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The Other Side of Life by Jess C. Scott

Published by CreateSpace

Pages: 234

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation.

In the future life is powered by machines and corporations. It’s not how hard you work, but how much you have and how beautiful you are that makes the world take notice. In an attempt to tip the scales Anya and her best friend Leticia ban together to steal back items and return them to their rightful owners. Of course, with an incentive for themselves, but the life is more rewarding than the alternative. When they’re approached by the impossible, an Elven trio, with the job of a lifetime against a mega-corporation that has ruined many it takes only moments to make the decision to help, but is it the right decision? And in the end who’s heart will be on the line, Anya’s or her new love Nin?

So, first things first. I’m not a huge fan of self-publishing. I’ll just get that out there. You may be surprised, because next month I’ll be featuring some self-published titles. A lot of the reason I generally don’t care for them is the lack of editing and overall poor story development. Well, I have to honestly say I was pleasantly surprised by The Other Side of Life. Not only was it extremely well edited, but the plot was more well written than some house published books I’ve read. Truly, this was an incredible fantasy novel and a series I’m hoping Jess C. Scott keeps up with, because she’s obviously extremely talented.

Much of the story actually reminded me of a blend of popular dystopian novels set in a futuristic “Blade Runner” style setting, which was incredibly cool. What was different though was the introduction of the fantasy element through Tolkien-style elves. Going into it I honestly had no idea what to expect with the “cyberpunk” genre attached to it, but it made for something I’d never experienced on a whole which was fantastic. It wasn’t as if there were elves romping around constantly or elaborate descriptions like typical fantasy books, but a complete blending of the two with superb editing to make enjoyable for younger readers especially. A fantasy novel with technology, something I’ve never read before, but truly enjoyed.

As for the characters, I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them actually. Nin was probably my favorite, most likely because he was an elf and had a unique way of interacting with Anya in particular. What I liked especially was how Scott explained Anya and Nin’s romance, which developed rather quickly over just a days time. Normally I would have rolled my eyes at such an immediate attraction, but she wrote it in such a way that it seemed natural because of the magic surrounding the elves. In addition, each of the supporting characters, from Tavia to Leticia were also likable and well written.

Fantasy readers who love technology will not want to miss The Other Side of Life by Jess C. Scott. Blending the world of the elves with an almost dystopian type setting in the human world creates a unique story that has rarely been written so well. With characters you quickly connect with and an incredibly fast moving storyline this is a book that readers will devour and be left waiting for the next in the series. Join Anya and Nin on a journey into the impossible and be prepared to be shocked by how stunning this new series truly is.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 15 and up. A technology based fantasy world where elves exist without human acknowledgment. Perfect reading for fantasy lovers and teens especially.

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Thank you so much to the author, Jess C. Scott, for providing the eGalley for review!

3 Responses to Book Review: The Other Side of Life by Jess C. Scott

  1. You said the magic word: Blade Runner. Awesome review. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention 🙂

  2. This is a new title for me but I love the elements you discussed and it sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading. Great review.

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