Thursday, May 14, 2015

"Gone" by Julie Elizabeth Powell!
*Review & Spotlight*

*Materials & images courtesy of Goodreads; review owned by Desert Rose Reviews.
Originally posted August 31st, 2013; re-posted for TBT review post.

~Published: February 16th, 2008

~Length: 262 Pages

~Genres: Adult Fiction, Fantasy


A two year old girl's heart stops and she dies but is brought back too late, her memories wiped, character vanished. One question haunts her mother's anguished mind: Where had her daughter gone? This story is one answer to that question. Inspired by truth.

After Charley dies in her office chair, how is it that she finds herself propelled into the mysterious world of Avalon?

Upon encountering an essence, which insists is her daughter – the one she knows she left behind – insanity battles with fear inside her mind.

The further she delves, the more puzzling things appear, especially after she rises into the Orb of Caprice – a realm of fairies, talking flowers and goblins…and something else, something that lurks in the shadows ready to swallow her whole.

Can she realise in time what it is she must do…or has she left it too late?

Gone is a story inspired by a true event.

~ 4/5 Roses ~

This story takes you into the realm of Avalon, full of fantastic characters and colorful experiences.  Every chapter encourages the imagination to stretch a little wider, while echoing profoundly honest doubts and feelings most would try to bury.  Creating a unique take on the after-life, this story raises questions about life after death, and sheds light on the basic fears of the unknown. 

Full of wonderful and colorful characters, this story mixes fairy tale and mystery.  While the main character embarks on an incredible journey, she meets a wild cast of creatures who help her find herself, and the key to her future.  Leaving the book with a sense of hope, these characters help teach invaluable lessons.

Much like the mind of the main character, the writing style of this book seems confused, and is a bit maddening.  Not necessarily that it's poorly written, but rather the character we're following is full of confusion and madness.  Reading this story gave me the distinct feeling that each time I grasped the feel, began to understand what was going on, I was spun in another direction and confusion returned.  Because of this dizzying style, this book left me in a love/hate funk, and I have yet to land on any decided emotion.

Overall, I did enjoy this book.  It's honest, and while it did leave my head spinning a number of times, I think that's part of the point.  Life is confusing, and this author did a fantastic job of showing the reality of pain and fear, mixed with the fantastic world her imagination created.

*I was given an ecopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

Elizabeth Powell

Hello everyone. If you haven't guessed by now I have a passion for words and have fifteen titles published in a variety of genres...all thanks to 'Lulu', Kindle, much hard work and sleepless nights.

My eldest daughter has flown the nest and is married to a man who doesn't mind his mother-in-law though my son is still fluffing his feathers.

My middle child is off on a mysterious adventure, the like of which I can only guess...and tried to do so in my first book, Gone.

I love to read and am looking for ways to double time so to indulge in the mysterious and wonderful and delicious and favourite kind of story. 

Writing is my passion, though I enjoy creating handcrafted cards, 'crafts', jewellery making, scrapbooking and dabbling in encaustic art whenever I can. 

Oh yes, I used to teach or mark exam papers but now concentrate on writing and enjoying my new life, which materialised, as if by a miracle. Though still dislike all those necessary domestic chores that would, for me, be included in the Rings of Hell!

That's it. Thank you to anyone who reads my books...enjoy the flight!

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  1. Julie Elizabeth Powell (pen)September 1, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Thank you so much!

  2. Good review! Came over from Book Blogs. Followed you on G+, Linky, and FB. Your FB link took me to a share page instead of your actual page - just an FYI. Good luck with the blog! :)

  3. No problem Julie! Thank you for writing it! :)

  4. Thanks so much for the follows Tressa! I really appreciate it :)

    I think the FB link you clicked was the link under the "Share My Blog On" section. My FB profile and blog page are listed under "Other Sites I'm On" if you'd like to check those out as well :)

    Thanks for wishing me luck with the blog!

  5. I am definitely very intrigued by this book and added it to my TBR list. The fact that it's inspired by true events definitely piques my interest!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  6. Awesome Nicole! I hope you enjoy it, once you're able to read it :)

    Julie also wrote a novella about the events that inspired the story- if you'd like to read that, it's called Slings & Arrows. I have a review for that, as well as links here:



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