This week we are going to enjoy something new on Fan Fiction Fridays here at Rob Attack. It’s an idea I’ve been pondering in my mind for a while now and decided to try it out this week. I thought it would be a nice change if, from time to time, we had a Guest Review Week where I would invite one of our RA readers or a fellow Fan Fiction friend to write a literary review/rec that they felt was worthwhile reading and recommending. Also, when we do have a Guest Review Week the whole post will be dedicated only to our Guest Reviewer, so we can focus solely on their chosen Fan Fiction story. I hope you will enjoy this change of pace and please feel free to offer feedback on this idea for future posts.
Our first Guest Reviewer will be the lovely Cared. So please sit back and enjoy her wonderful rec for this week….
My good friends ilovealion and georgiaedwardlover, the talented duo that they are, collaborate as georgialion to bring us this amazing story – Pure Revelations. georgiaedwardlover writes Bella’s POV, while ilovealion writes Edward’s POV. I love to get inside the head of both Edward and Bella, and in Pure Revelations, I get to do just that.
I really should ask the girls why they labeled Pure Revelations Romance/Suspense. There is romance, yes, there is suspense, yes, but there is also drama, intrigue, mystery, friendship, UST, and humour. The comic relief is very kindly and unwittingly provided by Edward’s internal dialogue that he carries on with the part of his anatomy known as The Python. One of The Python’s many talents is his conversational skill, he appears to have a mind of his own and even poor Edward refers to him in the third person as the delinquent in his pants. As ilovealion writes the EPOV, she also writes the PPOV, and she holds him close to her heart so she was traumatized when she saw this picture here recently LOL.
Set mainly in Seattle, the majority of our favourite characters live in the secretive and exclusive community of LaVerrot Estates. The residents follow a lifestyle that includes following a special diet and exercise, use of the specially provided VI range of products and vitamins, the teenagers have all taken a vow of celibacy. From the outside it appears ideal, but it doesn’t take long to realize that all is not as it seems behind the gated walls.
Bella transfers from a College in Arizona, and arrives in Washington, an insecure and shy girl. She immediately has to endure a very rocky start to her new life, but somehow despite many unfortunate circumstances, she grows in confidence and maturity. In fact we even see her get to blossom in response to first love.
This Edward is one that is very easy to fall in love with. He is kind and loving, he is clever with an inquisitive mind and it seems he is no longer prepared to accept, without question, the lifestyle that he has been living. He looks to have it all yet something is missing in his life.
Edward and Bella have many things seemingly standing in the way of their relationship, not the least of which is a dark and disturbing secret from Bella’s past that comes back to haunt both her sleeping and waking thoughts. Will their love be strong enough to survive?
There are some really creepy, slimy individuals involved in the leadership in the community and it’s sister communities. The worse of them, Ben Cheney, aka Dick Head, makes my skin crawl; his influence seems to know no bounds. He is a completely insane control freak, a truly scary character. Is every move monitored and recorded, perhaps even in the shower, or is it merely paranoia?
I have to confess that I love to hate Tanya in fanfiction. The Tanya in Pure Revelations is manipulative, clingy, needy, conniving, tarty, tacky and totally unstable – or so I thought. Last Thursday we were given the treat of a Tanya POV; I think I may need to eat humble pie, as I suspect that I have been wrong about her, or am I? Like me, Edward doesn’t know who to trust in LaVerrot, and I’m afraid that thrusting er trusting the wrong individuals could prove disastrous!
Two of my favourite things about this story are the many delightful nods to canon and also the equally enjoyable very clever twists on canon. This story has reached 61 chapters, yet it still keeps me intrigued and wanting more. It updates with two chapters every second Thursday, one chapter from BPOV and one from EPOV.
I hope you will join with Edward in his investigation of the mysteries of LaVerrot.
Excerpt from Chapter 3:
“I look up to follow her gaze to the stairs and see a sight that makes my retinas burn. Lauren’s wearing what looks like a tube top over her round and flabby ass. Nasty.
“Lauren is a complete whore,” Jasper says flatly. “I don’t even know how…”
The words around me start to fade as I focus in on the beauty walking behind the troll named Lauren.
She’s a vision, with long shiny hair the color of forbidden dark chocolate and a stunning face with just a hint of color, like she’s blushing. She watches her feet as she slowly climbs the stairs. Her arms are folded over her ample chest and holding several books, a lemonade, and an apple. She has her lower lip pulled in between her teeth as she timidly follows Lauren and Jessica to a table. As the troll and slut plop down and spread out enough food for five people, the brown-headed goddess sits down carefully in her chair. She allows her hair to drape over one side, shielding her face from her tablemates, but not from me. I’m captivated by the flawless, fair skin that covers her delicate features. It looks silky, touchable…kissable.
I don’t know what it is about this girl, but I’m having trouble pulling my eyes away from her form. As the girls next to her talk continuously, she pulls out a text book and sips on her lemonade. I watch the liquid flow across her pouty lips and imagine how soft they must feel. What I wouldn’t give to…
“Hello, Earth to Edward,” I barely hear as I’m slowly drawn away from her and out of my stupor.
As I turn to reconnect with my tablemates, I realize that every eye is on me. They look stunned or pissed or something.
How long have I been watching her?
Emmett says, “What the hell, man? You were in some kind of voodoo trance.”
Emmett? When did Emmett get here?
“You were staring at the hobgoblin and her sidekicks,” Jasper laughs.
Why is Jasper laughing at me?
“Were you entranced by the fat ass, the skinny legs, or the big nose? I mean, seriously dude, I’ve never seen you all slack jawed and drooling like that.”
Wait, was I really drooling?
I wipe my mouth to check…What a dumb ass move. Jasper and Emmett start howling with laughter at my still dazed form. Jasper actually falls to the floor because he’s shaking so hard.
I should be pissed, but I can’t do anything but sit and stare at them. Rosalie looks at me like I’ve grown a second head and says, “Edward, I don’t know what that was all about, but you better not start bringing Lauren or her skanky friends around. I will inform Esme of your poor taste in girls, and she will not be pleased.”
Geez, back off Rose…I was just looking at –Okay, ogling– a girl.
As Emmett and Jasper regain their composure, I start to gather my uneaten food. Alice and I have to head back to the Cullen Compound because we have some “community service” to complete this afternoon. Jasper has an afternoon class, so he will have to catch a ride home with Rosalie.
As Alice and I stand to leave, I realize that we will have to pass by her table to get to the stairs. I can feel my palms start to sweat.
Why am I nervous?
I walk close by Alice’s side as we make our way to the stairway. I try to keep my eyes off of the demure beauty that captured my attention, but I fail. I chance one peek at her enchanting form as we pass her table. She is exquisite. That brief glimpse is not enough to sate my fascination with her, but it will have to do for now.
I glance over at Alice, who is uncharacteristically quiet. She is grinning at me with a giddy expression; she winks at me and nods her head ever so slightly. I realize that she has identified the object of my desire and approves. She knows me too well.”
Summary for Pure Revelations.: “E & B share a class at UDub, but not much else. She’s shy & reserved as she adjusts to a new life. He’s angry & isolated because of his upbringing in the mysterious and secretive LaVerrot Estates. Fate brings them together, but will their love be allowed?
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Suspense – Chapters: 61 – Words: 408,668 – Reviews: 1690 – Updated: 11-17-11 – Published: 1-30-11 – Edward & Bella”
I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Cared for accepting my invitation to be our first Fan Fiction Fridays Guest Reviewer, it was an honour to have her join us and provide us with such a wonderfully presented rec.
I hope you enjoyed this first edition of FFF Guest Review Week and please share what’s been owing you in the FanFiction world this week. MC