Saturday, January 29, 2011

Review and Q&A: Rebellion: The Outer Territory by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Rebellion: The Outer Territory
by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Formats avail: ebook,
Publication Date: January 5, 2011
Word Count: approx. 16,500 (Novelette)
ePub Length: 38pgs
Kindle Locations: 1035
Source: ebook provided by author

Day of Sacrifice, #2

Description from Amazon:
Cara needs something to live for.  Abel just needs to keep her alive.
As members of the newly formed rebellion against the Gods, Cara and Abel have their parts to play: she is a skilled healer and he is the Guardian put in charge of her protection. Or is it the other way around?

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My Thoughts:
The second book in the DoS series opens just before the ending of the first book, Day of Sacrifice: The Prophecy.  When the first book ended with a cliffhanger, I had questions that needed answers.  Where the heck did they all come from?  How did they know to do that?  Where did they go?  And also, what happens to Julian?  Well, the book continues with the storyline so we do get to see what happens immediately after the cliffhanger ending in the first book and questions get answered. This installment revolves around Cara (mother of Aiden) and Abel, another Guardian. Flora and Julian from the first book still play a part in this book so I did get a sense of their continuing story, but I was hoping their relationship would get more attention. 

The rebellion against the Gods continues. A small group of Guardians and Sacrifices have banded together to fight the Gods, fulfill the prophecy, and stop the Sacrifices.  They have regrouped at Julian's homestead in the Outer Territory. Abel has been assigned to protect Cara whose son was recently sacrificed to the Gods. She is a strong witch who can control the air and also a healer. I didn’t really get a feel for Abel’s back story. I wanted to know more about him.

Their feelings for each other grow as the story progresses, but I don't feel there was any resolution to that relationship by the end of the book so I will be interested to see if it will continue in some way as a part of the future stories. This world is not just made up of witches and angels -- there is also a vampire and a werewolf in this one but the vampire is the more prominent secondary character. I wonder if we will see him in the future as there seemed to be a hint of a relationship.

The books so far are short at around 16K words, which is novelette size (somewhere between a short story and a novella), so there isn't a lot of room to really delve into the characters and flesh them out. I would have liked more character development, but at the same time I didn't really feel cheated. The author does a good job of presenting characters the reader can care about given the short amount of space to work within each book.

If you have seen my other reviews for Stacey's books then you know I already enjoy her writing style.  It is tight and engaging without a lot of superfluous scenes that don't add anything to the story. There was one brief scene though that seemed to defy the laws of gravity. I read this scene several times and it still doesn't make sense to me. This is the scene where Abel scoops Cara up in his “arms" then a moments later (while still holding her) he moves Cara's hand from his chest to around his neck. Um, did he grow a third arm?  If he let go of Cara to do this, wouldn't her legs drop to the floor?  I haz confusion...or I’m missing something.

The books in this series are short but I think of them more like a TV series where the story continues with each episode and you have to stay tuned to the same bat-time and same bat-channel to find out what happens next. Speaking of which, the next book in this series is titled Dormant: Forever United and is expected to be out sometime around March or April 2011.

If you liked the first book in this series then I think you will enjoy this book. Due to the continuing nature of the story in this series and because the short length doesn’t allow for much of any back story, I recommend reading them in order or you will probably be at a loss as to what is going on. 

After finishing this book I had some "kurious kitteh kwestions" for Stacey so keep reading below to find out a little more about the Day of Sacrifice series.

Rating:  4 - I Really Liked It

Typos found: 3

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This book is currently available as an ebook.  You can find Stacey Wallace Benefiel on the web at:

Goodreads: Stacey's Author Page

Get the book! 

Find it on Goodreads HERE

Other books by Stacey:

Day of Sacrifice Stories

Day of Sacrifice: The Prophecy  (Book 1)
**IPBR Reviewed**

Zellie Wells Series (YA)
Glimpse (Book 1)
**IPBR Reviewed!**

Glimmer (Book 2)
Upcoming Review!

Q&A with Stacey Wallace Benefiel

IPBR: What inspired the idea for the Day of Sacrifice series?
Stacey: DoS is my experiment. I wanted to write something that I could sell at the $1 price point and I wanted to work on my short story and action writing. Also, even though Glimpse is PNR, I made up all the powers. I wanted to see if I could write within the PNR/UF genre in a more authentic way.

So, I asked myself, "What's an interesting conflict?" How about a party girl who has to stay a virgin or her whole family loses their powers? Add in a hot angel because I like hot angels and there ya go!

IPBR: How many installments are planned for this series and will they all be about the same size?
Stacey:  There will be 7 installments, or episodes, as I like to think of them. The final story will be back to Flora and Julian's POV. They will all be long short stories/short novellas. I guess that's called a novelette? Who knew? Everyone but me probably. :)

IPBR: Is there a particular scene or a line from Rebellion that is a favorite of yours?
Stacey:  I like writing the banter. When Cara makes the joke about Julian not being an angel anymore and Abel cringes- I love that stuff. Anything involving the kitchen table or the sitting room couch.

IPBR: If you were a witch in this world, what power would you want to have and why?
Stacey:  I would like to be a healer like Cara. Good with potion making. I like science, studied to be a medical transcriptionist and I went to culinary school. The chemistry of cooking/potion making appeals to me.

IPBR: When can readers expect to see the next book in the DoS series and can you tell us a little of what the story will be about?
Stacey:  The next story is called Dormant:Forever United. It's the story of what happens to Fauna and Clark after they were injected with the potion that put them in a coma-like state. Bartholomew is involved.
I'd like to have it out by the end of March. I plan on releasing it on its own and also releasing the first three stories together. They're meant to be read in sequence.

IPBR: Do you have any other projects in the works that you can share with us?
Stacey:  I'm currently working on the final Zellie Wells book, Glow. I hope to have it out in June. I've also got a story in a PNR anthology that H.P. Mallory and Amanda Hocking are putting together.

Lightning round just for fun...
Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!
Plotter or Pantser? Pantser, but I don't love that word. It sounds like I pants people on the playground.
Comedy or Drama? Comedy!
Ebooks or Print Books? E-books!
Cats or Dogs? Dogs! Although I have both. My cats pee on everything.

 Thanks Stacey!  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great review Michelle and the fun questions. Also thanks for catching the typos and the weird arm thing. Now that you mention it, yeah, that needs some clarification. LOL Glad you enjoyed the story.


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