Title: Akarnae (The Medoran Chronicles #1)
Author: Lynette Noni
Publisher: Smith Publicity/ Pantera Press
Publish: Feb 2, 2015
Type: YA Sc-Fi Fantasy
Stars: * * * ( I will have better stars in the future)
Description: (Description from Goodreads) 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.
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I am in the middle of the scale regarding this book. On one hand, I liked it and read it in one sitting and on the other it had a few clichés and things that made me cringe just a little. It didn’t make me stop reading it. There was a few inconsistencies that I had trouble puzzling out. Maybe they will be explained in the next book.
The things that bothered me was small compared to the things I enjoyed. The world building was great and character was very 3 dimensional (sometimes literally). The characters took time to evolve. The heroine didn’t become a strong lead until near the end. No one immediately loved the heroine. Also! No insta-love or love triangles. Friends stated friends. It was refreshing and very balanced. Jordan and Bear are the second people to find our girl Alex. They like her and help her to the school under the impression that she was a new student. They continue helping her and their friendship grow. But it never turned to love which I hope continues. A novel thing but the heroine does not immediately succeed in the new world. Alex struggles through the classes and very realistically fails at them. Her ability barely shows itself at the end, everything was her sheer will.
I found many irregularities that bother me. The school was a castle surround by forest. They learned hand to hand combat as well as melee weapon. The students are taught how to ride and use archery. But then they have high tech science classes. As well as many Star Trek things such as food replicators, hypos, virtual interaction movies. I was a little confused by the mixture. I don’t know if I would call it distracting, but it did leave you wondering. It was never explained. Although the tower/library was explained a little. The library was awesome. It was sentient, had hidden rooms and traps! Hope you really want that book.
Overall, it was well written with very few items to dissuade me from reading. I do know that reading the second book is needed to find out what happens. It doesn’t quite leave it off at a cliff, but it seems like there is more to come. I think this series will be a good reader for fantasy readers. 3 out of 5 stars. I am just not 100% on board with this series. Maybe the second one will convince me.