Book Review: Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan

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Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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  • Review: Fields of Elysiumfields of elysium
  • Author: A.B. Whelan
  • Series: –
  • Publication date: December 12th 2012 by InMotion Capitol
  • Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
  • Rating: 3/5




How can love mend a heart full of hate?


Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful. Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers. While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly’s life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor. Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings.


Fields of Elysium is a suspenseful, romantic tale full of forbidden secrets, unimaginable danger, deception, and the never-ending fight for true love.






“The novel’s take on otherworldly travel is a compelling one, and the romantic plot will likely appeal to Twilight fans.” – Kirkus Reviews


“I expected a good love story with a paranormal twist. I got so much more. I think you should take the chance and read it. Let this book take you on the adventure, fall in love.” – Young Adult and Teen Readers


“Fields of Elysium is a fabulous read. … Whelan paints her faith into the fabric of her story with deft, light brushstrokes, making her work accessible to all, no matter their spiritual beliefs or background.” – Readers Favorite


“I escaped into this fantasy world, author, A.B.Whelan, created and I didn’t want Molly to go. From detailed descriptions, to sweet romance, and to all the twist and turns in the story, it had me captivated from page one.” – Mary Ting, author of the Crossroads Saga


“Whelan’s writing is very vivid and descriptive. It’s more formal than the average YA novel, but I enjoyed the lyrical and mesmerizing quality to it. I thought the overall story read like a fairy tale–very sweet.” – Megan Thomason, author of Daynight



My Thoughts:


I  had to sit back a little and get my thoughts together for this one. No, admittedly I’m not a huge fantasy fan, but funnily enough the fantasy portion of this was my favorite part.


Arkana was absolutely fascinating and I think it was written in beautifully. I wanted to know more about this world that Molly fell into and found myself loving those scenes so much more than the Earth scenes. Very vivid. I felt like you could reach out and touch some of what A. B. Whelan describes.


There’s also almost insta-love in this. With it being young adult I wasn’t too taken aback. And I don’t mind insta-love that much anyway. There’s also a lot of background as to why Victor has some issues. I think the relationship between these two is given enough time to grow and I enjoyed reading about them.


The downside is that there were some plot holes. I was reading and then asking myself what was going on or where a person went. Although this happened a few times I did enjoy the story and will read another of A.B. Whelan’s books.


Recommended for those that don’t mind insta-love and that enjoy vivid fantasy worlds.




Author A.B. Whelan


A.B.Whelan is a Hungarian born, American writer. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California.
While growing up in a wealthy Eastern European family, she had a chance to travel Europe. Later as an adult, she visited Africa and the Middle East and lived in Ecuador and in Crete.



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