- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 398.0 KB
- Print Length: 187 pages
- Publisher: Troubador (27 Jan. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B61DIBO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #605,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anomaly: The Soul Prophecies Kindle Edition
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One of my favourite lines in the whole book is incredibly self-aware “writing isn’t a sensible career, Stacy, only the lucky ones make it.” not only is it one element of the book that brought a smile to my face, it also gives you an idea about the level of intelligence that Lynagh employs in her writing.
The language used in this book is very English and there are lots of idioms that will make British readers and anglophiles extraordinarily happy, but for those who are unfamiliar with them, it may be difficult to understand what is happening at different times.
On the whole, the book is well-written and enjoyable, it is an excellent first book and I look forward to seeing how Lynagh’s writing style develops as she continues to write.
The characters are tropes that are fleshed out well and feel more than simply words on a page. There are a number of different characters that are focused on at different points, which some readers may find confusing as they go through the book, but by the end of the novel, it is clear as to why it is necessary and the story is brought to a neat conclusion.
The chapters are short enough to be easily digestible whether you sit down to read this book in one sitting or have ten minutes whilst you sit on the bus, it is easy to pick up the story where you have left it. This book is very enjoyable and something that is sure to be enjoyed by fans of the paranormal genre.
There are so many beautiful things about this book, it’s difficult to know where to start. Everything is so intricately plotted and penned, from Lynagh’s ideas about Positive and Negative energy, the soul and time, to the subtle presence of up-and-coming science, to the intertwining of the different themes. At any one time the novel sensitively discusses grief, love, family and the tension between following your passions or pursuing jobs that promise financial stability.
The novel’s deft handling of these issues helps paint a spectacular picture: a world where souls are visible to certain people (with emotions seen in swirling colours!), where Positive and Negative energy affects all, a world where love dominates. It was the development of these original ideas that really heightened my enjoyment of the novel. I especially liked the idea that every choice we make, be it big or small, is important, and that we should do our best to make Positive decisions. Lyangh’s use of gorgeous imagery and subtle metaphors was very important in this respect, as it helps readers to better understand these themes. I found myself being drawn completely into the world of Kyle, Alice, Sophie and Cameron, and I didn’t ever want to leave.
The characterisation in this novel is also excellent. Lyangh has a gift for creating realistic characters that seem to step right off the page and into the mind of the reader. My favourite was Kyle, who has a grey shroud of grief covering the vibrancy of his soul when we first meet him. Kyle is hard-working, even when he’s doing something he doesn’t enjoy, and always decent and kind. His charming personality was one of the things that I loved most about the book. I loved following him as he strived to overcome life’s challenges and navigate the world of university, a world that was also brilliantly realised by the author. The mix of paranormal elements, student life and flashes of gentle humour are just some of the things that make this book such a delight to read.
Reading ‘Anomaly’ made me feel genuinely happy. There’s an inspirational message at its centre and the rich language, three dimensional characters and stunningly unique ideas help to bring this message to the surface. The novel isn’t, however, a mere study in notions of Positive and Negative energy, relationships or the afterlife. It is a truly enjoyable read, tense in the right places, sad in others, but always warm, and always masterfully written.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to try something new and genre-bending. It was the best book I’ve read in a long time.
This is not a typical paranormal romance. It would easily be enjoyed by readers of John Green or Neil Gaiman. It’s a clever story of a young man’s struggle to cope with life following the death of his childhood sweetheart. The afterlife aspect is extremely clever. Lynagh has navigated a controversial subject with a balance that respects faith and science without being in-your-face. In fact, the moralisation is founded healthily on common sense. Anomaly has a unique innocence too. I don’t know if that’s because it’s written for a teen audience or if that’s the something that I’m picking up on in reading the book. It’s refreshing. It’s not overly sentimental, there’s no love triangles, no grand Hollywood moments, no cringeworthily sex scenes and yet plenty of action, plenty of existential reasoning and a very clever and realistic plot.
Despite the nerdy value of the science it’s an easy read and Lynagh explains the science without the need for any knowledge. The paper trail is clever – possibly it could have been more central to the plot because I enjoyed it and its conclusion had less relevance than maybe it could have but that takes nothing away from the enjoyment. A worthy 5 stars.
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