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review 2015-02-10 15:32
Advent (Advent Trilogy #1) by James Treadwell
Advent - James Treadwell


I received a copy of Advent through a First Reads giveaway.

I was really looking forwards to reading Advent but in the end I felt rather disappointed. The story started off well but I quickly lost interest and found myself getting bored. There was an awful lot crammed into the book that honestly I felt would have been better left out.

The pacing is really slow and I found myself skimming a lot as there was nothing happening. The book is beautifully written but it's over written and overly descriptive. There was pages and pages used to describe events and things that really were not important to the story.

It felt like I was always waiting for something to happen and constantly checking my reading progress to see if I was actually getting anywhere with the book.

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review 2014-10-25 17:29
Book Thoughts - Advent by James Treadwell
Advent - James Treadwell

Okay, there is A LOT going on in this novel. Elements of Arthurian legend, Faust, mermaids, Greek myth - there is a lot to keep track of, and there were moments in the novel that I could feel some of the threads slipping away from me. But I have to say that I was completely entranced by this story from the very beginning. Even when I wasn't quite sure that I was keeping track of all the fantastical bits, I was always eager to see where Gavin's story was going to take him next. I loved the writing, and I definitely plan to read the next in this series

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review 2014-04-30 14:02
Anarchy (The Advent Trilogy #2) by James Treadwell
Anarchy: A Novel - James Treadwell

Book two of the Advent Trilogy strikes off and leaves the realm of young adult, in my opinion. It is a much more adult novel with a much darker feel to it. There was quite a bit of jumping around from place to place and person to person, I had a very hard time following parts of it. 

I don't think I really "got" what the story was trying to say in this one. I enjoyed book one, Advent, but I struggled to finish Anarchy. Since I wasn't able to follow where the author was trying to with this one I'm afraid I just didn't enjoy it. A reader who is able to follow the story better or fall into the characters will probably love it - it just wasn't meant for me.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Source: hotofftheshelves.blogspot.com/2014/04/review-anarchy-advent-trilogy-2-by.html
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review 2014-03-12 15:30
Anarchy, James Treadwell
Anarchy - James Treadwell

Anarchy is, like its predecessor, an absolutely outstanding read. Treadwell writes so uniquely that I can't think of anyone to compare him to. The best I can do is to suggest taking a large pinch of Charles de Lint, drizzling liberally with Stephen King and sprinkling with just a hint of Laini Taylor. If you think that sounds tasty, you'll love him. Promise.

 

Anarchy follows straight on from the end of Advent. If you've not read Advent yet, you definitely need to before picking this one up (and, why haven't you read it? It's amazing) as otherwise it's not going to make an ounce of sense. This was actually a huge plus for me because absolutely no time was wasted in recaps or summaries, which made a nice change. It's straight in and on with the story. I love that!

 

Initially, I have to confess, I missed Pendurra. Most of the first half of Anarchy is set in Northern Canada, and it's beautifully described and a nice contrast. But, I was missing Cornwall. I'm a chronic creature of habit, and much as I did enjoy the new setting and characters, Pendurra is the heart of the series for me. Getting back there at last was like coming home. Although the circumstances in which we return are so, so different to when we left.

 

Treadwell's Canadian characters are vividly imagined. I adored Jonas, and 'Goose' was fascinatingly complex. My only problem with her was that each time I read the name Goose my brain went 'Top Gun' and I could hear 'Take my breath away'. Every single time. My 80's obsessions aside, the female characters are written brilliantly. Really, genuinely brilliantly. Forget any of the usual crap by those supposed 'kick-ass' heroine devotees that both YA and the fantasy genre are so riddled with, Treadwell writes fully three dimensional heroines bursting with soulful, heartfelt, emotional complexity. It completely blows my mind that this is, technically, fiction for older teens. It's the perfect antidote to all those YA authors who dumb everything down and write at the lowest common denominator. This, this is YA you can be stupidly proud of your kids reading. And make sure you borrow it after them.

 

As with Advent, pacing is going to be a bit of a love it or hate it situation here. If you like a slow burn to your fiction, and you enjoy scenes bursting with detail, characters heavy with emotion, and you like the idea of a steady build of cleverly understated menace, you will love Anarchy. And if you don't, you have no idea what you're missing. At times it can feel like on the surface little is happening, but there's always so much going on under the hood. Treadwell is a genius when it comes to sinking his hooks into you without you even realising it. The journey is every bit as fantastic as the destination here.

 

It's a massively emotional read. I wasn't sure how the technological aspects to the novel would be handled, but I needn't have worried. The effect ancient magic has on current technology is completely chilling, and brings a whole new layer of terror into the mix. It's genuinely frightening to watch the magic spread and see the effect it has on our world. The Post Apocalyptic aspects to this were a real treat, and so, so well done.

 

For me, Anarchy was total a win-win situation. I did, eventually, get a dose of all my favourites from Advent, and I got some incredible new characters on incredible new journeys thrown in for good measure. I honestly can't find a bad word to say about it. It captivated me, terrified me, delighted me, shocked me, and at one point even had me in tears.

 

James Treadwell should, in my humble opinion, be immediately elevated to the status of National Treasure. If you've never read him, go and get yourself a copy of Advent and book a couple of days off work. 

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review 2014-01-24 13:50
Advent (Advent Trilogy #1) by James Treadwell
Advent: A Novel - James Treadwell
The story opens with the tale of a magician and how he captured and lost magic.  We revisit his story in segments (in reverse) throughout the story.  While he plays an important part in the tale, the story doesn't concentrate on this strange figure.  Instead we follow Gavin Stokes - a strange little boy that sees strange things.  One of theses strange things is a woman he names Mrs. Gray.  When Gavin is sent to stay with his aunt at an old, old estate called Pendurra while his parents are on vacation, this Mrs. Gray is the catalyst to a whole new life for Gavin.
 
There is a lot going on in this story and you really need to sit down and read it either all at once or in large chunks or you may miss some important connection.  Several different pantheons seem to collide when magic begins to stir again at Pendurra.  The descriptions of these creatures and people are fantastic.  The scenes really come to life and the world is incredibly well developed.  These are all things that I absolutely love in a fantasy or paranormal story.  As a character, Gavin is not necessarily likable at the beginning but as he learns to trust in the things only he can see he and embraces his destiny he becomes a great hero and lovable character.  Most of the characters are written in a way that they fit there roles perfectly, but I'm still not sure what Horace's place is going to be in the grand scheme of things.  He seems to play more of his role in book two perhaps.
 
The downside of this book is that it is written very well - almost too well and too much detail for most young adult readers.  I fear that many would give up on the story before it got the point that it really gets started.
 
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

 

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