The Journey Begins, a prequel to The Raie’Chaelia (rye-kale-ya), reveals the story of Chalice – the story of a girl from a quiet village, a girl a little different, a girl whose life is about to change forever. What is the secret that drives her out of her village? Who can she trust? Who are her loyal friends and who are not? And how does she deal with the secrecy, the heaThe Journey Begins, a prequel to The Raie’Chaelia (rye-kale-ya), reveals the story of Chalice – the story of a girl from a quiet village, a girl a little different, a girl whose life is about to change forever. What is the secret that drives her out of her village? Who can she trust? Who are her loyal friends and who are not? And how does she deal with the secrecy, the heartache and the fear?...
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The Journey Begins Reviews
What I liked:the fast pacethe small village and how closely knit the community was.What I didn't like:Chalice is good at everything-if she's supernatural, as is being hinted, I get the super strength and coordination. But why does she have to be beautiful and good at studies too?I can't tell what time period I'm reading about-modern phrases like going to class and words like "gonna" keep jarring me out of the experience.
The Journey Begins, is a Prequel to The Raie Chaelia. This is another case of "Don't judge the book by it's cover." Upon viewing the cover, I thought this would be more of a childrens book than a YA. I was wrong. The Journey Begins was a great introduction and sets the pace for The Raie Chaelia. You get a vivid view of the world Melissa Douthit, has created. Blurb:The Journey Begins, a prequel to The Raie' Chaelia, reveals the story of Chalice, the story of a girl from a quiet village, a girl a little different, a girl whose life is about to change forever. Canton is a beautiful, quaint village situated in the heart of Gaea next to the aquamarine waters of the Creonar river. Its citizens enjoy a quiet, peaceful life due to the prosperity of trade and commerce, and joyful celebrations abound all year long. For Chalice Pandretti, granddaughter to Sebastian and Naelli who own the Pandretti Inn and Winery, it is the perfect place to live and grow up. So why does she leave? What is the secret that drives her out? Who can she trust? Who are her loyal friends and who are not? In The Journey Begins you learn what happens in the heroine's life before her journey to the east (in The Raie' Chaelia) and how she deals with the secrecy, the heartache, and the fear.The characters were energetic, interesting and relatable. I really like Chalice, our protag. She's spunky, spirited and tough. This book has a "Graceling" feel to it, which I loved that book so this was a no-brainer for me. Overall: Very enjoyable and def worth reading.
Based on the sample that I read on Amazon I will not be reading this. The quality of writing is poor. I do not care that Chalice has hair the color of butter. And I could care less about what she wears or how she will never be a lady. .
2.5 StarsThis prequel gives us the background to the main character, Chalice. She's a young girl raised by her grandparents at their inn/winery. Something has happened to her parents, although you aren't told what. I imagine this will be touched on in the main book. Chalice seems happy in the life she has working in the winery and going to school with friends. But it seems all is about to change.
Nope. Have better things to do with my time.
This was different.Sometimes novellas are the hardest kinds of books to read. Especially prequels since the author has to cram a lot of information in a short amount of time.This novella has me a little bit confused in the fact that I'm not entirely sure what genre this is in and if it is in present time. Sometimes the way the characters speak makes it seem more present times but their customs seem very old. It's a different kind of mix that I don't totally hate but I don't totally agree with. The other confusing part is that at the beginning it mentions Chalice living with her father and grandmother but near the end of this novella, it keeps mentioning her grandfather. I could be wrong about this inconsistancy so please correct me if I am.Like I mentioned above, novellas are sometimes hard to read because of all the information that has to go into it in such a small book. Douthit puts a lot of information and a lot of little details that I thought were not exactly necessary. The way that she had the day to day descriptions got to be a little tiring and then it fast forwards through a few weeks. Please do not get me wrong...I liked this novella. I really did. It left with a little cliffhanger so I am anxious to read the actual novel that this one proceeds to. I just found this novella to be a little too confusing for me although it is easy to read (if that makes sense). I will eventually re-read this to make sure I know what's going on but for now since I need to review The Raie'Chaelia by Nov. 29, I want to get it done in a timely manner :). Hopefully all will be explained in the novel since I had quite a few questions of my own. Cheers!
The Journey Begins is a novella that introduces us to Chalice, the main character in The Raie’Chaelia. The Journey Begins basically sets up the story before The Raie’Chaelia and gives a little insight into Melissa’s writing and the world of The Raie’Chaelia.I really enjoyed reading The Journey Begins, it was really interesting as it opened up some questions into Chalice’s life, her village and all the goings on in her world.I liked Chalice and I felt that The Journey Begins showed us a little of what she was like and it has definitely made me really curious as to who Chalice really is.At this point I have no idea what The Raie’Chaelia is but I know that I can’t wait to find out.I liked The Journey Begins, it was really interesting and offered up a great introduction to The Raie’Chaelia. The ending left it open and I know that I’ll definitely be reading The Raie’Chaelia as soon as I can.
As a free download and prequel short-story to a fantasy novel aimed at young readers I did like it well enough. The author shows some promise in her writing style, even though the story itself never felt fresh enough to interest me personally in following it further.Too well known sounds it all, with the a little too perfect lead; the beautiful, amazingly talented, young orphaned girl with the mysterious birthmark - the usual fantasy fare. There's also a contrast between the old world feeling of the setting and the decidedly modern voice of the protagonists that just wouldn't ring true for me, though I guess this will be less of a problem for younger readers.
This "prequel" could easily have been included in The Raie'Chaelia. In fact I would recommend to Ms. Douthit that this should be done as there is not really much here. Actually it's more the length of a prologue than anything. Not long enough to be a novella and not short enough for a short story, I would recommend getting this (and The Vanishing, a Prequel to The Raie'Chaelia) before reading the full length novel.
Sometimes when we are faced with a problem that does make us stand still and don't move forward or are just afraid of going on...it is most those stories who lend us an idea to deal with our own problems and help us to mature into adulthood by solving them bravely as the girl in the story. I liked the prequel short story to the Raie'Chaelia very much because it tells of a brave girl who is forced to leave all she knows behind all to find the truth about her past. I enjoyed reading the story very much and could recommend it for anybody who search for some adventure in their life and be brave.