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My father abandoned me when I was an infant.My friends have turned against me. My uncle beats me.The most powerful people in the world want me dead.They all have one thing in common.They think I’m turning into a monster.I’m starting to worry they’re right....

Title : Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2
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ISBN : 9780988251007
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Number of Pages : 394 Pages
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Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2 Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    2018-12-03 06:39

    So...what to say.First...the concept is/was fairly original - which is nice to see, as many novels are simply a rehash on a familiar story, whether or not they intend to be. This one was a bit less so.However. While I am all for self-publishing, I simply cannot stand it when a self-published novel contains grammatical errors throughout 99.99% of its pages. I'm sorry, but editing (even self-editing, or turning it over to friends - preferably one who understands possessive vs plural vs contractions) is an absolute must if you want to keep readers engaged. Or perhaps I am the only one who feels this way? I'll be honest; if I am yanked out of a story every thirty seconds or so due to either a grammatical error, or because the author cannot remember the way he spelled one of the characters' names and has decided to intermittently switch back and forth, then the story loses any shine it originally had, and becomes an incredibly difficult - and painful - slog. Additionally, I had some problems with the pacing of the story. While I found the concept intriguing, the novel itself dragged - and while I understand it is the first in the series, leaving every single question unanswered is frustrating. Especially for those of us who will not be continuing with the series, because our heads are already pounding due to the aforementioned editing issues.I've said this before: some good editing would have made this book a heck of a lot better. I applaud self-publishers; I'm all for the independent authors. However, if you're going to self-publish, please for the love of all things literary pass your book around to people who are capable of correcting your grammar. Additionally, pass it to people who can work with you on your pacing, and make you understand that you don't need to simply drag your readers through to the next book for a simple answer. By the by, yes, I understand that a good editor does not always do all three of the above (Robert Jordan's editor, I'm looking at YOU.)

  • Taylor Troncin
    2018-12-03 09:18

    I entered a goodreads giveaway and sadly did not win a copy. The cover looks interesting / a little strange. When I read the description I realized that this is a book that I *need* to read!

  • Sarah Oxford
    2018-12-10 09:34

    This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased reviewNo question, five stars! This book is mind-blowingly brilliant!I have never read a fantasy book like this, there are no comparisons, it is so original. The world that is built and the 'sapience' which is at the centre of the story is not based upon any established lore that I am aware of. It is built so naturally though, it just is the way it is and you learn about it gradually. It is a world which has an old England feel about it, with the castles and the social system which seems prevalent, but the landscape is more dangerous and jungle like. I loved the towns but loved the castle even more, it was so dramatic and mysterious. The life in the castle with the girls was so well described, I felt for their suffering, I willed on Evan to protect them. There was instant empathy for them.I found myself completely confused through the entire book, but a good confused. I couldn't predict any of it. The way it was written from the differing perspectives helped the plot come together but really there was no getting my head around how the strands would come together until the end, but then it was just over! I loved the ending! The drama of Evan piecing things together and battling with himself was so tense and the 'battle' had me on the edge of my seat (metaphorically speaking of course). I was doing that reading too fast thing which is so obviously counter productive but it's like I was too scared to give each word time to sink in and was desperate to keep going. And then that ending! Very brave but just perfect. Rather than being a frustrating 'cliffhanger' it felt just right.Evan was a great character. His inner battle was so interesting to watch play out. Like him, it was difficult as a reader to know the real from the created, the monster from the boy. He clearly had such a strong sense of right but didn't trust his own ability to stay himself. His love for his sisters was like a proper big brother. He tried to do everything to protect them despite his poor physical condition and personal problem. Henri was lovely, as was Claire, I hope to see more of them in book 2. I understand why we didn't hear from Henri's perspective earlier though.As for Cevo well, talk about a scary heartless man! But, if you want to know scary, I have never read a character I found more disturbingly scary than (view spoiler)[Anastasia/Terisma (hide spoiler)] Like, proper horror movie scary!I can't wait to read the next instalment, it was such an unusual and unique fantasy. The characters have a good deal of depth and room to grow. The author has a very descriptive style that takes you right into the scenes but the real skill is in the character development. Evan is confused but determined, good but scared, loving but needy. I think slightly unhinged but sometimes clear headed and purposeful. I have no idea where the story is going but I'm really intrigued to find out! I feel like I'm just touching the surface of this mysterious world.The book reads like a bestseller about to be turned into a movie, it really is that good! The only criticisms I could make are that the editing is occasionally poor and some parts seemed to go on a little long. Nothing a good editor couldn't see to and then I could see it being big!I would say though that the voice has a strong mid-upper YA fantasy feel in the best possible way. Fresh and engaging and wondrous. But, oh my was it dark and at times terrifying! I loved the buzz I got from it personally, there was mystery, brutality from inside and out, and some really creepy scenes and really scary scenes, but I got a real thrill from it. I'm no expert but I wouldn't recommend it to the faint of heart! I'd say a brave 12 yr old upwards and of course grown ups like me who love coming of age tales!If you love a good fantasy with characters who are good at heart fighting to overcome adversity and discover themselves, then read this book! You will not be disappointed! Oh and if you love absolutely terrifying evil bad guys too!

  • Sara
    2018-11-16 07:44

    A big thank you to Justin Blaney for sending me a paperback in exchange for an honest review. I finished the book with the newly edited ebook copy.When Justin Blaney asked me if I would be interested in reviewing his book Evan Burl and the Falling I went and read the blurb to see if I would be interested. And after reading the above description I was really intrigued and anxiously said yes. Once I read the first chapter I was hooked. Justin Blaney has a way of writing that keeps you turning pages to try and unravel the mystery. And this book had a lot of mystery. Just when I thought I had one thing figured out I would turn a few pages and find things had changed, and things were not always as they seemed. The mystery and thrilling ride was kept going until the very end when everything finally came together, yet it left a little mystery for a sequel but not enough to have me screaming "WHAT!"Evan Burl has been living as a sort of orphan at Daemanhur castle with his uncle Mazol. There are orphans called the fallings that fall from the sky in chests that open magically with a key that was sent with the chest before it. And there are machines that run as if by magic that all the orphans are forced to work on even though they have no idea what they are making. This is all part of a much bigger thrilling story of sapience and those that would do anything to control it and use it for their own power and gain. Evan discovers he is in the middle of it as he begins to uncover his own powers and the delusions that come with it. Evan just wants to do what was right and save his family from Mazol and his henchmen but even he can't predict where the story will go.One of my favorite characters was Cevo. Cevo was pure evil. This character is severely warped. Here is one of my favorite thoughts of his:"The problem was, every time I killed someone I created a whole lot of work for myself."And Anastasia with her alternate persona Terisma was also a whole nuther ball game of trouble:"Terisma looked like a nightmare pretending to be a candy cane."I found this to be a fantastic story with everything you could want to hold your attention: Fabulous evil villians, a boy that just wants to do what's right, magic, a mystery to solve, and a thrilling journey. And I love this quote about Evan:"Maybe it doesn't matter what my father thinks about me. What the letters say I'll become. Maybe I don't have to become a monster. maybe I can choose my own path."I loved the writing style. I love the imagery. I highly recommend this to young and old adults:)Reviews at www.enthralledbybooks.blogspot.com

  • Brenda Ayala
    2018-12-02 07:45

    At first when I finished Evan Burl and the Falling I was outraged. How could the author possibly end the novel like that? It didn't explain anything!! There was no resolution with where they end up, and I was infuriated. It wasn't until I found out that there's going to be a second one that the fire was diminished. Now, I'm satisfied with the ending.The synopsis given is extremely vague, as is the term "monster". The entire time, we are expecting Evan to transform into this animalistic creature that will be the end of everyone, including those he loves. Which is true, to an extent. We learn this when we see through Pearl's, Henri's and Claire's eyes. They see a visceral thing trying to break free from the confines of Evan's psyche. It's a curious manifestation, and proved to be very interesting. However, we find that this "monster" that Evan was cracked up to be never really rears his head the way we expect it to. Instead, Anastasia turns out to be the little devil. Her point of view was a strange twist. I thought it was considerably unnerving that there was no conscience on her part; no recognition of what she was truly doing. It was also a bit scary that she didn't realize that all the animals she thought were alive really weren't, as was the case with the rat and the kitten. Very creepy, and very well done.I actually predicted Anastasia's role in this. It seemed obvious from the beginning that she would be the antagonist in some form or another, which proved to be true. I don't think I'm ruining anything by saying that. However, there are still several bits of the plot that I'm puzzling over. I'm not totally sure what the deal was that Henri made with Mazol, not completely anyway. I'll probably go back and read those parts again. I'm not sure why the fallings were all in chests, although I have a feelings it has something to do with keeping them safe, and also delivering chests. I'm not sure who stabbed Claire's and Anastasia's father. I'll have to contemplate it for a while. It is definitely an interesting and unusual work, and I have to say I enjoyed it. It's definitely an exciting, action-packed read that I would recommend.

  • Nicole
    2018-11-28 09:28

    I received a free copy of Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2 in exchange for my honest review. The first chapter caught my interest, and I'm giving it a star for the overall concept, but this book is not anywhere near finished or even readable for a a lot of reasons. One of the biggest problems I have with this book is that it alternates between seven characters (I think - I literally lost track), all from first person POV. Talk about confusing. Each chapter has a header to orient the reader to whose POV we are reading, but the individual characters don't have distinct enough voices to keep things on track. The other huge issue is the proliferation of spelling and grammatical errors, omitted words, sentence fragments, incorrect punctuation and lack of consistency throughout the manuscript. To my understanding, this was a second edition of this work, and yet it apparently has not been edited at all. The author needs to do a lot of revision and the story would benefit from better world-building and fewer gimmicks (cutesy spellings, random Latin, etc.). The ages of the characters are not clear, so it's hard to say what age group this is geared toward. I'm guessing middle-grade, but it's a bit dark and violent.As it stands, I can't recommend this work. It's just too unpolished and confusing.

  • Megan
    2018-12-01 04:20

    Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this (revised) book in exchange for an honest review.The last time I read this book, I gave it four stars. It didn't feel complete, but I still really enjoyed it. This time around, it is deserving of the five-star rank.Evan Burl and the Falling is about a boy named Evan who discovers that he's doomed to become a monster. He lives with his uncle who he finds is charged with destroying him. He also lives with a group of girls he calls The Fallings, because they all fell from the sky as babies in boxes, completely unharmed. They appear to be immortal at first, as nothing can truly harm them and their wounds heal very quickly. But as he and they soon find out, they are not immortal at all. And something is causing them to die one by one.Evan decides he must leave to protect them, but only after he finds out what is causing them to die. Is it him? Is it his uncle? What is happening to these girls he sees as his own sisters? And what is his future? Can he choose not to be a monster?It's difficult to describe exactly what made me love this book so much. The writing style was great, very fluid and mostly easy to read. I felt so badly for Evan and his struggles with trying to control the sapience. I enjoyed the story immensely, and wanted to keep reading and reading and reading. It was a wonderful piece of fantasy, and only fantasy, which is so rare to see these days (unless you're looking for epic fantasy, of which there is plenty - but this is just simple fantasy).****THERE ARE SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT****There were parts that didn't make much sense, or seemed to be thrown in as a way to make certain story arcs work, however I believe that they could be fleshed out and made to work in the story. For example (and I'm sure some of these will be explored in book 2), who really killed Terillium? How did Ani "become" Terisma? Was it a mental break after her house burned down? Who set the fire? How did her mother get downstairs under the castle in a cage? Hagnus seems much older when Cevo first sees her, but she makes it sound like she's younger than Henri, who is only 14, so how old is she? More could be done with Cevo and his history with Terillium. And what was Henri trying to accomplish by dealing with Mazol?Overall, the expanded book was much more enjoyable than the original as it was clearer and dealt much more with Evan's struggles. The hanging ending was a great way to set it up for a sequel, as we don't truly know what happened to Cevo, Terisma, Evan, Henri, Clare, or any of the other characters (except Hagnus, unfortunately). I look forward to reading the second book when it's done, and this is a book I would be happy to have on my shelves.

  • Iola
    2018-12-04 07:19

    Evan Burl, age fifteen, is the oldest of a group of orphans who live and work in the isolated castle of Dǣmanhur under the brutal supervision of Uncle Mązol and his goons, Ballard and Yesler. The orphans are always hungry, are punished severely for breaking the rules, and are forced to work from sunup to sundown. A mysterious message in the Book predicts that Evan will become an evil sapient when he turns sixteen, and that he cannot be turned from his destiny.Each chapter begins with a header specifying how long until the mysterious 'Falling'. This is important to note, as the story moves back and forward in time. I think this was meant to be a literary device to enhance suspense. Personally, I found it irritating. One flashback is one thing, but this felt more like telling a story in two timelines at once.One of the skills in writing a novel in a sci fi, fantasy or speculative genre is to ensure that the reader is provided with the information they need to understand the plot at the right time. Sometimes Evan Burl managed this; sometimes it did not. And the fantasy world has to present a consistent illusion of reality to the reader. French doors broke this illusion, because they are part of our world, and Evan is not.The other thing I found annoying was the spelling. Many of the names had little curlicues (e.g. Peąrl, sąpience). On the Kindle, the strange letters are merely annoying. But reading the epub version of the book on my Kobo was impossible, because the file conversion process had changed all the strange letters to boxes, rendering it almost unreadable. It takes a while for the story to really gain its stride--at first, it seems as though it is trying too hard, with the melodramatic evil uncle, the punishments and the affected spelling of character's names. But once it settle in and gains pace, it improves … only to finish with a ‘to be continued’ cliffhanger ending, with no resolution to any of the questions raised. What are the orphans manufacturing? What is the ‘falling’? Where did the orphans come from? Is Evan really evil? Evan Burl and the Falling could be the start of something good. But it finished too soon and left too many unanswered questions for my liking. I personally prefer each book in a series to have a partial resolution that gives more clues about the final climax, which completes the overall story arc. Thanks to Inklis Marketing for providing a free ebook for review.

  • Victoria
    2018-12-05 07:33

    This book fell into my lap on a Friday night. Last Friday night... I love intriguing teen stories, coming of age of sorts.... fantasy and mystery rolled in one.Of course I could not resist the free download offer either. By Saturday morning I was done.As I begun reading, the old, yet every time new feeling of excitement and flatter in my stomach took hold of me and I read Evan Burl's tale in one go.... Given a few hours in between to feed the family and pick the kids up from school.I am in awe of the amazing plot, which wraps itself in an almost timeless, yet futuristic setting. I had steampunk images floating through my head, while following Evan through the mysterious rooms, the cauldroen, the walls of the castle. The basic story follows a boy and his friends, mostly orphaned children living with him under the rule of his uncle, working hard for something untold, a frightening, magic treasure of sorts... Something which inflicts some with death, others with powers so large, it becomes almost unmanageable. Evan's self detected fate to become a monster seems unavoidable, yet he fights the demons around him, there is always this shady glimmer of hope to escape the foretelling. It's a wrestling with the good and bad inside oneself, the world at large and the people who have power over us.The language is rich and the images are lush. Justin Blaney has managed to create a believable magic world, one, far enough from our reality to make it true fantasy and close enough to life to experience all the ups and downs of a teen, trying to follow his heart. The story is complex and full of twists and turns, but I felt gently guided into all the different viewpoints. It helps to slip into the different characters/minds to follow the storyline and to get the picture.Knowing that Evan Burl, Henri, Pearl have not finished their journey into freedom helped tremendously to overcome my slight disappointment with the final pages. Just a little too much suspense for my need for somewhat happy endings. But it makes me anticipate the next sequel with impatience.I absolutely can see this turned into a movie, ( I'd love to be the set designer) and at the same time as an audio book... I love to listen to such stories.

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-18 07:19

    Picked this up free on Amazon. So I started reading this book annoyed because it starts with an author note about it being a draft. Drafts don't belong on Amazon, whether free or not. Free books are for getting increased circulation and reviews that will encourage buyers to pay for the book. They aren't for getting test readers and free editing. But the note made a big deal about it trying to hurry out an extended version because he realized he screwed up putting it out with a cliffhanger, so I thought I'd be nice and read it (I've done a lot of test reading for several authors in the past). So I finished my reading ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS! Besides the fact that it is in desperate need of some semblance of editing and overall makes very little sense throughout, the stupid book still ends on a cliffhanger.So the author should get this draft off a BOOKSTORE (you don't go to a bookstore to pick up drafts. Drafts belong on writer's workshops, with test readers who sign up to be test readers, and on editor's desks. NOT IN A BOOKSTORE!!) and turn it into a real finished book with decent editing and without a cliffhanger before putting it back.Since the author has pissed me off, there is no way I am going to give him any of my notes of what needs to be fixed. I only edit when I get compensation for my work. And this mess needs far more than test reading.

  • Linda
    2018-12-05 10:27

    This one is definitely a page turner! I must say this novel is much different than anything I have ever read.Evan Burl is an orphan who is living with his uncle Mazol, his cousin Pike and 12 other orphans called “The Falling” in Daemanhur. Evan learns that he has magical powers and is destined to become evil, even though his best friend Henri believes he can control it. Each chapter is from a different point of view and is a countdown to the falling, when Evan is meant to fully transform. There were so many twists and turns, that the author had me going back in forth in who I could trust and who I couldn't trust. During this time, not only are there many in search of Evan, Evan is also trying to figure out why all the Fallen are mysteriously dying, especially since they are supposed to be immortal.Throughout the book you are introduced too many characters and I really did enjoy reading from each point of view. I understand that Evan and Henri are young but in the next book, I hope to see their friendship progress to a more romantic level and I really enjoyed reading about Anastasia/Termsia, even though she truly frightens me.This really was a great read and I highly recommend it!

  • Jeremy Yoder
    2018-12-14 08:18

    Evan Burl and the Falling is an ambitious steam punk fantasy and psychological thriller (Full disclosure: I received a free e-book version of this book to review). Young orphaned Evan Burl works the "clanker" machines in his uncle's sweatshop at Daemanhur castle, along with the Roslings, a group of mysterious, invincible young girls. One day, Evan discovers mysterious book that predicts a "falling" that will turn him into a monster and instructs his uncle Mazol to terminate him. As a mysterious force wanders the castle and systematically murders the Roslings one by one, Evan discovers latent magical powers (called sapience). Can Evan Burl avoid his fate? Will his emerging powers transform him into a monster? Blaney's novel jumps between first-person perspectives, whose perceptions are not always reliable, as sapience blurs the line between reality and fantasy. This ambitious approach works for the most parts, but at points can also feel disorientating and difficult to understand what is going on.Overall, Blaney creates an intriguing world with well-rounded characters and a complex magical system. I look forward to exploring this world further in the sequels.

  • Charlie
    2018-11-29 09:36

    Sorry Justin Blaney, but I had to loan this book our TWICE before I had a chance to read and review it. Both readers said it is Interesting, different and that I really should read it SOON. So, that's what I am doing NOW -- reading Evan Burl and the Falling. Review coming up in a few days. What an unusual and interesting book. Took me a while to finish the book - interruptions of course. The first few chapters that I read is like 'what?' However, as you read on you get the jest of the story line. Bodies falling from the sky? You bet. And who are they and What are they? Evan is the real star in this story but their are others too. A mysterious book that states that Evan is going to turn into a monster isn't taken ligthly by his enemies and his friends.AND what is happening to these creatures that are Falling from the sky?Can't tell you how it ends. THAT would be a Spoiler for sure.

  • Mitsy
    2018-11-15 09:23

    Evan Burl is better than Harry Potter. Evan Burl and The Falling is the beginning of the most imaginative series since Harry Potter. I dare say it is the best fantasy book I've ever read. Justin Blaney writes such descriptive scenes you will imagine them on the movie screen or as paintings in a museum. The villains are sadists. The story is so odd and horrific play close attention, when you read this, or you will get lost.Evan is a young boy who lives in a castle and tries to take care of orphans. The orphans are otherwise known as the Fallings. The Fallings/orphans are all young girls who literally fell from the sky. Are did they? If so, how? What happens to Evan and these Fallings are the mystery. To find out, you'll have to read the story. Oh, and if you think you've got it figured out, guess again. Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! :)

  • Amelia
    2018-12-07 07:44

    3.5 StarsI try to write reviews for the self-published/less well-known books I read, but I'm going to have to save reviewing Evan Burl until my brain's had time to make sense of what happened. It was an intriguing read but a most confusing one. I might be back with more of a review. In the meantime, I'll leave you with a quote which I loved:“I found myself in a kingdom of stars and clouds. Endless. Deadly. Blue as blood.Stretching without blemish from one side of the world to the other, the sky was perfect but for one single inky speck.If anyone was watching, they might have wondered if I merely napped on a pillow of thin air.But it was nothing so pleasant.This was a falling.”

  • Kme_17
    2018-11-30 08:25

    Evan Burl is an orphan. He is the oldest of a group of orphans. However Evan is a special boy. He is magic. He can do things and see things that a “normal “boy could not. This puts him in danger with his uncle and others who want to kill him. I was graciously given this book to read by the author. I fell in love with this book! It took me a while to get into the universe but when I did I could not stop reading. The world here is so vivid and you can just see the action taken place. I could see the characters clearly. The only problem is the cliff hanger ending. I want to know what happens! I recommended if you like YA and/or fantasy books.

  • Melissa Willard
    2018-11-15 09:27

    I have to say this book was amazing!! I seriously could not put it down then I come to the end and find out it's "to be continued" UGH,I can't wait until the next book! All I can say is poor Evan......this kid has been through so much already I just want to bring him home with me,the story seems all too real,I just can't imagine Evan making it through anymore trauma. Who is his father anyway and is he one of the falling? I hope your with me and dare to find out. This is one book I definitely recommend to all who love a good mystery,children & adults as well! This book is an awesome present for those who are also hard to buy for. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, now to wait for book 2!

  • georgia
    2018-12-14 03:26

    Evan Burl is an orphan, abused, betrayed, and turning into a monster.... This book captured my attention from the start. WIth a well thought through plot, it definitely is worth a read. Its gripping storyline, descriptive and yet punchy sentences, characters that you will love and hate and most importantly, not like other YA fiction novels, is just a few of the great factors that contribute to this books amazingness. Ending on a climax, i am DYEING to read what comes next!!!

  • Emily Kemp williams
    2018-12-09 03:44

    This was a really good book! I read it several months ago, but just thought of it and thought I'd add it to my shelf. It was exceptionally twisty and mysterious, and I quickly grew feelings for the characters. Just discovered there will be a sequel, hooray! I will definitely be watching for that release.

  • Norm Davis
    2018-11-16 09:36

    First, a very big thank you to Justin Blaney, the author, for providing free versions of the book. At first I thought there was some complicated problems with the first formats I tried to read (mobi, epub, etc). Justine tried to resolve the problem by offering the novel in every conceivable format for free. Turns out all the e-versions have the same problem related to the use of special characters, usually used in the name of the primary characters. In the e-formats those special characters were simply a blank square box. That's a tough start when the first thing a reader deals with is how to figure out what these character's names are or how to pronounce them. This is a very common mistake made by beginning science fiction or fantasy writers. I didn't try the PDF or the hard copy so I'm not sure this problem would present itself in these editions.Before the opening there is a “Cast of Characters”. This is thoughtful of the writer and does comes in handy.The opening scene is, what we are lead to believe, a Falling. And it does it's job. It is exciting and it keeps you reading. Naturally, it breaks away before the splat. There-after the “time until falling” at the start of each chapter seems directly linked to the climax of the book. The natural reading instinct is that this “time until falling” is a dramatic “tick-tock” tool effectively used by nearly every author in some form or another, ticking down to the climax for the story. Big mistake... careful attention to this “tick-tock” the reader learns this dramatic tool is being used to flash-forward and flash-back in the story which only confuses things if you're not ready for it. Perhaps if it were explained in a prologue or something that this is a time-line marker to show flashbacks and flash-forwards it would have worked. In this case it simply provided for more confusion than a causal reader ought to be asked to endure.There's no doubt Justine can write exciting scenes. He is exceptional at projecting, a tool writers use to signal future excitement that keeps the reader reading which is really what we want to do, right? Even as confused as I was during most of the book, I could pick it up and start enjoying it again almost anywhere I returned to the book. However... let's not call this a novel, rather a draft or a manuscript in progress since it ends without resolution of any plot or sub-plot that I can determine. All the problems working against the book from the start, sort of sinks the ship, but Justine, the author, is able to write some very gripping and exciting scenes that really does develop a trust with the reader that he is going to take you on a trip you'll enjoy. Didn't quite happen with me. I had every intention to read this book consistently until I was finished in order to provide some kind of review. I found myself unconsciously trying to avoid it. So I apologize that I may be discouraging someone who might sincerely love this manuscript. I imagine if I were to re-read it, knowing what I know now about some of the characters, the 'time until falling' thing and some of the “special” biographical information I would very likely enjoy this story. That said, and glancing at my notes that I keep at the end of each chapter there really is a worthwhile story weaved in there that will probably be satisfactory when the manuscript is finished. About my rating of two stars. I critiqued SF/F manuscripts for decades. I sometimes still see the technical problems, character problems, or plot troubles and miss the pure enjoyment of the story. In that case I was a bit miffed. (I didn't like it) I actually did like what was there, but to me, it just isn't finished enough to even warrant a second book. To me, this book needs to be finished or if a trilogy or something similar is desired, at least finish the opening plot line first... the splat we're waiting for all through the book. So, it doesn't stretch enough to three stars (I liked it). I would congratulate Justine for his effort, his generosity, and the great beginning he has made.

  • Kimberly
    2018-12-14 03:33

    Amazing! Incredible! Fantastic! Blew me away!I attempted to win a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway, but was unlucky. I found a link that lead me to directly contact the author who allowed me to download a digital ARC. I received the digital copy with a request for an honest review.There is nothing that I can add to a summary of this story that hasn't already been well-written here. The major difference is that the version I read did not end with a serious, anger-provoking cliffhanger that many reviewers have experienced and complained about. The major mysteries developed in my version (What's going to happen to Evan? Who is after him? Why are they after him? Who is friend and who is foe?) are brought to solution. Certainly, there still remains a surprising twist and a handful of unanswered questions that allow for the development of a sequel, but this version contains a whole story, not one arbitrarily cut in half to sell readers two books rather than one.While I read from most every genre, lately, I've been happily losing myself in YA, most often dystopian society series. This steampunk flavored futuristic fantasy has the makings of at least a two book series, if not three, written to entertain YA as well as adults. While in the belly of the castle with the clankers, I kept having visions of a Mad Max futuristic world (our children certainly won't understand that reference).The pace of the book was mildly slow in the beginning because a completely new world had to be described to us. A series of events recurring in this futuristic fantasy, totally foreign to our modern-day reality, had to be developed. Once the characters were put in place, the passage of time picked up to a new pace. In my version, time moved forward. In previous versions, it appears that the story flashed back too often for readers' preference. I didn't experience that, but did recognize that pertinent information was revealed as needed by the eventual use of multiple points of view.I think the alternating POVs of Earl, Henri, Claire, Anastasia and a few other characters significantly helped the reader to understand who knew what when and when we could indeed trust that a character spoke truth. Allowing for these multiple POVs also allows the reader to better understand the lack of clarity the sapient feels between reality and dream.So why should you read this book? Assuming you are open to YA and open to fantasy, we have an underdog hero (an abused orphan trying to protect other abused orphans), we have harnessed and unharnessed magic (it is surprising to learn who has magic and who doesn't and why in the world does Ani have powers?!?!?!) and we have mystery (will the real "monster" please stand up?). Best of all, we have an ending that requires you to buckle your seat belt and tighten the straps for a wild ride and when it's over, all you can do is say, "Holy [email protected]!" After all the action settles in your brain, you might want to raise your arms repeating "Again! Again! Again!" like a little child after being swung in circles in Daddy's arms.Justin, where's book two? I'm ready!

  • Kimberly
    2018-12-05 08:24

    Amazing! Incredible! Fantastic! Blew me away!I attempted to win a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway, but was unlucky. I found a link that lead me to directly contact the author who allowed me to download a digital ARC. I received the digital copy with a request for an honest review.There is nothing that I can add to a summary of this story that hasn't already been well-written here. The major difference is that the version I read did not end with a serious, anger-provoking cliffhanger that many reviewers have experienced and complained about. The major mysteries developed in my version (What's going to happen to Evan? Who is after him? Why are they after him? Who is friend and who is foe?) are brought to solution. Certainly, there still remains a surprising twist and a handful of unanswered questions that allow for the development of a sequel, but this version contains a whole story, not one arbitrarily cut in half to sell readers two books rather than one.While I read from most every genre, lately, I've been happily losing myself in YA, most often dystopian society series. This steampunk flavored futuristic fantasy has the makings of at least a two book series, if not three, written to entertain YA as well as adults. While in the belly of the castle with the clankers, I kept having visions of a Mad Max futuristic world (our children certainly won't understand that reference).The pace of the book was mildly slow in the beginning because a completely new world had to be described to us. A series of events recurring in this futuristic fantasy, totally foreign to our modern-day reality, had to be developed. Once the characters were put in place, the passage of time picked up to a new pace. In my version, time moved forward. In previous versions, it appears that the story flashed back too often for readers' preference. I didn't experience that, but did recognize that pertinent information was revealed as needed by the eventual use of multiple points of view.I think the alternating POVs of Earl, Henri, Claire, Anastasia and a few other characters significantly helped the reader to understand who knew what when and when we could indeed trust that a character spoke truth. Allowing for these multiple POVs also allows the reader to better understand the lack of clarity the sapient feels between reality and dream.So why should you read this book? Assuming you are open to YA and open to fantasy, we have an underdog hero (an abused orphan trying to protect other abused orphans), we have harnessed and unharnessed magic (it is surprising to learn who has magic and who doesn't and why in the world does Ani have powers?!?!?!) and we have mystery (will the real "monster" please stand up?). Best of all, we have an ending that requires you to buckle your seat belt and tighten the straps for a wild ride and when it's over, all you can do is say, "Holy [email protected]!" After all the action settles in your brain, you might want to raise your arms repeating "Again! Again! Again!" like a little child after being swung in circles in Daddy's arms.Justin, where's book two? I'm ready!

  • Kerri
    2018-11-22 04:35

    Evan Burl is abandoned to Daemanhur castle, under the supervision of his Uncle Mazol. He steals a letter, from the man he believes to be his father, that insists Evan is going to be very powerful and very evil someday, and will eventually suffer a Falling. Determined to prove the letter wrong, Evan dedicates himself to the protection of the Roslings: 12 little girls who are sent to Daemanhur -- who aren't allowed to eat, who can't get sick, who can't die -- and are forced into slavery. When the Roslings start to fall ill, Evan is forced to confront his destiny.This is one of those books that has the ability to make a reader nervous about literary quality. The copyright page and note from the author acknowledge self-publication--and while self-published authors may have some intriguing ideas they often feel the need to take "creative writing" to a grammatically incorrect extreme. Right away my doubt is fed by the fact that the formatting is a little off. Chapter headings appear before chapters actually appear. My version of this book is also an announced ARC, apparently Evan Burl #1 & #2 are combined and revised in this version; offered up for an unbiased review. As I never read the first editions, I can't tell where Book 1 ends and Book 2 begins (thats a good thing!).The Prologue aka Chapter 3, starts off with dramatic imagery involved in a literal fall through space; doing exactly what a good prologue should: making the reader wonder how our character got there in the first place. Sadly, the first few chapters following are a bit hard to get through--JB deciding to throw us right into a plotline with very little explanation for why things are happening or what certain things are... Brilliance is overshadowed by confusion.But the story definitely got better the more I read; the author seems to have hit a rhythm and once I saw words used in context more than once, it was easier to glean the meaning behind them. Before I knew what was happening, all doubts were gone and I couldn't put the story down because suddenly I had all these questions: Who is Evan Burl? Who can he trust? And what exactly are the Roslings?And instead of trying to answer these questions, Justin Blaney continues to expand his magical world into a "Dark Side of the Rainbow"-like experience. As the magic inside the characters grow, we're shown the price of Sapience: sanity. Imagination is the key to Sapience and the more it is used, the harder it is to separate fiction from reality. If you thought Evan's life was hard in the early chapters...Over all, I adored this book. There were a few dropped commas, and a couple of misused pronouns as if Blaney forgot who the subject of his sentence was, but nothing overwhelmingly distracting. And since his author's notes say this is the unrevised version, I've got no problem giving him 4 stars while urging him to hurry the hell up with the sequel!

  • Courtney
    2018-11-18 11:21

    A few months ago, I entered to win a copy of Evan Burl and the Falling on Goodreads but alas, I wasn’t one of the lucky few that won. However, the author contacted me a few weeks later after completing the second part of the book and offered to share it with me in exchange for feedback and an honest review. When I first entered to win the book in the Goodreads giveaway, I wasn’t exactly sure how the story would play out based on its description. But the cover artwork and the excerpt of the first chapter intrigued me. As of now, I have completed the book in its entirety and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter! The book begins with a description of a “Falling” though the reader doesn’t quite know whose point of view it is from. It is incredibly gripping and leaves you wanting to read more about who was experiencing the “Falling” and what would happen after it. In the following chapters, you learn that the main character, Evan Burl, was abandoned by his father and forced to live with his uncle, Mazol, and cousin, Pike, in a large castle called Dæmanhur. Over the years, following mysterious events of giant metal chests falling from the sky, the castle becomes the home to twelve other orphaned children, which are referred to as “fallings”. The name is given to them not only because of the strange circumstances that they arrived at the castle but also because they are very different from other children.As the story progresses, a very tragic event occurs which changes the lives of all of those at Dæmanhur. Uncle Mazol becomes very cold-hearted and hires two wards, Ballard and Yesler, and together they begin a reign of terror. The orphans are rarely given food, excessively beaten for breaking any rules, and they are forced to work outrageous hours despite their age. Evan tries to protect all of the fallings from his uncle as he considers them his family. However, Evan Burl discovers that he is destined to become the most dangerous sapient, a wielder of magic power who will hurt both friend and foe, after his Falling. So how is he supposed to protect his family from his uncle and himself? You will have to read the book to find out!It is so difficult to really try to capture the entire essence of Evan Burl and the Falling in so few words. The world that the author creates is both incredible and terrifying at the same time with the variety of villainous characters, the existence of sapience, and slew of mysterious happenings. But once you become accustomed to the way Evan Burl’s world operates and become acquainted with all of the characters you will not want to put the book down! I cannot wait to read the next addition to the story!

  • Reland
    2018-12-05 04:48

    I don't know if I have ever been more intrigued and irritated at the same time. This book was completely different, fresh and addictive. The only problem was there were places that just left you confused and unable to understand what was happening. After I finished the book, I went online to see if there was a new book yet. The second in the series perhaps. I found on the author's blog that this was just a first draft, as it were. He felt that many of his readers reviews and comments were correct about things that he might have left out. So he did a rewrite. Of course the book I read was not the rewritten version. I thought perhaps I would download the rewritten version and see if it answered some of my questions from the version I read. Much to my dismay the author changed major things in the story. He left out some events and information about backgrounds of characters from the first version that I felt were crucial to understanding who they were. He changed one of his characters from a good guy to a bad one. He softened the evilness of one of the main protagonist. He changed the name of the children that fell from the sky. He didn't really answer any of the questions I had from the first version. He only added questions about the second. Frankly, I like the first version best. I will not read any more from this author. I am not a test reader. I didn't sign on to be a test reader. And I don't appreciate having this foisted upon me without my knowledge. Apparently, from what I've heard, there are many books that are free downloads from the web that are exactly like this - first drafts. It is kind of sad, I grew to care about the characters in the first version. They seemed almost real to me. But somehow after I read the second version they became distorted, a shadow of what they were before. I feel as though they've been taken from me. There is a frustration in reading something that leaves you with questions and wanting to know what happens to these characters next. I will never have my questions answered because that is no longer the book that will be continued. I don't like that feeling.

  • Amy
    2018-11-14 07:40

    I received this book through Goodreads FirstReads. Thanks to Justin Blaney for the opportunity.I can honestly say that I did not know what to expect from this book after reading the small excerpt on the back cover. Since Justin was an author I'd never heard of, I can't say I had very high expectations for the book, though I held out hope.And boy, was I glad. Evan Burl and the Falling did not unfold the way I had though it might. From the very first page, the was gripping. The style of the book, so unique, was brilliant. I loved the cast of characters page as well as the crafty and intriguing preface. Even the names in the book are written in a different font, a mysterious one, perhaps. Like I've said, it sure is different.Different in a good way, though - a really interesting and unique way. All of Blaney's characters are so perfect for the world he's created. I wasn't anticipating the introduction of sapience at all. The term "monster" used on the back cover was so vague. For me, Evan Burl and the Falling was everything one could look for in a YA book, and can certainly give other similar popular books a run for their money. It's full of unexpected twists and turns in the life of a not-so-ordinary orphan, Evan. To make it more interesting, some girls are able to be harmed, but not killed. Mysterious disappearings, hidden secrets, and haunting discoveries lurk in the pages of Evan Burl and the Falling.The book switches between characters points of views without being choppy. Each new character's voice and personal story is just as attention-grabbing (and holding) as the next. His technique creates immense suspense. In no, time, you'll be finished with the novel. But as later promised, there will be more.I can say, with confidence, that I'm very glad to have won and read this book. I'd recommend it to anyone I know, and especially fans of leading fantasy YA novels. I'll be eagerly awaiting Blaney's next Evan Burl novel.

  • Christy
    2018-12-15 09:35

    Evan Burl and the Falling is a truly unique and wonderful story. It is a fantasy with a touch of steampunk thrown into it. It's a Young Adult book that adults will love. It's the classic tale of good versus evil, yet who is good and who is evil? Even by the end of this first book in the series, we aren't quite sure.The characters in this book are truly well-developed. You can feel the evil forces at work in the plot. The whole atmosphere is dark and foreboding. The settings remind me of the atmosphere in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is one of my favorite books in that series. It's gloomy and dank and dark, yet somehow there is hope. Though it's believed that Evan is destined to turn into a "monster," hope lies in the fact that our choices help shape our destiny.A lot of different characters and settings make the book at times frustrating since you want to know what is happening elsewhere, but I like when books make you feel that way. It's not all laid out at the outset, and you have to dig a little deeper to see how all of the characters fit together. The ending is definitely not the end, so don't read this with the expectation that there will be closure. There's no closure. You need to read this book knowing that it is the jumping off point of a much larger story. I highly recommend it! This review first appeared on my blog here: http://www.christyscozycorners.com/20...

  • Melanie Adkins
    2018-12-10 03:35

    Evan Burl is an orphan. He's special though, he has magic inside him. Unfortunately he learned this while being held captive in his Uncle's house. Evan isn't the only orphan there though. At least a dozen other orphans Evan calls "The Falling" live in this house and work for his unscrupulous Uncle. All of the orphans want one thing, a family. A home to call their own filled with love. Evan is the self appointed protector of the other orphans. He does what he can to prevent his Uncle from causing them too much pain and seeing they get some food. As Evan learns more about himself, he gets stronger and better able to protect all of them. Just when he thinks things are getting better, a surprise drops in. Evan Burl and The Falling is one of the most imaginative, powerful and well written stories out there. This book takes you on a trip through a world only another orphan can truly understand. It gives the rest of us a peek inside the mind and lives of some orphans. I recommend this book highly. It would be a great read for your child or yourself. It is definitely a page-turner. You'll get caught up quickly in this book and keep yearning for things to turn around for the orphans. GET THIS BOOK! I found no issues with this one. I gave this one 5 out of 5 books because it's pure entertainment with a wonderful message.

  • Jennifer Powell Bowling
    2018-11-22 05:47

    Awesome story! I'm not going to outline the story here, because we can all read the introduction on any given book. With that being said.. I have to agree with many others that this was quite the complex story line, you simply MUST pay attention to what you are reading (probably couldn't hurt to take notes either. hahaha). There are so many twists and jumps in the story that you almost feel like you're caught in a riddle that you just don't get. Keep reading tho, you will.(I think) I couldn't help but think of the Harry Potter series while reading this, and I can't even say why but that's definitely not a bad thing. I really enjoyed reading it (crazy as it was) and found myself picking it up to sneak a few pages when I knew I didn't really have the time to do so.(Then when I got interrupted I would get angry because I was at a good part, and everyone knows you don't STOP at the good parts) I'll also admit that I had to go back and re-read parts (sometimes more than once)so that I could keep up. This was a very cleverly written fantasy and you can't help but wonder what medications this author is on. hahaha I would pay to take a walk inside your head Mr. Blaney. I would certainly recommend this book to others and I will definitely be reading more myself. (apologies for being so long-winded)

  • Calamus
    2018-11-28 03:29

    Evan Burl’s life living with his Uncle Mazol is far from ordinary. For one, baby girls have fallen from the sky and taken under his families protection throughout his childhood. Secondly, Evan discovered that he was put into his uncle’s care in anticipation of him becoming an evil sapient in five years. With his destiny looming, Evan attempts to do right by his “sisters” and cousin that he loves, but Uncle Mazol, hardened by poverty, tragedy and greed, starts to exploit them. Everyone has their secrets to keep as the countdown to Evan’s falling into evil continues.Evan Burl and the Falling is a young adult fantasy with elements of intrigue, magic, and mystery. Though I was skeptical during the first few chapters, the strong plot hooked me before long and watching the various twists and tangles fall into place was enjoyable. If you are a connoisseur of young adult fantasy, I think you will be surprised by this debut novel.There has been some discord about reader’s inability to differentiate the versions, but I imagine that any version is worth the read.Reviewed by Sarahwww.calamusworks.com