“Anathema - Book 1 in the Cloud Trilogy - what a great start to the trilogy, super way to introduce the characters and bring you into their world and their lives. I was hooked almost immediately and couldn't put the book down. Almost instantly I felt what Racheyl must be feeling going through what...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This is an ok book not my genre though.”Marisa wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Anathema - Book 1 in the Cloud Trilogy - what a great start to the trilogy, super way to introduce the characters and bring you into their world and their lives. I was hooked almost immediately and couldn't put the book down. Almost instantly I felt what Racheyl must be feeling going through what she was going through. And couldn't wait for book 2. Now go read my review for book 2 & 3. ”My Family's Heart Book Reviews wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very refreshing YA read! Reychel is a slave, about to be branded on her 15th birthday when she is rescued by an underground faction of her people. She discovers much about herself, her friends, who she can really trust, her family secrets and still shows a strong will and personality. I do wish some of the characters were more developed, though!”Dianne wrote this review Sunday, June 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book & I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.”Michelle wrote this review Tuesday, April 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“She's a slave girl turning 15 about to be branded by her master. Her friend dissapears and she finds people are asking her for help. ”Kathi wrote this review Sunday, March 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a fun and interesting read! The plot and characters kept my interest throughout!”Andrea M wrote this review Sunday, January 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Reviewed By- Steph O.
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This is my second time reading the book. I have to say, it’s like I never even read it . . I am so drawn into it. Even though I am fully aware of what is to come, and what leads to what, I am still getting the same feelings all over again. From the heart pounding excited of escape, to the mind spinning lies, and manipulation that are going on.
Reychel has spent her entire life hidden from the outside. Allowed only brief glimpses of the outside when it was only her and her master. A month before her 15th birthday she is there to comfort her best friend Ivy through her 15th birthday; which brings the branding of a slave to show where they belong. Ivy promised to be there for her as well. Things don’t always go according to plan . . do they?
Grab yourself a copy and get ready for a very intense, emotional ride. That’s pretty much the only way I can describe it. Your heart rate will increase, and your palms will sweat. You may even find yourself ducking to hide behind a tree so you can’t be seen. No matter what range of emotions you feel while reading this book, you will enjoy each and every word of it.
Favorite Quote: “I can’t let my wife waste away in a cell when there’s dishes to be done.”
“A really mysterious book that eventually fits together like a puzzle.”Nancy wrote this review Saturday, October 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Anathema, book one of the Cloud Prophet Trilogy by Megg Jensen, is a young adult fantasy that takes storytelling to a whole new level. This was a fresh look into a very interesting fantasy world. The author not only made use of settings and well developed characters, but she took a unique approach to the story line that I found very refreshing. This book was a very quick read and over long before I wanted it to be! That said, I am definitely looking forward to picking up the next two books in the series to find out what became of Reychel, the people she's fighting for, and those who may (or may not) have betrayed her. ”Christine Butler wrote this review Friday, October 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was pleasantly surprised this book since I haven’t had much luck with up and coming YA authors. Jensen weaves her story around a new and unique land that for me parallels a touch of the issues we’ve faced in our world over time. Our heroine for this story can be found amongst a band of slaves forced to shave their heads signifying their enslavement. To make matters worse at the age of 15 all slaves are to be branded like cattle with the insignia of their master. Which is the time young Reychel finds her world being turned inside out. She’s spent a lifetime under her masters boot, being hidden from the outside world except in his presence but at the same time given certain privileges no other slave would dream of which in turn makes her hated among her own people. Ivy is the only friend she has in the world until the day comes for Reychel to be branded and she wakes up to find Ivy kidnapped. But the kidnappers don’t stop with Ivy and soon Reychel is torn between the impending death of her people and a life she never knew existed.
Anathema, for me, was a unique and refreshing read; a pleasant break from the onslaught of vampires, werewolves, and witches but with the same amount of mystery and magic we’ve all come to long for in our reading. The plot was certainly engaging although a few things were predictable because of “not so subtle” hints. However, the plot kept my attention and I genuinely couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. My biggest complaint was the not-so-romantic romance that for me seemed to have been forced into the plot. I think leaving the romance out and allowing it to bud over the course of the trilogy would have done wonders for the book. There was so much dramatic effect put into Reychel’s relationship with Ivy that I believe it would have been more beneficial to allow that to be the leading conflicting relationship. I needed more reasons to trust and believe in Ivy for the unfolding events to shock me.
The book was certainly too short. I needed more time to get into Reychel’s head and really get to know her. That’s why I’m so glad this is a trilogy.
Because of it’s uniqueness and Jensen’s obvious creative flair, I believe with a little more editing and detail work this book could have been a best seller. I am excited to read more from her!