Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Book Review: Gone by Julie Elizabeth Powell



General Information


Publisher: Julie Elizabeth Powell
Year of publication: 2014
Number of chapters: 20
Number of pages: 252

Plot summary: (blurb)


After Charley dies in her office chair, how is it that she finds herself propelled into the mysterious world of Avalon?

Upon encountering an essence, which insists is her daughter – the one she knows she left behind – insanity battles with fear inside her mind.

The further she delves, the more puzzling things appear, especially after she rises into the Orb of Caprice – a realm of fairies, talking flowers and goblins…and something else, something that lurks in the shadows ready to swallow her whole.

Can she realise in time what it is she must do…or has she left it too late?

Gone is a story inspired by a true event.

Positive points


Gone is not a mainstream story, but rather one written from the heart. I loved this about this novel. The book being based on a true story adds a depth that you can't get from a typical book written for the market. I found it moving and incredibly brave of the author to delve into some of the issues that were portrayed in this book. It affected me emotionally seeing the raw feelings and thoughts from a mother who has lost one of her children. This is a big plus for the author. Who wants to read a book without emotion?

Despite the hard issues, the story is far from being dark or morbid. It has an unusual adult fairytale feel to it. It reminded me of the classic tale Alice in Wonderland, a thought that was reflected by the main character at one point. You get to visit a fantasy land filled with colourful and original characters.


If you are looking for a story that is possibly unlike any story you have read before, this is the book for you. 

Negative Points 


There were some minor grammar issues in this book that were not mistakes but more of a niggle. It was nothing that took away the enjoyment of the story, just the odd POV slip, a few repeats and the overuse of ellipses. I ran a novel workshop for some years and had these things drummed into me, so I'm sure this would only be noticed by someone who has been through the same discipline.

What makes this book unique


I found the whole concept of the book unique. It is a true story set around an original fantasy world. 

Overall Impression


I really enjoyed reading this story. Knowing it was a true story made the sad bits really sad. I am in awe of the authors bravery. I can only imagine how hard it must have been to write these words after suffering such a life-shattering experience. It made me laugh and made me cry. I would be very happy for such reactions from anyone who read one of my novels. Well done, Julie.

My rating


This is difficult. I want to give Julie five stars for the originality of this story, but with the overuse of ellipses and other minor grammar errors, I have to award four stars for simple honesty. But it was a close five.


Disclaimer 


Since I wrote this review the author has released a new edited version of this great story.


Meet the author




Hello everyone. If you haven't guessed by now I have a passion for words and have ten books published...all thanks to Lulu and Kindle, much hard work and sleepless nights. My eldest daughter has flown the nest and is married to a man who doesn't mind his mother-in-law though my son is still fluffing his feathers. My middle child is off on a mysterious adventure, the like of which I can only guess...and tried to do so in my first book, Gone.

I love to read and am looking for ways to double time so to indulge in the mysterious and wonderful and delicious and strange...my favourite kind of story. Writing is my passion, though I enjoy creating handcrafted cards, jewellery making, scrapbooking and dabbling in encaustic art whenever I can. Oh yes, I used to teach or mark exam papers but now concentrate on writing and enjoying my new life, which materialised, as if by a miracle. Though still dislike all those necessary domestic chores that would, for me, be included in the Rings of Hell! I have a BA(Hons).

That's it. Thank you to anyone who reads my books.


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