Photo Credit to Pantera Press.
Please note the Synopsis was extracted from Pantera Press’s website. My review is below.
Akarnae by Lynette Noni
EMBRACE THE WONDER. Book 1 in the Medoran Chronicles
With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’s world changes – literally.
Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities.
Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.
While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.
An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?
Will Alex risk her entire world – and maybe even her life – to save Medora?
First of all, I want to make it clear that this book is well and truly out of my normal genre. Which is not a bad thing. I purchased it to check out Pantera Press’s publishing style and to be completely honest I was curious about the book itself. I had seen some posts on their twitter page about it and the cover just captivated me and drew me in. Which normally something like that wouldn’t. But I just found it beautiful really, it just captured me in a way that I don’t get from a lot of book covers anymore. It’s one of those ones that I could just sit there and run my fingers over for ages and yet it’s so simple. The image above really doesn’t do it justice.
Now to the story. I am not a huge fan of story’s that have magical worlds and stuff. I am not sure why I just struggle to get into them. I have tried multiple times to read Harry Potter but failed to get into it (Yes, I am aware I should now hide from a lot of people but them’s the breaks I guess, it is on my to read list though.)
This book however, right from the start suckered me in. I can read a book in a day or two. To give you a comparison on how interested and enthralled I was by Akarnae, it took me two weeks to read the 4th book in the Maze Runner series, over a month to read all four. I finished Akarnae in less than a day. It was a response I wasn’t expecting. I enjoyed this one book alone, more than the entire Maze Runner series.
By the start of the third chapter I knew it was something my 12 year old would love. It’s a book that is well suited for anyone aged 10 and up and I do mean up. Just because I said 10 does not mean that an adult won’t enjoy it. I’m 30 and found myself sniggering and smiling as I read it and struggling to put it down. Just one more chapter happened a lot last night. So did 11pm coffees so I could keep reading.
After explaining what I knew so far about the book to Chelsea (Miss 12) I have had her looking over my shoulder and nagging for me to hurry up. She is now in curled up reading it, having discarded her other book. She is a huge Harry Potter and Land of Stories fan, so I have no doubt she will enjoy this. It’s right up her alley.
The witty banter suckered me right in, it wasn’t boring monochromatic speech. There was typical teenage discussions and sarcastic comments and I loved every minute of it. It was my type of dialogue and I found myself interrupting my hubby last night to read lines out. FYI, he laughed a lot but probably wasn’t impressed I stopped his gaming.
I read a review that stated the book was to childish and I feel inclined to disagree. There were times in which yes, they may have acted below the 16-17 age group. But given that I know adults who, at times, act more childish than my 4 year old I’m going with that’s fine. We all do it; it wouldn’t be a true to human characteristics if you don’t. And that is something you want when you read. Normal human reactions and emotions, allowing for the variance of individuality.
The plot itself was great, slightly confusing in places, but not that bad that I had to continually re read the same paragraph multiple times. I also cannot entirely and truthfully state this was the book and story line itself. I was reading, whilst parenting and I got suckered right in and ended up reading well past my bedtime. That in itself is a huge well done.
Akarnae’s story line is intriguing, I was thrown in a couple of places and wasn’t expecting some of the events that transpired. I am extremely curious about what happens next and am already making plans to purchase Raelia, the next in line for the series.
(If you click on that link, it will take you too Pantera Press’s store and you can purchase it. Same with the link for Akarnae above. I am in no way affiliated with the publishing house or the author. Nor do I receive any form of commission. I just believe that credit and publicity is due when deserved. And I really recommend you reading this book.)
I also found that there were a couple of subplots within the main one that I feel could be expanded on or left alone, but the option is there for Lynette Noni in the future. She did well with drip feeding information along the way, revealing important parts and clues as things went along. My only hope is that the story doesn’t become too complex, with so many things happening, that the parts that need more explanation in the future get forgotten or it becomes too confusing. But so far Lynette’s handled it well.
Alex’s reaction to being thrown into another world was a lot calmer than I expected, a bit more freaking out was expected. But I will also admit not everyone will panic, scream, cry etc. Some will just take things as they come because there’s nothing else you can do. And it shows time and time again in the book that Alex is one of these people. She accepts was is and deals with it. It shows a sense of maturity about the main character, and gives her a strength that I feel would assist her later.
Jordan and Bear were so blasé about her arrival, that I found it amusing. But to be honest it was such a male trait (please don’t take that as sexist or a discriminatory comment. I just find most men go with the flow so much easier than women as they don’t over think things.) They looked at the benefits of having someone from another world and went in running. I loved this. Name a teen who isn’t going to go along for the ride and adventure.
The character’s themselves are strongly defined and that’s brilliant. You are not left wondering what a particular person is all about. Seeing some of them break through stereotypes surrounding their upbringing was refreshing. Including how people with such different upbringings can form such a strong friendship without it being forced upon them during catastrophic events.
I enjoyed that the wasn’t completely worshiped by everyone who knew her history and she still had to earn her place. This was great. There’s nothing worse than a character who has every little thing handed to them on a silver platter and no conflict or frustration with anyone in their lives. Especially when it comes to schooling and teachers.
Without giving away too much of the story line because I really want you all to read it. It is well worth it, especially if you enjoy books like Harry Potter, Land of Stories or Chronicles of Narnia. I think regardless of your usual genre; this book will be enjoyable. There is so much more I want to say but I really don’t want to give away vital parts of the story and ruin it for you with spoilers. I give it 4 and ½ quills.
Akarnae is available in bookstores, although I don’t think it’s available in all of them. But be sure to ask your local bookshop if they can order it in. If not it can be purchased through Pantera’s website HERE and through multiple e-book formats such as iBookstore, Amazon, Kobo and Google (according to Pantera’s website.)
This review is my own thoughts; I am by no means endorsed nor was I requested to write it up. Image credit and synopsis credit to Pantera Press. I got both of these off their website.
And I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed it. Bubbles our 3 year old rescue seemed to be in love as well. Her licking and smooching lasted over 10 minutes, despite my protests.