My thoughts: The premise of this book caught my attention. I enjoy reading about time travel and parallel worlds. Fields of Elysium was an interesting book that was easy to read, though it was not my favorite.
There were some positive aspects about this book. First, I liked the whole idea of how the alternate world Arkana had different technology and everything was environmental friendly. Reading the descriptions of this world left me awed and only made me wish that our world had the same things. Next, I liked Molly's values when it came to respecting her family. She honored her parents' wishes and she did her best to be a good daughter. I also enjoyed that though she tried to follow the rules, her teenager side still came out. This made her believable. Another thing that I enjoyed about this book was how clean it was. It did not have many swear words and it didn't have sexual scenes, though it did refer to it somewhat. This book would be good for teens to read.
As interesting the ideas that the book had, I did struggle with trying to read it. Many of the scenes did not flow. It felt like different pieces of time where meshed together without the help of transitional words. There were also unneeded parts that could have made the book shorter. I found myself skimming a few parts in the book. Furthermore, I did not feel connected to the characters. I could not sympathize the love relationship between Molly and Victor. There were a few sweet moments between them but not enough for me to root for them. These were the reasons as to why my rating was not higher.
Overall, I wished I could have enjoyed it a lot more, especially with the great ideas that it had. This book was not the right book for me but I think that teens would really like this one. I rate it:
PRAISE "The novel's take on otherworldly travel is a compelling one, and the romantic plot will likely appeal to Twilight fans." - Kirkus Reviews
"I expected a good love story with a paranormal twist. I got so much more. I think you should take the chance and read it. Let this book take you on the adventure, fall in love." - Young Adult and Teen Readers
"Fields of Elysium is a fabulous read. ... Whelan paints her faith into the fabric of her story with deft, light brushstrokes, making her work accessible to all, no matter their spiritual beliefs or background." - Readers Favorite
"I escaped into this fantasy world, author, A.B.Whelan, created and I didn’t want Molly to go. From detailed descriptions, to sweet romance, and to all the twist and turns in the story, it had me captivated from page one." - Mary Ting, author of the Crossroads Saga
"Whelan's writing is very vivid and descriptive. It's more formal than the average YA novel, but I enjoyed the lyrical and mesmerizing quality to it. I thought the overall story read like a fairy tale--very sweet." - Megan Thomason, author of Daynight