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I’m blown away by all the positive reviews for Green Lady.

Particularly the ones that name it one of the “best fantasy books of the year.”

People have said:Best fantasy books: Green Lady by Jennifer Julander. Award-winning fantasy book. Recipient of the 2017 New Apple Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing in Young Adult and runner-up for the 2017 New Apple Ebook Awards.

  • they couldn’t put the book down
  • they were reminded of their favorite books
  • it’s one of the best fantasy books they’ve read in a long time
  • the writing transported them straight into the world of Elodria

I wanted to take a moment to say “Thank You!” to everyone who’s taken the time to leave a review. Currently, Green Lady has a rating of 4.7 stars on Amazon and 4.5 stars on Goodreads!

It makes me so happy to know you’ve enjoyed my story! I gauge success based on the reader’s experience (I don’t necessarily need people to say it’s the best fantasy novel ever), so by this measure, Green Lady has been a huge win.

Also, I’m honored to announce that Green Lady is the recipient of the 2017 New Apple Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing, winner in the Young Adult category.

 

Have the “world’s best fantasy books” had an influence on Green Lady?

People ask me this all the time, but I still have a difficult time answering.

I mean, if you asked me to list the best fantasy books of all time, we’d be here all day. But I’d like to think my writing carries the influence of many of the greats, ranging from authors like Tolkein and Rowling (I really admire her foreshadowing) and poets like Kenneth Koch.

Some of the reviews I copied and pasted below actually name a few writers. Apparently, my writing reminds readers of a variety of fantasy authors. I have to give another big “Thank You!” to these reviewers.

Having my debut novel called one of the best fantasy books is a bigger compliment than I probably deserve, and I’m truly humbled by these comments.

The writing in Curse of Brys is already better than anything I’ve ever written (no, I don’t have favorites…! Every book is my baby!) and I’m really looking forward to surprising everyone with the sequel.

 

Why readers say Green Lady is one of the best fantasy books of the year:

fly2fast
In the Spirit of CS Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia
October 3, 2017

Green Lady is an incredible work of fiction that will inevitably be brought to many people’s attention in the weeks and months to come. I cannot help but think while I was reading the pages, of all of the work it took to keep all of the facts accurate while building each characters profile and using a vocabulary that was very rich and wonderful.

This is the best work of fiction that I have read in many years, and my hat goes off to Jennifer Julander for doing such an incredibly wonderful job. This is a major book, and a work like this takes a lot of time and concentration. It is Rich, passionate, thrilling, romantic, scary at times, very visionary and challenges the reader to keep it straight while being on guard for something that could happen around the corner. I keep sensing something is going to happen, and I wanted to know what it was but also didn’t want to know… it scared me some.

…The Chronicles of Narnia has 85 million books in print, and to think that a theologian wrote this great work of fiction. I say this as I believe that it helps for a writer of this type of work to have a deep spiritual connection…

I personally enjoyed the vocabulary, the poetic prose that she experimented with, and the rhythm that the book begins to take as you meander down the paths through the pages.

 

Tara Schnetz

I couldn’t put it down!
September 30, 2017

What an intriguing story. I love the way the author writes each story in sections from every character’s point of view. It is fascinating to follow journey so well described for us.

For me the book was almost impossible to put down. The book gets you hooked early on making the entire story exciting.

If you are me, you’re heart pounds just when theirs do and you can feel yourself moving through the trees with Cleandra. The story takes you deep into the minds of each character leaving just enough mystery to cause you to turn the page eagerly!

You are wondering what choice will they make now what will become of this family, the forest, the magic and the unpredictable, deadly wolf!

 

Kendall T.

Best book I have read all year!
September 28, 2017

Green Lady kept my attention from the first sentence to the last. The descriptive writing style reminded me of The Last of the Mohicans, which I recently read. It really paints a picture in your mind as you read, and the characters are intriguing and full of depth. I often found myself starting to read faster to see what happens next, but then told myself to slow down and enjoy the brilliant writing. A great book for TEENS and adults. I plan to buy this for my nieces and nephew for Christmas gifts. Definitely the best book I have read all year! Congrats to Jennifer on a fantastic first seller and I look forward to reading the sequel and future titles.

 

One reviewer even compares Green Lady to Juliet Marillier

You guys, I this comparison! Once, a friend told me the same thing, but it’s different to hear it from a complete stranger.

 

Andrea R.L.

The next Juliet Marillier
September 29, 2017

Jennifer Julander is an amazing writer. She can bring to life the reality of her book, described everything clearly, and the characters are full of depth. The story draws you in from the very first chapter. I have loved reading this book. I believe she is the next Juliet Marillier!

 

Hanna

 Green Lady is one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time
May 24, 2017

Green Lady is one of the [best fantasy books] I’ve read in a long time. I absolutely loved Jennifer Julander’s fresh take on an well-written topic. Especially her non-traditional personalities of magical creatures and lands. Seahorses that aren’t so cute and friendly as one might expect and a “forest” in the desert. A great first work from a new author, I can’t wait to see what Jennifer Julander writes next as she is definitely a new favorite.

Green Lady is a wonderful novel about a young woman who discovers her closeness to nature is more than just a passion for the outdoors. Her innate abilities awaken at the same time a dark presence is vying for power. Elemental magic, shapeshifters, hidden magical realms, and a mysterious albino man are a perfect combination in this magical adventure. This story whisked me away to a magical land and dropped me right into an adventure so exciting that I couldn’t put the book down. It made me wish I didn’t have work the next day; I wished I could stay up late reading by the light of a book lamp like I did when I was young.

The magic world of Green Lady is reminiscent of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, CS Lewis’s Narnia, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and has an Avatar: The Last Air Bender vibe. It’s a perfect read for teenagers exploring fantasy worlds for the first time, and young adults who grew up reading Harry Potter and Hunger Games.

 

Here’s a couple from Goodreads that made me smile…

Green Lady rated 5-stars on Goodreads.Sep 29, 2017
Chelsea rated it
Shelves: favorites-thus-far
It’s hard not to love the way that Julander writes. The pictures she paints with words are exquisite and imaginative. I was captivated from the very start… talk about being sucked into a story! lol

The female characters in Green Lady are strong minded and powerful and keep your attention with their inner dialogue and thoughts. I can almost see the look of adventure or even mischief in their eyes while reading! I’m super all about strong female characters and she nails it. I’m super excited to read more from this inventive author.

 

Green Lady rated 5-stars on Goodreads.Sep 27, 2017
Melanie Noyce rated it
It has been so refreshing to get lost in a book again, and green lady has done that for me. With school and a 5 month old, it is nice to remember to take time for myself and enjoy a tale full of adventure and fantasy. HIghly recommended.

 

Not all of my reviews are raving, and that’s okay, too.

A couple reviewers, like the one below, didn’t like how frequently I changed between character perspectives:

Shemeka Mitchell

Imaginative
November 10, 2017

The author of this book has an amazing imagination! I really like the concept of the book but it was sort of hard to follow. There was a lot of jumping back and forth. I found myself having to go back to see who’s POV it was. The writing was good. I didn’t really notice any errors. And I could, easily, visualize this book as a movie.

 

I can hardly take “Imaginative” as an insult…

Her review makes a good point. Two other reviewers agreed with her, and part of me can’t help but wonder if it’s a genre preference? (Fantasy readers seem to enjoy point-of-view shifts more than literary fiction readers).

Regardless, deep point-of-view is something I’m more conscious of in Curse of Brys. I want to cultivate an immersive experience for the reader. After all, poetry can only be an “imitation of nature.” The truest poem is the object itself.

(I have a long article on the nature of poetry that elaborates on this idea).

Also, Curse of Brys would end up being 5,000 pages if I wrote in five different perspectives this time!

 

Do these reviews make you want to read one of 2017’s best fantasy books?

If so, you can grab a copy of Green Lady here.

Meanwhile, I’m over here finishing Curse of Brys (people won’t leave me alone until I do… haha!) and racking up my count of “best fantasy books” written.

I hope every one of my books will make the cut, because it’s my goal to give you guys the types of experiences I love to read myself.

(Do you ever lament that there aren’t enough of your favorite types of stories? What do you crave when it comes to reading? Comment below!)

If you’re anxious to see what’s next in the world of Elodria, you can check out some sneak peek scenes and artwork from Curse of Brys. Sign up for book updates here.

Thanks again for all the kind words, everyone!