Akarnae by Lynette Noni REVIEW

Akarnae Book Cover Akarnae
Medoran Chronicles
Lynette Noni
Young Adult Fantasy
Pantrea Press
February 1st 2015
paperback
436

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?

I heard prior to reading this, that it’s kind of like a mix between Narnia and Harry Potter. And trust me. That it an almost spot of description.

Alexandra Jennings is starting a new school. Her parents are archaeologists. They have just been given an unmissable opportunity for their career. However, Alex can’t come with them so she is sent to boarding school.  Alex is absolutely stunned when she steps through a doorway and ends up in a fantasy world like no other.  Her only chance at returning home is doomed.  Alex is forced to join Akarnae academy, a school for gifted, while she awaits the return of the headmaster who can send her home. However, what she finds is not what she was expecting.

I loved this. For a debut novel, it was incredible. Lynette Noni has a great writing style. Sometimes I felt that it was not as well developed as it could have been. That somethings were just too.. Convenient. But this feeling was rare.  The descriptions in this novel were SOO on point and just made me desperate to go to Akarnae. It was so well described that I felt as if it was painting a picture.  It’s told in 3rd person which was great to see as that is not the most common voice.

Another thing that Lynette Noni is brilliant at: characters.  Alexandra Jennings is such a strong, smart and funny character. She is quite sarcastic but serious when necessary. I thought she was great to be so excepting of the whole situation. Sometimes I did not exactly agree with all of her decisions, but in the end, it turned out alright. I loved how she formed relationships with some of the other characters.  Speaking of other characters.. I LOVE JORDAN. But Bear! I love him too! Even though in this book, nothing romantic forms between any of them, I still ship Alex with every character ever. Including Kaiden.  Is it wrong to ship the main character with practically every other male character that is her age? I think not.  Jordan has such a strong, detailed background that we don’t know too much about, but I can’t wait to find out. Then of course, Bear. I adore Bear’s family. They are so kind and they sort of remind me of the Weasleys from Harry Potter.  As well as these main characters, we have Jarvis, Finn, Karter, the Librarian and DC. I thought I wasn’t going to like D.C. But boy I couldn’t be more wrong. She is such an amazing character that you simply can’t help but love.

Like the characters, the plot developed in ways no one could have expected. The mystery, suspense and action were constants. Sometimes things felt too convenient and almost unbelievable but these feelings were extremely rare as the book went on. I applaud Lynette Noni for her epic ability to write unexpected plot developments that work so well. Everything was building and building up to a climax that blew me away. Another thing I liked about the book, is that once it reached it’s highest point (towards the very end) it’s awesomeness plateaued rather than declining. Which is a huge rarity in these YA/ MG novels.

Medora is a beautiful world. And I don’t just mean physically. It has even constructed to such depth and detail that you can’t help but to want to be there. It has the MOST amazing technology. It may be a mystical (not magical) world but wow does it have some draw-dropping technological developments that I would kill for. The main and most obvious one, the TDCs. The communications one, the medicinal one, but most of all.. The food one. Oh how I would love a machine that auto-delivers any food I may desire. Seriously. It’s such an amazing concept. By apart from those, there is the wards, transportation and the library. I love the library. The library full of secrets. I love all the developments it makes an mysteries that are unlocked throughout the story. Incredible.

I was completely taken by surprise with this book. Happy surprise. I loved all the directions it took. I CANNOT wait for the second book: Raelia. I recommend this wonderful novel for people aged 10-20 and fans of Young Adult Fantasy as well as fans of the Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. READ THIS BOOK.

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