Reviews by Maria.
I would like to thank author K.T. Webb for giving me the opportunity to read her book The Evolved in exchange for a fair and honest review.
“Five will remain. The orphan, the divided, the heart, and the brave. They will be the final hope of mankind, and through them, all life will evolve.” This is part of the prophecy about five individuals that will come together to save the world. Bookstore owner Kerr; identical twins Hadley and Whitley, the orphan Thatcher, and kind-hearted Nora. Each of them slowly discover they have superpowers and they start to meet each other and find their destiny.
This book had a fresh and interesting take on well-known mythology. These five youths are the last remaining descendants of The Old Immortals, also known as the Greek gods. As the Old Immortals had children, their powers kept dwindling until they discovered that killing those children gave their power back to them. So some immortals are out to kill the descendants and some are out to protect them. Thus begins the battle that could destroy the world with Absalom, also known as Hades, leading the charge.
Despite the fresh take on the myth, this book failed to grab my attention. I would have liked to know more about the Old Immortals and their many lifetimes and history. I also would have liked to know why Absalom turned out to be so blood-thirsty. I felt like the book glossed over many of the questions I had. It would have been nice if the mythology had been more established.
I feel the same about the powers the five had. Most of them had already known about their powers when the book starts and the only one we get to see really discover the power was Whitley. And even that process was sped up too much. It would have been nice to see her struggle to control and maintain it and really develop the character more.
A common theme in this book was everything was moving too fast and I don’t know if it was because the author was trying to keep it interesting or wanted a shorter book. It takes quite awhile for the 5 to be all introduced and meet each other. Some characters were really brought to life while others weren’t and it was hard to care about all five characters. When a sixth youth was introduced with powers it made the story that much more complicated. It got to the point when characters started to be in serious danger that I just didn’t care too much because I hadn’t developed a connection to them yet.
Love also played a role in this book. Several of the six descendants developed feelings for each other but again, these romances happened fast and I barely had time to start to know these characters before they started to add that new element. I felt like more time spent on these six, learning their powers, and how to work together to fight Absalom would have been better, and then maybe toward the end throwing in the romance.
I’d be interested to know if this book was going to be part of a series. And if so, if the author would spend more time on character growth and the superpowers.
My rating: 2/5 stars.
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Title: The Evolved
Author: KT Webb
Genre: YA Fantasy
From Indie Author KT Webb comes a fantasy novel that challenges tradition. She artfully combines elements of mythology, theology, romance and adventure to create a fast paced and intriguing story.
Thatcher Kline is a ward of the state, a runaway and a loner. But he has a few secrets; secrets that make him a freak, secrets that have cut him off from any semblance of a family.
Hadley and Whitley Callaghan are the twin daughters of a powerful man. Their mother abandoned them when they were little, leaving them to be raised by an absent father and his security detail. They find themselves settling into small town life in South Dakota when they meet Kerr Mason and their world turns upside down.
Kerr is a bookworm, storeowner and a good judge of character. He likes to be alone; other people make him uncomfortable. When he meets the Callaghan twins, he feels a connection he can’t comprehend.
Distant relatives raised Nora Lowell after her parents died in a car wreck. She lives in a constant state of suspension as she waits to be joined by others like her. When Nora learns that the others are on their way, she feels like her life can finally begin.
Their paths were destined to meet; their lives were destined to be intertwined as those of their ancestors were. When they come together, mysteries are unraveled, prophecies are revealed and this group of misfits quickly discovers they are destined to save the world from the clutches of evil.
KT Webb is a big city girl living in small town South Dakota. KT is a wife and mother of two young children. She works full time as a marketing and communications coordinator for a technology solutions company. KT is also an avid reader and prefers books that allow her overactive imagination to run wild. She published her first book, The Evolved as the first installment in The New Era Saga; the second book will be out in late 2015.
As soon as they collided, she felt an immense pressure from all angles. She looked around wondering if they had created a book avalanche. As she reached for the book, the clumsy book store clerk reached a hand out to help her. Whitley felt an intense heat rise in her cheeks, she wanted to melt into the floor, and she was so embarrassed she had almost forgotten he was there. Her hand touched the book guys hand and the heat intensified. The room got dark, and light again, she thought she was about to pass out when the realization hit her, the lights were flickering. She hid her embarrassment easily by adding a little “senators’ daughter condescension” to her voice, her father would have been disappointed in her.
“You should really pay your light bill” She threw at him while the lights continued to flicker.
“Uh…what?” Was all he managed to force out.
Whitley pointed up and said, “Your lights. Do they do this often?”
“Oh, no.” His eyebrows knit together as he looked up at the ceiling. “In fact, I’ve owned this building for three years and it’s never happened before.”
“You own this place?” Hadley asked coming up behind him.
“Yeah, Kerr Mason, at your service.” He made a little bow and grinned, the light seemed to sparkle in his eyes.
“Hadley Callaghan, and the klutz you ran into is my sister Whitley.”
“Callaghan huh? As in Eric Callaghan. Senator Eric Callaghan? The presidential candidate?” Kerr asked.
“Yep, that’s our dad. Mr. President himself.” Whitley responded with just a hint of venom in her voice.
“Soft spot huh?” He stage whispered to Hadley.
She nodded, and giggled a little. Whitley rolled her eyes at her sister, she couldn’t believe Hadley hadn’t grabbed her hand and dragged her from the store. That’s what she usually did when she caught Whitley in situations she found embarrassing. She noticed Hadley narrowing her eyes at her and she wondered if her sister could sense how flustered she was.
“Whit, we should probably get going, I’m sure Kerr has to call an electrician or something to get this fixed.” Hadley looked around uncomfortably.
Kerr nodded and started to head to the back room when the jingling of the bell alerted him to another customer. The three of them turned to see who had come in, but couldn’t see anyone. The flickering lights made it hard to focus on anything. As Kerr tried to pass the girls to offer his assistance to the person who’d entered, he stumbled over one of the books still strewn across the floor. Whitley instantly reached to steady him. As soon as she made contact with him again, the lights instantly grew steadily brighter.
Dorian continued to meditate in silence. Kerr looked up and saw Nora give him a shrug and a reassuring smile. Kerr sat on the edge of the couch, listening intently for the others. When he and Whitley had gotten downstairs, they rounded the stairs into the living room. He thought he’d heard someone moving in the darkness, but Whitley pulled his arm and led him to the library.
He wasn’t sure where the others had ended up, but he knew they would hear Dorian calling to them. Nora got up and came over to them, smiling warmly.
I’ve been waiting for you guys. They’re going to share the prophecies with us now. Dorian said he feels that something is off, and the sooner we all know what is to come, the sooner we will be prepared to face it.” She laughed lightly. “I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time! The prophecies are the only part of our history they haven’t taught me about.”
Kerr hadn’t thought much about how different this was for Nora. She was used to the abilities, she was used to the strange history they all shared, she was the only one who was raised in a safe and happy environment. The sadness and jealousy he felt thinking about how much he’d missed out on was much more intense than any he had experienced in his life thus far.
“You are so lucky.” He blurted out.
Nora gave him a hurt and confused look. “So are you.”
Kerr was about to ask what she meant by that, when the library door opened and Thatcher came in, followed closely by Hadley.
Thatchers eyebrows were knit together in concern and Hadley looked a little panicked. Kerr was on his feet in an instant, he had already seen it.
“Are you sure it was him?” Kerr asked Thatcher catching him off guard.
“No, I’m not. But it was strange, I felt a connecting. Like a thread was strung between us.” He answered.
“What’s going on?” Dorian asked.
The library door opened one more time and Romulus entered, followed closely by Tahlia. They wore the same look of panic that was still etched on the faces of the other two Evolved. It was clear Absalom had in fact made an appearance.
Nora was angry. She had taken off running after the prophecies were done, and hadn’t stopped even though she could feel Dorian behind her. She didn’t know what she’d been expecting to hear when she received her prophecy, but it wasn’t a cryptic message about being part of the future. She knew in her heart that being one of The Evolved may mean ushering in the New Era, but it also meant ending the lives of the three people who meant the most to her.
Her prophecy hadn’t told her anything she didn’t know. Of course she thought she was the end, and of course the beginning of the New Era was coming from her, as well as the other Evolved. Ridiculous. That’s what this whole prophecy nonsense was, ridiculous.
“Would you slow down?” she heard Dorian yell behind her.
She decided to disobey him for the first time in her life, and pushed herself to run faster. It was liberating to run through those ancient trees. She continued to run without a care until she felt the desperation in Dorian’s pull behind her. She slowed her run to a job, slowed her jog to a walk, and then stopped all together. Dorian arrived behind her only a moment later.
“Look down.” Dorian said with a hint of anger in his voice.
Nora looked down and realized the ground opened to vast ravine just beyond where she’d stopped. She rolled her eyes and turned to face Dorian.
“What do you want?” She asked icily.
“About what? About this ridiculous prophecy you just gave me? I have no interest in talking about it, I’ve already figured it out.” She spat back at him.
“I don’t think you did. It’s not as simple as you think.” Dorian said quietly.
Nora didn’t understand how he could possibly be so calm, and almost happy about this.
“You’re going to die. What part of that don’t you understand? I’m going to be responsible for ending your life and beginning the New Era. Somehow, even though there are five of us, it’s all coming from me.” She replied incredulously.
Dorian smiled warmly at her.
Thatcher felt mildly uncomfortable as Romulus placed both hands on his shoulders and looked him in the eyes.
“You have nothing to prove Thatcher. Don’t forget that.” Romulus said before heading out of the alley. Kerr slapped Thatcher on the back and followed the Old Immortal.
Thatcher took a deep breath and was about to leave the alley too when Nora reappeared.
“Where’d they go?” Nora asked.
“They just went to find more people. I’m going to go offer myself up on a silver platter.” Thatcher said cheekily.
“You’re what?!” She almost shouted. “Are you crazy? You have no idea what you’re doing. You’re not ready for that.”
“I have to Nora. Malcolm left yesterday. He left and went back to them. I have to see if he’s with them. I have to see if he’s helping them do this to these people. But most of all, I have to face Absalom.” Thatcher told her firmly.
Nora was quiet for a moment. She bit her lip and looked at Thatcher thoughtfully. When they heard footsteps approaching, she nodded her head at him and told him she understood. Kerr had arrived with three more people; a scared old woman, and two terrified teenage boys. Nora didn’t even bother explaining this time, she simply grabbed on to them and disappeared.
Thatcher and Kerr left the alley together. Kerr was still searching the streets for the little girl from his vision.
“Maybe she hasn’t lost her mother yet Kerr. Let me try to distract the Old Immortals while you look for her.” Thatcher told him.
“Romulus is right you know. Just because your prophecy tells you that you are torn doesn’t mean you have something to prove. You are who you are, and who you are is one of us.” Kerr told him as he jogged across the street.
Thatcher stepped out into the afternoon sunlight. If he only looked at the sky, he could almost forget what was happening around him. But the pungent odor and endless tortured screams continued to remind him where he was. He was in Absalom’s playground. Thatcher wasn’t sure what he was supposed to be confused about. He wanted to stop Absalom with all his heart and all his mind. He knew without a doubt his prophecy was not about that.
Hearing a scream erupt to his left, he took off in that direction. He broke through a row of bushes beside a parking lot to find Absalom standing over a fleshless body. It was obvious that the scene around him was something Absalom enjoyed. He didn’t blink twice at the bodies lying on the ground around him; he almost looked happy.
Thatcher stepped out from between the bushes. He had seen enough death and destruction today. He needed to distract Absalom and find Silas.