The Rise of Mallory (Everville#3) by Roy Huff

While I had to figure out why one of my ebooks didn’t transfer well onto Kindle, I bumped up the next book and started reading the third instalment of the Everville series called The Rise of Mallory.

I’ve reviewed the first and the second HERE and HERE respectively.

The Rise of Mallory (Everville #3)

by Roy Huff

Everville: The Rise of Mallory

The fantasy YA series by Roy Huff is about an alternate world that exists where there is a war to keep the evil out as it continues to threaten its existence.  Some people in the “real” world (we live in) are gifted to know about this world and have the power to transport between the two worlds.

The Rise of Mallory picks up after the events of the second book, The City of Worms.  In the City of Worms, the goal was to protect Everville from the possibility of the destruction that the power the worms held inside them and to destroy it.  Although, it was overall destroyed with the opening of the Second Pillar by Owen Sage, the main protagonist of the series, there were consequences that leads us into this instalment.

Owen and his friends are living with the remaining of effects and trying to get past all that has happened, except Owen suddenly gets contacted by The Second Pillar in the form of his father telling him that The City of Worms has some leftover business that he must attend to.  There are shady characters in play and they have a big plan to destroy Everville in hopes of gaining more power.  The obsession over this power has made this Fron (inhabitant of Everville) turn bad.  With that, Owen sets off to find the Third Pillar while also having to figure out the mysteries of not only why his father is possibly The Second Pillar and also certain events that went on in the past two books.  I’m going to stop it right here because in case,  you are reading this, I don’t want to spoil anything.

The reviews for the past 2 has been a while so I’ll go into a little recap to say that the first wasn’t so great because it was a bit confusing when dealing with the real world and the Everville one along with the whole The Other in Between and all that stuff.  The second one was lacking because of the pacing being a little bit lagging.  Although not perfect, the first two does show potential and set the stage for somewhere to rise higher in the next novel.

The Rise of Mallory is the best of the 3 books so far. Why do I say that?

1. It has a good length and fantastic pacing
2. The story flows perfect with the last and answers a lot of questions while leaving room for further mysteries
3.  It keeps the different story lines going on at the same time very well that its not confusing
4. The fantasy world of Everville introduces the “worm” which turns into something cool and just exactly what every fantasy story needs
5. There is some character development for Owen especially.

Although it has a lot of great stuff going for this Book 3,  there are a few aspects that fell short for me.  I’m still adapting to the writing style.  Its definitely improving and more engaging and intriguing but its still something I’m adapting to.  Aside from that, its really this one part that comes as a surprise but that part is a little rushed and doesn’t give me the feeling that I was supposed to feel to connect with Owen’s character.  These are really the bits that bothered me a little bit but overall, its the best out of the three.

Everville is imaginative and fun.  Roy Huff may not particularly have the writing style that I’m used to but he does have a really great premise going with reality and Everville.  He uses the simple terms that we use everyday to show the enemies and I appreciate that a lot.  The enemies are quite simple called Them and the lingering space is The Other in Between.  Sure, there’s some other names (like Fron that I mentioned before) but travelling to Everville with Owen is never dull plus every Pillar has had something valuable to offer.

I’d definitely recommend giving Everville series a shot (if you haven’t started reading) 🙂

You can find Roy Huff’s blog right HERE!

Double Book Review: Minutes Before Sunset & The City of Worms

Its not the end of the month but I really wanted to give special focus on these books from fellow bloggers. Plus, I’ve been really slowing down the reading process so I need a boost.  I figured writing about books would help.

Both of these books are part of a larger series and from two different and very talented writers.

Lets check both of these out!

MINUTES BEFORE SUNSET (THE TIMELY DEATH TRILOGY #1)

BY: SHANNON A. THOMPSON

minutes before sunset

Eric is the descendant of the shades, beings who have a human body but shift into their true identity with a completely different appearance and represent the Dark that defend against the evil Light. With one year before his 18th birthday, he needs to train extra hard in order to be ready for the upcoming war to defend all of civilization, essentially a fight that can’t be avoided. One day, when a new girl Jessica appears, Eric’s world changes a little.  She is assigned to be his science partner and despite his uncaring behavior, she strives to make him care so that she can good grades in order for her adoptive parents to allow her to continue her search for information on her biological family’s mysterious past.

Minutes Before Sunset is an awesome read.  To start off a trilogy with this book makes me look forward to whats to come anxiously.  One aspect I like a lot about this one is that the author chooses for the audience to flip between the point of view of Jessica and Eric so we get a full picture of what is going on and in many ways, it creates a link to both sides.  It also creates an attachment to the characters.  The second part that really works is flipping the normal Light is good and Dark is bad and reversing it in a way that justifies why its actually the other way around in this world.  Plus, it adds a little forbidden love aspect to it which works out rather well.

This novel sets the stage for the battle of Light and Dark and honestly, for the first time in my life, I’m behind the Dark.  I look forward to reading the next one a lot.

I totally recommend this one! 🙂

You can find Shannon’s blog HERE!

THE CITY OF WORMS (EVERVILLE #2)

BY: ROY HUFF

the city of worms cover

Last recommendation month back in August, I read the first book in Everville.  You can find the review HERE!

If you haven’t read the first book, The First Pillar, you should do so before reading the second one.  The main reason behind it is that Everville is another dimension in our world that is going through a battle between The Fron and Them.  There’s a lot of terms and whatnot that is picked up in the first book that you will probably need to know in order to not get lost in the second book. Lets do a short synopsis

Picking up shortly after the first book, Owen and his friends are recovering from the last stand off and picking up the pieces as they buy themselves a little extra time to figure out how to defeat Them.  They start figuring out little clues as what to do as they learn more about Everville and the secrets it has hidden away.  Bouncing between the two dimensions, Owen must find a way to stop Them from reclaiming The City of Worms, which is their next target which could lead to serious consequences.

The City of Worms doesn’t quite have the intensity of The First Pillar at the beginning.  In fact, it drags out a little bit in a slow-paced unwinding of events but as the story reached about 25% in, it started picking up with a lot more action and mystery.  Owen becomes put in situations of figuring out and discovering more about Everville that contributes to how they would resolve the situation happening in The City of Worms. They are all just learning about Everville and its inhabitants and the predicament they are all in and his duties and already there are challenge after challenge especially in determining who is on which side and whether everyone on their team is loyal. As new characters pop up and the story  unwinds, The City of Worms ends on a note that makes me anticipate the next book.  Luckily, the third book is already out and I’m going to be reading that very soon 🙂

You can find Roy’s blog HERE!

Both of these reviews should have been up long ago.  I finished them earlier and they already saw my review of it on Goodreads but I felt like it wouldn’t be right to not post it up here a little bit more extensive since this is recommendations month and I said that there would be book reviews 😉  I’m actually have quite the collection of ebooks right now from fellow bloggers that I’m looking forward to read.  I’m really behind in my reading challenge so hopefully, I’ll get back on track in April!

Remember to check out these series if you like young adult adventure/sci-fi/fantasy sort of novels.  Its fun and entertaining 🙂

Look for the Recommendations month recap a little bit later!

Happy Monday!

Book Review: The First Pillar (Everville #1) by Roy Huff

In the heart of trying to expose some of the other talented writers we have in our blogosphere, I’d like to introduce you to Roy Huff who is writing a fantasy young adult series Everville and just released recently the second book, City of Worms.  After purchasing the first book, The First Pillar, a few months ago, I finally got around to reading it.  You can check out his blog HERE and follow him on Goodreads HERE.  Lets get this started with a little synopsis of The First Pillar.

Owen is a freshman starting his first year in Easton Falls University.  He and his two friends, Dante and Anika both are looking to be more involved aside from keeping up with their school work.  However, shortly after he arrives, he is drawn unexpectedly into another world Everville. He meets the Keeper and learns about the evil forces Them which are trying to take over The Other in Between.  As he drifts back and forth between the two worlds, he realizes that this new dimension is related to the real world he lives in and with the short time he has, he must not only help save Fron and the Keepers from Them but also prevent anything to happen in Easton Falls as well.

As most of you who have been checking out my book reviews in the past year, you would know that I’m a big fan of young adult novels.  I am no longer a young adult but there’s something about this genre that really works (for the most part). Its usually fun and exciting to read.  The First Pillar is a creative and imaginative fantasy adventure and being the first book of a series, it does set the stage well to have its readers looking for more.

However, there were a few things that bothered me.  One was the story layout.  It took a bit longer for me to actually get used to it and at times, I would get confused and have to go back and read again that chapter to determine what was happening and where Owen actually was.  Second, was that there were some parts I didn’t really see how it worked out realistically, but then I could overlook that as this is partially set in a fantasy world.

As much as this book had some little problems, I do acknowledge that the idea and concept behind it was very good and now that I’ve grasped the situation of the world of Everville a bit more than when I started, I do believe that it sets up a good stage for the next one.  I won’t get right to the second one just yet but I urge you to give this a shot.  Its a pretty decent read and a good debut for the series.  It has had a lot of awesome ratings and I believe you will enjoy it also 🙂