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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Book Review: Shadow of the Sun (Timeless, #1) by Laura Kreitzer

Shadow of the Sun (Timeless, #1) by Laura Kreitzer
Reading Level: Adult
Release Date: Available Now Online
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 524
Source: Received from author for honest review
(Special thanks to The Teen Book Scene)

Summary: Gabriella's past is a mystery, but that never stopped her from achieving her goals. As a supernatural specialist, and far more intelligent than anyone her age, she has always been ignored by her peers. Because of the isolation she has always felt, she put her life and soul into her job. Being a supernatural specialist hasn't given her the divine intervention she always longed for, until one day a shipment arrives from Italy containing three dead bodies with an uncanny ability to regenerate. Gabriella is frightened and intrigued, but not as scared as she becomes when a dark creature attacks her. As the bodies come back to life, the plot takes an unexpected twist that you won't see coming. The supernatural world only begins to unfold before her as angels appear, her dreams start to haunt her, and the very past she has forgotten comes back with startling clarity. Romance blooms, escape plans are made, an assassin is out to kill her, and death is only around the corner. But what is more terrifying than all of it is the fact she is the chosen one, the Illuminator, the one who will save them all.

My Review: Laura's Shadow of the Sun contributed an angelically delicious start to an action-packed series. Gabriella, a well-endowed supernatural lab worker, was a seemingly different protagonist than what I'm used to. Thus, encouraging me to establish a curiosity behind her twenty-something year old life. The maturity level balanced with the Young Adult-like writing helped me grow accustomed to the shift in genre. Now, at first, I was a little leery about the whole concept surrounding Gabriella's newly found Illuminator title. I didn't quite grasp the initial reveal due to the overcrowding figures and elements presented. However, once the angel forces succumb to protecting her from these shadow entities, I found myself getting lost in this phantasmal plot. After all, Gabriella was the key to saving the angels, so there duty was to make sure she was safe. Throughout Shadow of the Sun, the heart pounding surprises never diminished. Laura did a phenomenal job keeping me on my toes.

Another aspect I thoroughly enjoyed, was the flourishing relationship between Gabriella and the smoldering angel, Andrew. "Meow" as described by Gabriella's assistant, Andrew shined with a protective, and electrifying chemistry. I longed to see his sexy demeanor oozing from the pages. By the end, I respected Gabriella even more. The supernatural whirlwind expressed a journey full of madness and anguished changes. I look forward to picking up Soul Stalker, there I hope to continue on Gabriella's unexpected path. Luckily, the only flaw I was faced with was the wordy and overly detailed chapters. A lot of parts could have been edited out, but all in all its self-published quality glistened with professional, hard work. Also, I want to quickly touch on the Young Adult feel to this novel. It might be generalized as an Adult series, due to Gabriella's age, however the vibe fit right into the YA community's vibe.

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Author's Info:
Laura Kreitzer is a newly published fiction author who hails from western Kentucky. While her full-time 9-5 job includes working in a lab devoted to water dye-tracing investigations at Western Kentucky University, her passion lies in writing. Shadow of the Sun is the first book in the Timeless Series of books about a young woman, Gabriella, who is a doctor in charge of paranormal investigations at an influential government lab. A sudden delivery to her lab reveals the possibility that angels actually exist and she must use her skills in both science and discernment to decide if the previously thought of science fiction is a reality. The main character is similar to the author in many ways, the least of which is her incredible intelligence. Both Gabriella and Laura are both strong women who let very little stand in their way. Becoming a published author is a harrowing, and often disheartening, experience. Laura bravely decided to pursue the path of self-publishing. The editing experience was an exercise in patience as version after version were carefully picked apart for proper grammar, spelling, formatting, and appropriate storyline continuity. Although the storyline of Shadow of the Sun poured from her fingertips onto her computer screen, the process itself of bringing the book to life has been one of hard work and dedication and Laura has also decided to use this website not only to promote her book, but also for author support to encourage other writers to publish their work and become authors in the eyes of the rest of the world.

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Alison Can Read said...

This sounds very interesting. I'm not a big angel fan, but I like the genre if it's done well. It's interesting that she's a "supernatural specialist." What other supernatural aspects are in the book? I like books that mix paranormal elements.

What do you think of the cover? I think it's gorgeous but feels inappropriate. If I walked by that on the bookshelf, I'd expect a high fantasy novel, not a paranormal romance.

Angela @ Reading Angels said...

Ive been meaning to get a copy of this book, it looks really good! Thanks for the review!

Wings said...

i fell in love with this cover as soon as i saw it and i was surprised that it was an adult book...definitely want to put this one on the pile though

Dazzling Mage said...

The cover is so freaky but intriguing, and so is the story! It sounds like a good ol' complex story line. Loved your review, and I'll be adding this to my list!

Jill Buck said...

What a neat idea, thanks for the review!

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