by Annie Oldham
Received for Review by author
Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.67
Before I get into my review, here's the summary that is available on Goodreads:
After her mother dies, Elowyn Challis would do anything to bury the pain, but being shipped off to boarding school isn't what she had in mind. Things could be worse. Wyn finds a place for herself in the academy and living in the capital is just sparkling. But under it all, her mother's death still haunts her. Then Wyn discovers a secret that changes everything she believes: the bedtime stories her mother told her as a child are real, the faerie realm exists, and she is the Binder—the one mortal on earth with the power to seal the gate to Fae. It's a power Wyn's not sure she wants or can even wield. But she must confront her nightmares and her grief, or two worlds will be torn apart.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank Annie Oldham for giving me this book to review.
The story starts with Wyn leaving for the girls academy school after her mother's death and that is where the adventure starts. Wyn was a character that I enjoyed learning about. She had a good heart and when she got the call she stepped up to the plate bravely.
Along with Wyn, I really liked the supporting characters. They were all intriguing and had distinct personalities. They didn't feel like they were cut out of a mold. I really like when characters seem real.
The pacing of the novel was excellent. The story never felt rushed or like it was dragging on. Oldham masterfully crafted a story that was intriguing and entertaining and felt like it was constantly moving toward the climax. I also appreciated that.
The world Oldham created was one full of intrigue and fantasy. I loved the idea behind the novel and loved the way she told this story.Oldham's writing was entertaining and very well constructed. I never felt lost in the story and her words left me captivated by the story.
This is the second novel I've read by Oldham and she is proving herself as a versatile writer that I will be keeping tabs on.
In Summary: A novel that I really enjoyed reading and a writer that I'll be keeping tabs on.
Warnings/Side-notes: None, this novel is clean.
The Wrap-up: This is a novel that I really enjoyed and recommend to anybody especially those who love fairy tales and fantasy.