Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy Novella Birthday!

Today is the "birthday" of the novella, "Unforseen" by Ridley Pearson, part of the Kingdom Keeper series!  Visit the Kingdom Keepers Inside page HERE to get your own copy of the novella.

Unforeseen - A Kingdom Keeper's Novella

I was sent an ARC digital copy of the novella and I'm about halfway through.  Just like the Kingdom Keeper books, I'm at the edge of my seat as I'm reading it, but because it's shorter than a novel, it seems like the action has been nonstop.  This makes it very hard to stop reading, but bedtime does call!

Here is the Goodreads summary:  Fairlies Amanda and Jess have won the hearts of Kingdom Keepers fans. Over the years, they’ve protected and supported the five Disney guides with their paranormal abilities. Now for the first time, author Ridley Pearson focuses on the “fairly human” girls, taking us inside Jess’s mind as she and Amanda embark on a journey to unravel her latest prophetic dream.

Jessica’s “gift” to dream of future events is both a blessing and a curse—the same visions that have saved countless lives are pure torment for her. Trapped in a body with a mind that has a mind of its own, Jess is condemned to see things she would often rather not. 

Picking up after Kingdom Keepers VI—Dark Passage and leading up toBook VII—The InsiderUnforeseen opens with Jess dreaming of “cracks” in Disneyland. Is this vision something that will consume and destroy her friends, the Kingdom Keepers? 

Jess sets out to find answers, embarking on her own nighttime adventure inside the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. There, she encounters an old man with secrets, a young Imagineer-in-training whose future Jess wants to see, and a treasured wonderland about to shatter. 

Sometimes, the Unforeseen is better left unknown.

I've enjoyed the Kingdom Keepers books that I've read and I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.  I think Pearson has done a better job tightening up the details in these stories as the series has gone on.  I am enjoying this story as it concentrates on the fairlie sisters, Jess and Amanda.  It's been nice learning more about them.

I will post my final update here once I complete the novella and on my Goodreads page.

I finished the novella and it was one wild ride!  I'll be honest, I think I missed a lot of little things because I was trying to read through it so quickly to find out what happens.  There are no chapters, it's just one continuous story.  And once the action starts, it doesn't end, so there is never a good place to stop and catch your breath.  As a result, I'm not sure I completely understood the ending.  I'll need to go back and reread to be sure.  If I caught it right, I don't think I like what it's foreshadowing.
I liked reading this book that concentrated on Amanda and Jess.  It was nice just staying up with 2 of them instead of 5 or more!  
There are references to New Fantasyland in this book and the new rides.  I like that Pearson is keeping up with Disney changes!  As I mentioned before, I think Pearson's writing has gotten tighter in each book.  In the first book there were so many holes and inaccuracies, you had to suspend more belief than just the fact that the dolls from it's a small world come to life (I always thought they were more creepy than cute).
I also liked how the girls interact with Belle.  I have not read all of the KK books (although I own all of them!) and I have not seen them interact with as many "good" characters as "evil"/Overtakers characters.
Fans of the KK series will not be disappointed.  I think there will be even more people who want to see more of the fairlie sisters!

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