Review: Down from the Mountain by Elizabeth Fixmer

Down from the Mountain 
by Elizabeth Fixmer

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction

Eva sees her religious compound in a different light
after getting a glimpse of life on the outside.

  What a strange book! I really loved the premise before I even started this book. Religious cults?! Sign me up. But I was let down with the delivery of this book. For starters, I was really confused by the inclusion of The Chronicles of Narnia. I know what it's like to have a deep love for a piece of literature. Yet the way that the author included Narnia was really strange. It didn't fit into the story. It didn't read like the rest of the story. It stuck out like a sore thumb and really slowed down the book.

  The characters were really interesting. The author has a way with descriptions that made me feel like I was on the compound and getting to know the members. Reading about the leader, Ezekiel, was chilling. The author knew exactly how to portray him as the sociopath that he is. Eva was a strong character. I enjoyed her curiosity about the world outside of the compound and her spirit.

  Down from the Mountain was a good read, but ultimately it left me wanting more. The book seemed really short, and I wasn't ready to let go by the time it ended. It seemed like Eva's story wasn't finished and the ending was rushed. If you have an interest in cults, you'll definitely find an interesting read with this one, though!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.


  1. I've never read a book featuring cults but the cover of this book definitely caught my attention. While the premise does sound interesting, its disappointing that execution was a bit shaky and left you feeling somewhat unsatisfied with the book.

    1. Yeah, it was a let down. :( I was looking forward to it, especially with that pretty cover. Oh well! On to the next read. :)

  2. I have never read a book involving cults, but it seems like an interesting idea. I absolutely love the cover to this book as well - it caught my eye immediately. It's a shame about including the Narnia novel in a way that didn't make sense, though...

    1. I know! It was just so confusing to have it interfere with the story like that. It definitely messed up the flow of the book for me.


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