Lauren Jankowski is a writer from Illinois. She got her start writing short articles for the website "The Next Family" and reviewing genre books for the website "Planet Fury." An avid reader, she started writing fiction in high school when she couldn't find many strong heroines in the genre books she loved. "Sere from the Green" is the first book in a series that she has devoted much of her time crafting.
I want to start by saying I enjoyed this book and would like to read the rest of the series. (some mild spoilers in my review) I agree with some of the other reviewers that the book needs some editing. Some phrases were over-used or clunky, and (this may be a personal issue) I felt there was overuse of the character names instead of descriptors (Isis did this, Isis did that instead of The tall woman did this, The dark-haired girl did that) that messed with the flow. I appreciated the diverse sexuality in the characters. I would have liked more explanation of certain terms (I worked out what "aro" and "ace" mean, but I don't know what "Gray-A" means) to help make this book more accessible to someone not familiar with asexuality. There was a lot going on in the book, so more explanation of guardians and protectors would help, too. Maybe that is available in the next books. I hope more authors consider diversity in their characters, both as a reflection of the infinite diversity in humanity, and because representation is important. I'm glad my friend recommended this book to me.
I loved the story and the characterization, but Jankowski is in need of an editor. As a writer myself I found it hard to ignore repetitious phrases and words, and found many scenes that could use clarification (i.e. confused about where characters are in a space). These are not major flaws -- every writer does these things. But they hire people to point them out.
All in all, great book, and I see much potential for the next one! But have someone with a good eye read #2 before you publish it!
I have never read a genre book like this. I am not usually into shape shifter type books. No series books either. But I know and have met Lauren so I told her I would try and read this book and be honest. I loved it. Can't wait for the next book. I am hoping the women will get even stronger and the men will fade away and become less prominent in being the saviors. Great characters and fast moving. Love Isis.
I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this genre. I thought the book was fairly well-written, although I agree with the one review that there were too many repetitive phrases used. Nonetheless, the story certainly captured my attention, so much that I had to buy the second book in the series which I'm finding even more riveting and better written. I am looking forward to seeing what happens - no doubt I will be purchasing Lauren's 3rd book. She certainly has a gift for writing and a wonderful imagination. It's got the makings for a great movie - good vs. evil, interesting, unique & likeable characters, action and suspense...could a re-write for a movie be in the future for Lauren???