Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Perpetual Rain by T.S. Graham: Review


“The World’s Toughest Book Critics” have weighed in, and it’s high praise for Trellah!
“An excellent choice for readers eager for a suspenseful, emotionally satisfying fantasy adventure.”
-Kirkus Book Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Sophina Murray will be the first to tell you: Bad luck comes in threes. First, her father is lost at sea. Then, the rains start . And don’t stop. And finally, her little brother is taken from his bed by a monster straight from her worst nightmare. A glimpse into the parallel universe of Trellah – a land of giant trees, bizarre creatures, and a glowing red mineral with mystical properties – convinces Sophina that all may not be lost. But first, she’ll have to survive in a hostile world where her darkest fears live and breathe.
Trellah is an original and realistic fantasy for ages 12 to 112. Parental guidance suggested for advanced readers ages 10-11 for moderate elements of horror.
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4  Stars
An engaging and imaginative story that captured my interest immediately, the tale combines mystery and adventure as a young girl journeys unexpectedly to another dimension in a relentless search for her younger brother.  Fast paced, this novel pulsates with eerie, gothic overtones that kept me greedily eating up the pages to find out what calamity would next befall the spunky Sophina and her small party of would-be rescuers.
 I felt a profound empathy, also, for Sophina’s mother; her pain became mine as she searched during the horrific, unnatural storm for her missing children. Traipsing through the mud, drenched by the unrelenting rain, and barely escaping several harrowing close shaves from  flying debris and falling trees;  she struggles to maintain her sanity in this dire emergency.
 If I have a gripe, and it’s relatively minor, it is with the constant and consistent formality when addressing or speaking of others that is prevalent throughout. Certainly, a twelve-year-old girl would be expected to be respectful of her teachers and other elders; however, I expect shared adversity would cause most relationships to become closer and those sharing the experience would naturally address each other with less formality. The characters depend on each other in order to survive, but only rarely did the social boundaries of propriety and good manners get breached.
This novel sent my imagination gallivanting into overdrive.  It is a wholesome book that will appeal to readers regardless of age.  The ending was satisfying, but there are still plenty of unresolved issues to be explored in the following installments.
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J

T.S. Graham was born and raised in midcoast Maine. He has worked as a sea urchin diver, fish monger, home renovator, and in several group homes for children and adults with disabilities. His original screenplay, Stone’s Point, written as Clint Elliott, has won multiple awards. He studied English Literature at the University of Southern Maine, where, despite developing a strong dislike of the traditional curriculum focused on old, dead (and boring) scribes, he somehow managed to graduate with honors. His greatest influences are writers like Stephen King and Michael Crichton, whose talents would have allowed them to write more literary fare, but they chose to thrill and entertain instead. He now lives on a horse farm with his beautiful wife and five daughters, two poodles, two cats, two happy turtles, four playful ferrets, three fish, a corn snake named “Tiger,” dozens of chickens, and, of course, four awesome equines. The Chronicles of Trellah, Book One: The Perpetual Rain is his debut novel.


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