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Finding Meara (The Adven Realm Adventures Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 2915 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Lara Schiffbauer (March 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D5D2ECQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,626 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lara Schiffbauer was born and raised in the Western United States. As a child she got in trouble at school for talking too much and daydreaming. She believed in Santa Claus until she was in the third grade, and thought she saw angels at the Catholic school she attended.

Unwilling to lose the magic of childhood, as a teenager she spent her years reading novels that let her live in fantasy worlds where she could vicariously experience the romance and adventure sadly lacking in her everyday life. Piers Anthony, Victoria Holt, and David Eddings were some of her favorite authors.

Many years later, after obtaining a Masters of Social Work degree and growing a family, Lara decided to recapture some of the magic found in creativity. In 2010, her horror flash fiction story The Copier was published in the anthology Daily Bites of Flesh 2011: 365 Days of Flash Fiction. In 2011, her erotic horror story Phantom Deposit was published in the anthology Steamy Screams, and in February 2012 her urban fantasy short story Bear Hug was published online at Hogglepot. She then turned to writing novels, and her first contemporary fantasy novel, Finding Meara, was released in March, 2013.

Lara loves connecting with others! Besides spending time on Twitter and Facebook, Lara also has accounts on Pinterest and Goodreads. All social media links can be found at her website, www.laraschiffbauer.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sadie Forsythe on December 6, 2013
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✯✯✯ Spoiler Alert ✯✯✯

I wish to discuss aspects of this book that I liked and/or disliked. It would be far more difficult and less informative to not use examples to do this. Thus, this review has quite a few spoilers. If you'd like to avoid these you might want to skip to the last paragraph. You've been warned.

I really wish that there had been something in the description to clue me in to the fact that this is a YA novel. I'm afraid I was taken by surprise with that. I mean the main character, Hazel, is 26 after all!

Ok, maybe it's not really YA fiction, but I think it really wanted to be. It reads like it does. So, the odd adult moments, like Tessra's come-ons, seemed horrendously out of place. While Hazel's hesitation about admitting to her parents that she's had sex clashed harshly with her age and lifestyle. Again, she's 26, has lived on her own since graduating high school and had at least one steady boyfriend. I think her parents probably knew she was sexually active. So, as a character, she really needed to be more confident in her sexuality or 16. The latter would have made sense with the rest of the book as well as Hazel's basic personality.

I suppose what I'm getting at isn't really about Hazel at all. Rather it's a matter of the book needing to choose a genre and fit it. I have no problem with genre crossing in terms of Sci-fi/Fantasy or Action Adventure/Mystery, but Adult/Young Adult really is an either/or scenario. I don't think Finding Meara knows where it wants to fall and it shows.

The whole thing also moves at a breakneck pace, and though that's sometimes fun, here it just left me feeling like I was being drug behind a speeding train...Oh, we find out Hazel is a compulsive gambler with uncannily good luck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dii TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 10, 2013
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If I had to be a character in a fantasy novel, blindsided by life and its surprises, I'd want to be like Hazel, full of flaws, but overcoming many of them at warp speed! And her attitude? I loved it! Finding Meara by Lara Schiffbauer is a great light read that firmly sets the stage for the new series An Adven Realm Adventure, one that is sure to gain fans with ease! Follow Hazel as her "real" father mistakenly brings her instead of her unknown half-sister, 4 year old Meara, into an unbelievable realm filled with magic, both good and evil. Watch as Hazel learns not only of her hidden past, but her previously unknown powers, and how her life is changed forever!

Lara Schiffbauer has a bright future with her clean writing style and world building that leaves just enough to the imagination that it is not over-powering, while giving a memorable voice to Hazel as she tells her tale as she lives it! Each supporting character will become real to you when you see them through Hazel's eyes and her heart. A perfect read for YA and adult fantasy lovers looking for that unique twist!

A review copy was provided by Story Cartel and Lara Schiffbauer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo on December 5, 2013
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This was a much better book than I had expected! You just never know when you grab a freebie.
Hazel was a wonderful character! Her faults were so understandable, without the "obvious" feel that some books have. As if they said, "ok, we're going to make her perfect..Oh, but she'll have warts! Yeah, warts, that'll make her much more relatable!" Instead, Hazel just felt like a real person!
But, she landed in a totally fantasy land. It was a really brilliant mix, and I liked it very much.
I took off one star because I did feel like some of the swear words were a bit gratuitous, as was a bit of "adult situations". I thought they didn't truly add to the book, and without them it could have been appropriate for younger readers as well as adults. I wish there were half stars, because I would rather take only one half off.
Good book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By terri kemp on December 1, 2013
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Awesome book! The story left me wanting more.I will be looking for more great reads from this author in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T.J. Loveless on November 20, 2013
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I have to say, I loved this book. It's well written, the storyline is wonderful, and it keeps you on your toes. It carried quite a few surprises, which is a great thing for me. Plus it's well edited, and as an editor, that is hard to say about many books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PMBL on October 14, 2013
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It is going to be very difficult for me to discuss aspects of this book without giving away some spoilers. So I'll start off with a vague overall opinion and then get more specific about some things that jumped out at me after the page break. If you don't like spoilers, don't read further than the spoiler alert below. The start and end of the section with possible spoilers is clearly marked.

When I first read the sample for this book, I was drawn in to the story. The premise of the story interested me and I liked the cover, though I think it makes the heroine appear younger than she is. There was some action early on when Hazel gets kidnapped by the winged creature and brought to another realm. It got my attention and I wanted to keep reading. In the end though, I don't think the rest of the story lived up to the promise in the sample. It wasn't a bad story but it didn't really engage me in the way I expected. I had some issues with the characters and what happened to them. I found some things that made me go "hmm" and there were some technical issues like typos and inconsistent spelling. Not a huge amount, but enough that I noticed it. There was no cliffhanger but I didn't like the ending and I have no idea where the next book in this series is headed as it seemed pretty much wrapped up.

Though I was interested enough to finish the book, I can't say I was really engaged in the story. I could have put the book down and not missed it.

So here are some other things that jumped out at me about this story.

*** SPOILER ALERT! *** SPOILER ALERT! *** SPOILER ALERT! ***

- When Hazel first escapes from the manor, she meets Arden and they have an immediate attraction, but not one they immediately act on.
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