Title: Immortal Creators
Author: Jill Bowers
Rating: 4.5/5, rounded up
Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old author Scott Beck never wanted to be an Immortal Writer—not after his father was killed on a mission attempting to dispatch his own villain. Scott blames Shakespeare and the Writers for his father’s untimely demise, but no amount of hatred will prevent the oncoming alien attack, which has come over to reality straight from Scott’s book.
Scott is forced to collect his characters—an Air Force colonel, two of the best pilots on Earth, and an alien enthusiast from the year 2134—and defeat the alien king before Earth is obliterated by his ships. But an odd sickness Scott calls his Writing Fever might just kill him before the aliens have the chance.
Will Scott be able to defeat the monsters he created, or will the world end in flames?
(Warning: this review may contain spoiler-y content for the first book in this series.)
Sequels should be about coming home, and this book really hits the mark. While readers get to enjoy a fresh new author protagonist and wonderful supporting characters, they are also treated with a glimpse into everything that made the first book so wonderful: the Writer’s Castle and its colourful quirks, a few memorable appearances by Liz and Curtis, and, of course, Shakespeare and other well-known authors. Bowers writes so well that readers will end up with a series containing entertaining books that are both familiar and fresh – I already can’t wait to read the third one.
Back to the book itself: this time around, we are dealing with a science fiction book and not a fantasy one, so instead of dragons, we get aliens as antagonists. I actually thought it was pretty cool, and I look forward to seeing what other genres will be explored in the next book, as the author really seems to be nailing each one so far.
I suppose that if I had to choose something to complain about, it would be the lack of chemistry between the author (the in-book author, Scott, and not Jill Bowers – she has excellent chemistry with her characters!) and his characters. I suppose that this might have been intended, since Scott is a lot more reluctant to follow the Immortal Writer lifestyle than Liz was in the first book; however, I wish there would have been more delving into the characters’ lives and personalities. It didn’t stop me from enjoying the book, however, so it was more of a disappointment than a deal breaker… I guess it’s not a flaw when your only complaint is “I wish I knew more about the characters”!
Still, I really loved Scott. I was disappointed at first that Liz wasn’t the protagonist, but Scott was such a well-rounded character that I quickly got over it. He feels so real. He is an angry teenage boy who gets embarrassed when he’s not as mighty as the others, who eats strange food combinations and who bickers with his brother. Also, he transforms throughout the book, and last-chapter Scott is so different than first-chapter Scott. You’ll love it, trust me.
And the ending… don’t get me started on that cliff-hanger. I can’t believe this book is only going to be published in 2018, which means I’ll have to wait for a long time before the third book.
I’d like to thank Blue Moon Publishers for the free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would recommend this book, and I really look forward to reading what else Jill Bowers comes up with!