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A-Kar-Nae... Embrace the wonder, discover it & enjoy the journey!
12 July 2016
I loved this book.
It is the story of Alexandra Jennings, Alex. Her parents have headed off on a work project that she is unable to attend with them so she heads off to Boarding School. Alex is dreading starting at her new school, wishing she was elsewhere and when she arrives the students there are mean and uninviting. Alex walks into the school building to enroll and soon finds herself whisked away to another world.. literally! Her adventure begins and she meets new friends, is sought out by enemies, discovers herself and her inner potential!
The world building is fantastic, very creative, imaginative and has that real feeling - not too far fetched that you can't place yourself in Alex's shoes!
I loved her new best friends, Jordan and Bear and liked how they were very accepting of Alex and her situation. D.C. was a curious character to begin with but loved her development at the end.
I feel there are a few strings to still be tied up - Like Jordan's father, Marcus, how he fits into the whole story.
Small Gripes -
The book although written by an Aussie it is aimed at the American/Northern Hemisphere market - simple things like 'Candy store where there were lots of lollies on display' I know that Lollies is a truly Australian word and neither US or UK readers would know the word. Things like 'too right' or 'mate' used in sentences are also Australianisms that maybe a little hard for others to follow.
I also didn't like how everyone Alex met was 'so attractive'.
What I really enjoyed was that although her two new besties were both males, and so attractive, there was no actual romance. Alex is a kickbutt female character, who can stand on her own two feet, take on action and punch it in the face without having that "woe is me - I'm a girl who needs a boy to help me" scenario that so many other YA books always puts out there. It makes it so much more refreshing!
All the reviews I read on here about it compare it to being a combination of Harry Potter and Narnia series. Yes I can see that, Harry Potter in that there is a school, a group of friends and some adventures and Narnia as there are doorways to other worlds.
To me this was so much more. The world building was done wonderfully and I could place myself in the locations described. I loved that there was a sentient Library and that there is a whole other race's history that is waiting to be discovered by Alex in the next installment ->Raelia.(Can't wait to crack the doorway into it)
The age group would probably be 13+ but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as a 30+ year old, It is for those that love an adventure, a strong female character and a bit of fun in their reads.