter :) I'm intrigued by the plot, as well as by the character (not a teenager, YAY!). Although your note about the stiffness of the dialogues concerns me a little
Yes, it's an owl! I don't think I'm giving away too much to say he turns out to be her companion! The idea of animal companions so appeals to me!

Concerning the dialogues, don't be overly put off. They weren't terrible. Just some instances of really looong dialogue with no break made it feel stiff.
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Post by NL Hartje » 12 Feb 2018, 14:36

Musae wrote:
12 Feb 2018, 12:07
I love the review and may give this book a chance.
Thanks for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed it :D
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Post by Kieran_Obrien » 12 Feb 2018, 17:53

Her surname is a bit on the nose 😂 I'm intrigued by these paranormal abilities; you seemed to be vague on the details but that's a good thing- now I want to read it!

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