Title: Immortal Writers
Author: Jill Bowers
Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
**I received a copy of this book free from the publisher and author in exchange for am honest review**
I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I went into this book. I had read the blurb, but I still didn’t really get the premise.i also thought it sounded like an adult book instead of YA, so I was nervous going in. However, the book had some interesting twists and turns…and a lot of action. I never once got bored and only put it down when I had to drive, work, or sleep. It was an adventure. One that I’ll share with you now…
The book introduces us to Liz McKinnon, a young 18 year old writer who has had some success with her newly released books. Her final book in the series still needs some edits, and after a long tour, she meets her boyfriend for dinner…and he proposes to her. Liz is shocked, not thrilled: she alludes to things in her past that have damaged her, and she hurriedly leaves the restaurant without giving an answer. After getting into a nearby parked cab, she is chloroformed and passes out.
When she awakes, she is introduced to Willaim Shakespeare, a member of a group of Immortal Writers. What makes these particular people so special? Their written characters come to life. Liz is now faced with Curtis, her book’s protagonist and essentially her dream man. Shakespeare tells her that the Immortal Writers are a group of writers that are, well, immortal. Her characters have come to this world, but her story’s villain needs to die at her hand, as he is trying to raise a massive dragon army and take over the world. All the Immortal Writers have had to kill their villains, and now it’s her turn. She has a hard time believing at first, but after meeting such great authors like Langston Hughes, Jane Austen, Tolkien, and Edgar Allen Poe, she finally starts to believe that her characters have become real.
She must train and fight because she made Kenric strong and very magical. Curtis, the hero, helps Liz all he can, but as they ready themselves for the battle of their lives, Liz starts to fall for Curtis. But something dark lurks in the memories of her tragic past, and if she doesn’t battle those first, her growing affection for Curtis and her other characters might not be enough. Can Liz beat Kenric? And can she fight the inner demons that have resulted from hiding her emotional pain as well?
Is it Classroom-Appropiate?
Yes, and it even comes with a book question guide in the back for book clubs or, possibly, a class assignment. The book is pretty tame, no swears and only hints at intimacy. The authors mentioned are good for students to learn about, even in a fantasy setting. They could learn why it’s so shocking that Austen only wants to discuss romance with Liz. The other authors make it a learning experience as well as a fun novel. It could be used for an example of the traditional “hero’s quest,” but with a spin on it. I think it would be an excellent book to use for freshman and up.
Easily 13 and up. No qualms about anything content-wise. I think younger readers would benefit from the adventure and the quick plot development. There is insinuation of abuse of a sexual nature, but it’s not addressed too graphically.
★★★★☆. The only downside to this book is the lack of depth in Curtis’s character. We can see why Liz would fight for him, as she is her dream man, but his thoughts aren’t really clear. We hear about his backstory, but the villain Kenric, who they train for the whole book, has more character than our male hero. Be that aside, the book is a fun and quick read. The dragons are well-described, and Liz’s character is very strong. Shakespeare as the leader of the group also seems kind of comical. The Bard speaks like he’s from the century and acts like Bosley from Charlie’s Angels. I could have done without him being the leader. Maybe more development needs to be made on his character and how he became part of and led Immortal Writers.
There’s a second book in the works though this seems like a stand-alone. It seems just set in the same story-world. It’s called Immortal Creatures. I would really like to read that one, too. All-in-all, it is a fun and fast-paced adventure, and it seems perfect for a young adult book label.