I am so excited to review Level 2, the debut novel of YA blogger extraordinaire Lenore Appelhans at Presenting Lenore!
Lenore Appelhans’ first novel is breathtaking, perfectly paced, and brilliantly written. Everything about her writing helps establish the unique and fascinating setting; the beginning is hazy, but comes sharply into focus as the tension mounts and action begins. The novel moves quickly, but Appelhans is careful not to lose her readers; there is a great balance between Felicia’s memories of her tumultuous past life and present action. One element that ties her past and present together nicely is her connection with Neil, and the drama that Julian’s presence causes. Appelhans is careful to avoid writing in a trite love triangle, but there is definitely tension between Felicia and those two characters. The writing is so expressive and engaging, and Appelhans makes getting to the heart of the emotions in her story look effortless. There are some excellent twists toward the end of the novel that keep readers guessing, and Level 2 is a detailed and fully-imagined setting about an afterlife process gone awry. Though the ending of the novel is satisfying in itself, luckily for readers Appelhans leaves her story open to a sequel.
Cover Comments: I love this white and pink color scheme. The shade of pink isn't too girly or off-putting, and it makes this cover look modern and edgy. The font is fantastic, and the perspective just adds to that edgy feel. I feel like this cover fits the story really, really well!
Level 2 will be on sale January 15th, 2013.
ARC provided by publisher.