For those of you who don’t know, Vivien has a YouTube channel where she posts (AMAZING) writing advice videos. She is a shining star in a tough industry.
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
Overview: The Elysian Prophecy
The story begins in modern day and follows Abigail (Abi) and Benjamin (Ben) Cole. When their father is attacked and their mother goes missing, the siblings begin to suspect their family has a secret in their past. Abi learns the attack wasn’t a random act of violence after she’s abducted and brought to a new world. Meanwhile, Ben searches for his sister and mother while fearing he suffers from the same mental illness as his mother and wondering when he will lose his grip on reality.
Please note: This is a spoiler-free review.
Reading THE ELYSIAN PROPHECY, it is easy to see Vivien knows the craft of writing: how to pace a scene, create tension, have readers asking questions, incorporate authentic dialogue, and so on. She also does a nice job of creating distinct POVs (particularly between Abi and Ben) and started the story in a place where we could get to know the two main characters right away (rather than bogging down the story with a side character’s POV or a long-winded prologue).
Though, I felt like I read this story/scenario before:
The protagonist (Abi) is on the reserved side but her adventurous best friend convinces her to go out to a party. It will be fun, they said. And then everything goes to hell shortly after.
Being a nerd, it was hard to sympathize with Ben’s character in the opening chapters (not studying, failing a test, and then feeling sorry for himself), but I thought his character was well fleshed out. In addition, I enjoyed his chemistry with Abi (and everything with Cora).
I did wonder about the intended readership (or the age group). Although I do read YA, I didn’t feel like I was the intended audience. This book felt like it was more so meant for younger readers, and I wondered if it could perhaps be categorized as upper middle grade (rather than YA).
Overall, I think the writing was solid and the pacing was strong, but I thought the premise could be freshened up a bit. And I don’t think we’ve seen the last from Vivien yet. She has a promising career ahead of her. Congrats on an exciting release!
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