Lightscape

The Lightscape Trilogy Book 1

Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
280 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2020
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Author Biography

Emily K. Karlewicz was born in King George, VA, and grew up in an extremely theatrical family. In 2008, she graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and spent three years traveling with the world renowned Missoula Children's Theatre. While on the road, she was inspired by the landscape outside her window, and began writing her first novel, Lightscape. With the encouragement of her husband and mother, she completed Lightscape in less than a year, and is now busy at work writing the second installment in her Lightscape Trilogy.

Emily spends her days reading, writing, and teaching children in the fields of dance, acting, and voice. She lives in Colonial Beach, VA with her husband, 2 children, and a small zoo of pets.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Lightscape is the first installment of a trilogy for young adults by Emily K. Karlewicz. A young orphan girl, Selkie, with an extraordinary talent for drawing, meets Aidan and her world is never the same again. The two fall in love but there is a side to the mysterious Aidan that will soon reveal itself and threaten to shatter the young girl's newfound happiness. There is danger around her and as Aidan's secrets unravel, Selkie's very existence is not only altered but also threatened. Selkie tries to hang on to the promise of a fulfilling relationship but will the shadows lurking in her dreams let her?

Emily K. Karlewicz's Lightscape (The Lightscape Trilogy Book 1) is an engaging love story between a talented orphan and a handsome stranger. As emotions are flying high between the two and Aidan's mysterious life slowly reveals itself, the story's suspense feverishly builds up and it ends in a most unexpected way. This is the reason why Lightscape is a most compelling read. Selkie, one of the main protagonists in the story, is easy to like and love so that when she meets the love of her life, we find ourselves ardently wishing her all the best. Things are not that simple, unfortunately, and she could lose the one thing in life that she has been looking for. Karlewicz writes with a paintbrush and, as such, her creative writing style is both vivid and colorful. I can confidently say that it surely is worth your while to wait for the next installment of The Lightscape Trilogy.

Amazon and Goodreads Reviews

5 stars ~ "Very absorbing story and well written. There was plenty of intrigue and drama with an interesting storyline. This was a complete page turner. I didn’t want to put down. Highly recommend this book. Can’t wait to read the next two books from the series!" Amazon Review

5 stars ~ "This was a great book. From the moment I started reading I couldn't put it down until the end. Even then I had a desire to reread the whole thing! The story and characters were all very original...nothing like what is out there now. From the very beginning you are drawn in to Selkie's world and you feel what she feels every step of the way. The detail in the book was amazing and never overdone. I am very excited for the second book to come out. I can only imagine this getting even better." Amazon Review

5 stars ~ "This book is a great read, and kept my interest and longing to read more. Didn't want to put it down and am seriously looking forward to her next book. Emily paints with words. Highly recommend!" Amazon Review

5 stars ~ "Reading Lightscape gives all the feels of a really great mystical love story. Page after page I was intrigued by the characters and the images Emily portrayed. You feel the angst of Selkie, the freedom of Tabitha, and the strength of Aidan. I truly couldn’t put the book down, sometimes not even realizing I moved onto the next chapter or two. I wanted to know more, learn and discover right along with Selkie. Emily did a wonderful job weaving the story along, introducing details at all the right times, nothing forced or hurried. The book leaves you ready for the next, hopeful and persistent. I can only imagine how wonderful the next two installments will be and am waiting anxiously to see what unfolds next." Goodreads Review

5 stars ~ "Emily can use words to paint some amazing images. Her characters have depth and she is able to express the struggles that so many of us have without over dramatizing it. I am looking forward to the next book to see what happens!" Amazon Review