Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Novella Review ~ Prologue: Exodus Battle by Troy CLE

* = New feature that I will include in reviews from now on.

*Series and number: Marvelous World FAVORITES Day Novella #1
*Number of pages: 22 pages (estimated)

Goodreads description:

Journey to Midlandia, a place composed of pure energy. Here, at the center of all things known and unknown, you will find a powerful race of near perfect beings, known as the eNoli. Locked in an epic battle, the eNoli bring destruction to their homeland by attempting the forbidden—escaping to Earth. This tale sets the entire Marvelous World Saga into motion, making it possible for Louis Proof’s world to become so Marvelous and Cyndi Victoria Chase to become so Horribly Marvelous. Get Ready!

This novella begins before Marvelous World Book 1: The Marvelous Effect and can be read independently of the Marvelous World series published by Simon and Schuster and Random House Listening Library.

My review:

Rating: 4 stars
Date read: June 16, 2013
Format: Kindle ebook
Where I got it: I bought it

I don’t read much middle grade fiction or books like them. They just aren't my type of books. I also hardly ever read novellas or short stories, though I have decided to give them a chance and read more of them. Despite that, I have to say that I really enjoyed reading the first FAVORITES Day Novella. When I finished it, I had to smile—which is a very good sign. If I feel happy after I finish a book, it’s a sure sign that I liked it.

First off, it was apparent that the book was meant to be short (other than, well, being a novella). Sure, I would've liked it to be a little bit longer so I could have read more, but I wasn't in despair that it was too short like I usually am when it comes to shorter books/stories—Prologue served it’s purpose in the number of pages it was written in.

I found it to be really creative. It was fantastical—meaning that it was complete fantasy. It contained a world all its own that held that not-quite-believable feel, but that was fine because anything can happen in a whole different world. I love how modern it felt—like a video game. While I was reading, I kept thinking of Spy Kids 3 and Shark Boy and Lava Girl (two movies that I often think of together). It had that same anything-is-possible, video game sense to it, and I don’t get around to reading that very often. The world of Midlandia seemed “like a dreamscape” (a thought I wrote down in the midst of reading).

Do you want to know what else was cool? The names and terms. Each time I came across a new one, I thought it was interesting. The names of the characters like Vivionya, Timioosiyon, and Galonious, as well as the terms such as Midlandia and the Alorian Treaty, were utterly unique to the world that was set up, and I always appreciate it when an author can come up with his own words that have the ability to make auto correct go absolutely nuts.

The only thing I wished there was more of was description. I don’t mean the actions and events occurring. Maybe if there was a little bit more detail, a more vivid picture could have formed in my head while I was reading it.

Overall, I found the story to be a very nice one. It was well suited for its targeted age (and could be enjoyed by other ages too), and transported me to a completely different world. Now, I feel much more interested in reading Troy’s full length Marvelous World novels.

One extra note:

I really suggest reading the very beginning notes inside the book that tells you about the world and terms. I failed to see that on my kindle until just now (the furthest back I had read was the letter from the author). The explanations and pronunciations are very useful.


I was the first person besides the author to give this novella a rating on Goodreads. It'd be nice to see more people read his novellas and novels. You can check out Troy CLE's books right here.

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