Review: Emerald Illusion by J. Rodes

Emerald IllusionEmerald Illusion was an all-encompasing, allegorical fantasy adventure! Once immersed in the land of Oz, I never knew what to expect next. The story did start off slowly for me and it took me a bit of time to become invested. When the character, Levi, came on to the scene, events seemed to take on a whole new level of interest for Abrielle and that translated to more interest for me.

Fantasy is not my regurlar genre to read and I found myself reading much slower than normal in order to take in all of the descriptions, characters, and the strange world in general. The author captured the feelings of fear and uncertainty very clearly in this book. I could feel Abrielle’s panic in certain situations. I also appreciated that at times the evil was very clearly evident, while in other situations, the evil presented a beautiful illusion to trick Abrielle and the others into giving in.

I think that Emerald Illusion is a good choice for young adult, fantasy fans. And even though fantasy is not a favorite genre of mine, I enjoyed this adventure.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Emerald IllusionAbrielle finds herself in the middle of a realm everyone had heard of but no one believed existed. When she meets a boy named Levi, she finds out there is nothing safe about Oz. However, there is something beneath the darkness… something she needs to grasp. If only she has the courage to believe.

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Jennifer Rodewald

Jennifer Rodewald (also writes under the pen name of J. Rodes) is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.

Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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