Vengeance

Children of Faust

Young Adult - Paranormal
379 Pages
Reviewed on 07/01/2020
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

I'm just a guy who loves to create anything i can. In the end when i'm gone, i want to leave behind something meaningful; something relatable that proves i was here. I discovered a passion for writing when I started the series Vengeance. After all, it was the only reason i was able to graduate my senior year in high school and ever since then, my love for the story and universe has only deepened. So much so that the original 40 page short-story exploded into a 400 page novel with multiple side stories and a future sequel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Vengeance: Children of Faust is a work of fiction in the paranormal, horror and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Chris Ulm. The book is recommended for mature readers who do not mind sensitive subject matter, as it does contain explicit language usage, scenes of violence, sexual references, and themes of abuse. We focus on protagonist Kim, a middle schooler who has to deal with much more trauma than is fair for one so young. When she meets new friend Tansu, things begin to change, and then the real demons come out of the woodwork. When Kim is offered the chance of true and dark revenge on those who have hurt her, so begins a trial of morals and personal strength.

Author Chris Ulm has crafted a story that develops many levels and different plot threads as it progresses, offering a tightly-woven tale with mystery, intrigue, and genuine emotions fuelling the fire of the plot itself. One of the things which I found particularly fulfilling in this book was the author’s own emotional intelligence around the sensitive subject of abuse, which helps to characterize Kim and for readers to relate to her temptations and the decisions she makes within the plot. The plot points take us through a fast-paced world of twists and turns as the central mystery deepens, and I really liked the experience of learning and growing with the young protagonist. Overall, I would highly recommend Vengeance: Children of Faust for paranormal fiction fans who like their stories grounded in gritty realism.

Romuald Dzemo

Vengeance: Children of Faust by Chris Ulm is a novel with an unusual young female protagonist. Kim’s life with her alcoholic father isn’t the best, but going to school doesn’t make anything easier as she is bullied. When a new girl transfers to her school, she discovers something she’s never known before —friendship. She develops a connection with Tansu that brightens her life. However, she soon discovers that there are real demons haunting her and an entity that makes an attractive deal so she can get her revenge on those who have hurt her. The uncertainty grows as she uncovers new facts about the circumstances of her mother’s death and her father’s dark side. Can she find forgiveness in her heart or will she give in to the thirst for blood?

This is a very interesting novel with a multidimensional protagonist, a young character who quickly wins the sympathy of readers because she is written realistically. The themes are very relevant and I loved how the author explores the difficult world of children who suffer from poor parenting and abuse at school. Themes of friendship, death, revenge, love, and abuse are ingeniously explored in this story. Chris Ulm’s novel is an addictive read for fans of young adult novels with hints of the paranormal; the writing is top-notch, featuring beautiful descriptions and great dialogues. Vengeance: Children of Faust has the potential to entertain readers while provoking reflection on specific themes. It is a fast-paced, engaging narrative.

Jose Cornelio

Vengeance: Children of Faust by Chris Ulm is so well-crafted that it will have readers turning the pages. Kim suffers a lot from living with an alcoholic father and dealing with bullies and hatred at school. Her life is filled with torment. But everything changes when a new girl, Tansu, transfers to her school. They develop a friendship that brings light into Kim’s life. But then there is a darkness that continues to pull, inspiring her with thoughts of revenge. An entity is offering her a deal so tempting that she is inclined to want revenge on those who have hurt her deeply. What is more, she is discovering vital information about her mother’s death and her father’s dark side. Can she make the right decisions, keep her sanity, and survive the encroaching darkness?

Chris Ulm is a master storyteller and I was pulled into the story right away, thanks to the strong description of the protagonist’s psyche. It doesn’t take long for the reader to know that Kim is a troubled child. The connection between the characters is well established and I enjoyed how well the author writes about the school life of the young protagonist. A sense of loneliness accompanies her and readers know why. The story is told in a gripping voice that reflects the emotions and thoughts of the protagonist. I rooted for Kim and wanted to see what choices she would make in the story. Vengeance: Children of Faust is filled with realism, a story that is emotionally and psychologically rich.