Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Lisa Forest “The Atlanteans: Oracle” By Joshua McCaw

Review for Lisa Forest “The Atlanteans: Oracle”
 By: Joshua McCaw

Recently, I received the privilege of reviewing the debut novel of author Lisa Forest. The debut novel, which goes by the title “The Atlanteans: Oracle” is the first book in Lisa Forest’s “The Atlanteans” series.  “Oracle” is a novel that follows main characters Bridget, Abby, Cole, Sarah, and Damon. Bridget is a descendent of the Mnestrean Line, a bloodline that has been protected throughout the ages by several of the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Greece. You heard me correctly. Cole, also known as Eros, and Sarah, also known as Athena, are two of these Gods. Without giving too much away, I can tell you that the novel takes a very unique approach to history, tying in both Greek Mythology with modern day in a way that I have never seen before.
When I cracked open this book for the first time, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I knew that the story was going to revolve around the question “what if the Gods of Ancient Greece were alive today, and living among us as humans?” but little else. The novel grips you from the very first chapter, providing you with a quick prelude of things to come. It holds your interest from cover to cover, leaving you with an ending so gripping you can’t help, but shake in excitement and wish to immediately read the next one in the series. Sorry folks, but Lisa says it may be a year or more after this one is published before the next one comes out.
The story is solid, leaving very few, if any, cracks in the foundation and the dialogue, though it can seem a little too lovey dovey for my taste at times, it is realistic and fitting for the characters. The character development is as solid as the storyline. Oracle provides a remarkable cast of characters, delving deep into the personalities of each character and giving the reader a deep emotional connection with the members of the cast. We even get to see into the mind of the infamous Hades, which in my opinion was the most interesting part. You’ll understand when you read it.
The prose in the novel is nearly perfect with the author knowing which scenes need tons of details and which only need a few lines. Because of this it was hard for me to believe that this was Lisa Forest’s first novel, as most debut novels can be hit or miss in this area.
Other than the captivating scenes with Hades, I’d have to say that my favorite scenes were the battle scenes. Though all the scenes were remarkable, the battle scenes were by far the most cinematic. While I was reading these scenes, I could see it play out like an action-packed motion picture. It really took my breath away and made it nearly impossible to put down.
In conclusion, I will say that Lisa Forest’s debut novel “Atlanteans: Oracle,” is overall an amazing book. The one-of-a-kind plot, the dynamic characters, and the magnificently cinematic scenes make this book into a magnetic, captivating, and emotional thrill ride that will keep readers on the edge of their seats line after line, scene after scene, and chapter after chapter and will leave them begging for more. Two thumbs way up from this reviewer. Highly recommended.

Thanks so much to Josh McCaw for taking the time to do this review...Hoping this last and final re-write gets us to the publishers!!

Lisa Forest

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

We have a Winner!!

Sorry to have waited so long in getting this out, but with work and finding the right editor my time has been limited!  Unfortunately, I didn't have the turn out I had hoped for, but with 5 entries Joshua McCaw was the lucky winner!!  He gets the first glimpse into the book after editing and before it goes to publishing!!  He also gets to write a review about the book!  I hope he is up to the task!!  I look forward to having a fresh set of eyes reading through what I have looked at so many times!!  So congratulations to Josh!  The new working title of the trilogy is: The Atlanteans First Book: Oracle.....

The book is moving towards the London book fair as we speak!! :)


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Last chance!

Time is ticking away..
So this is your last chance to get your hands on the book before it goes to publishing!!  Become a follower, make a comment or see list below on all the ways possible to get first dibs on seeing the work before professional publishing!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012


In order to build up my followers and entice the readership, I have decided to have a contest!!  It's very simple! Who ever does the following will get the first opportunity to read the book/manuscript and do a review before it even goes to the publishers!

1. Become a new follower-------------------1 entry
2. Follow me on Twitter---------------------1 entry
3. Post a comment---------------------------1 entry
4. Make a referral to friends-----------------1 entry
5. Share it on Facebook or Twitter----------1 entry
6. Post this on your blog---------------------1 entry

Every referral gets you an entry!
By the end of the month one lucky follower will get the chance to read the book before it goes to print, and they will get the opportunity to write their own review and have it posted here!
Remember to let me know if you have been the one to make the referral, and if you have posted this on your blog!

Cheers and Good luck!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Question of the Week: Go count the number of unread books sitting on your shelf. How many?

Unfortunately, I would hate to admit that there are more there then I would like to divulge.  The number roughly around 30ish. (ouch)  While in the midst of writing I find it impossible to read. I fear that I will be influenced by what I am reading.  I tend to still buy books and wait for the right opportunity to start reading them. I am  nearing the end of the first book now, so hopefully I will get the chance to read more regularly.  But, then again I am writing a trilogy so it may be awhile before I have the time to actually sit and read. Have been steadily keeping the pace and hoping that the (would be agent) I have been working with would remain interested.  Well on New Year's Eve he called to tell me his word for the New Year is "no"....except to me :)  I was beyond thrilled!  It's finally official, one of the biggest agent's in the business is  now MY agent!  He wants the book ready to take to the London book fair in April!!!  OMG!  I am now writing with a deadline!  Big dreams can come true if only you truly believe!!

Cheers, Lisa