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Emily's House (The Akasha Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 335 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 11 - 18||Grade Level: 5 - 12|
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I liked Emily's House. I wanna say that first, before anything else. It was a great plot, decent characters, and a lot of heart. But...
It lacked oomph, spice, strength. It's hard to describe exactly what was missing. It's like a bowl of chili with just the faintest touch of chili powder; you like it, but it's not exactly to your taste. The supporting characters felt a bit bland and some of the scences felt forced.
Emily was a good lead character, however. You really feel her pain, her fear, her lack of confidence. Then you watch her grow into a more confident teen; she's still a bit frightened, but she stands up for what's right.
It felt like the author grew as the story progressed as well. The beginning was discordant to me and as I read further, it became more harmonious. I will be reading Book 2 and 3 and can honestly say I look forward to it.
Emily's House is a good book for young adults and adults who enjoy the genre.
Oh, I also never understood why it was named Emily's House, but that's neither here nor there.
I also loved the seamless blending of a fantasy world, with the real-life ones of Emily before she embarks on her journey. With lots of myths, magical creatures, clashes and good plot development going on, I read this in one sitting.
All in all, this is a wonderful story of a young girl coming to know herself through facing her own fears and doubts, while recognizing and accelerating her new-found strengths. A great YA novel.
So, this is not a 19th C. chicklit. It's an exciting YA contemporary fantasy in the Celtic myth genre. It also has science. Mixing fantasy with science usually means science fiction, so maybe it's a bit of that genre as well.
It is not, however, a mishmash. I had to get some traction with Emily. She seemed like a deliberate underachiever until you get to know her story. This is a girl who's keeping her head down and trying to survive an uncaring father and abusive aunt. She doesn't know she's from a long line of Celtic priestesses. Boy, howdy, when she finds out, she goes from slump-shouldered bad student to flaming-haired Celtic goddess. Nice transition.
Now that I've let you know this book is not what the title suggests and that its heroine has plenty of moxie and ambition, then you can patiently work your way through the first few chapters while Ms. Wright builds the background and story.
Trust me. You'll like Emily (eventually), and I'll be reading the continued Akasha Chronicles now that I know all about Emily.
Most recent customer reviews
It was just an okay story. I think the author did a good job developing the characters and creating an interesting world.Read more
I would like to say, incorporating ancient Celtic into a fantasy book is quite creative and nothing like anything I've ever read before.Read more
Author- Natalie Wright
Rating- 4.5 STARS
OVERVIEW- Fourteen-year-old Emily Adams has special powers she...Read more
This is a very imaginative story with a lot going on and I was captivated right away.Read more
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