Sunday, January 20, 2013

Shadows & Voices; A Holly Silverstone Adventure by Jason Ellis

Review by the amazing Samantha Truesdale, from!!! Make sure you check her blog out as well!  

I am so excited to be here today!  Thank you Ruthi and MaryAnn for having me!

I was absolutely stoked when I was asked to help out and review Shadows and Voices for this guest post.  This book had been on my TBR list for quite some time, I was just having trouble finding the time to get to it.  R&M Fab Book Reviews gave me just the excuse I needed.  As I began reading, I knew that I was not going to be disappointed.  I loved Jason Ellis' writing style, I got to see the story through many different characters eyes, not just one.

The majority of the story centers around Holly Silverstone, a young girl who has seen things in her life that were... let's just say not normal.  It helped her to believe in magic though, and she loved devery bit of it.  One day Holly receives a pretty interesting letter from The Highlands Academy of Truth and Excellence.  It was quite strange because at first glance, the letter was blank.  Slowly the words began swirling and appearing right before her eyes.  She could hardly think about anything else.  She later finds out that she will be attending an interview to enroll.

After finding out she is accepted to The Highlands Academy, Holly is introduced to a whole new world she had only imagined in her dreams.  She sees things that don't seem possible.

I loved this book.  I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.  The book started out very dark, but as the story progressed it lightened up a bit.  You can tell there was a lot of thought behind each and every one of the characters.  Jason Ellis has done a wonderful job in writing a series that I cannot wait to share with my sons.  I have definitely jumped on the Holly Silverstone train and will be following along.  I cannot wait to see what adventures Holly will encounter next!

About the Author:
I started writing in approximately 1997(ish) with an idea that was in my head ... it's still there, maybe one day I'll finish it.
Anyway, true story, I started off with a trilogy(sci-fi) after I drew an illustration on my PC. You see, there had to be a reason for the picture - what was happening? What had made this scene happen?
Like I say, a trilogy followed, from one picture ... it'll be re-published one day after I've laughed at my early writing. Others followed, some I've taken out of print to edit and republish, others may never see print again(or Kindle), but I doubt I'll ever let that happen :)
At present, I'm working on many new books. We have the Amelia Maylock series(Kids/ teen fantasy), the brand new Holly Silvertone books(Kids/ teen gothic fantasy), Antonia(illustrated teen horror), and some supernatural/ horror as well(Breed of Love to name one title) ... wow, I am busy!!

I live in the UK - this means I drink tea and enjoy one day in every year where the weather is great.
I'm engaged, have 3 amazing kids and spend practically my entire time writing, thinking about writing, networking on the internet with other authors/ readers ... but I'm a sucka for Lego games on the Wii; Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones etc ... they are too much fun!!
I do play the family games but the kids are getting better so once they start beating me at bowling or golf, I'll need an excuse not to play ;)