Sunday, May 26, 2013

Review: Evan Burl and the Falling

Evan Burl and the Falling by Justin Blaney
Genre: YA Fantasy
Paperback received from the author for an honest review
Description from Goodreads:
My father abandoned me when I was an infant.
My friends have turned against me.
My uncle beats me.
The most powerful people in the world want me dead.
They all have one thing in common.
They think I’m turning into a monster.

I’m starting to worry they’re right.
My review:
I started this book with the paperback version, but finished it off with the newly edited ebook version that had a different ending.
When Justin Blaney asked me if I would be interested in reviewing his book Evan Burl and the Falling I went and read the blurb to see if I would be interested. And after reading the above description I was really intrigued and anxiously said yes. Once I read the first chapter I was hooked. Justin Blaney has a way of writing that keeps you turning pages to try and unravel the mystery. And this book had a lot of mystery. Just when I thought I had one thing figured out I would turn a few pages and find things had changed, and things were not always as they seemed. The mystery and thrilling ride was kept going until the very end when everything finally came together, yet it left a little mystery for a sequel but not enough to have me screaming "WHAT!"
Evan Burl has been living as a sort of orphan at Daemanhur castle with his uncle Mazol. There are orphans called the fallings that fall from the sky in chests that open magically with a key that was sent with the chest before it. And there are machines that run as if by magic that all the orphans are forced to work on even though they have no idea what they are making. This is all part of a much bigger thrilling story of sapience and those that would do anything to control it and use it for their own power and gain. Evan discovers he is in the middle of it as he begins to uncover his own powers and the delusions that come with it. Evan just wants to do what was right and save his family from Mazol and his henchmen but even he can't predict where the story will go.
One of my favorite characters was Cevo. Cevo was pure evil. This character is severely warped. Here is one of my favorite thoughts of his:
"The problem was, every time I killed someone I created a whole lot of work for myself."
And Anastasia with her alternate persona Terisma was also a whole nuther ball game of trouble:
"Terisma looked like a nightmare pretending to be a candy cane."
I found this to be a fantastic story with everything you could want to hold your attention: Fabulous evil villians, a boy that just wants to do what's right, magic, a mystery to solve, and a thrilling journey.
And I love this quote about Evan:
"Maybe it doesn't matter what my father thinks about me. What the letters say I'll become. Maybe I don't have to become a monster. maybe I can choose my own path."
I loved the writing style. I loved the imagery. I highly recommend this to young and old adults:)
My Rating: 5 Falling Stars
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your kind review! And for your vote on the ending. I tend to agree with you on your choice, but am trying to keep an open mind for at least another month. Great to meet you on goodreads, keep in touch!