23 March 2011

{Book Review} Anathema

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 March 2011 at 11:16 AM | | | |
(The Cloud Prophet #1)
Author: Megg Jensen
Format: ePub on Nook
Pages: 584
Published: February 5th 2011
Rating: 5 Birds

Reychel is a slave girl surrounded by magic, lies and manipulation. Her best friend disappears in the middle of the night leaving Reychel to face her fifteenth birthday, the day her master burns his brand into the back of her bald head, alone. She's sheltered from the outside world and doesn't have any hope for escape, but when people desperate for freedom ask for her help can Reychel learn to believe in herself?

When I first opened this on my Nook I was struck by how many pages there were. it's listed as 620, the the story itself only takes up 584 - still I was like "Yikes I should have started this sooner". I figured that it would take me a few days to plow through between house work, and the kids and all those other "wifey" things I am to do around here.

Not the case at all. It was such a fast read that I was almost shocked when I turned the page to find the story was over. (THANK GOD it's a trilogy!!) In total it took me just a few hours to read, though that was split over 2 days since my youngest tried to gouge out my eyeball with her talon like fingernail yesterday, leaving me blinded for a few hours. No joke, I'm already blind in one eye and she managed to hit the good one. I'm investing in safety goggles from now on.

Anathema is an action packed thrill ride into a beautiful world I could only dream of being able to create. The characters are layered and deep, and just how I like them. It is really easy to become Reychel, to see things through her eyes and to feel what she feels. Jensen really excels at making you the main character so that you're not just reading the book but living it.

This is the kind of book I search out, the kind of book I dream of. I don't get caught up in grammar, or weather or not the editor missed a few things, you will very rarely find me complaining or noting on these topics here. While important for a writer, yes, I am blogging on behalf of the average reader. What I want, no...no...what I need is a book that can totally take me away, make me not care about the pile of laundry on the floor, the bad day at the office or the bills. I want an escape when I read. Isn't that what Reading Rainbow promised us all those years ago? Well, Anathema delivers!

Please stop over to Amazon and pick up a physical copy for $11.00, OR get it on your Nook or Kindle (an eReader!) for $2.99 <--- at="" that="" price,="" even="" if="" you="" don't="" like="" it="" as="" much="" as="" i="" did="" (which="" i="" highly="" doubt),="" what="" are="" you="" really="">
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  1. Oh! I'm intrigued by this one. I definitely love a book that I can get swept away in and forget my surroundings.

  2. Awesome review! After checking out a sample chapter on my Kindle, I immediately purchased it. I can't wait to finish reading it! Super cute blog :)

  3. I know that this is completely irrelevant to your post, but *squee* Another nook user!!

    Also, brilliant review. I just finished this last night, and was shocked to find that it was 3:30 in the morning, AND I was finished with the book!



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