Won over with the Stroke of a Pen

When I first picked up this book, I didn’t really know what to expect. Some of my friends had already read and raved about it, but my friends and I don’t always see eye to eye. This time, we did.

I will honestly admit that I was leaning toward a 3 star review in the beginning. I liked the first three chapters well enough; there was a lot of necessary set up going on there, but the book didn’t really capture me until about chapter four. And I am oh-so-glad I kept reading.

The main character, Cori Cole, is fabulously written. She’s smart, spunky, courageous, confident, and yet still unsure and full of humility in so many ways . . . as a teen should be. She was strong. She didn’t need a guy to complete her. She knew who she was and what she wanted, and even when she discovers unimaginable secrets about her imprisonment in Antius for all those years, she maintains her same stolid spirit. I loved her! I felt, in a way, that I was able to crawl into her skin and become her for a while. And it was a blast!

And then we have Dylan. Wow! He’s great! He’s strong and yet gentle. Clumsy and yet stable. Bulky and yet agile. I could see his green eyes with the yellow flecks when he looked at me… not Cori… me! He, too, was so well-written that I was able to visualize his every move, his every word, everything about him. I’m not sure what lies ahead for him and Cori, but I hope he gets his happy ending because he’s too good not to. I’m a little nervous because I can only assume Tyce is also in Cori’s future. I smell a love triangle coming on, and I don’t want Dylan to get hurt.

If I had to compare E.R. Arroyo’s writing to anyone’s, I would saySovereign most closely resembles Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave. I think Cori and Cassie are so very similar, and I adored Cassie just as much. In fact, I think Cori and Cassie should meet!

All in all, Arroyo does an excellent job bringing a world to life through her character development, which is exactly my kind of book! She has just the right amount of dialogue coupled with appropriate and well-scripted narrative chunks that kept me interested to the very end. Her writing is descriptive in ways that let the reader visualize the scene like a movie in the back of the mind. I am so looking forward to reading the sequel, and believe me, I’m not in the habit of reading sequels if the first book doesn’t do it for me. The magic must begin in book one and still be lingering by the end. This book did just that.

Book 2: It’s a Wrap

I know, I know… it’s been a while since my last blog. But I have a great excuse. Besides raising two teenagers, trying to be an attentive wife, and working forty hours a week, I’ve been steeped–and I mean deeply steeped–in the lives of Kate, Ian, and the rest. We’ve been on yet another adventure full of mystery and intrigue and, of course, a little bit of romance.

The Archer takes us away from the Village and toward Eden–a paradise city of lights, or so Kate believes. The journey is full of the unexpected. Many questions will be answered, and many more will be raised. And readers, you are in for a treat. Not only will you see all the wonderfulness that is Ian and Kate as their relationship develops, but you will also come to know Justin on a much more intimate level. He has become one of my most endearing characters, and I hope I’ve done him justice. I think some of you may even decide to crush on him a little. Diana will be there with Tabitha, of course, and you’ll also meet a gaggle of new cast members, including Ian’s parents and his old flame, Bethany (sort of, wink, wink.)  And we can’t forget Ian’s baby sister, Ava.

And I know the real question; the one that’s been plaguing all of your minds: What is it about the Boys of Eden???? Are they from another planet? No. Did they get bitten by a radioactive spider? Uh…. closer, but, no. You will just have to wait and see.

I always have a bittersweet taste in my mouth at the completion of a novel, and I’m a little bit sad that the creative part of my journey in The Archer is over. All that’s left is the final touches: revising, editing, cover art, oh, and the book jacket spiel, which is really giving me headaches at the moment. What to write, what to write? But… it always comes together.

Some of my writing friends are finishing up an entire series. So I ask you, how it does feel to be almost finished, or already done? Thinking about that comes awfully close to thinking about my son graduating from high school next year. **whispers~ I just don’t think about it.**  At least I get to look forward to creating a book or two more before I have to say goodbye to Kate.

So I leave you now with this final thought from The Archer:

“The world is big. Bigger than I’d ever imagined. Bigger than I’d ever hoped. And now that I am in the world, I am terrified. I don’t know who I am outside the Village. But I will learn.” ~Kate