Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Review: The Channeler by Jenna Ryan

The Continuum Series, Book 1
by Jenna Ryan
TCK Publishing
YA Fantasy
240 pages

“I was stuck. Stuck in an endless dream, watching a terrible future I was powerless to change.

Or was I? What if I could change the future? Could I ignore that kind of power?

And if I did--what would I become?"

Caleb Swift knows he's a complicated guy. He sees the unseeable: winged beings that haunt both his dreams and his waking visions. He knows the unknowable: horrifying visions of countless unspeakable futures he feels powerless to prevent. And if that weren't bad enough, these potent revelations might be driving him insane.

Who needs that kind of trouble?

Not Caleb. He's doing his best to live a totally uncomplicated life, to ignore the visions of doom that hound him relentlessly. But no matter what he does, one particular vision still plagues him. The one with the girl. The girl who's in mortal danger (or will be soon). The girl only he can save.

Now Caleb has a choice. To ignore his gift, to live the ordinary life he so desperately desires, even if it means letting her die...

Or to act. To interfere. To become extraordinary. And let one girl's future turn his present completely upside-down.


This book takes the time to gain quite a bit of character depth and builds an original world with the promise of so much more to come.

Caleb is special. Not only did he meet an angel like creature when he was five and became friends with them, but he sees these creatures when no one else can. He also has visions of things to come, although these aren't always clear and often cause more pain than good. When he meets a girl in college who can read minds, an entire new world opens up to him. His past is not what he thought, and the future is even more unpredictable. He just hopes he can figure it all out.

After reading the blurb, I was excited to dive into this tale. And it holds as many unique twists and turns as I'd hoped. While some things are a bit predictable, there are enough unexpected surprises to make it an interesting read. Caleb comes across very natural, especially considering his powers. He's kind and more or less accepts his uniqueness without acting unique. It made him easy to connect to and fun to like. But then, the other characters also flow with ease and come across fairly normal despite their talents.

Friendship holds a high place in this tale. The characters and their relationships are built out, allowing the reader to sympathize with them. The background information comes across clearly and builds an understandable world. It would have been nice to see more of the fantasy side of things, but so, there's a lot of room left for the rest of the series. The character building took over the plot, and while interesting, a little more action would have been nice. A few areas also offered more than I needed to know, which slowed the pace down more than I usually like. But it still had a lot of good things to offer, and sets the stage for what appears to be a good series.

Book Buzz...

"A captivating novel of courage and insight, The Channeler keeps the reader's attention transfixed to the final page." - The Midwest Book Review

Fans of Harry Potter by JK Rowling, The Hunger Games by ‎Suzanne Collins, Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Renegades by Marissa Meyer, The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker, Ghosts I Have Known by Nhys Glover, and Going Bovine by Libba Bray are sure to enjoy The Channeler. 

You’ll love Jenna Ryan’s Continuum Series if you enjoy reading: 

New Adult Fiction/Adult Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
YA Fantasy

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