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Book Review The Vineyard

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Author: Michael Hurley

Genre: Literary Fiction

From Michael Hurley, winner of the Somerset Prize for his debut novel, THE PRODIGAL, comes a complex and ambitious, allegorical tale of old money, young passion and ancient mystery in a classic New England seaside village.

Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as “the fisherman” threatens to change everything they believe about their world–and each other.

“Hurley writes beautifully,” says Kirkus Reviews, “especially when describing island and nautical life.” Publishers Weekly praises “his well-crafted prose.”

Three women who haven’t seen each other since their college years, meet up again for a reunion, and agree to spend a summer on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. They’ve changed quite a lot from their college years though, and they have to come to terms with those changes in themselves, and in the others.

They encounter a reclusive poacher called “the fisherman”, who threatens to change everything they ever believed in, about the world, about each other, about themselves. The author uses haunting, lyrical prose to sketch the lives of the women, to make them come alive on the pages. Very impressive.


Book Review: The Exemeus

front__cover_imageTitle: The Exemeus

Authors: Folami and Abeni Morris

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

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Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.

Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, fate has given her another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime: inspiring hope.

His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she’s been dead for 13 years.

I loved this book. Seriously. I loved the character dynamics, their personalities, the world-building, the plot. As long as it involved Hyalee, that is. I had a much harder time with the other characters, particularly Dephon. But Hyalee? She’s pretty much the ideal mix of kick-ass and emotional. I also loved the setting. Although it’s dystopian, the main focus is on the fantasy setting with magic and prophecies, and I liked the mix of both. It was pleasant and fresh and enjoyable.

The idea of The Exemeus itself was pretty awesome too, as it allowed for two stories to be told in one book. While I enjoyed the parts about Hyalee the most, I did find Dephon was a ‘pretty okay’ character as well, and of course I have to applaud a male protagonist.

The only thing I can complain about was the book’s length. While it never felt particularly long, and the plot didn’t drag, the book was a wopping 500+ pages, and in retrospect, they could’ve easily cut some pages and dialogue. That aside, I very much enjoyed this clash of science and magic, and Hyalee now holds a special place in my heart. She’s an amazing character.