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Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Eternal Heights" by jourdan t binger.]
2 out of 4 stars ⭐⭐
Jake Matthews is on his way to his girlfriend’s house when he is involved in an accident. He appears in the afterlife but can still hear his mom’s voice beside his hospital bed on Earth, which is an anomaly because the living and the dead shouldn’t be able to coincide with one another. Apart from the anomaly, it seems Jake has come to the afterlife before his time.
In the afterlife, Jake meets Archie, his afterlife mentor, who takes him on a journey to the land of the Polopies, God’s first creation, to obtain answers and fix the situation. It becomes apparent soon enough that Jake is not just a “regular teenager.” Who really is Jake? What is his fate in the afterlife? What does he have to do to fulfill his destiny? Would he succeed in his journey to fulfilling his destiny? Find out answers to the previous questions and more in the fiction novel called Eternal Heights by Jourdan Binger.
First, I was pleased with the short length of this book. I listened to the audio version and finished it in just over three hours. I like the way the author was able to develop Jake’s character through his dialogue with other characters. Also, the use of the third-person narrative style to support the dialogue was appreciated. Another thing I liked about the book was its excellent narration. The narrator gave each character a unique voice that made it easy to differentiate between the characters. Additionally, I didn’t notice any mistakes throughout the narration. I can say that the book is exceptionally edited.
As with many short books, this novel has a few negative aspects. First, I found some issues with the plot. There were several points in the story where the complete details of important events were left out. For example, the winner of Jake’s first chess match in the afterlife was not included in the story. Also, the way the relationship developed between Jake and Halsie, a princess in the afterlife, seemed rushed. I guess there were some events that the author left out that would have shed more light on why a girl that started on the wrong foot with a boy would fall in love with that same boy in a matter of hours. That story doesn’t check out to me.
Another thing I didn’t like about this book is that some of its scenes are quite extreme. For example, when Jake’s mom walks in on him and thinks he’s masturbating. The events that followed that scene saw Jake hung on a cross by some members of the church for something he didn’t even do, just because his mom didn’t want to hear him out. More so, what his mom does later is even more shocking, but I wouldn’t want to spoil the book for you. You can find that out when you read the publication.
Conclusively, several important questions are left unanswered. I hope there is a sequel; I want to know the outcome of his journey with Lucifer and the role Jesus played in his “expected” return. The book has several issues, and a rating of 2 out of 4 stars seems fair. The problems I discussed are enough to remove three stars, but I removed only two points not only because of the editing quality but also because I believe the book has some potentials.
I recommend this novel to people that are interested in fiction books that talk about the afterlife. The book can change the narrative for what Christians believe happens in the afterlife, so the text would be better suited to open-minded people and people with no religion. Readers should note that the book contains major profane words.
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Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Mystical Heights" by Jourdan Binger.]
1 out of 4 star ⭐
A young vampire named Solaris finds herself in Jensen's home. She is in Jensen's body, and Jensen is missing. Solaris does not know what to do, so she tells Jensen's mother, Nana, who wants to find out what happened and find her son. Raymond wants to know what happened to his daughter, and Solaris convinces him that she is in Jensen's body by telling him that she was the one who turned him into a vampire. The two families decide they will have to work together if they are going to find Jensen and turn the two bodies back, which has to happen before the next full moon in two days. Nana tells them that her sister, Madam Moone, can help them. Can the vampires and werewolves work together to save their children? Can they find Jensen and switch him and Solaris back into their own bodies before the next full moon?
There are a couple of positive aspects to the book Mystical Heights by Jourdan Binger. Jourdan Binger did a good job describing the elves, fairies, witches, warlords, werewolves, vampires, and the floating princess castle with Justin Bieber posters on the walls. The chapter headings are humorous. For example, "What big teeth I have" and "Operation Rescue Jensen before he has to wear a thong."
The negative aspects are many. The plot does not flow smoothly, and there are inconsistencies. For example, in one part, Madam Moone's husband was killed by a vampire, and next, he was killed by werewolves. The ending left me with a lot of questions. The biggest disappointment is that a professional editor has not edited this book. The book is full of errors consisting of misused words (were instead of we're, your instead of you're, will instead of well, sweet instead of suite, to name a few), capitalized words in the middle of sentences, names in lowercase, double punctuation, and wrong verb tenses. I had to re-read many of the sentences to make sense out of them.
I have no choice but to give this book 1 out of 4 stars. There are too many errors, the plot is inconsistent, and very little I enjoyed about the book. This rating saddens me because this could be a good science-fiction/fantasy story with some work. I hope the author will re-write this book and have a professional editor edit it.
I cannot recommend this book to anyone because of the negative aspects. If the negative aspects do not bother you, you need to be aware that there is non-borderline profanity throughout the book, graphic sexual content, and one mention of incest in this book.
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Eternal Heights is nominated for 2021 Book of the Year
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