Book Review: Tales of Ever
Title: Tales of Ever
Author: Jen Wylie
Amazon Rating: 4.7
Welcome to Ever.
Ever; a deadly realm where feared, powerful, and dangerous magical beings are banished. It’s not a world, but a magically created prison you can never break out of. Who, or what, made Ever? I’ve no idea. They were powerful, and cruel. That is all I can tell you.
Ever is like, and unlike, every other world. Nothing is safe. Safety is a dream. Ever is a nightmare. Few survive their first day. Nothing is what it seems. If something appears safe, it isn’t. If something appears dangerous, well it is, but probably more than you think.
Ever has no sun, no moon, and no stars at night. Time is told by the ever changing color of the sky where portals open, dropping new inhabitants or new terrors. Time does pass. Don’t worry, you won’t get old. You won’t live that long.
The landscape changes without reason from desert to jungle. The flora isn’t safe at any time. There is food, if you can find it without getting eaten yourself. Most plants and animals are poisonous. So is the water.
Are you afraid? You should be. This is the end. It gets worse of course. Remember the portals? Do you think angels come through? Innocent people rarely do. Mostly, it is evil people, people too powerful to kill. Their magic works here. The creatures are worse.
Do you understand? Well, you will eventually, or you’ll die. There is no escaping Ever.
***I received a free copy of this book for my honest review***
This story grabbed me from page one, I thought it was going to be an angsty, coming of age type story. I love those. But this? This was beyond what I could have ever expected! You connect to Misha from the beginning, her story pulls at your heartstrings. And then you are thrown into a world that I can only describe as Dr. Seuss meets Stephen King. The book is composed of 6 novellas that flow smoothly from one adventure to the next carrying you throughout a colorfully bizarre and terrifying world.
Without giving too much away and I want to emphasize the theme that felt laced this story together so nicely. Misha was different and essentially she was shunned and discarded for that. Instead of wilting, Misha reveled in her difference and by doing so she connected with others who appreciated her just as she is.
I consider myself a true fan of Jen’s at this point. Her storytelling and imagination both intrigue and inspire! She build’s these beautiful characters, these fascinating worlds and refuses to release you until she is ready! I give Tale of Ever 5 out of 5 stars without hesitation! Now can we get a movie deal or something because I am dying to see Ever come to life! No pun intended…
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