Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg


Young Adult - Sci-Fi
384 Pages
Reviewed on 06/16/2020
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Author Biography

Longoria Wolfe gained an education from a classical arts conservatory and California Institute of the Arts.

Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg was written with specific intent. “I wanted my first novel to reflect the important issues of our age. Multi-culturalism and feminine struggles had to be at the core of the work. In the novel there is a struggle of the sexes and cultural clashes facing modernity, but my main focus in the novel was the question of how personal power may develop through these struggles and adversities.”

This novel is set in otherworldly places as it is a sci-fi fantasy. About this, the author says, “When themes are taken to fantastic heights we’re able to have emotional distance. I wanted to get in contact with the dreamer inside my reader. There are still mysteries where physics and spiritual sciences hold tightly to question marks and potential. I wanted to deal in shades of fantasy both internal and external, where they meet and where they depart from one another.”

Wolfe’s influences include Charles Dickens, C. S. Lewis, Voltaire, Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Clive Barker as well as playwrights Samuel Beckett, August Wilson, Harold Pinter, and poets that arose from tremendous periods of global cultural change like Brecht and Federico Garcia Lorca.

Longoria Wolfe has one daughter and lives in California. “This novel was written as a letter to my daughter. It’s not written to have all the answers to life but to be thought-provoking and entertaining."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite

Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg by Longoria Wolfe is a beautiful story for fans of young adult fantasy and science fiction that follows Evah Ahtochi, a girl who is bullied and lives in fear. Evah has a strong imagination that conjures up strange and frightening visions. But the most troubling thing is that some of the things she imagines become real. Then she discovers that she has ties to an ancient tribe with abilities that defy modern technological power, but that tribe has gone extinct, and Evah might be the only hope of reviving it. But she has a lot to handle, including the strange phenomena that assail her. Follow her journey as she unearths, layer after layer, her dark history, and the insurmountable challenges she must face fulfilling a destiny she never asked for.

Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg by Longoria Wolfe is a fascinating story with a young female protagonist that I rooted for. The author has a unique skill for filling the writing with strong imagery. Even from the beginning, I knew I would enjoy this book from the vivid descriptions featured about the eight-eyed monster that the young girl imagines, a monster with five arms and tongues flipping about from every palm. The emotional intensity of the story doesn’t slow at any moment, and the compelling characters, including the villains, add to the complexity of the plot. The world-building is impeccable and the reader finds themselves transported to different and exciting worlds. Longoria Wolfe is a great storyteller, an entertainer who has crafted a story with fictional characters that feel real and an imagined universe that is irresistible to explore.

Christian Sia

Evah Ahtochi is different from every other kid in school. And that makes her suffer a lot; it makes her lonely and afraid and worried. She is haunted by strange visions and it doesn’t get any better that some of the things she imagines become real, like the “deep dark hole to nowhere” that scares the hell out of Corvy Bane. But nothing is accidental. In fact, Evah has a connection to an ancient tribe with supernatural powers, a tribe that has been slowly killed by the ruthless regime and their technology. As she learns more about her identity and the powers she can wield, she discovers that the same power can destroy her. She is not just a Hypath, a dreamer, but also an extuiter. Can she accept and reconcile with the dark past of her people and be the hope for a resurrection?

Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg by Longoria Wolfe is a beautiful story that describes an imaginary world that readers will enjoy navigating. I particularly enjoyed the character development and how the author moves from capturing the interest of the reader with the unusual life of Evah to introducing a world with supernatural characters, like the Hypaths who are dreamers, the Thwargg who actuate dreams, and the Scabeeze who organize business. The Thwargg use sleep technology to monitor the minds of citizens. The descriptions are terrific, with a magical feel to them, like eyes that “glow like orange solar winds in the northern sky of Deiphera.” Longoria Wolfe has written a fascinating story and I loved the protagonist’s journey to self-discovery; she grows through each challenge. The descriptive nature of the prose and the gorgeous writing are some of the elements that fascinated me through the journey with Evah. Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg is gripping and fast-paced, and a narrative that feels so real, yet filled with unusual characters and phenomena.

Rabia Tanveer

Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg by Longoria Wolfe is the perfect amalgamation of science fiction, dystopia and adventure all rolled into one perfect package. Evah already has plenty of issues in her life, so she can do without bullies. She has to ignore the bullies while at the same time deal with the voices and visions. No, she is not mad; she is just a little different. However, she got the shock of her life when she found out that there is a reason behind her visions. To make matters worse, children around her are getting hurt and there doesn’t seem to be a reason for it. That puts her under the radar of the Thwargg, who will do whatever it takes to capture her and use her powers for their benefit. Can Evah stay out of their reach and find out why she has these visions?

It is beautiful how immersive and interactive this story was. I was blown away with the number of details added to the story and how the author allowed the reader to get lost in the pages. As Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg continues, the reader is left confused between right and wrong, along with the characters. You will feel like a part of the story. I especially felt every step Evah took, I felt her confusion and her courage. Her background story is well-developed and enhanced to give readers what they need. I loved the beautiful drawings and pictures in the book; they added to the story and gave a context. Honestly, there is a lot that I loved about this novel. Longoria Wolfe takes the reader on a journey where they will want to get lost in Evah’s life and struggles.

Literary Titan. Staff reviewer

Recipient of a Literary Titan Book Award.

Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg follows a young girl who must contend with bullies while being haunted by disturbing visions. She slowly uncovers a connection she has with an ancient tribe of people who were exterminated. She must find out why she’s been chosen, overcome the strange phenomena plaguing her life and take control of her destiny.

Longoria Wolfe has written a compelling science fiction story that is supported by a curious mystery which unravels through a thrilling adventure. When the book started I thought Evah was a fairly straightforward character, but I was pleasantly surprised when her character quickly gained complexity as her connection to the supernatural tribe was revealed and events are set in motion which provide compelling obstacles for her to overcome.

Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg is an immersive story that efficiently handles backstory so that we can focus on character development as well as the eerie mystery at the heart of this riveting novel. I admit that I had to stretch my imagination a bit because some of the things, and places, Evah encounters along the way superbly capture a fantastical surrealism that I wasn’t prepared for.

What I enjoyed the most was how everything is kept grounded by motivations I could understand. Even the strange aliens had desires I think readers can relate to, and with that I was reeled into a fast paced story that I heartily enjoyed.

Exceptional storytelling elevates this odd story line into a novel that is unique and hard to put down. I hope there’s a sequel in the works as this story left me wanting more of this world. Longoria Wolfe is able to twist common story tropes and prose into something that strangely intriguing. This is a thrilling science fiction story that I would recommend to readers seeking an adventure unlike any other.

Dr. J Klotchman, Amazon

A skillfully written and fantastic tale!

"Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg" is a brilliant immersion into a surreal and ethereal universe where we encounter strange and fantastical landscapes. We are introduced to strange aliens whose supernatural powers bedazzle us, though their desires and motivations are uncomfortably familiar in their humanity. At the center of it all is Evah, an innocent girl with mysterious origins. As she embarks on a quest to discover her own identity, she is awakened to the existence of good and evil, kindness and greed. Ultimately, she is forced to confront the light and the darkness within. Her very survival hangs in the balance.

Longoria Wolfe captivates us with vivid prose and characters entertwined by Shakespearean pathos. The last page leaves the reader with a satisfied sigh of relief that is quickly replaced by a yearning for more. One can only hope that a sequel is forthcoming!

Ray, Amazon

Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg was an epic read which I recommend to all the scifi fans out there.

This book was masterfully written. The story centers on Evah Ahtochi, a girl that is mentally connected to a long ago extinguished mystical tribe. As the story unfolds you can see how big this adventure is going to be, and how much there is yet to discover.

It was a nice mixture of genres. Of course, scifi prevails, but there’s a bit of a thriller and mystery here and there which works perfectly and blends with the mysticism this story has.

Credits to the author, Longoria Wolfe, who is a captivating storyteller and knew exactly how to create suspense and tension at the perfect time. World building was excellent as well as the characters, who were well built and coherent along the plot.