I liked this story for the younger set. Its pacing is fast and consistent with all standard fairy tales you could ever read. Sitnalta is an engaging character and the neat trick of reversing Atlantis for her name made it just that much better. That is a recurring theme in the book as well, the naming convention.
The target audience will learn to love hating Supmylo, Sitnalta’s father for good reason, he’s just a horrible, power crazed lunatic…the perfect villain. King Gerald was a pleasant surprise for me and I was also surprised by the love story between him and Aud. This little love story side-plot gem is perfect. You get the feelings described by each character about the other and the reader gets to see first-hand how problems can arise in a relationship where communication fails.
Overall, a solid delivery for younger readers. I was provided a copy for purposes of review and would definitely buy this book for my kids.
If I had to go through what this character went through, I’d just shoot myself to avoid the agony.
This book is an accomplishment in psychological thrill. Jackson delivers a great story about every father’s worst nightmare. After some necessary details of an amazing family life, the main character’s family is ripped apart by the abduction of his seventeen year old daughter. The twisting gut, helpless terror of knowing nothing and able to do less is brought to the reader full force and great detail.
Jackson sprinkles backstory in in several areas that lends well to the action and narrative, explaining a few needed details without jarring the reader’s point of view. The story is also told in first person, giving the reader great insight to the fractured emotions the character has to deal with to just survive the loss of his child, but maintain a strength to not lose his wife as well. The drama was very real and very well developed.
I have kids and this story scared me in several places and nearly brought tears to my eyes in others. The dialogue was first rate, nothing wasted and all of it showing well developed characters and separate personalities for each.
Underlying all of the tragic loss and shattered emotions is a very real lesson in religion and its necessity in everyday life. I’ve never seen the argument for forgiveness so elegantly delivered. This author goes high up on my must read list.
Well done Jackson!
Overall, this is just a great story to read. Michelle Bellon has created a good, tight storyline and a believable heroine in Shyla. The story moved quickly and without many meanderings or wasted efforts. The interplay between Brennan and Shyla was very well written and the dialogue with other characters was precise and to the point as well. There was not an overabundance of descriptive prose to slog through to get to the story. The story was right there the whole time.
Shyla has an alcohol problem that displayed powerfully as her way of dealing with her past. The use of this coping mechanism showed a great flaw in her character, which casts a great light on Michelle’s writing skills and her style. Shyla is very driven and puts on a brave face when doing what she needs to do, but that bottle and her internal demons are always waiting. The looking glass into the drinking problem was powerful, yet realistically presented.
Brennan, to me, remained more a of a mystery throughout the story, even though in his viewpoint is is well thought out and delivered beautifully. I just felt he was not featured as much as he should have been as a tragic hero pining for the woman he couldn’t have. There is a huge vat of emotions in this story and you feel them from every character. I just wanted a little bit more from him than I got.
Victor is another well painted character, down to his mercurial personae and his rapidly changing personality. He was strong, intimidating and thoroughly fun to read, but there is an underlying viciousness that was missing in the closing scenes. All other support characters were very well maintained and written, with all their own styles and personalities and you never have a thought that one is acting out of character.
I liked this book a lot and found it hard to put down. The story moves along and there is very little wasted space, so finding a put down point was difficult. The story is fun and the characteristics of Brennan’s unique situation was entirely believable and an interesting way of drawing a new light to an old literary favorite.
Excellent job Michelle, well done indeed. I look forward to the next one.
Reading my colleague’s work Rogue Alliance and will be posting a review when complete.
Chapter five is as complete as its going to get, looking forward to getting into chap six, but I’ll probably go back and re-read everything from the beginning again, to see if another storyline can be introduced and carried through, plus to make sure everything is tight and effective for what I want. Again, fleshing out and revising comes later, I just want the basic story down, plus additional storylines added in. Once all that is completed, I can rip it all up and start over, because isn’t that what revising is all about?
Actually went over 2000 words written tonight into chapter five of Breaking Tackles. Had a fun scene to write and it came out nicely, but I’ll have to go back into it later and reword the conversation a bit to make it a little better. Its supposed to be a pretty intense scene and I’m afraid my convo didn’t portray it well enough. However, its down and that’s the important part, I can come back and revise when I get a chance, or the Muse munches my rear.
Let me say first, in plain English. Wow.
From page one I was striding through an Americanized Bridgett Jones’ Diary. I’m not particularly fond of the Diary, nor that genre in general, but as she’s a colleague and I’m one to soak up as much as I can to learn and experience, I read it.
Honestly, I didn’t know where it was going, a laundry list of failed romances and faux pas that would rattle the staunchest relationship expert in any given country. It was a tour de force for emotional failure and relationships How-Not-To-Dos. If Emily intended to write “Killing Relationships for Dummies” it was a masterpiece. Then I stopped for a moment and looked into what she had written, and more importantly, HOW it was written and a light bulb went off in my head.
My favorite movies of all time are anything to do with coming of age stories. I’m a sucker for that life lesson that waits right around the corner to slap you in the face. Perhaps it’s because of me having four children and enjoying it so much when life gives them a lesson they will always remember.
Emily Belden delivered the greatest life lesson one could learn in an amusing, though genuine way. Her character breathes, but that was to be expected as it’s her. The sheer joy of the lesson she learned and the subsequent joy of presenting the story to what should prove to be a legion of fans, came through her work like a beacon from a lighthouse on the darkest night. This learning experience she lived through is presented to her readers in a clever tapestry. Each scene or encounter builds off the last and the added list of lessons learned at the beginning of each chapter are perfectly vague as to what the story tells you.
Imagine the Chef’s menu and not knowing what the courses are and you’ll have the lessons listed in the chapter upcoming. As you would taste and savor the Chef’s course, you savor her encounter and ingest the lessons there without even really knowing it. Then she hits the payoff and suddenly, everything is right there in a perfect picture. Her epiphany is yours to hold.
Bridgett Jones…Let Emily Belden show you how its done in America.