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Official Review: Evarance - Rise of the Shadows

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Official Review: Evarance - Rise of the Shadows

Post Number:#1 by Renee Bella
» 15 May 2016, 11:12

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Evarance - Rise of the Shadows" by Bonnie M. Clark.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Evarance – Rise of the Shadows is the first in a series of young adult, fantasy fiction novels by Bonnie M. Clark.

Rachel Summers struggles to find her identity in a family which she believes she looks nothing like. As the twelve-year-old continues to question who she is, she gets trapped in the world of her dreams along the way. In a world where firefoxes, aquamares, and dragons run free, Rachel can’t help finding solace from the mundane experiences of her own life. Suddenly, events in this dream world take a turn for the worse. The darkness that seeks to envelop Rachel’s newfound world poses a threat to the creatures she comes to know and love. She must find a way to stop it.

As I began reading, I thought the book was better suited to the older end of the children’s market. Rachel’s age coupled with its use of relatively simple vocabulary further strengthened my belief. However, I had to consider that the writing style was more of an attempt to encourage a younger readership, whilst still appealing to its intended young adult audience.

Through the simplistic style, the world-building skill which Clark employs becomes much more vivid. In fact, the world in which the story is set was my favourite thing about the novel and is a testament to Clark’s mastery of description. Clark transported me into a world so full of vibrant colour and psychedelic madness that it was impossible not to want to be a part of it myself.

Having said this, the story had repetitive tendencies in its beginning stages and I wondered if the author would develop this world enough to keep me engrossed in the story. My doubt did not last long though, and I was quickly enthralled by the characters as well as the world they live in. I appreciate the character development that occurred within Rachel as this was well expressed. I was convinced she had matured as a result of the events of the story without losing her child-like demeanour. Such a trait is one that many pre-pubescent teens deny they possess but undoubtedly do.

Despite the main protagonist’s youth, this novel will appeal to both young and old. Many of us wonder what it would be like to experience our dreams as though they were real. Others may relate to Rachel’s desire to escape and her adventurous streak. Whatever your taste, there will be something that appeals to you. Clark does an excellent job at creating a manifestation of her own dreams (she has dreamed about firefoxes since her early teens) for everyone to enjoy. It is a great story to share with others.

In all honesty, I struggled over the rating to give this book. For me, the story is held back from its fullest potential by its beginning. However, the story successfully deterred my initial worry and I found myself not wanting to put it down before I had finished. It is for this reason that I award the novel 4 out of 4 stars.

There are still some unanswered questions at the end of the novel, so I avidly await the release of Evarance – City of Mist. I cannot wait to find out what happens next!

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Re: Official Review: Evarance - Rise of the Shadows

Post Number:#2 by kimmyschemy06
» 19 May 2016, 08:58

I love fantasy and this book seems like a very interesting one especially with the dragon and all :) I just wish I get the chance to read it. Good job on the review. Congratulations to Bonnie M. Clark on such an obviously well written book.
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Re: Official Review: Evarance - Rise of the Shadows

Post Number:#3 by Renee Bella
» 19 May 2016, 12:15

kimmyschemy06 wrote:I love fantasy and this book seems like a very interesting one especially with the dragon and all :) I just wish I get the chance to read it. Good job on the review. Congratulations to Bonnie M. Clark on such an obviously well written book.


Thanks so much! It really was great fun to read, so I hope you get the chance to as well :D . Of course, I send my congratulations to Bonnie and I can't wait for the next instalment.
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Re: Official Review: Evarance - Rise of the Shadows

Post Number:#4 by hsimone
» 19 May 2016, 14:42

Great review, Renee Bella! I love when an author can build his/her fantasy world in a way that is not confusing and vividly. Congratulations to the author for receiving such a positive review! :tiphat:
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Re: Official Review: Evarance - Rise of the Shadows

Post Number:#5 by Renee Bella
» 19 May 2016, 15:17

hsimone wrote:Great review, Renee Bella! I love when an author can build his/her fantasy world in a way that is not confusing and vividly. Congratulations to the author for receiving such a positive review! :tiphat:


Thanks so much hsimone! Couldn't agree more :)
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