Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Rapture of Avery Maye by Ema Volf

The Rapture of Avery Maye
by Ema Volf

Orphaned at thirteen, Avery Maye spent most of her life keeping her head down and blending into the shadows, trying to survive in a world bent on self-destruction through warfare and a never-ending quest for power. Unable to trust any but herself, her only friend was an apparition named Alec.
Ten years later, she fell asleep in the home she’d always known, only to wake in a new world, galaxies away. She soon discovered that her imaginary friend, Alec, was not an apparition at all, but very much real, as were the creatures from her best dreams and the monsters from her worst nightmares.
Overnight, she gains everything she ever wanted and more: a new home, new friends, and powers beyond her imagination. On a new path to self-discovery, while learning lessons in love and loss, Avery is finally given the opportunity to do more than simply survive. She can finally start living.
But in every paradise lurks a snake. Her newfound peace is rattled by the arrival of a pair of mysterious visitors from the world she has been fighting to forget. Will they bring the fate of Earth down on her new refuge?

By Ruthanne Kight
It is not every day that I find a book that I absolutely love, but this is definitely one of them! The story starts with a world gone to heck in a hand basket. Earth is falling apart and the world is in chaos. The main character, Avery Maye, is stuck living in an underground dwelling and lives with her business getting destroyed constantly. Her parents are dead, leaving her alone in this chaotic world to fend for herself. The only friend she can truly count on is Alec, who is see-through, leaving her to believe he is nothing more than a figment of her imagination. One night she goes to sleep, unaware of the world around her, and wakes up in a strange, new place.
Avery finds herself in a new world, filled with new people, and new challenges. Life seems idyllic in her new community, until new arrivals threaten the safety of those she now calls friends. There are so many amazing creatures and beings within this book, including the Loch Ness monster! This is a fresh spin on creatures we believe to be nothing more than a myth, but it is so believable that I had no problem being pulled straight into this brand new world.
The characters are extremely well written and have so many facets to their personalities that they never come across as one-dimensional, as some characters tend to do. Ema Volf is destined for greatness and this book is a must read for anyone and everyone! I am so honored to have been able to read this book as a beta reader and I cannot wait to find out where she takes these characters in the next book! If you want my humble opinion, this book will find itself on the best sellers list one day. This up and coming author has found herself a fan for life! Congrats on such a wonderful debut novel Ema Volf!

About the Author
Ema lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband, son, cat, two dogs, chinchilla, and bird. She spends her days trying to balance the never-ending work of a homemaker and the schedules of all members of her household while remaining relatively sane.
An avid reader, what time she has to herself is usually spent buried in the pages of a book. She enjoys nearly every genre, but particularly enjoys paranormal fiction of all types and age ranges.
While she constantly has stories and characters rolling around in her head, Avery called to her the loudest. After several months of conversing with Avery, Ema decided to put pen to paper and let others visit Eirny and its beloved residents.