Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be doing my first review from a book which I recently read (obviously haha), it’s called Akarnae (pronounced; ARE-CAR-NAY) by Lynette Noni. I’ll put synopsis of the book below before I begin my review but I thought I’d give a background story on Lynette.
“Lynette Noni grew up on a farm in outback Australia until she moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast and swapped her mud-stained boots for sand-splashed flip-flops. She has always been an avid reader and most of her childhood was spent lost in daydreams of far-off places and magical worlds. She was devastated when her Hogwarts letter didn’t arrive, but she consoled herself by looking inside every wardrobe she could find, and she’s still determined to find her way to Narnia one day. While waiting for that to happen, she creates her own fantasy worlds and enjoys spending time with the characters she meets along the way”. – Goodreads, about Lynette Noni
I first met Lynette when I travelled down to Melbourne Supanova (mainly to meet Tyler Hoechlin aka Derek Hales from Teen Wolf). Lynette is such an amazing, down to earth author. I recently went to her Q & A in Dymocks bookshop on George Street, Sydney, which was the first time I’ve seen her again after Supanova, and the way she talks about writing, publishing and the way she deals with the pressure is just so down to earth and really relatable. I love Lynette and I love her writing style and the genre she writes in, it’s definitely right up my alley. Now onto the review:
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?
In all honesty I was so excited to read this book. As soon as I read that it was a cross between X-Men, Narnia and Harry Potter, I knew this would easily become one of my favourites which it has. Lynette has created this world of wonder and such imagination that I so badly wish was real. The character development of Alex BLEW MY MIND! At the beginning she was so unsure, worried, edgy but by the end of this book you are given a strong, independent bad ass girl with 3 amazing best friends. Jordan and Bear were my two favourite characters in this book other than Alex. Jordan and Bear are like the two guy best friends we all wished we had (unless you’re lucky enough to have them already ahah). Just the things they do and say would just lighten anyone’s day. And the setting of Medora (pronounced: MEH-DOOR-RA) is just INCREDIBLE! Just the detail Lynette writes just creates this image in my head of a wonderful, majestic forest scenery with beautiful, fresh green grass… see it’s that detailed (description not from the book) but the image I got was so vivid I could keep describing it on and on and on.
All in all Akarnae is an amazing high fantasy adventure with hilarious little perks, amazing magic that isn’t magic (once you’ve read it you’ll understand what I mean), awesome bad ass scenes, an awesome library and so much more. Lynette has created an amazing story with amazing characters with an amazing setting and I cannot wait for the second book to be released. Thank you Lynette for creating this masterpiece!
Lynette’s website: http://www.lynettenoni.com
Lynette’s Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9857504.Lynette_Noni
Pantera Press: https://www.panterapress.com.au/