Akarnae by Lynette Noni – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Akarnae
Lynette Noni
Series Name: The Medoran Chronicles
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: February 1st, 2015
Pages: 436 (paperback)
Publishers: Pantera Press

4 and a half Star

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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?

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This book gives me both Harry Potter & Narnia vibes but also amazingly different.

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These covers are gorgeous. I generally don’t like book covers with real people on them but this cover is really pretty but Draekora, the third book would definitely have to be my favourite so far!

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So I really enjoyed the writing of this book, it flowed well and was easy to keep up with. The world building was my favourite part of this book as there is definitely a lot of it in this first book and it was done really well. Everything was explained, so I wasn’t left confused at any point. This book isn’t exactly the most fast paced book I have read but I enjoyed it anyway as the world building and learning about the characters was really well done.

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This book, like I said isn’t fast paced and it’s also not extremely action packed. There is a few major points that happen throughout the book that have a lot of action but mostly this book is word building except for those bits and the last 20% of the book. Like I said I really enjoyed the world building so this didn’t bother me at all. I know this book is the first in a series so I didn’t mind the extensive world building, especially in a book that is based in a high fantasy world. I prefer it done this way in a series than jumping straight in and being confused and everything not being explained until the last book. This way, we know all the basics by the end of the first book and the rest of the series will be less confusing.

This next paragraph may be a little spoiler, so beware and if you don’t want any spoilers just skip to the characters section.
Like I said above this book gives me both Narnia & Harry Potter vibes. In Narnia they go through a wardrobe and end up in narnia, in this one Alex goes through a door and ends up in Medora. There is a school for people with ‘gifts’ which is like Harry going to Hogwarts where their gift is magic. And also, there being an arsehole who just wants to murder everyone he can’t use? I mean Lord Voldemort vibes!

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Alex or Alexandra is a really enjoyable character and I enjoyed seeing her go into this new world and develop. I just love Jordan & Bear, they are such good friends and great guys and one thing I loved about this book is there was no romance! Jordan always teases and jokes around with Alex but there isn’t anything more than friendship there and I kinda hope it stays that way between Bear, Jordan & Alex. There is a slight hint at an attractiveness with another character but as yet it’s not clear as to whether that is only a physical attraction to his looks or more. But that certain person I enjoy as a character and I would like to see more of him in the next book hopefully. Along with a few other including, Declan, Connor & his cousin, I’m pretty sure her name is Mel? She is only mentioned a couple times and I couldn’t find it in the book to double check it. But yeah, Connor’s cousin.
I also really enjoyed Alex’s teachers, well most of them. Finn is a bit of a jackass but that can’t be helped. Karter is an interesting characters and a little mysterious as to why he acts the way he does and I’m interested to see more.
Also D.C. is another interesting and mysterious character  that I’m interested to see more of in the next book, I’m hoping.

And of course I have already mentioned the arsehole who gives my Voldemort vibes.. I don’t think I need to say more.

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I really enjoyed this book and I’m keen to find out what is next. I loved the world building and the slower pace for the most part. I really enjoy most of the characters and I’m interested to see them even more.

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