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Rook: Allie's War: Book One: Volume 1 Paperback – 11 Feb 2011
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JC Andrijeski writes in a variety of genres often with a sexy, metaphysical and apocalyptic bent. Her work has been featured in anthologies, online literary, art and fiction magazines as well as print venues such as NY Press and holistic health magazines. JC travels extensively and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia and Asia and from coast to coast in the continental United States, but currently resides in Asia. To learn more about JC and her writing, please visit jcandrijeski.com. If you want to get an automatic email when JC’s next book is released, join THE REBEL ARMY at tinyurl.com/JCAndrijeski. Your email will be kept private, never sold and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Top customer reviews
I could not stand Allie at all. She constantly complained, cried, whined, ignored, bitched, bickered and fought against pretty much EVERYTHING. Even when explained to her numerous times that she was in danger, was being hunted when she "outted herself" with powers she couldn't explain in a very public way, could not go back to her old life and that he was trying to save her life she refused to hear him out, accept her present circumstances even when what he was saying was proven again & again.
She was irrational and childish and i couldn't stand another second after forcing myself to keep reading. If i had this book in my hands i would have thrown it in the trash. I hope despite my aversion to the main character that you try to read it first and don't judge by my own opinion. Some of the things i actually found interesting it was the character herself i detested with passion.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Since beginning this series it's become one of my favourites and I've recently just finished rereading it. From this first review I understand the world and the characters so much better now, so rather than redo my review I've amended it and the new parts are in italics. ( if I've done it right...)
I love fantasy/paranormal romance, and the premise of this book intrigued me. I'd read the sample and wanted to know more. I've mixed feelings though, I loved the sample but that's the simplest part of the story, its get more and more complex and involved, with panic stricken journeys in this world and a parallel one, with people being more than they are, and sometimes more than one person.... When I could keep up with the story I really enjoyed it, but found I was skipping much of the book, as frankly I just didn't understand what it was about, and many of the scenes seemed to be long and drawn out. I suspect that's because JC is setting a complex novel in a world very different to what we are used to, and that's a lot to ask of any first book in a series. I suspect, as I've found before, that further on in the series I'll understand far more about the sections and story lines I've skipped. I was right, after reading further books and the novellas I've been gripped by this series, and watching desperately for the next one out. Its great value too as even the novellas are longer than many so called full length reads, and the main books are all very long. great for quick readers such as myself. Its not necessary to read the novellas to enjoy the series, but each focus mainly on one character or event/timeline so they do help understand the main books and characters. I've really enjoyed them.
I enjoyed the people and the settings, its complex but yet once I could grasp the structure it makes sense, more or less.. I liked Allie, felt for her, she seems to have had a somewhat troubled childhood, and just when she thinks life is settling, along comes the delicious Revik. Oh I really felt for both of them over the misunderstandings about what was said and implicated, where Allie didn't know the consequences of her actions, and he was trying to spare her in the best way he could.
I'm still somewhat confused over others in the novel, apart from her friend and brother, as I'm unsure of who was on what side, and sometimes forgot who someone was and how they fitted in. There's a lot of accidental and deliberate confusion, intentional double dealing, governments and organisations putting a different spin on past and present events. Like I said - its complicated...and to be honest juts a bit too complicated for me. I'm mulling over reading more - I love the idea that Allie and Revik can work things out and be together, and the storyline is exciting and unusual, its just that I'm really not sure that I want to spend time on the next books in case I don't enjoy them - like I said, I think I will, and maybe they settle down into less complex works now the world setting is done, but I just don't know, hence my mixed feelings. I'll need to read a few reviews I guess before deciding. It's priced at £2.05 for 404 pages. Well, I did take the plunge and have now read everything so far, and in fact reread all. It gets easier to work out what who and what's going on once the novels progress and the novellas really help with this. going back to this book after getting to book eight I found it so much clearer and really enjoyed it - its now a five star read for me. The storyline is complex but gripping, and it feels like it could be a real possibility. The revik/Allie romance is incredibly strong though has some heart aching moments. they are both very strong willed characters and that makes for some steam and friction. Revik - wow that man gets more and more delicious....
Stars: Three and a half, touching on a four. I think if I go on to read more and once I've got the world setting and people fixed better in my mind I could probably come back and re rate this at a five. Its that good, well written, unusual, its just that at present I'm a bit lost. And as I said, having re read its a solid five star read now.
ARC supplied by Netgalley.
However, before you think I only intend to bash this book, the action scenes (especially the highway car chase) are engaging, exciting and often emotionally charged.
The twists and turns of things never quite being what they seem kept me turning the pages and the most emotionally draining scene in the book, when Allie learns what happened to her family, is probably the most intense and vivid description of a character’s reaction to this that I have ever read.
My favorite aspect of Rook: Allie's War Episodes 1-4 though is the underlying theme of looking at humanity through the eyes of a more advanced race of beings.
It got me thinking and wondering just how humanity would appear to more advanced race and the consequences of how humans would react.
So if you’re looking for a book with periods of action that may leave you pondering in places, but don’t mind weak characters as a trade-off, you will enjoy this.
This story is extremely complex and at times I found that the writing went too far into the descriptive and lost its way, this made me lose track of the story and at times found it confusing. This is why I can't give this more than three stars. Although the theme is compelling and has lots of potential, it isn't until the final third of the book that the story picks up momentum and is actually going somewhere. Due to so much emphasis on the Seers world I felt this retracted from getting to know the main characters and because of this, I couldn't feel compassion for them.
It is clear from how Rook ended that there is more to come and hopefully the following books concentrate on the telling the tale, have some adventure and let the reader get to really know the characters better.
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