Monday, June 9, 2014

Apocalypse Lovers by Serena Walken

Title:  Apocalypse Lovers
Series:  Apocalyptic Fairytale #1
Author:  Serena Walken  
Published:  December 25, 2013
Page Count:  249pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  Fantasy romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★


There isn’t a person alive that can save all the worlds from colliding into one massive apocalypse.

Except twelve year old Dominic.

Cheshire watches the humans in disgust as they discuss their plans. To take action against a woman who will enslave herself to someone willingly. A willing slave is the lowest form of creature, even to humans, on the face of Wonderland. All Cheshire can do is look on though, for fate must happen.

Except that the slave is Shay Austin the destined lover, and when she wills herself away to the White Rabbit, the ending begins.

Scritch scritch scratch. That’s the sound of Dominic drawing another figure he sees in his mind. A man with a bride riding a motorcycle of steel. A scarecrow with a witch riding a motorcycle of fire. These don’t come from his imagination. He sees them with his own eyes that only see in shades of blue.

Dominic sees what others would consider fairytales: Wonderland, Oz, fairies, werewolves, every fairytale land and creature known actually exists. His sister Cheryl keeps him secluded in their small home in Kansas, where few people can learn about his curse.

It’s not until their entire town is sucked down a dimension hole that Cheryl begins to believe he might be seeing something real after all.

Darlene Deeks is more than Dominic’s cousin. She’s the great relation of the one true Dorothy.

While at a party in a cornfield, she hears a voice coming from a scarecrow and finds a strange man painfully hanging. After she takes him down and hears his bizarre explanation, she takes back off toward her friends but sees nothing but a large hole. In fact, her entire town is gone. Stuck with a man who calls himself Scarecrow, she goes to the next town to see her grandmother. There she finds a shocking revelation about her and Scarecrow.

One that just won’t have enough time to come true before the Earth is destroyed.

Guyver works for DIM: Dimensional Investigative Missions. Having heard about the real Dorothy’s hometown being sucked under, he visits Cheryl. Her house is only one of a handful to survive. There he discovers Dominic and his rare gift. They each hurry back to DIM with Dominic, but it’s too late.

The world is doomed. Nothing can be done. But this was only one dimension, and there are millions out there still that can be saved. Like shining stars in the sky, only a tiny light went out. When a prophecy is revealed in front of Dominic, he knows that he is the one that has to reach the others who can stop it.

Other beings of different dimensions have to have a child that would tie the bonds between dimensions stronger again. However, the meaning is gentle, too gentle for others to understand. It takes more than a baby, it takes one created with a soul mate.

Yet, even that can only slowdown the apocalypse. For if even one destined lover fails, everything will perish.

It’s up to Dominic to go on a quest that is destined to kill him to save countless others. But will it physically kill him or change the person he was supposed to be?

An Apocalyptic Fairytale Series is one massive novel with eight parts at least 80k (Around 228-266 pages) Formed in a similar style to Arabian Nights, there are many mini-adventures told between the main adventures. The recommended reading order:

Apocalypse Lovers/Apocalypse Dreams/Apocalypse Journey/Apocalypse Travelers/Apocalypse Seas/Apocalypse Wicked/Apocalypse Cartoon/Apocalypse Mafia.


If he didn't share his power, he could have gone back further. But, then Alice could die. And after all . . .without Alice, there never would have been a fairytale where his species whimsical nature's could live on. Every dimension had known the tale she created. He was infamous, and most often wished he actually had the ability to speak with the same kind of quotable words others would remember.

But, he was a cheshire. Not a poet. This girl was not Alice, she was a woman called Shay. And this wouldn't be a lovely fairytale with a made up ending. She would be enslaving herself with the White Rabbit, and sealing everyone's fate forever.

My Review:

Have you ever wondered what happened after Dorothy got back from Oz? What happens when fairy tales become reality? Well, let me tell you. It was a hoot and a half. Did I ever laugh reading this one! I love how Walken combines different elements together. Fantasy, reality, and the apocalypse combine in this striking tale. The story has an intriguing & one of a kind flow. It draws you into each of the separate stories and is quite entertaining. Walken develops each dimension independently, giving her readers a full picture of the area and its inhabitants. The story was easy to follow but I did trip over some grammatical errors throughout.

The main characters in this novel are quite unique. I found them easy to relate to and very memorable. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that they fell on the quirky side of normal. I did however; find that after a while there were so many characters all running along different storylines that it got a bit hard to follow. I felt like I was reading a compilation of short stories put together. I assume that they will all begin to merge in future instalments, with the characters being developed in this one.

Overall, this story was definitely an escape from the world as we know it. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to those who enjoy a step outside of the everyday, but would highly suggest reading the entire series together. This instalment has a great deal of beginnings and very few endings.

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