Series: Orenda, book 1
Author: Ruth Silver
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: April 13, 2014 by Patchwork Press
Source: Review Copy
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.
**A copy was provided for review purposes**
Lil has a dream, she’s transported to another world, meeting her doppelgänger. When she wakes up she’s left with questions. When a boy kidnaps her from school needing her help to save Willow, her double she jumps right in.
I love books with parallel universes, they’re fun to read and different. It’s amazing the imagination that goes into it. Ruth creates a world filled with magic, love, hope, fear and power. Fae are also a favourite creature of mine so I was really happy to see them included.
Lil and Willow look alike but they are very different. It’s only little things but it’s noticeable. I loved Lil, she will do everything she can to save her friends, even if it means making sacrifices. Willow seemed a little stuck up to me, but I loved how she was with Jamie and I warmed up to her towards the end. Hudson, Rawlie & Arianna were cool characters but I think they could have been a little more detailed.
The world building was good, I loved the portals and how everything came together. The individual powers from the Mystics was funky too. I had quite a few surprises thrown at me, one or two I definitely wasn’t expecting.
I had to put Orenda down a few times as I got bored but then at other times I was on the edge of my seat excited, It was a little up and down for me. Good but not my favourite from Ruth Silver. I’m curious to know what happens next even if I am a little undecided if I’ll read book 2.