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ACE for ISBN 9780615723587Shaken by the ruthlessness of the enemies she faces Alchera learns she can really only trust one her guardian The bond she shares with Raighne can be both. Aislinn is our heroine Ryan our hero Yet all readers should know that those are the names that will only be spoken in the normal everyday world of high school Aislinn is famous for her sarcasm In fact this writer found her to be a soul mate considering that sarcasm as Jon Stewart has shown is really the language that America best understands Aislinn is normal per se but she has always felt like there was something far grander out there for her that she could feel in her soul yet could only talk to her friend Sid about Sid a true sloth with the ultimate attitude will also become a favorite of ALL readers Always being a girl out of place Aislinn blushes stutters feels odd basically she s your typical teenage girl But this truly fantastical secret that is held within her heart brain and soul is something that creates the nightmares that disturb her waking life frightening dreams that feel so realistic she can barely breathe at timesHer life begins to change rather uickly when a new student named Ryan comes to town and this handsome stranger sparks feelings in Aislinn that she never knew she owned Her sarcasm is the way she gets through life but as this new heartthrob continues to follow her around Aislinn begins to notice some odd uirks about the new guy that feeds her with than just sarcastic lines Ryan speaks as if he s from another time and place and the stories he unleashes upon Aislinn have her monumentally confused Is the guy crazy After all most hotties are their egos alone have grown so large they can barely balance themselves enough to smile and chew gum at the same time let alone be normalAs readers become drawn in by the overtones of a huge romance in the making with trials and tribulations that vamps and werewolves have never even seen facts are uncovered that show Aislinn the dreams causing her sleepless nights and painful days are actuallyuite real The names change as Aislinn leaves herself behind for Alchera the girl she always was and she follows Ryan her actual guardian named Raighne who has been sent to bring her back homeGoing from living a life with no one who cared about her Alchera suddenly receives a warrior sister who is SO un accepting of Alchera that she can t even imagine how they came from the same mother to inheriting yet another sibling who actually roams in the realm of angels to discovering her parents complete and utter strangers who know far about Alchera than she would like Dealing with this whole new family unit Alchera is thrust into a world that was already set up for her to live in to train in and to go on a journey that may just tear her apartAs Raighne stays by her side and focuses on being her guardian and her beloved Alchera must soon contend with Adeth a monstrous immortal who will do anything to make sure that Alchera s journey does not succeed And Carter the monster s son who in a twist of fate goes from torturer to confidant in the blink of an eye The only man who seems to understand Alchera s dreams and heartaches and will do anything to help herThe romance is beyond thrilling and the ultimate decision of who Alchera SHOULD be with versus who she wants to be with will have readers panting over every page On top of everything else the journey to find a group of truly chosen people will have readers wondering how on earth Alchera and Raighne will survive The YA market as we all know is saturated with the stories of vampires authors wanting desperately to imitate or duplicate the vamp family everyone fell in love with and stood beside from twilight to a breaking dawn But as Forks recedes into that good night and Vaalbara steps into the limelight readers will be rewarded with characters who are so interesting funny fresh and mouth wateringly DIFFEREN T from all the other titles out there right now that the YA audience will be beside themselves with glee

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Visions and Shadows Vaalbara #1

With her worst enemy – the shadows growing within her Who will be the one to guide her back when all seems lost Raighne her guardian or Carter the man who is a threat to her life. Whilst I don t try and give away too much in my reviews in terms of important plot points and that stuff in order to do a rounded review I will be mentioning some plot points So before I start just beware that this review does contain some spoilersAislinn is a young teenage girl that is kind of an outcast in her society what with no real parents to speak of and with a rather disturbing talent of being able to see into the future She thinks that her luck is in when she meets a handsome new boy at school called Ryan who seems attracted to her for reasons she can t understand Turns out that this boy is actually from the land of Vaalbara and his real name is Raighne and he s here to take Aislinn back home Turns out that Aislinn s real name is Alchera and she is a Princess of the land She is told that the end of the world is approaching and it s her duty to rescue the ten Chosen who are the ones to carry on the human race after the end She has ten days to rescue them before Earth is destroyed so no pressure thenThe book is told from the POV perspective of Alchera and she is a strong heroine starting off as kinda vulnerable and insecure of herself then gaining strength as the book carries on Often she has conversations with an invisible friend called Sid which are actually some of the funniest scenes in the book So she is definitely a good heroine for this novel especially considering some of the challenges she is about to face Seeing as this book does have a very religious context to it she could be considered a kind of JobeJesus characterNow I have to be honest I am in two minds of how I felt about the actual story of this book Most Young Adult books I ve read tended to be upbeat and with a positive feel to them for the most part This book I have to be honest I found to be a little depressing and dark I m not saying that YA books can t be dark after all The Hunger Games has some pretty dark themes to it and even Harry Potter could be pretty dark sometimes But I can t help but thinking that maybe Vaalbara Visions and Shadows is probably a little TOO dark in places After all it s dealing with the end of the world and the death of an entire race that is not a small subjectI think my biggest problem with it is that I couldn t identify with any of the characters from Vaalbara itself They seemed to be completely ambivalent and uncaring to the destruction of the human race with the exception of the Chosen Even some of the heroes I found to be cold and uncaring so I really couldn t support them Also I didn t like the fact that Alchera despite showing some feelings against this initially made NO attempt to try and stop this from happening and just went along with it She didn t have to have succeeded but for me the story would have been better if she at least made an attempt to save her people so that her humanity wasn t entirely gone There was also a uite nasty torture scene in the middle of the book that I thought was maybe a little too unnecessary and graphicNow I know the above may sound like I m being overly negative but I have to admit I am actually also impressed with it I like it that Michelle Horst doesn t conform to a lot of YA conventions and does something different And in fairness to the book there are some extremely dramatic moments in the book and we do feel Alchera s suffering as she progresses but we do also have some humour to balance it out There is somewhat of a happy ending as well I just wasn t sure I was satisfied with the way the story went about before it got to that moment as it seemed to glance over the fact that many people had diedI appear to have conflicting emotions about this one One part of me thinks that it s a very dramatic and powerful novel that goes against a lot of YA conventions the other thinks that it s too dark and depressing and this may potentially put some readers off However I am going to meet this half way because I don t think this is a bad novel in any way and it actually does have a positive message at its heart If you are prepared to have an open mind and don t mind the dark content then check this one out and be prepared to lose yourself in the drama of the piece

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Calming and confusing and confusion is the last thing she needs as she has to race to fulfill her destiny With an uncertain future and no past to speak of Alchera comes face to face. I m looking at the world with different eyes this book makes me think a lot


10 thoughts on “Visions and Shadows Vaalbara #1

  1. says:

    This is my first review of a book and this one really deserves it The first thing I have to say is that I honestly bought it because I've read that the character RyanRaighne is based on Ian Somerhalder which I adore as an actor and

  2. says:

    Aislinn is our heroine Ryan our hero Yet all readers should know that those are the names that will only be spoken in the normal everyday world of high school Aislinn is famous for her sarcasm In fact this writer found her to be a soul mate considering that sarcasm as Jon Stewart has shown is really the language that America best understands Aislinn is normal per se but she has always felt like there was something far grander out there for

  3. says:

    Oh my Loved this book so much Not really sure where to start A fantasy adventure romance that takes you between Earth and Vaalbara It follows 18 year old Alchera and her family in her uest to build a new world A beautifully written book that makes you wish with all your heart that the world we live in today was a better place There

  4. says:

    I have not yet had the privilege to read the entire book although I was honored to see some insights So for me to comment on the book at this stage would be unfair However I have got the enormous privilege of knowing Michelle the author as a friend I admire her work her passion and excitement when sharing this project I remember the first time she told me about it Although it was via Facebook I could feel the energy and

  5. says:

    Just finished Loved it I was sucked into it immediately and couldn't put it down I have to say I have not wanted to read a book so much since twilight The character dynamic did not turn out exactly the way I would have done it but either way

  6. says:

    I'm looking at the world with different eyes this book makes me think a lot

  7. says:

    Whilst I don’t try and give away too much in my reviews in terms of important plot points and that stuff in order to do a rounded review I will be mentioning some plot points So before I start just beware that this review does contain some spoilersAislinn is a young teenage girl that is kind of an outcast in her society – what with no real parents to speak of and with a rather disturbing talent of being

  8. says:

    Title Vaalbara Visions and Shadows Vaalbara #1 Author Michelle Horst Website 455Vaalbara Visions and Shadows is a spectacular young a

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    What can I say about this book? First of all I fell in love with it as soon as I started the first lines A good friend of mine intruduced me to VVS and I thought I could give it a try Now I'm happy she didI didn't know what I should expect from this story I think the sum isn't telling you anything about the actual story but it's fascinating how a young girl named AislinnAlchera became such an importaint character She is definetly

  10. says:

    Vaalbara Visions and Shadows is one of the most beautiful imaginative books I have ever read Misfit Aislinn cannot seem to find her p