Official Review: Green Lady by Jennifer Julander

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Official Review: Green Lady by Jennifer Julander

Post by LivreAmour217 » 26 Jun 2017, 15:03

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Green Lady" by Jennifer Julander.]
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Jennifer Julander's The Green Lady whisks the reader away to an ancient realm of myth and magic. In the center of a great continent lies the kingdom of Elodria, a prosperous land filled with majestic woods. This is the home of Princess Cleandra, who would rather explore the forest than stay cooped up in her brother Friedrich's castle. Her carefree days come to an end with the arrival of Nymue, the woman to whom her brother is betrothed. King Friedrich is instantly smitten with this mysterious maiden, but dark forces are working in the background, and Cleandra finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. With the help of a mysterious man named Amnar, Cleandra must realize her true power and use it to stop the rising tide of darkness.

The Green Lady is a high fantasy novel with a fast-paced plot, plenty of twists, and a host of unique characters. Ms. Julander infuses Elodria and the surrounding lands with a uniqueness that helps them stand out from other fantasy stories, yet still manages to keep a familiarity that fans of this genre will find comforting. As I read this book, I felt as though I was simultaneously exploring a new world and revisiting a familiar childhood haunt.

The writing within this novel is lovely. Ms. Julander uses descriptive, varied language to describe her characters and settings, and transitions to different viewpoints with ease. There was no confusion concerning changes in point of view, and the plot flowed effortlessly from one event to the next. It was also apparent to me that Ms. Julander carefully edited this book, and I was hard-pressed to find errors.

My favorite aspect of this story is the use of strong female characters. Cleandra is intelligent and formidable in her own right, but her abilities are tempered by her concern for her home and the people she loves. Nymue is also powerful, and both young women are guided by other strong females. However, the women in this story are not empowered at the expense of the males; on the contrary, there are several male characters who contribute in valuable ways.

I have no criticisms of this story, but I must warn that it ends on a cliffhanger, so there may be some readers who are dissatisfied with the ending. However, my copy of the book did come with an excerpt from the sequel, The Curse of Brys, so there is definitely more to come. I look forward to reading the sequel in full!

The Green Lady is a worthy addition to the fantasy genre, and I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. This book will be a treat for lovers of fantasy, but I would also recommend it to anyone who appreciates a good story.

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Post by Kelebogile Mbangi » 30 Jun 2017, 06:49

Sounds enchanting! I love that you say the empowerment of the female characters doesn't come at the expense of the male characters. Weak male can be a put off. Thank you for the review.
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Post by kandscreeley » 30 Jun 2017, 09:35

This sounds so wonderful! I love it already just from your summary. I also love that the characters are strong females! That always makes everything wonderful :) :) Thanks for the review. I'm putting this one on my list!
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Post by Shreyoshi Sen » 30 Jun 2017, 10:13

Great review. Sad that this book ends with cliffhanging points but hope it covers it up in its sequel.

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Post by Amagine » 30 Jun 2017, 12:24

I'm not a big fan of fantasy books both I do love strong female characters. That might be reason enough for me to give this book a read.

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These are precisely the types of novels that I love to read most! Great review and very nicely written!

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 30 Jun 2017, 16:54

Thanks everyone for reading my review. I hope that you all get a chance to read this book. It is definitely worth it!
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Post by kimuell Jay Noche ma » 30 Jun 2017, 21:47

Jennifer Julander's Green Lady is reminiscent of my favorite fantasy novels with a unique twist all its own. My first impression of budding author Jennifer Julander is, she knows what I want and what has been missing from my life for many years now. :cry:

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 01 Jul 2017, 03:13

kimuell Jay Noche ma wrote:Jennifer Julander's Green Lady is reminiscent of my favorite fantasy novels with a unique twist all its own. My first impression of budding author Jennifer Julander is, she knows what I want and what has been missing from my life for many years now. :cry:
I agree completely! Thank you for reading my review!
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Post by MarisaRose » 01 Jul 2017, 13:24

The book sounds really great! I love that there is a strong penchant for beautiful writing and strong female leads in this one. Thanks for the review!
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 01 Jul 2017, 15:24

MarisaRose wrote:The book sounds really great! I love that there is a strong penchant for beautiful writing and strong female leads in this one. Thanks for the review!
Thank you for reading my review :) It's a great book!
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Post by BookishBookkeeping » 04 Jul 2017, 17:50

For a young adult book I like the storyline. I always enjoy stories about good verses evil and where strong females aren't so because they demean men. Both men and women can be strong. :D thanks for the good review.

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 04 Jul 2017, 18:29

BookishBookkeeping wrote:For a young adult book I like the storyline. I always enjoy stories about good verses evil and where strong females aren't so because they demean men. Both men and women can be strong. :D thanks for the good review.
Thank you for reading! I agree with you: anyone can be strong! That's one of the things that I loved about this book.
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Post by Naval Aulakh » 21 Jul 2017, 04:12

It is a really good book. The story seems so interesting. I really appreciate your review. Good work :)
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 21 Jul 2017, 16:34

Naval Aulakh wrote:It is a really good book. The story seems so interesting. I really appreciate your review. Good work :)
Thank you very much! :)
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