Imagine that while living a very menial life at best, your entire existence is interrupted by a world you thought only occurred in books of legend? Further, imagine that you are told that you yourself are a part of this mystical world, and have the chance to be whisked away to the realms of all things unbelievable so that you may become a part of the grand scheme of a race that has been suspect of existence for centuries, but never aptly confirmed. This is the crossroads at which Jacob evens finds himself, and the path he takes will forever change his destiny and to whom that destiny is bound.
In her debut novel, O’Russell does an astounding job at creating a stark contrast between the world that Jacob inhabits in the beginning, and the world that he is introduced to upon the discovery of his magical talents, even though those two realms exist one within the other. However, the only world that Jacob wants to be in is the world that includes his best friends, and consequently the not-so-secret love of his life, Emilia Gray.
Time passed just as it does, and the ever perfect high school student found himself receiving a call from the principle to immediately come to his office, Jacob obliges and makes his way to the office, where the news that awaited him was of the grimmest nature. Upon receiving this heart breaking news, all of the emotions in him began to swell, and even though the principle continued to talk, Jacob was lost in his emotions. Until the windows blew in. Suddenly he found himself on the floor being shielded by the body of the principle. It was later discovered that all the glass within the building had exploded, and was assumed a terrorist attack upon the school. What were the odds that Jacob would receive such horrible personal news and have such a large catastrophe happen around him in the same day? Too stricken with grief to give it much thought, Jacob ignored the question rumbling around in his head, and instead headed to his empty home, to lick his wounds and morn his loss. Then Emilia showed up.
As it turns out, Emilia and her family are of the race of Magickind, specifically witches and warlocks, and very astute ones at that. Where that not unbelievable enough, upon his arrival Emilia’s aunt, Aunt Iz, informed him that he too, was of their kind. The alleged terrorist attack at the school was in fact a very large and accidental display of the powers that Jacob possessed. In his emotional turmoil, his magic had unleashed accordingly, resulting in the unfortunate and unintentional destruction of the school. The Manson House where he now found himself, was actually a place of training for witches and warlocks, and Jacob had been brought there to decide whether or not he wanted to enter in this world in which he had always believed was myth.
There is a delicate balance in this piece between one very ordinary world, and one mythical world that exists in the pocket of and sometimes right out in the middle of this very regular world. O’Russells composition of these two worlds is complete and believable, right to the very last detail. The amount of depth in which she provides to build such a place that pulls you in so that you yourself believe that such a story could actually be true requires an immense amount of talent. A talent that is displayed on every page of the book and should be recognized for the brilliance that it represents.
O’Russell’s book is of the YA genre, which at this time I feel is the most competitive of genres to try and debut a novel. However I have no doubt that this novel will still come out on top. It is similar enough to the ideals that the most successful books of the genre contain, yet original enough to not simply be one of the same. This book is full of creativity and ingenuity that has yet to be displayed in any of the current YA novels out there in my opinion, and I have read the majority of the ones that currently line the shelves.
O’Russell’s debut is one that will command notice. This first novel provides a strong foundation on which an impending series will be built, and I for one and on the edge of my seat to see where she takes Jacob, Emilia, and the rest of her characters on their journey to save the integrity of Magickind. I give this book five out of five morals. I genuinely enjoyed this page turner, and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next installment in The Tethering series.
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Hey guys!! So I know I keep saying I'm back, and then life happens and I'm pulled away for a bit. But no longer! I'm going to make time for the things I love, and right at the top of that list is this community and the friendship it offers! How has everyone been?! I miss you guys!
There are a lot of really awesome things happening on my end that I will be able to share soon. But for now, enjoy this #festive shot I took for Clean Teen Publishing!
So #FunFact, I used to be a professional theatre actress! I went to the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati for college, left early, and worked in NYC and all over the country for many years as a singer/actress in regional theatres! Since it's #halloween, I thought it would be fun to post my favorite costumes. My favorite roles will always be Janis Joplin and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. While part of me will always miss this, I am forever grateful for the path that I am on now. If I could tell this version of myself one thing, it would be to hold on as this dream changes, because a better one is dawning. #costumes #theatre #trickortreat #flashback
#happyhalloween! I hope you are having a great day and are planning something super fun for tonight! I love this #spooky #halloween book I got to #photograph for @pjboox! Creepy, right? I might have to swing by and pick it up so I can read it!
So what are your plans for tonight? I think the #mister and I are just going to hang out at home and watch #nightmarebeforechristmas and eat candy, because we are old, lol.#qotd #bookstagram
*** QOTD Below *** It's #monday! I had a great weekend with my mister getting things all set up in our new place! But I'll tell you what, it was exhausting! We went to #Ikea and got some new bookshelves that I am so excited to fill up with all my pretties! I'm having trouble deciding how to categorize them though. What do you think? How do you have your shelves organized?
These are some of the photos I have taken for @cleanteenpub and @pjboox! Love these #spooky #halloween titles!
I know this isn't #bookstagram related, but I can't tell you how proud I am of this guy and how thrilled I am to have him to myself for the whole day!! So many great things are going on for us right now, and I can't wait to share them with you guys. So for as much as I will always be a #booknerd, tonight I'm a #hockeygirl #lovehim
*** QOTD Below *** Guys. This series, though. This started out purely as a #coverbuy from my fav indie bookstore @pjboox (you should all check them out!) This is the third book in the series, and I'm #dying to read it! I'm usually skeptical about #vampires because they can be overdone, but this read is well worth it. Check out the whole series, The Maura DeLuca Trilogy by @cmelansonauthor on the pjboox website!
What are your favorite supernatural beings? I think mine has to be a witch. Or wizard.
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Things have been so busy lately! I miss all my #bookstagram buddies! I have finally come up with a schedule that will allow me to post regularly like I used to. Yay!! So #halloween is coming up, and I can never resist a good #theme for a photo! I read The Forlorned by @celticgirl33 last year and I really liked it!
So what I have missed while I've been gone? Any good reads I need to know about?
It's #Friday! I for one am very ready for the weekend! Starting next week, you will be seeing more posts from me one a regular basis as I am now pretty well settled into my new home and have some awesome projects on deck to share with you!
This week, I had the pleasure of creating some graphics to announce some upcoming releases for Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing! Aren't these covers stunning! Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels will release in 2017 and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast! Awesome, right? Silverwitch by Tamara Hanks Grantham will release in December and is Book Four in the Olive Kennedy: Fairyworld MD series! This series is one of my top three series in 2015 AND 2016, so you will want to pick this up if you haven't already! Book One, Dreamthief, is #FREE on all platforms and just won a #RONEAWARD from InD'Tale Magazine for best #NewAdult title of 2016!
There are SO many awesome books coming out in the next few months. Which ones are you most excited about?
Hey you guys! I know I have been radio silent, and I hated it, but I had good reason! I'm really excited to share that I have been brought on as editor and part of the creative team for the ongoing comic book series Solar Flare by James Haick! Working in this field has always been a dream of mine, and I can't believe it's starting to come to fruition.
In the spirit of geeking out over comics, what is your favorite comic book story/character? #bookstagram
**** QOTD Below **** Hey my amazing #bookworms! I hope your week is going well! I turned in a new editing project yesterday *yay!* so today I'm working on Social Media things to give my analytic brain a break.
Don't you just LOVE this cover?! I picked it up at my favorite #indie #bookstore, PJ Boox immediately after I saw it. This is the second book in The Maura DeLuca series, so once I'm done with the first one, which is also stunning, I'll be moving on to this!
When you are looking for your #Cover #buys, what kind of covers are you drawn to? #qotd #bookstagram