Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen (Averill #1)
Published: 22nd September, 2014
Chandrea Averill thinks she’s just like any other normal young woman. But, on the day of her 23rd birthday, her life changes forever.
Surrounded by magical creatures, dangerous sorcery, and insidious political intrigue, Chandrea desperately wants to return to Earth and the only life she’s ever known. But, the longer she stays, the more she realizes that she may be the only one with the power – both magical and political – to save the people of Lyrunia. Will she find the courage to remain and fight for her home world?
Content Warning: Talk about rape and violence
What I liked: I really liked how Chandrea was transported away for protection. Nothing like keeping a princess safe like transporting her to another dimension and letting her stay there for more than two decades! Of course, this leads to plenty of problems for Chandrea when she returns to Itova as an adult. Namely her inability to know how to control her magic and being referred to as royalty was something that made her uncomfortable. There were moments where I really enjoyed reading from the view of the antagonist of the story, it was interesting to get in their mind and see what they were both doing and how they thought. The story contained some rather interesting reveals about certain characters. Chandrea did whine a bit in the beginning, but rightfully so since she had just be ripped from the life she had known and thrust into a new world with different rules and expectations for herself.
What I didn’t like: I felt Chandrea adapted too quickly with her new world, forgetting rather easily about the world she grew up in.
Overall Review: With characters that keep you questioning about what’s going to happen and interesting twist through the story about others, Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen is a very well thought out and planned novel that kept me entertained while I read it and wanting the second book as soon as I finished it.
Recommend?: Yes, definitely!
My Rating: 4.5/5
About the Author
Marlene Wynn is a Utah native – fondly referred to as “Utonian” by a friend. She transplanted herself in 1992 from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the beachy shores of sunny Virginia Beach, Virginia and has been there ever since. Though she has worked in the Benefits field for several years, she finally worked up the courage to chase her dream as an author.
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Review by Bri