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Ella, Jessika, Katie, Gothic Angel & Kasonndra says: Paradox Is A Must Read – And Here’s Why!

October 26, 2011

REVIEW: Progeny Of Innocence, by Ella Melder

30 Mar 2012

I do not remember when I have been more spellbound by a fantasy book before.

I thought ‘The Angels Are Here’ was good, but not quite fully cooked. With Progeny of Innocence Patti Roberts is just showing off. This book delivers on so many levels.

There is so much emotion in this story, so many human traits – the good (love, friendship, bravery and boldness) and the shameful (lust, egotism, self-indulgence, viciousness) all thrown together. But you can never misinterpret the true colour of a person. That weaker characterisation I saw in Book 1 here and there has gone completely. Patti Roberts has grown up. Her writing skills rival some of the very big names out there and I would be surprised if awareness of her talent doesn’t sky-rocket within a few short months.

‘The Angles Are Here’ was a sweet little introduction to a fantasy world that might or might not be real. With ‘Progeny Of Innocence’ we have no choice but to believe. It’s not a fantasy anymore, it is a certainty. ‘It is a shame,’ Patti says, ‘that real life events very rarely portray the grandiose victories personified in fiction’. Because we know, we feel that undercurrent to all of our lives. We’ve always suspected there is more to this inconsequential human existence and Patti Roberts makes it easy to imagine what this might be.

The WAFEs slowly awake and remember, and the guardians pull together. Sparks are flying and you find yourself gnawing on your nails with increased anxiety. The good and the evil dance around each other in ever-decreasing circles until you shiver with the imminence of the epic battle you can see will be unleashed in the very near future.

There is a YA tinge to most of the second half of the novel, but it is nicely done and the adult world weaves through it skilfully. There are stories within the story, and again they do not detract, but expertly add to the texture and depth of the main plot.

We see heavy symbolism and original threads too, and a little Shakespearean conflict between the two obvious enemies: Damon, in body, hangs out with the Grigorians but his heart and spirit have long belonged to Juliette.

I must make a special mention. Often debut authors are so eager to get on with their story that they don’t spend enough time getting to know their own world, and that shows. Sometimes, they are lucky enough to be able to develop it in an acceptable manner in a sequel, and sometimes it is just so seriously underdeveloped, it is jarring. This is not the case here. Patti Roberts is so comfortable with her creation that it leaves no questions unanswered. You can see the prisoners being dragged in, you can see the forest and its people, you can understand the relationships between the six ancient races and feel their resistance to Grigorian rule.

Paradox is not a story in a place – it is the legend of a whole world.

As far as I am concerned, I don’t know how Patti’s writing could be improved upon. I’m waiting for the third book in the series and will be counting the weeks to its release. And there is a very strong chance that I might be tempted to sneak back to the Paradox blog page to get my fix and check for news here

KaSonndra Leigh‘s review Paradox – The Angels Are Here

Nov 14, 2011
5 of 5 stars

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** spoiler alert **Move over vampires…the angels are here! Patti Roberts’ venture into the world of angels is a captivating one. She offers a point-of-view from within the eyes of several different characters that each provides a unique take on the world. I enjoyed following the innocent Grace during her journey to overcome grief and understand more about who she is. While at the angelic end of the spectrum, you have the mighty Grigori clan ready to offer the reader a glimpse into the world of celestial royalty.There are historical moments along with plenty of modern-day events to balance the plotline for readers of all tastes and ages. Paradox is the kind of novel designed for the reader to just sit back, relax, and enjoy. But watch out! The angels in this story are liable to wrap you up in their spell if you’re not careful. My advice? Just let them do it. I did. A highly recommended this deliciously fun gem. 5 stars!
KaSonndra Leigh


Gothic Angel‘s review – Paradox – The Angels Are Here

Nov 14, 11
5 of 5 stars

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I thought that Paradox: The Angels Are Here was a terrific book. Fast-paced and easy to read, it only took me hours to get from start to finish.
Within the pages of this book, there are 2 worlds. One ancient and one new.
The intricate way in which the author has created and connected these two worlds is beautiful.

I find myself at a loss for words with which to describe the story within these pages. I don’t want to give too much away really, it would be a shame to give too much away. Plus, I feel the story speaks for itself.
Once you read the first page, I defy anyone not to be hooked. I could hardly bear to put it down. (Even reading it whilst I was eating)

I was lucky enough to receive the book from Patti, and I am ever grateful that she gave it to me because this glorious first installment in her story has left me desperate for more. I am truly glad that I don’t have to wait too long for Paradox: Progeny of Innocence (as it’s hopefully out on 30th November)

I am really looking forward to reading the next installment, as I have already read the preface and the first few pages, which you will find at the end of this one.

I hope to find out more about both worlds and how one will inevitably impact upon the other.

I have to say, I already believed in Guardian Angels before reading Paradox. But now, I have an even firmer belief in them. Gothic Angel


Katie‘s review

Oct 31, 11
5 of 5 stars
Recommended for: Fantasy

The world that Patti creates is unbelievable and I can’t wait for more when Progeny of Innocence is released. The Angels Are Here isn’t long enough to quench my thirst from this story. Another great aspect is that it is set in Australia, nothing like a home grown book.

Grace is a child that has the perfect family and has an ability to see Angels. She goes to ballet lessons one day under protest and in her reflection of the car window sees another child looking back. Hope is her savior and allows Grace some happiness and gives her confidence to enjoy her childhood. Everything was going along smoothly; every day had a routine, until she arrives home from school to find her world torn apart. Grace is also starting to have visions and nightmares. These visions make Grace faint and she is taken into another time and place in the past. She relives previous lives and her demise. This is something no child should endure, but Grace accepts what it is and tries to move on with her life. She doesn’t make friends easily and when she tells Hope to leave, Angela steps in. Angela is still getting used to being a child again; Grace accepts the things Angela says as just being funny, but what is really behind Angela’s old soul comments? Is she sent to protect Grace or destroy her? Why is Grace having these visions? Is she in danger and if so, from what?

I loved this book and really became addicted to it. When Grace’s life was torn apart I was crying along with her. Patti has a gift that allows the readers to live the lives with her characters. I really would have liked it to be longer and thankfully I will not have to wait much longer for book 2.

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Paradox: The Angels are Here Review

Just a day ago, I entered the wonderfully, dark, enchanting world of Patti Roberts, Paradox: The Angels are Here. For three hours, from the first page to the end, the book felt real and I felt like I had actually left earth and entered the world of the ancients. For anyone who wants a very different story, Patti Roberts, definitely will not disappoint, that is if you have an open mind.

The first book was definitely a whirlwind of adventure. From the opening sentence in Chapter one, We are introduced to someone named Juliette, and while she tells us the story, she herself becomes a quiet mystery.

The hook: “900 years ago, my world was a different place… But one thing, regardless of the passing time and unimaginable distances that separates remains unchanged. And that is- Love. My name is Juliette, and I would like to tell you a story that stretches over a vast passage of time. I was created long before the spoken language was used for communication. A time when magic existed and myths, and legends and the gods roamed the planets and walked freely among us. Long before the great floods consumed the earth. Long before the Tower of Babel was built, the stairway to the gates of heaven.”

Right from the get go I knew the story was going to be fantastic. With the opening statement though, do not let the story fool you into thinking that it is a first person narrative. The story is written in third person and has so much depth involved. The characters are quite complex and the author really got to know her characters.

The story centers around Grace. Grace is a little girl with a destiny. A destiny that still has yet to be answered. What I really loved about Grace was that Grace is a very different heroin from most books in today’s world of literature. Grace is young. She is not a teenager. What makes Grace a complex character is that her past remains a shady past and the visions that follow. I still don’t even know what role Grace plays in this story. The author hid her role very well. Grace has an imaginary friend in the beginning that only she can see and her name is Hope. I really bonded with Grace and her family. After a tragic accident that occurs in her life, I wanted to tell Grace that everything would be ok. There is more to Grace’s story than meets the eye and I love that the author didn’t automatically reveal what role she plays.

Several other interesting characters consist of the following: Theria, Abaddon, Pandora, Wade, Brian (Grace’s father), Kate (Grace’s mother), and Angela. After a tragic incident that happens in Grace’s family, Angela appears to calm down the family and get them back on track. Hope vanished in the beginning out of Grace’s grief. There is more to Wade than meets the eye and it bugs me because I think he has some connection to Grace’s father, but again, the real identity of the characters remained concealed. The only identity that was revealed, was Theria and Angela. I’ve never read a book that left you guessing about everyone else. There was no indication to state what other role the other characters play which in my opinion is awesome.

The author’s writing style comes off as poetic. Her writing was beautiful, and not distracting. It conveyed the message of the story perfectly. What I did not like about the story was the back and forth thing between Grace’s visions, memories, and then the world of the ancients. Towards the very end of the story, the author ties up everything with Abaddon asking Theria what she knew about Grace. One thing I think the author is going to have problems with when her book skyrockets is the love interest between Abaddon who is like centuries old, and Theria who is seventeen when she returns back to her world. The ending was very different from everything I have ever read. It’s nothing mind blowing but it’s questioning and I couldn’t help but give a disgusted face at what I read. But hey, the ending was still very good and very different! I’m just warning you.

This story is a must read. This is the kind of story that will leave you questioning and thinking outside the box. Patti Roberts has become one of my newest favorite authors and I will be keeping up to date with her progress on future books. Just read the book and see for yourself what this author can do. With this author there is no limits with her writing and world building, and character development. You laugh, you will cry, and you will feel disgusted. This story is a must read. One of the bests I have read so far. The story deserves 4 and a half stars only because I wish it was a much longer read!!!!

Did you have a favorite character and if so why?

I definitely did have a favorite Character. My Favorite character would be Grace and Grace is who the story is about. I felt bad for Grace when she lost her father. Grace is such an interesting character especially for her young age. Many heroins in today’s YA Novels, are teenagers and most YA fiction books do not have proper world building which is sort of frustrating and their characters are cliche. Grace is a very unique character and I felt like I really bonded with her. I love her visions and how they affected today’s world.

Who was your second favorite character and why?

My second favorite character would be Thieria. Why you may ask? Theria seems so sweet and innocent but she has a hidden evil agenda. Theria is very interesting and I felt her anger towards Pandora in the very beginning when we were introduced to the little wretch. 😛

I also like Abbadon simply because of his wickedness.

What part of the book did you enjoy the most?  The Angel parts (The ancient world) or Grace (today’s world).

Honestly, It’s so hard to choose which world I liked best! I loved the ancient world because I was so drawn to their world, I totally forgot about Reality. Their world, the ancient angelic world became my world for that moment of time. I really felt like I was there. As for Grace’s world, what I really loved about Grace’s world, was that it’s part of our world, so I was able to connect with her. She is so sweet and so innocent and you really captured the ability to see through the eyes of a child who is far more than a mere child. I loved the transition from her innocent world into a darker, more dangerous world.

The writing style was simply wonderful. Your writing is so poetic and it’s hard coming across books that have this dark, poetic style about them. I got goosebumps because of the dark atmosphere of the story.

What parts or chapters did you enjoyed reading about the most?

Loved reading about the ancient world. It’s just so different from everything else. I also loved reading about the Hope and death concept. Like when the older gentlemen towards the beginning was dying of cancer, and he saw the little girl no one else can see. He knew he would not die alone.

What parts did you like the least?

I didn’t like the death of Grace’s father. I wanted to cry. 😥  I wanted to take Grace under my wing and tell her everything would be ok, and that she had someone to look after her!

What aspects of the story would you like to know more about?

I would love to see more about the ancient world, and why Grace has her visions.

If you could change one thing about the story, what would it be?

The one thing I wish I could change, is that I wish it was longer!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
But one very minor change would have to be the back and forth thing. Did get slightly confusing at some parts but I was able to make sense of everything regardless of the back and forth which makes the confusing part unimportant now since it all pulled itself together towards the end. There has to be back and forth for the two worlds! 🙂

What are you hoping to read more about in book 2?

I want to find out more about Wade. He seems like he has a hidden agenda.
I also want to know how Grace’s Father and how he knew about Grace and Hope in the beginning. When I read that, I was like huh, that’s fascinating. So was he really her father?

Overall, beautiful work!  Jessika

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