Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.
A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action- packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 232 pages (Paperback)
Source: Review Copy
Available Formats: Print & E-book
Publication Date: April 13th 2014 by Patchwork Press
(first published April 12th 2014)
I had had my eye on Orenda for a month or two before I got the blog tour invite from GHBT, so you can imagine I was pretty darn excited to read it. Plus, I'm always trying to read new authors and this was my first read of a Ruth Silver book so the whole two birds, one stone thing was good and it turns out that Orenda was actually a pretty darn good read.
It had a really interesting concept what with the whole parallel universe and doppleganger thing going on with Willow and Lil and I enjoyed that the story was such a fun rollercoaster full of adventure and mystery. I will say though that it took me a little while to warm up to Lil though, there was just something about her that rubbed me the wrong way for a good bit of the book but I think a lot of me not liking her up to a point was just that I was in one of those moods that we readers find ourselves in. I did warm up to her by the end of the book though I wasn't a fan of her naïveté in terms of the boys in the story but hey, she's a teenager and we're all naïve then. I did like Rawlie and Bray though. Especially Bray actually. He was just so sweet and caring and I really loved how he cared about Lil even though he was in the friendzone for ages but he did play a great role in the over story and I thought he was a good balance to Lil. That being said though, I really liked how the side characters were more than just props in the story and how good they all meshed.
What I enjoyed most though, like I mentioned earlier in the review was the fact that the story took place in an alternate universe, and that Lil was summoned there by her doppleganger and the rescue mission Lil has to embark on to save not one but two people and solve a mystery that may or may involve some surprising characters that I wish I could talk about but for the sake of not spoiling the story further I'm going to remain silent. Except for me telling you that you should all GO BUY THE BOOK, because it really was a fun read and I enjoyed it very much. The writing was great and the story was very well thought out and I can't wait to read the next in the series.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
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Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Author, YA Blogger, and Book Manager with Booktrope Publishing, Ruth keeps busy with writing, updating her book blogs Write Away Bliss and YA Book Deals, and promoting authors.
With a passion for reading, photography, and traveling Ruth has plenty of stories and experiences to share. She loves dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy young adult novels most of all. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
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