Published: 12th April, 2014
Join forces with a parallel universe.
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
There was a slight whirl, accompanied by an odd wobbling sound. He stepped toward the sound and reached out his hand, feeling heat radiate off a strange, crystal clear shimmer. It rested at the edge of the tire tracks in the middle of the path. “Lil?” His voice held a tinge of panic. He had no idea what this was. It pulled at him and dragged his feet forward like a black hole sucking him up. Even if he wanted to stop, he couldn’t. He was paralyzed by the force before him. The moment his skin touched the shimmer; it burned cold. Bray opened his mouth to scream, but the sound died on his lips. He gasped for air, unable to breathe. He quivered, then convulsed, collapsing onto the ground, out cold.
What I liked: I liked the way the alternate realities portion worked, how they were accessible by one another. The abilities they had as well was a nice touch, and the way one can travel between Orenda and America. The idea behind the story way something that I was enjoying, and the gorgeous cover art is definitely eye catching! Oh yeah, and there’s some pretty awesome dragons in this book too! They may not breathe fire, but their abilities are interesting and sound pretty unique as well.
What I didn’t like: The execution and world building were severely lacking in this book, something that I was really hoping would be fantastic. The characters also didn’t really develop all that much either, which was a grave disappointment
Overall Review:Orenda has a stunning cover and idea behind the story, but the execution falls and leaves much to be desired about the world and its possibilities. And the dragons, I mentioned the dragons earlier as well. Dragons are always a good touch if you can work them in right. I think the characters started out interesting but the pace of the story was so fast that it detracted from how they could grow as the novel moved on. I liked the incorporation of magic and the different ways magic was involved, but there were few twist that I didn’t see coming.
Recommend?: Eh, I’m iffy on this book. I liked it in some ways but in others I didn’t. Maybe it’s just personal taste, but if you want to read it don’t let me stop you!
My Rating: 3.6/5
About the Author
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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Review by Bri