A thrilling suspenseful thought provoking YA tale
Author: James Morris
Publisher: Inkspot Imaginarium (May 2, 2017)
Publication: May 2, 2017
Jacket design: StoryWonk
Author photographer: A friend who enjoys quite recognition
"This book was provided by James Morris in exchange for my honest review alongside my proffered thank-you for asking."
Imagine you're in high school and you & your friends are traveling to South America. A field-trip of a lifetime! The plane you're traveling in doesn't quite make your destination. Ended up in a river fighting for your very own life. You swim hard for the shore. You see folks climbing ashore, your not quite there yet. Man, you're swimming. Suddenly unbeknownst to you, something bites you. Again and again and again and again - your last thoughts: why me?
Well, that sure didn't happen to a few folks here in Feel Me Fall - what really happened to those survivors that climbed ashore? Let's ask Emily Duran.
Gather around folks ~
A handful characters emerge from the wreckage, climbing ashore from the Amazon right into its jungle companion. After they group up, they cast a vote in which direction to go, up river? or down? And off the tale went.
When you come upon a certain event in your present day which makes you reflect, reminiscence maybe, or just wish real bad, and with some of us - plot; those scenes were point on. Told from the main character Emily Duran's POV with alternating scenes flash-backing to earlier points in life, I must say, the flow of the read was refreshing.
I liked having the chapters peppered with the snippets of classic writings and poetry.
All characters were drawn as I was suspecting and with Morris' writing, no surprise to me - each had their own smell. My favorite character is Mean Molly, hey, got heart?
Emily, Nico, Dereck, Viv, Ryan, Jacinto, and of course - Mr. DeKoning, aka, Mr. D. These characters each had an agenda. This was certainly a trip through the Amazon jungle you'll want to take if you want a enigmatic suspenseful thrill read.
The pecking order of high school kids was not in play here, James Morris was flawless in bringing you into an atmosphere of a group of high school teens in the jungle, deciding, learning, acting-upon, and in some of them committing themselves to a plan. A plan of survival come hell or high water.
Each event was page-turning mystery. The pace is comfortable, yet if you're inquisitive as you are reading, if you're never quite sure if ... is that really? ... is he? ... what if ... ya gotta turn the page my friend. With death happening around you, and the talk you hear, who do you/can you trust?
Loved it. I do have a favorite part in the book - looking death right in the eyes. Where Em wasn't sure to wake the others or not. I can't say much more than that, it's a quick scene. And it was quick, with a touch of ever-lasting infinity. I have entertained my thoughts more on that scene, especially after the read.
There are issues galore - some are reality for the lot of us. Teacher/student, best-friends-forever-what!-that's-not-real-because-you-did-something!-oh-wait-we-still-are?, love, boyfriends, girlfriends, enemy's, making friends, and just plain friends, an elixir of thoughts banded together each on their own life's survival journey through the Amazon jungle.
Since the pace is comfortable, through-out Feel Me Fall you are carried away into your own thoughts of what you might do if you were with them on this trip. As missing food comes around and other accusations rise and eye-witnessing deaths of friends - what would you do? How do you defend yourself, do you need to? Hmph? What? You're gonna just sit there instead, say nothing? You'll be wrapped up in this tale and your gonna make it out of there alive.
How far would you go to survive? Now c'mon folks, how far would you go?
Reflection was huge in this read. A coming-of-age young lady, Emily Duran has a story to tell.
Most recommended folks. Dynamite read.
I would like to give a plug to the bandography in Frank Portman's novel King Dork. I see that it came in handy.
Here's where you can get your fingers on Feel Me Fall:
- Amazon ~ Kindle $3.99 USD
- IndieBound ~ Support your local book stores
About the author ~
I have since entered the digital world and worked with companies such as NBC.com and the health care industry copywriting, blogging and editing.
I have also taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension, which focused on the art of short films, where through lectures, assignments and screenings, I guided students towards the completion of a short script.
I continue to learn about the ever-evolving world of social and content marketing, and my goal is to take my love of storytelling and help corporations tell their own stories, as well as continuing to write my own.
~ James Morris ~
What Lies Within
Feel Me Fall
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