Nolander (Emanations Book 1) by Becca Mills


My Thoughts:

Becca introduces a unique concept within Nolander and as much as there are many loose ends, it is very intriguing. If you can stomach the adult content without becoming too flustered or frazzled, then this book is definitely one for you. I personally enjoyed the fact that Becca wasn’t afraid to base some of her characters on some unsavory people from the real world. We all know that the real world isn’t sweet or sugar coated, so this for me made the story appear more realistic. On saying that, I did bump up the age rating to 18+ because of the adult content.

I also really liked the fact that the main characters who possess powers don’t suddenly turn into superman or superwoman, in fact it’s quite the opposite. The main protagonist Beth, realizes she had strange powers and is located by a group of humans who possess similar abilities. She ends up being introduced to a secret hidden world which already has an established hierarchy. Unfortunately for these talented humans, they are near the bottom. They are almost like hired henchmen, sent out by demons to complete tasks and to do the dirty work, only they don’t have a choice in the matter, they can’t quit.

Ok yes, the language is a bit coarse at times and yes some of the antagonists are a little disturbing, but what is great about this book is it’s realistic nature. Beth isn’t a woman who is used to being bold or brave, up until she is found, she is a normal human being with very real fears and issues. The secondary characters are a bit rough around the edges, but who wouldn’t be when you’re dealing with strange and powerful creatures? Everyone has their secrets and their bad sides even if they’re the good guys.

If you’re into shadow worlds, monsters, science and photography then this book is definitely worth the read. I enjoyed the storyline and in particular the introduction of some different creatures. I think everyone who rated this book highly enjoyed the tree hugging octopuses!

Keep on writing Becca!

From the current reviews:

The Good: ‘fantastic’, ‘entertaining’, ‘awesome’, ‘really caught my imagination’, ‘well worth the read’, ‘very well written’, ‘extremely colourful characters’, ‘brilliant first book’, ‘great read’, ‘completely different’, ‘enthralling’, ‘richly drawn and believable characters’, ‘a unique gem’, ‘enchanting’, ‘peppered with humor’, writing style is fluent’, ‘wonderful book’, ‘unique concept’, ‘an amazing ride’, ‘vibrant’, ‘unexpected’, ‘full of surprises, twists & mystery’, ‘original’, ‘captivating’, ‘amazing’, ‘addictive’ ‘interesting’, ‘refreshing’, ‘well thought out and engaging story’, ‘intriguing’, ‘fast moving and well paced’, ‘this book had a wonderful voice’.

The Bad: ‘a little slow moving’, ‘this book should come with an adult warning content’, ‘lame’, ‘falls flat’, ‘too many loose ends’, ‘stupid cliff hanger’, ‘the main character just rubbed me the wrong way’, ‘increasingly coarse language as the story progressed’, ‘made me cringe’, ‘awful and awkward to read’, ‘two dimensional characters.’

The Darn Right Ugly: ‘I’m not going to go into all the things I didn’t like because I don’t have the patience for that, so I’ll leave this as a DNF and get on with my life.’

The Unicorns: ‘I absolutely adored this book. Love, love, loved it. It’s rare I find books that inspire ME to write, and this one did.’ ‘This book is one of the flecks of gold in the pile of dross.’

UK Kindle Rating: 4.3 stars  (4.5 Stars)

Goodreads Rating: 3.8 stars  (3.73 Stars)

Release Date: Oct 2012

Pages: 380-390

Age Range: 18+

Contains: (Warning Adult Content) Descriptions of violence, swearing and references to statutory rape.

Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy.

On the back cover: Of all the beings that have lived on Earth, what if just a few had the power to make new realities, according to their desires? What would they create? The Second Emanation: a shadow world where ancient creatures persist, where humanity’s dominance is far less certain, where wonder competes with horror. A world like an autumn forest, its realities as multiple and layered as fallen leaves. The world that gives us our gods. 

In NOLANDER, The Second Emanation crosses paths with a seemingly ordinary young woman from the American Midwest. It’ll never be the same again. Amateur photographer Beth Ryder sees plenty wrong with her life. At twenty-three, she feels trapped in her small Wisconsin Town. The guy she’s been seeing lately wants nothing more to do with her, and her sister-in-law is doing her best to push Beth out of the family.

Then one day, Beth takes a picture no one can explain. Her quest for answers leads her far from her small-town roots and opens her eyes to the unseen world around her. Sucked into a dangerous organization responsible for policing visitors from Earth’s shadow world, Beth discovers that humanity is far from alone, and that its fellow creatures, many endowed with disturbing abilities, do not wish it well. As events spin out of her control, Beth must leave her restrictive but safe life behind. Thrown into a frightening new world, she struggles not to surrender more than she can bear to lose, and not to become something she can’t bear to be.

About the book: Nice girls don’t believe in monsters. They’re wrong.

Amateur photographer Beth Ryder is in trouble. She’s taking pictures of things she can’t see, things that aren’t human. Beth has her own dreams, but people like her don’t get to go free. She’s seized by a dangerous organization dedicated to keeping Earth’s shadow world — and its frightening inhabitants — a secret. Forced into otherworldly politics and uncertain whom to trust, Beth must come to terms with a radically altered future — one in which her own humanity seems to be draining away.

Where to Buy?

Amazon Kindle Price: Free               

Amazon Paperback Price: £9.08 (new)

About the Author:

From Becca Mills Facebook page….

Becca Mills writes urban fantasy and blogs at The Active Voice.
Becca Mills is an over-educated, under-exercised lover of good coffee, science, and fast cars. And books. Oh yes. She believes the world can be a rough place and that everyone deserves to leave it behind now and then. That pretty much makes books a human right, no?
Becca is currently completing Book 2 of the Emanations series. When not novelizing, she devotes quite a bit of time to her “day job” as a college professor teaching literature and writing.

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Disclaimer:  The reviews and opinions above are either from public sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing, and will potentially change in the future.

3 thoughts on “Nolander (Emanations Book 1) by Becca Mills

  1. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this informative article together.

    I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and commenting.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!


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