Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review Propheticus by Emma Daley

Recently, I decided to join another book tour this one for a book called Propheticus.  We first meet Aniah the female protagonist and her mother coming home from far away berry picking.  They do this a few times a year as the winters are very very harsh and all of the people in their village must stock up on food to survive it.  Aniah and her mother are the village cooks and spend much of their time making food for this rest of the tribe.

So, back to the berry picking, on their way back they come upon what looks like a dead man underneath some shrubbery.  They quickly check him out and realize that he is not dead but almost and drag him along with them back to their village.

His name is Novell and has been on a trek of sorts to find where he comes from.  He has been to many places during his search and when Aniah brings him his food each morning while he heals he thanks her by telling her stories of his travels.  Their friendship quickly blooms into more for reasons unknown to them one cannot get enough of the other.  All is not well in the village however as a animals have been turning up dead, sapped of all their blood...

Honestly, I didn't very much like this book.  I don't really think that the author is totally familiar with the YA genre.  It read more like a romance novel without any nudity and the characters are older then they should be  considering the audience. Novell for example is 30 to Aniah's 19.  There is also so many talks between her and Novell that could be cut out that I feel are meant to show how destined they are, but some are just tedious.  These are things that can be approved upon however, and if there is every a edited reprint of the title, I would read it again.


About Emma Daley
At only the age of three, you could find Emma perched in the center of the dining table, a tape player in her lap, while the other kids gathered to listen to her recite her own creative version of her favorite tales like "Jack and The Bean Stalk" or "Peter Pan". Her imagination was fueled when she signed up for a high school Greek Mythology class. It was there in high school Mythology class that Emma found her dream. Her teacher recognized her talent, and encouraged her to pursue a career in the one thing that brought her imagination to life, writing. As a military wife and with life's fast pace and strenuous demands, it wasn't until she was 26 that she finally decided to pursue those long forgotten dreams. She started her very first novel Propheticus in November of 2008, which will be released in December of 2010 and is working on the 2nd and 3rd sequels, with several other book ideas on the shelf waiting to be dusted off and put into words.
Blurb about Propheticus:

This is a self published, sci-fi fantasy book set in an ancient universe. Four destined characters run into each other by chance and discover their pasts connect them in a prophecy to destroy some of the universes most gruesome creatures. The mystery of Aniah's past begins to unravel when she meets a stranger in the desert outside her ranch on the planet Delucia. Strange things start to happen around the ranch and Aniah experiences horrible nightmares of a dark creature the longer this stranger stays and the more she begins to question her fathers disappearance years ago. This story takes you to other worlds and although the first novel offers a little more romance and mystery with some thriller, the other novels in the series have more action and adventure in them as the characters travel the universe and visit incredible worlds. Sample from the book: There is something frightening about the way a hateful, unknown creature looks back at you. The way its beady red eyes snarl at you, and it's cheek curls with a hiss to reveal the greedy canines beneath. It is one thing to dream of this beastly creature, and it is another to have it inches from your face, its warm ungodly breath on your cheek, and its pallid gray bones reaching to devour you. My name is Aniah, and once my world was safe. But like many others throughout the universe-and here on the planet Delucia-fate would have me meet with the Mangitori de Sangue; an ancient army of blood-lusting creatures who have been frightening and devouring the inhabitants of the universe for decades. My fate brings me deep into their world. In fact, it is written somewhere-and the stories have been told long before I was ever born-of a prophecy wherein a young woman with the heart and soul of an angel will lead the universe in a victory against the Mangitori de Sangue. I am that woman. I just have to stay alive long enough to figure out how.

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