Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan
How can love mend a heart full of hate?
Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful. Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers. While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly's life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor. Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings.
Fields of Elysium is a suspenseful, romantic tale full of forbidden secrets, unimaginable danger, deception, and the never-ending fight for true love.
"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.
Interview with A.B.
Let’s start off with a few serious questions before we get
to the fun stuff…
Please tell us something that just happened or is about to
happen in your life that you would like to share.
My family is moving to Italy this summer for a few years.
We’ve moved around quite a bit. But it is our choice and makes life so much
more interesting. I’m very excited because I’ll have more time to write and
more inspiring places to visit.
Which character was your favorite to write about?
Victor Sorren. When I met my husband he was kind of a
Byronic-hero type of guy. Writing about Victor reminded me of those early,
Did one of them surprise you while writing?
Oh yeah. They all do. I have the plot
outlined for the entire four volumes, yet the characters take me to places I
never expected to go. Especially in book two, because now my characters really
started to live on their own. I guess the more books you write dealing with the
same characters, the more real they become to you.
I saw that Kirkus Reviews put Fields of Elysium as a similar
book to Eclipse. Will you tell us your thoughts on why they did that?
Well, I felt very honored because I loved the Twilight Series. Though Fields of Elysium is not about vampires
and werewolves, the setting is similar. A teen girl discovers something
extraordinary and decides to keep it a secret. She starts to live a double
life: one of an average high school girl and one of a love-struck teen who
becomes part of an amazing and dangerous life. I spent a great deal of time to
express Molly’s feelings as she becomes entangled with her new life. I once
left my country and family to move with a mysterious and alluring man I barely
knew but loved very deeply, to a country where adventure and danger lurked at
every corner. I channeled those old feelings and stories of mine into my novel,
so the plot is really not Twilight. However, I guess Kirkus found the romance
and/or the secrecy similar to the Twilight series, because if you visit the
Kirkus New Moon page or Fields of Elysium page you’ll find the
same connection there, too. I only hope they meant it as a compliment. J
The blurb says, “from where there is no return and multiple
endings.” Will you tell us a little more about this statement?
Molly, the main character, discovers the gateway to a new
earth by chance, where she meets someone who steals her heart. From that moment
she will be burdened with vast secrets. Secrets that if she shares could mean
the end of that peaceful and amazing civilization and her chance to see Victor
again. When once you get a taste of a better life and your heart is irrevocably
drawn to someone, you can never return to your former self or life. Sooner or
later you have to take sides, do things you normally wouldn’t do, and finally
make the ultimate decision.
Do you read reviews of your books? If you do, how do you
react to the information provided?
I do read all of them. I get so excited when I see a new
review. I still can’t believe that people actually read my book and took the
time to write about it. If it’s a positive review, then it makes my day,
knowing that there are likeminded people out there and I’m not alone. If it’s a
negative review, however constructive, then I make notes and do my best to
learn from it. I usually ignore one star reviews because most of the time they
are just malicious and trying to bring me down. I received several five star
reviews from professional companies, so my book can’t be that much garbage. I understand
that people have different tastes but calling the author and/or her work names
is hitting below the belt. I’ve worked too hard and come too far to let
negative people bring me down.
Now to the fun stuff…
Do you have a playlist for your book or a theme song for
I do, but I’d be embarrassed to share it. J
But if you read the book you’ll find a song that Molly sings in front of her
Which of your characters would you like to have over for
I keep saying the same name but I can’t help myself because
I just love Victor. He’s charming, interesting, cool and a real man despite his
age. But girls don’t have to go over to Arkana to find cool young guys like
him; just check out a few U21 club soccer teams. J
If the zombie apocalypse strikes, what weapon do you grab?
A big can of lighter fluid and a bunch of lighters or
What are a few things on your bucket list?
I want to go to Cambodia for a backpacking trip with my
husband. I want to see my hardcover book in the shopping basket of a Barnes
& Noble customer. I want to invite my faithful fans, my family and all my
friends to the cinema to watch the movie adaptation of my book. I want to get
lost in a jungle with my husband to find out what we’re really made of. I have
lots more. I like to dream big. My dreams push me forward.
Do you prefer sleeping in or getting up early?
I used to love sleeping in, but since becoming a mom I get
up early. By now I’m so used to it that it doesn’t bother me at all.
What is your favorite gadget?
I love the GPS in my car. I have a horrible sense of
I'd like to thank you so very much for taking the time to answer my questions!
Author A.B. Whelan
A.B.Whelan is a Hungarian born, American writer. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California.
While growing up in a wealthy Eastern European family, she had a chance to travel Europe. Later as an adult, she visited Africa and the Middle East and lived in Ecuador and in Crete.
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