Jax and Marbles by Jacqueline Lorraine Conwell

It was quite an unusual start to the book, poetic in parts. The start detailing a peaceful and tranquil place, yet the character seemed lost, alone. I wasn’t quiet sure where this was going until I read more. One of the main characters starting off in the afterlife, an accident occurring, then nothing, next thing he knew he was somewhere he didn’t recognize, a place like no other, referring to a ‘being’ called ‘G’, you can take the reference as you like.


The book continues that ‘G’ sends Jax back to earth to help a young woman, both are very lonely, and you instantly get the feeling they both need each other without them meeting first.


It creates a different aspect to the character, Jax being able to look beyond other people. Meeting others that are like him, or similar to him, all there to help him be there for another person that needs a friend.


The story switches to Marble or Alexia, both main characters are talking in the first-person. Her desperate need of someone to talk to is what brings Jax or Julian back to earth.


Unfortunately the story does move at a slow pace, a little excitement builds where you can get the sense something bad is going to happen, but the lack of connection with characters does make it hard to get fully involved.


The plot does have a unique aspect, displaying how one person can impact so many people’s lives. There is a bit of immaturity about the characters, but that may have been what the author wanted to convey.


You do get a sense at the end that there may be another story to come. Ground work being placed for that character. Certain wording in the novel has some lovely poetic rhythm to it.


It is quite a short book, a 175 page novel, but it doesn’t really need to be too long.


Although parts of the novel were enjoyable, and the voices of the characters unique, I do feel more events could have been included to liven up the novel, making it move faster. It would benefit from been written like a roller coaster, events causing you to go up and down, keeping you on your toes.


A book most suitable for teens.


3/5 stars


Published by sharlene25

Sharlene Almond is the author of the genre-bending Annabella Cordova series, and a New Zealand travel book Journey in little Paradise. She has written a range of health, writing and body language articles; contributing as a guest writer on other blogs. Over the last ten years, Sharlene has attained qualifications in Body Language, Criminology, Journalism, Editing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Pet Care, and Animal Behaviour. While setting up an online nutritional business, she is studying to specialize in Medicinal Cannabis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sharlene is also currently editing her second Annabella Cordova novel, with two others in the works. To support her online business, Sharlene sends out a trimonthly newsletter covering health, body language, writing, and even articles centered on health topics for your pet.

One thought on “Jax and Marbles by Jacqueline Lorraine Conwell

  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing “Jax & Marbles”. Hopefully you’ll be able to get around to the second book at some point. If not, this review alone is extremely helpful. Happy reading!


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