Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Review 'The Beholder' by Ivan Amberlake
Around the world, people die under mysterious circumstances. Each has a sign. Each is a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. A NYC interior designer Jason Walker receives a message saying he is the final piece.

Emily Ethan, a startling beauty with supernatural powers, appears and tells Jason that powers dormant within him are about to wake. He is the only person who can prevent darkness from enslaving the world. He is the Beholder whose advent has been awaited for many years.

Setting out on a journey with Emily, Jason discovers the world he could have never imagined, but the greatest surprise arrives the moment he realizes he has fallen in love with Emily.

I received ‘The Beholder’ by Ivan Amberlake a couple of weeks ago in exchange for an honest review. After I read the blurb I was really excited to start reading in this book. Reading about supernatural powers is something I really like and this book seemed to be full of this kind of stuff. So a couple of days ago I started reading.

In ‘The Beholder’ we meet Jason, an interior designer working in New York. Jason has a pretty normal live. He has a nice job, two best friends who also are his colleagues and a nice home in New York. But things change when Jason starts having terrible dreams. Dreams that show horrible things. When Jason tries to figure out what is wrong with him his live changes forever. Jason meets Emily and soon he is pulled in a world he never knew existed.

My first thoughts about this book after finishing it late last night was that I definitely liked Ivan Amberlake’s writing. It was easy to read and from the first page on I really wanted to know what was happening. This book doesn’t have a slow start and immediately after you start reading you’re in the middle of the action.
Although this book seemed to have all the things I would love in a book I somehow couldn’t really connect with this one. In ‘The Beholder’ Jason is experiencing a lot of strange things and he learns about a totally new world. Unfortunately I found it really hard to understand what was happening all the time. Jason didn’t understand what was happening in the book and I also really didn’t understand all the time.

Still, I kept trying because I really wanted to enjoy this book. I loved the friendship between Jason, Matt and Debbie and how protective they were with each other. But sadly I really couldn’t follow the rest of what happened in this book. There is a lot of talk of different kind of energies and I just didn’t really feel it. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it at all. Like I said before, I really enjoyed the writing I just didn’t feel ‘connected’ to this book and the characters. And all the talk about different energies just couldn’t get my interest.

About the Author:

An urban fantasy writer, an avid beta-reader, proofreader and editor who enjoys reading fantasy, crime and thriller books.

I love active protagonists who get into a lot of trouble on their way to the truth, and never give up whatever happens to them.

I love watching action movies like The Matrix, Harry Potters and have a soft spot for sitcoms like Friends and The Big Bang Theory.

"The Beholder" is my debut paranormal fantasy novel. This is what Joe Kovacs, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of "Ginger the Gangster Cat", said about it: 'THE BEHOLDER is a tight and fast-paced thriller combining the crawling claustrophobia of Stephen King's "It" and the exciting arcane symbol-hunting of "Celestine Prophecy"'

A HarperCollins editor said in their review of The Beholder: "[Amberlake] shows a real passion for language in his descriptions."

For more information about Ivan Amberlake and 'The Beholder' please visit his website, Goodreads and Amazon. Or look for Ivan on Twitter and Facebook (book page). 

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