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review 2019-01-04 22:39
Mad Scientists Run AMOK – Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie C Gilbert @authorgilbert
Ashlynn's Dreams (Devya's Children Book 1) - Julie Gilbert

 

 

This is another one of those late reviews, but that is not to say I didn’t enjoy Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie C Gilbert. Sometimes books just get lost….somewhere…

 

Ashlynn's Dreams (Devya's Children, #1)

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MY REVIEW

 

Jillian is twelve years old, a precocious twelve year old. She is intelligent, opinionated, a little full of herself with a BIG personality. She is filled with southern charm that people could not resist. She also has a lot of courage and she is going to need it.

 

Danielle, her babysitter, has great respect for her and wants only the best for her.

 

Jillian is kidnapped, along with her babysitter and finds out she has a brother.

 

Scientists and secret experiments that raises all kinds of questions. Even though Ashlynne’s Dreams is fiction, some reality bleeds through. And, as usual, my anger rises to the surface. Who died and allowed them to play God?

 

The science fiction and psychic blend together seamlessly.

 

When Ashlynn enters Varick’s dream, I couldn’t help but laugh at the battle and her ability to change it. The humorous writing will appeal to young and old alike.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Ashlynn;s Dreams by Julie C Gilbert.

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review 2018-01-26 20:38
Awakening by Julie C. Gilbert
Awakening: Redeemer Chronicles, Book 1 - Julie C. Gilbert,Julie C. Gilbert,Caitlin Jacques

This tale had many of the elements that I really enjoy in a story and yet I didn’t fall in love with it. First, we have a Chosen One and while I have read and enjoyed many tales that have this element, it didn’t grab me here. Vic isn’t convinced she is a chosen one but she does think she’s a bit different from those around her. She pretty much grew up in this isolated cabin and sometimes her dad would go off for days leaving her to take care of everything. So she’s got some skills and yet I didn’t feel they were employed much.

The shape shifting element initially intrigued me. I like how Vic and her friends have multiple animals they can shift into. However, there were times when there was some info dumping about how this or that magic worked, including the shapeshifting snake and that bit about the berries.

Katrina was initially a worthy character being determined once she decided on something. She was the serious one of the three. Her character got a bit muddled as the story went on and sometimes I had trouble distinguishing her from Vic. Meanwhile, Tellen was the goof ball. He more than once pretended to be poisoned or such and considering that us and the main characters know that Vic is on someone’s hitlist, it didn’t come off as funny. Tellen didn’t make me laugh once.

So there’s a little political intrigue and that was pretty straight forward. It pretty much was just used to set us up for a big fight scene at the end. Now I really did like those last few scenes. The tension was there, the action, the drama. It was a good mix and I really did want Vic and her friends to make it through OK.

So while there’s all the elements I enjoy in a fantasy tale, it was still just meh for me. Oh, and there’s zombies but I didn’t feel their full potential was used in this story. 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Caitlin Jacques was OK for this story. She does have a good voice for Vic, however I felt that sometimes her character voices were a bit muddled. Her male character voices were sometimes masculine and sometimes not. She did do Tellen really well. The sound quality is not the best. The volume varies a bit and sometimes it sounds like it was recorded in a cavern. Jacques didn’t always put emotions into the narrations even during desperate moments. So this narration could have used some polishing. 3.5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Julie C. Gilbert. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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review 2018-01-07 00:38
Awakening (Redeemer Chronicles #1) by Julie C. Gilbert
Awakening: Redeemer Chronicles, Book 1 - Julie C. Gilbert,Julie C. Gilbert,Caitlin Jacques

This was my first book by Julie C. Gilbert. So I was unsure what to expect fro her writing style. I was pleasantly surprised though. I Liked her writing style quite a bit. I liked how she gave you just enough background at any  given time to keep the story flowing and not leave you scratching your head. Her characters were well defined and each had their own personality that came through very nicely. The book was written with alternating chapters featuring the point of view of the different main characters. This did get me confused a couple of times and I had to go back and see which character was speaking. I do not usually choose books featuring vampires and zombies, but when I read the blurb on the book it still sounded like a decent story. I am glad I chose the book, even  with my aversion to vampires and zombies. The vampires and zombies did not really  play a large roll in the book, yes they are the bad guys but they did not have large speaking parts. 

 

Awakening is the first book in the Redeemer Chronicles series. The series is aimed toward Young Adult and is Fantasy. There was no colorful language or sexual situations in the book, so would be appropriate for even younger teens. 

 

Victoria Saveron Vic to her friends, is the main character in the book. She is or at least everyone but herself believed to be the Chosen One. Vic doesn't believe she is the Chosen One considering all of her friends have more and better powers then she does. 

 

Katrina and Tellen are her friends. They take off on a journey to find Vic's Father to help her recognize her true powers. If they survive the journey. Someone is unlocking Darkland portals to raise an undead army to take over the word, and Vic and her friends need to find out her true powers or loose the world as they know it. 

 

This is a short book. If it were not part of a series I would not be happy with the ending at all, guess I will just have to wait for book 2. hopefully it won't be a long wait. 

 

I was given my copy of this book from AudioBookWorm Promotions

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review 2014-09-15 00:00
Ashlynn's Dreams
Ashlynn's Dreams - Julie C. Gilbert This was a great read! At first, Jillian's accent threw me. But I found that it was helpful to distinguish her voice from others while I was reading the "entries". The story begins with the kidnapping. The rest of the story is written in diary and letter form with the action and events of "what actually happened" from Jillian's point of view and from her babysitter, Danielle's point of view. I really got into the action and events of what transpired. The only negative was that there were so many characters with all the scientists and the children, especially the children. I wouldn't change anything about the story. It was a fascinating way to tell it.

The author sent me a copy for an honest review.
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review 2014-08-11 03:47
Review: Ashlynn's Dreams (Devya's Children Book 1) [Kindle Edition]
Ashlynn's Dreams (Devya's Children Book 1) - Julie Gilbert

Told in a series of letters from the victims to a therapist, this is the story of Jillian, aka Ashlynn. After finding herself and her babysitter both kidnapped and held in the clutches of a group of potentially mad (but brilliant) scientists, Jillian discovers that she is one of Devya's Children, a bioengineered and genetically-manipulated child born in a fake womb. No details are given about how she becomes part of the family she grows up with, but it's obvious that there is more to this story and to Jillian and the rest of her siblings. She is not the only one of Devya's Children, and what they all have in common are Gifts that set them aside from common children.

 

This is a very interesting book, told in a unique way. The ability to read the letters sent from Jillian and Danielle to Dr. S (Dr. Stephanie Sokolowski) is a great way to learn what happens to the characters in their own words, You also see letters from another of Devya's Children, as well as from friends and family members. The letters are pretty much in chronological order, though of course they are written after the fact, looking back at the ordeal from a safe perspective. This allows the writers to tell the truth, though you can sense that just as in any story, there is more going on than what you are seeing.  Or in this case, reading.

 

I look forward to future books in this series and would recommend it to young adults and adults both, as it is a book that can be enjoyed by a variety of ages. I would rate this at 4 1/2 stars, but unfortunately Amazon doesn't accept half stars. The weak point of this story relies in the fact that there are a few too many characters who go by different names, so it's sometimes difficult to keep track of who everyone is without referring to the "Dramatis Personae" at the beginning of the book. Unfortunately, referring back to the beginning of the book and then switching to where you previously is time-consuming and somewhat annoying on a kindle.

 

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book through in exchange for an honest review.

 

If Ashlynn's Dreams is a book that interests you, the kindle version is currently available for $0.99 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BDPGF7S/?tag=shasworofboo-20.

 

If you enjoyed my review, I would appreciate if you could mark it as being helpful on Amazon as well, as this is useful to both the reviewer and the author. I have included the link to the Amazon review in the Source section at the bottom of this review.

Source: www.amazon.com/review/R23SBTUYIGN1T8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00BDPGF7S
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