Friday, December 20, 2013

Book in review

"I picked it up because I know you; I kept reading because it was good."

I often hear that phrase (or something like it) from friends and co-workers. But what about readers who don't know me—those who picked up the book simply because the premise sounded interesting? I'm happy to report that, to date, the reviews for Whisper Falls have all been good.

I thought I would share a few of the quotes that have been posted on goodreads, amazon, or on book review blogs.

Let's start with two quotes from teen readers:

  • "Whisper Falls is bound to get you hooked, I know I was. From sentence one, I was instantly intrigued and had to find out more about Susanna and Mark's world. Intensity snowballs through Whisper Falls, making it unputdownable." [AD from Texas]
  • "I loved it, absolutely sweet. I... gah I don't even know how to explain." [IL from California]

Several of the comments come from readers who generally don't read this type of book. As an author, I love it when readers enjoy my book, but it can be especially exciting when someone who wasn't sure if they would like it claims that they couldn't put it down.

From readers who rarely read Young Adult, fantasy/supernatural, or historical fiction:
  • "Whisper Falls is a very impressive debut novel by Elizabeth Langston. It has about everything I like in my escape. Time travel, fantasy, romance and even though I don't usually read historical, I found this one to be exceptionally interesting." [winterhaven books]
  • "Whisper Falls is captivating! The themes of love and hate in its many forms and nuances are timeless and will appeal to all generations... I usually don't care for fantasy but the time-travel in Whisper Falls is done gently and simply... I had a hard time putting this book down until I had savored the last page." [MK Ward]
  • "If I'm being perfectly honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book when I first saw it because I'm not big on historical novels. But I got an ARC ... and I'm really glad I did because the story pulled me in from the first page." [YAbound]

And we'll wrap up with a couple of comments that...well, these quotes capture my thoughts exactly about the book and its main characters, Mark and Susanna:

  • "I haven't read many YA novels that featured the late 1700's as a time period. In addition, the lives of indentured servants doesn't typically make it into novels. I often find myself gravitating towards the stories of those whose stories have not been told previously. I was excited to learn more about this time period, indentured servitude, and women's issues." [reading lark]
  • "And the writing, did I mention the writing? It was wonderful! As a history major, I saw the amount of research Langston had to perform to get everything just right. I never once questioned if it was possible or think that she had some historical reference incorrect. It was as if she’s really been to visit Susanna in the past. Excellent read!"  [adventures in writers land]
  • "Susanna is a sweet and humble girl who has a beautiful heart. She's brave and caring and tougher then one would expect. Mark is good people. He's like your everyday teenager with family issues and girl problems, but he's dedicated to his sport and always tries to be a good person... This is the kind of love story that I want to hug. It's not about lust or want, it's simply about caring about a person so deeply that you would do anything, even walk through centuries, to save her. And it was beautifully done." [winterhaven books] 

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