Review of KINDLE Ebook Nolander – Book 1 of the Emanations series by Becca Mills #Brainfluffbookreview #Nolanderbookreview


Beth Ryder knows she’s different. In a tiny rural town, being an orphaned and perpetually single amateur photographer crippled by panic disorder is pretty much guaranteed to make you stick out like a sore thumb. But Beth doesn’t understand just how different she really is.

One day, strange things start cropping up in her photos. Things that don’t look human. Impossible things. Monstrosities. Beth thinks her hateful sister-in-law, Justine, has tampered with her pictures to play a cruel joke, but rather than admitting or denying it, Justine up and vanishes, leaving the family in disarray. Beth’s search for Justine plunges her into a world she never knew existed, one filled with ancient and terrifying creatures…

And that’s the intriguing premise for this quirky and unusual urban fantasy set in a small town in America, where almost everyone knows who you are and your business. That can be a comfort and support – or a something else a lot less helpful if you happen to fall outside normal expectations. If you are afflicted with disabling panic attacks, for instance… I was particularly interested in this one, because for a while in my twenties, I was prone to panic attacks – they always happened in busy, crowded places – on a bus or a plane, for instance… They took away my prospects for promotion to any kind of responsible job – until I pinpointed the cause. But I know only too well the wretched feeling as one would start building and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it – Mills manages to very effectively portray that feeling of helplessness.

The story spiralled off into a portal world for an extended part of the book – both unexpected and yet absolutely engrossing. I like the fact that Mills has a habit of taking the plot in unexpected directions, so that I ended up reading something quite different from what I thought I was getting. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey and am really looking forward to discovering where this unusual story goes next.

Recommended for fantasy fans who enjoy quirky writing.

6 responses »

  1. Oh, you had me at “quirky”! I LOVE quirky writing! Although this book does sound a bit scary, I am very intrigued by the combination of elements here — an orphaned photographer with panic attacks. I have had a few panic attacks myself, and they’re definitely no fun! I’m also a bleeding heart for misfits and those who are all alone in the world. So I’m adding this one to my GR shelves! (Sure hope there’s a printed edition…)

    Thanks for the great review! HUGS!! ❤ 🙂

    • You’re very welcome, Maria:). It’s not horror – I can’t handle that. It was the panic attacks that initially me as I also suffered and you’re right – it’s horrible. Very disabling! And yes… Mills has published a paperback edition:)

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed this book (though I’m sorry it reminded you of your own panic attacks). It’s somewhat a shame it changes to portal fantasy, especially with the cover that suggests literary or women fiction.

    • She did a really good job of evoking the sense of helplessness that I recall so well during and just before a panic attack. As it happens, I enjoyed the portal fantasy aspect that was embedded into the plot once I knew what was happening… But you’re right about that cover!

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