Author: J.D. Netto
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing (April 1, 2014)
Rating: 2 stars
Ever since the dawn of days, rumors about the Diary of Lucifer echoed throughout Elysium. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in the small village of Agalmath. Isaac and Demetre find themselves in a dangerous journey as they uncover the truth about the Diary and its guardians. However, for Isaac and Demetre, danger lies at every step, hidden in the most unexpected places. Hunted by the Nephilins and the Fallen Stars, they must find others who will join them in the battle against the coming darkness. Thus begins The Whispers of the Fallen, a new series of epic fantasy for readers of all ages.
This is one review that I wish I didn’t have to write but as a reviewer—a book reviewer I feel it’s my job to be honest with my followers and the author that gave me the opportunity to read their work. With a heavy heart I must write that I didn’t really enjoy The Fallen of the Whispers by J.D. Netto. It has nothing to do with the premise or the concept of the story but structure and the dialogue. Everything was in short terse burst. Something that I strongly dislike. I’m the type that likes details and realistic dialogue between the characters. I had a similar problem with Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Both books suffer from the short terse sentence but Red Rising made up for it with the world building and the introduction of fantastic characters. I can’t say the same thing about The Fallen of the Whispers.
One thing that annoyed me the most was the character development. There was none. Can you say vanilla, bland, dead as a door knob? I couldn’t tell if Issac was a good guy or bad guy. He just was. The same with Nephele. Yes this book is told in two different POV and that is what makes this book so confusing. While most authors can make the two different POV work in a book, J.D. Netto didn’t execute it well enough. I honestly don’t think his skills as a writer is there yet. Maybe if book one was told from Issac point of view and book two was told from Nephele’s point of view it would have been better. There certainly would have been more character development and J.D. Netto writing skills would be more fleshed out. Especially since book three is right around the corner. That is where the two different POV would have worked the most and the best. And I will leave it at that.
To the things that I did like. This book is full of action. I love action. It is what makes the book move along faster. Maybe in this case a little too fast. Sometimes I wanted it too slow down so my mind could process what was going on. To give the reader a little break in between all the action. I mean this book is jammed pack with it. I guess when you’re fighting evil…..thinking in the way of an action-packed movie this is what to be expected. That is where I feel this book was going. Like it was meant to be a movie but instead was turned into a book. A book that was not planned out well or executed to its potential.
Please don’t get me wrong. This book had so much potential, that I nearly cried when it didn’t pan out the way that I thought it should. Again, J.D. Netto is the nicest and most generous author that I’ve seen. He cares deeply for his fan base and there are many that enjoyed this book as well as book 2. Unfortunately I didn’t. These are just my thoughts and opinions. I still wish J.D. Netto luck and success as his career as a writer moves forward.
About the Author
Born in a small town in Brazil, J.D. relocated to the United States during the late years of his childhood. At an early age, J.D. discovered his passion for fantasy stories and alternate universes. Immersed in worlds created by Tolkien, Michael Crichton, C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling, J.D. found his own writing voice when he had the idea for his first book series.
‘What if Lucifer had a Diary? What if the Diary was a secret? What if the secret was a reality?’ These simple questions led him to write for six years, researching, perfecting his craft, and creating the world of Elysium. He self-published the first book of the series on November 30th, 2012, which was then picked up by Untreed Reads and re-released on August 2013.
Since its release, The Whispers of the Fallen series has become a prominent presence in YA literature, captivating thousands of readers worldwide. The sequel, Rebellion, was released at BookCon 2014 in New York City. J.D. is currently writing the third novel of the series, due out on October 2015.
J.D. Netto is also an acclaimed graphic artist and art director who works with renowned brands such as Piquet Realty, LIDE USA, and Bueno Concept to name a few. He also works closely with authors and publishers, creating eye-catching covers, posters and promotional campaigns. His graphic work can be seen in award-winning publications around the country. J.D. designed and art directed all the visuals for The Whispers of the Fallen series.
*Side note: I asked and recieved book 1 and 2 of The Whispers of the Fallen series. This is a review of book 1. Maybe in the near future I will read book 2 and write a review. For now this is just the one review.
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