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A Certain Slant of Light. Laura Whitcomb. The Book of the Flame. Carrie Asai. Bryna Butler. Nine Levels. Rebecca McKinnon. How to write a great review. The review must be at least 50 characters long. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer's personal information. You submitted the following rating and review. We'll publish them on our site once we've reviewed them. Continue shopping. Item s unavailable for purchase.
Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout. Remove FREE. Unavailable for purchase. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. You are in the Greece store Not in Greece? Personally, I would have expected anyone to be cowering in fear after being transported to the Refuge, but Narissa holds fast to her own beliefs and isn't one to be bullied. She's definitely a strong character with even stronger beliefs. I found it a little questionable how easily Narissa adapted to her new life in the Refuge however.
With such a drastic life change, it seemed a bit unrealistic how fluid the transition was for her.
Its hard to believe anyone could be THAT strong. The relationships Narissa builds with other characters was executed perfectly. Particularly the progression between Narissa and her love interest Damon. Everyone knows that one of my greatest pet peeves is insta-love, so it was refreshing to see Narissa and Damon build their relationship first.
It was really sweet to pick up on the small clues of Damon's feelings while reading Annexed, such as him building Narissa a desk and decorating her work space. It was like being a new relationship myself: denying the other person's feelings at first and then having that big 'ahaa' moment when he reveals his true feelings. This book has definitely been one of my favorite Indie reviews so far. The story is engrossing and well planned so that every detail has its own purpose.
There is plenty of romance, mystery, and emotion tucked away in the pages of Annexed that is sure to fill any book lover's imagination. The creativity and originality of the story is inspiring and leaves the door wide open for a thrilling series. Readers of YA other realm fiction. I liked it and will probably read the rest of the trilogy, but hope the next two books are better than this one. The concept is what is carrying me along as well as the cliffhanger in the final chapter.
The downside: Neither the characters nor the plot showed much depth in this opening book of the trilogy. Everything seems to float upon the surface. I have vague general ideas of what the characters look like but don't remember having a true description of anyone by Daman and that was near then end when the author made me picture Matthew Bomer with dark brown eyes.
The vernacular is supposed to be slightly confusing to Narissa.
Annexed (The Refuge Trilogy, #1) by Rebecca McKinnon
However, the only words used were kinky, skink, collops, and aye. And they were used so infrequently by the natives of The Refuge that it was very awkward to read them. The Refuge itself is very confusing. It is described as a city with cobblestone roads and cottages. But the cottages have decks and modern conveniences like electricity and plumbing. The way of life is odd too. Granted it is supposed to be, but I get settled in to thinking one way then am broad sided with a description of drugstores and cafes. Narissa is also an enigma She talks about her unmotherly mother and her unwise decisions and taking care of her sister, but we don't get any details about that until she's been in the Refuge for a month or more.
Daman and the Refuge inhabitants are also just blips of people. The chapters move along episodically only to start smoothing together near then end. Then between the last two chapters you start one place then WHAM you find yourself back in another with no exposition as to what happened or how they got where they were so quickly. The upside: Kauri especially and Mac seem to be loyal friends to Narissa. The last chapter makes you do a so that you question every conjecture you've made to that point.
Also made me want to give the next book a try. Does the up balance the down? Well, considering my mind is thinking up all sorts of questions regarding the relationships and who can and can't be trusted and the desire to know who, what, where, when, and how Narissa is now It was nothing like I thought it would be, it was better!
So lets start off with The Refuge. The Refuge is like I don't know how to describe it, like an alternate dimension. They have their own place, and when they need more space they Annex it, but only things with a certain venom in their DNA are annexed with the land. Which made it really odd that Narissa somehow ended up being ann My review of Annexed can also be found here: Review of Annexed by Rebecca McKinnon I really enjoyed this book!
Which made it really odd that Narissa somehow ended up being annexed. Anyways, back to The Refuge. In The Refuge, there is no religions, nothing that could cause wars which is a really smart idea if you think about it. Also, things are much more simpler there. Only the council has cell phones and full access to computers.
The public has limited access to computers. Which even though I absolutely love my technology, sounds really nice.
Not having to keep up with always changing technology and whatnot. The council is who makes the decisions for The Refuge. They claim to be a Democracy but the way we would see it is more of a Dictatorship, but not completely. Like in some ways it is, some ways it isnt. At first she was dead set on getting out of The Refuge and back home. Which is completely understandable seeing as her sister was left with what everyone would agree with as an unfit mom.
But as she started working with Daman and making friends she gets torn.
She wants to find a way back to her sister but at the same time she wants to stay and be with the person she's falling in love with. On the topic of Daman, he was not friendly much before Narissa showed up. As they got closer she changed him, not on purpose either. He just started being nicer to everyone as he and Narissa got closer. That is a good change. People have had that effect on me before and it was for the better too so I totally loved that. Decisions like that suck so much! I completely understood why she was torn between the two choices.
Especially when she found a way back home, she made a really hard choice leaving. But OMG!!!! Whose hand was on her shoulder at the end after she got home?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I have my suspicions, I hope their right! Aug 05, Jade Walker rated it really liked it. This book was so imaginative with this level of realism that I was not expecting. McKinnon creates this well thought out world that is just different enough to give that level of mystery but also doesn't through out main character Narissa off balance.
This book throws you into the action, which is great because it grabs your attention, but for the first two or so chapters had me trying to catch up. The rest of the book isn't quite as fast paced but still held my attention because of the choices t This book was so imaginative with this level of realism that I was not expecting. The rest of the book isn't quite as fast paced but still held my attention because of the choices that Narissa had to make. There is a lack of confrontation meaning that this book isn't the most dramatic and the bulk of this book is about Narissa's choice.
My favorite character has to be Mac and I think he may have been overlooked in the book, he would have been a much better romantic interest for Narissa despite his insistence that she was 'like a sister'. That's not to say that i didn't like Daman, I loved seeing him come out from his shell and develop a relationship with Narissa! I really enjoyed the rate at which the relationship developed, as well as how it happened. Narissa was a pretty good main character. One thing that did bother me was how little she fought when she found out that she was stuck in The refuge, I think she could have taken more time to accept it.
Afterwards though, she was a believable main character with a spunky, rebellious side which I really enjoyed, she never annoyed me either. Overall, Annexed was a great start to a series which didn't have a lot of action but still grabbed me due to the storyline and characters. Overall Rating: B Aug 24, Jessica at Book Sake rated it really liked it. At first this story confused me, because the author takes very little time to jump into the main story, and I felt like I was running behind trying to catch up.
Once I did though, it was a really interesting take on science fiction, alternate reality, and society. Narissa is a great character that dea At first this story confused me, because the author takes very little time to jump into the main story, and I felt like I was running behind trying to catch up. Narissa is a great character that deals with an internal struggle that has you up and down with her on the emotional roller coaster, and since I know this is a series I am looking forward to seeing what she does next. Reviewed by Gabi for Book Sake. Jan 15, Robert rated it really liked it.
This is an interesting book. For some reason, I thought or maybe just hoped it would be a bit heavier on its science fiction aspects than its chick-lit aspects. Somehow the main character an outsider gets inside, and the story takes off from there. One aspect that detracted a bit, in my opinion, was the description of a moneyless, barterless This is an interesting book. One aspect that detracted a bit, in my opinion, was the description of a moneyless, barterless economic system, in which people just took what they needed from those who had it.
And, if no one had it, one could order it from "outside" via the internet, paid for by the community somehow. In practice, such a system would not be the utopia described, but the "tragedy of the commons", as has been demonstrated in real-life "utopias" time after time. Also, the ending was very blunt and undetermined -- it is the first book of a trilogy, so one has to expect a cliffhanger to some extent -- but this one is quite blatant.
Just a warning for those like me who intended to read the first book but not the rest. As seems so typical these days, the proofreading could have been better -- there were no misspelled words, but there were several places where the wrong word or tense was used. Oct 27, Paula Ratcliffe rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , kindle , virtual-book-tour , for-review. This was a great book, Narissa finds herself in The Refuge, at first she is confused and wanting to go home. She finds that won't happen for a while. She tries to make the best of it, she makes friends with Mac who she ends up living with his parents.
She also meets Daman who forms an unlikely friendship. She also wrongs Crissy, who is out to get Narissa into all sorts of trouble. Narissa also has to be careful not to corrupt the locals with what she knows and as she learns their history she lear This was a great book, Narissa finds herself in The Refuge, at first she is confused and wanting to go home. Narissa also has to be careful not to corrupt the locals with what she knows and as she learns their history she learns they spend most of their time living in fear in certain situations. Not treading to far in the water, as one example.
Also seeking the council for every question they have. Narissa is able to sneak in one thing from our world, an ipod. Narissa does form great friendships with the people around her, which is more than she had in our world. Her big regret is her sister she left behind. Definitely a great book really pulls you in wanting you to know more of their world and whether Narissa will ever get out of The Refuge or will she stay forever. Sep 28, Terron James rated it liked it. This is one of the better edited self-published novels I've ever read. McKinnon's style of writing is light and refreshing.
When I finished reading the 1st chapter of Annexed, I was bouncing up and down in my seat, excited to see what would happen. So why only 3 stars? I should mention up front that I only made it to page 50 before I stopped reading. Half was the believability Actually, accepting probably i This is one of the better edited self-published novels I've ever read. Actually, accepting probably isn't the right word. It's almost as if she was oblivious to the fact. Her desire to escape was severely lacking.
The other half of my 3-star rating was the lack of tension. There was nothing in the story that kept me wanting to read. I just couldn't immerse myself into a world that didn't seem "real.
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I figure a 3-star rating is fair middle ground. Dec 24, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi. This book got me hooked almost from the beginning. It is about a 17 year old girl, Narissa, and the alternate reality that she confusingly finds herself trapped in. Narissa is a well-fleshed out character who really makes you care about her and her journey.
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The book starts out where she suddenly finds herself out in the woods, injured, and sure that she is being followed. She learns rather quickly that she isn't in "Kansas" anymore. She is now in a place called The Refuge and she doesn't know if This book got me hooked almost from the beginning.
She is now in a place called The Refuge and she doesn't know if she will ever get back to her own reality.
Most of the characters that Narissa meets are very interesting. The only ones I felt could have used some more dimensions were the two oldest people on the counsel. This was a fun ride and I look forward to reading the next two books in this trilogy. If the journey is as interesting and the characters as real as in book one, then I know that I will be thoroughly entertained. Aug 19, A Book Vacation rated it really liked it. I thought this was a very interesting read. McKinnon has created an alternate world of sorts in which a group of people physically removed themselves from the world in order to start over.
The Refuge, as it is called, resides way out in the mountains and is protected by a dense wall of fog, keeping unwanted visitors out, that is, except Narissa, who somehow ends up inside the Refuge, discom I thought this was a very interesting read. The Refuge, as it is called, resides way out in the mountains and is protected by a dense wall of fog, keeping unwanted visitors out, that is, except Narissa, who somehow ends up inside the Refuge, discombobulated and hurt.
I loved The Village, and I really enjoyed this novel as well Aug 25, Samantha rated it it was amazing. I didn't get interested in the story until maybe the second chapter. At first, I was confused and thought this is just a new author who was struggling with developing the plot but when Narissa meets Daman, things changed. Daman was enigmatic and it showed.
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Even without a blatant description of his appearance, the reader can easily imagine him as someone who has dark wavy hair and brooding eyes--the kind that ladies fawn over. The fact that he was a bit of a loner made him all the more appealing. I liked how Narissa disliked him at first sight and then changed her view after she got to know him better; it's a feeling that I can relate to all too well. Once Narissa started discovering the mysteries of this unknown world, I couldn't put the book down.
Jun 30, Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , young-adult. I had planned to read this book little by little but I got so involved in the story and so attached to the characters that I stayed up almost all night to finish it- and then started over again! The characters have fun personalities and are full of life. The culture found within the Refuge is creative as it supports and defines the characters.
The story is engaging and kept me eagerly involved to the end. The struggle Narissa faces when choosing between helping her sister or living the life she I had planned to read this book little by little but I got so involved in the story and so attached to the characters that I stayed up almost all night to finish it- and then started over again! The struggle Narissa faces when choosing between helping her sister or living the life she so desperately wants seems like a reflection of choices made by so many in real life.
I loved watching Daman creep out of his shell and start to find his own life again. I love this book and I need to know what happens next! I'm totally biased because the author of this book is a very special friend of mine! But I usually rate books on how much I cared about the characters, how hard it was to put down, and how much I wanted to keep on reading when it was over It was a fun adventure with a little mystery and romance my favorite formula for fun reads and I could seriously read it in one sitting if only my children would let me!
I can't wait to have book 2 and book 3 on my sh I'm totally biased because the author of this book is a very special friend of mine! I can't wait to have book 2 and book 3 on my shelf too! Aug 27, J. Colby rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed. She must learn how to stand up to prying busybodies, jealous young men, and politicians used to nearly blind obedience. Ultimately her biggest challenge is her own emotions, torn between love and duty, so torn she sometimes can't see what's right in front of her Jul 30, Tasha Robison rated it liked it Shelves: purchase.
I am not sure how to review this book. It was a really good story. I think it will get more interesting as more books come out and my thoughts aren't left hanging. I would probably appreciate it better if I didn't have to wait for the next book We all hate a wait, right. I will be purchasing for our libraries. The Author is very kind too!
Aug 03, Cindy White rated it it was amazing.