Featured Review: Prophase: A Present Tale by Mitchel Street

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Post by 2018-365Books » 08 Jan 2018, 00:33

Prophase is about a teenage girl who unknowingly is destined for great things. The beginning feels rushed and chalk full of explanations for every little thing in a way that disrupts the flow and makes for an unenjoyable read as the story progresses and reaches more plot the writing style smoothes out (at least in the preview). I would give it a go to see if it's your style. Though I am left wondering what happens next the characters feel 2 dimensional, and based solely on a single characteristic.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 08 Jan 2018, 00:59

Coming of age story of piper is much interesting. But have not found any thing fantasy in it. Superbly reviewed. I like it.
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Post by Katungu » 08 Jan 2018, 01:37

I read the sample and loved it. Based on the review and the sample, I will add it to my list of books to read. Am looking forward to finding out the link between piper and the baby born in the forest. It would also be interesting to find out how Piper deals with her new found power and dealing with her personal issues such as her break up with her boyfriend and her abusive father all at the same time.

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Post by TrishKissane » 08 Jan 2018, 01:49

I am not a fan of fantasy novels and the review plus the initial read of the first few chapters confirms this for me. It does seem well written and fast paced initially. Good review though so if the genre fits the reader it would definitely be added to their bookshelf.
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Post by jokyboy2 » 08 Jan 2018, 01:49

I think it's a nice and interesting book with a lot of suspense to follow,I would love to read this book to get the gist.

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Post by Fibonacci » 08 Jan 2018, 02:13

An awakening, Mystic creatures, adventure and friendship...sounds like a great treat for fantasy lovers..nicely written review.

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Post by Kingsway » 08 Jan 2018, 02:39

How interesting and captivating..it comes with a real urge to read more at the beginning. When I read the first page,I was like"giving birth in the woods with giants as residents? " so I continue reading. I realised in time that the giants were a family... Wow! I just fell in love with what I read.

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Post by Abudho » 08 Jan 2018, 03:04

Piper Walker, the main character in this book suffers a sour deal when her mother passes on due to Breast Cancer. This happens shortly after her brother Charlie was born. She is then forced to take the up-hill task of raising her baby brother in the watchful eyes of their father who is not only abusive but also an alcoholic. She heavily relies on her friends- Lisa and Chris for support. Together with her neigbours, Piper found solace in an extended family she never had.
Piper lived near a forest, full of many paths- one leading to the high school and the others leading to a myraid of seasonal wonders. She spent most of her time in the woods, finding adventure through the many treees, the animals and the flowers.
Together with her friends, Lisa,Chris and Josh they form a garage band called 'The Coat Tales' in which ,though quite uncertain of her voice, Piper became the lead vocalist and they were certain of winning the major talent show. Piper transforms and finds her new self after the Spring Fling Dance. She finds her new identity, she wakes to a whole new world. She finds life to be more beatiful, breathtaking and complex than she ever imagined. The story is a masterpiece, an embodiment of nature beauty, celebration of both love and life , all exhibited by the Power of one girl.
I would give it a four star rating.

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Post by meryna kate73 » 08 Jan 2018, 03:17

Thanks for the awesom review..a great written story that fantasy readers would enjoy. The protagonist's character is easy to relate to and would like to find out how she juggles between being forced to be a mother to her younger sibling, handling her alcoholic dad, the emotional break up with her boyfriend and the discovery that she has special powers..The author gives a great sneak peak into the mystical world with vivid descriptions that keeps the readers imagination hooked..I would recommend it to the younger teen readers but also great for any reader. Kudos Street!

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Post by davclick » 08 Jan 2018, 03:22

Is an interesting, easy to read, coming of age novel with a little fine tuning.Could be a successful series.

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Post by GPM » 08 Jan 2018, 04:42

YA stories are one of my favorites. I think I may check this one. Thanks for the review!
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Post by CaseyM » 08 Jan 2018, 04:42

I love coming of age books.

Having read your review and the Amazon sample, I'm excited to learn what would happen to Piper. I would love to discover the truth behind Piper's identity and her fate.

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Post by Samuel Waragu » 08 Jan 2018, 06:29

Piper has never been the most beautiful or most popular girl but she has always had great friends and for the last two years an amazing boyfriend.
Reading this review and more so this part, I could not help from imagining the type of girl this is. She must be a person of strong character. Mitchel has no doubt done a wonderful art in crafting this fantasy novel.
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Post by Wesono » 08 Jan 2018, 08:35

When I started reading the review I thought the story is on cancer. But I'm sure if the story is as good as the review I will like it

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Post by atonykamau » 27 Mar 2018, 09:11

I thought the review was interesting to read.

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