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- A 2016 Readers' Favorite BRONZE MEDAL WINNER in YA Fantasy
- "I loved this book... plot twist after plot twist... well written, descriptive and exciting. I would definitely recommend it to everyone." - Readers' Favorite Review, 5 stars
- "Readers who enjoy the lighter side of fantasy, adventure, stories with a strong family core, and down-to-earth characters you'd want for real life friends will adore the world of Gaia's Secret." - Deena Graves, YA Books Central
- "Gaia's Secret is... an above-par fantasy series... a beautiful balance of romance, fantasy, and the classic coming-of-age story arc." - Brea Nicole Bond, Author
- "A unique fantasy full of beautiful language and imagery..." - Laura Josephsen, Author
- "For a very long time I have been looking for a book with the right mixture of fantastical elements, romance, and adventure and this was it!" - Ashley Nixon, Author
- "This book was magical. It was fantastic. It was EPIC... Every bookshelf should have a copy of Gaia's Secret." - Amazon Reviewer
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B005P7V5RU
- Publication date : September 22, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 4435 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 396 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08JJVRM9N
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #228,809 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When I bought this book, I wasn't expecting anything too special - just your standard, 3-ish star, young-adult fantasy fodder.
Instead, I found this hidden gem that I just loved to pieces. In fact, I don't even want to write this review right now, because all I want to do is go and read the next book in the series. But, alas, that wouldn't do justice to this book, which I so thoroughly enjoyed, so here I go.
In Gaia's Secret, you follow the adventures of Daria Jones, who is thrown from her boring life in Fresno into the magical world of Gaia. Throughout the book, Daria strives to re-unite with her father (who just up and disappeared from Fresno one day), while simultaneously trying to find her place and role in this new world.
To be honest, you won't find anything all too original in Gaia's Secret. Yet, helping to fuel the story and picking up for any creative slack is the writing, which is descriptive in its depiction of Daria's surroundings and the events taking place, but never to the point that the story feels like it's dragging. In fact, the book is pretty much perfectly paced. The writing is engaging but light, so that the book always feels at home in its young-adult genre.
The story is told through Daria's point of view, so she ends up being a well-developed character that you come to love. You can really sympathize with her during the book, and feel her frustrations when her friends and family are constantly leaving her in the dark and hiding truths. First-person POV storytelling isn't my personal favorite to read, generally, but it works well enough here. I did get annoyed being constantly in the dark with Daria, and with some characters for always keeping the truth from her, but on the same note that just made me rally behind Daria all the more.
Just as a heads up, there is a romance angle in this book. Although it's not the main focus of the story, as this is a fantasy book first and foremost, it does play a pretty major role. So, if you dislike that sort of thing, you may want to (sadly!) pass this book up. But, for those of you that like having romance dashed in with your fantasy, you will only adore this book all the more. The romance is lovingly and achingly developed, in the good "slow-burn" kind of way.
Since this book is part of a series, the story obviously leaves off with some major loose ends. Now that I think about it, I don't think the major baddie of the series has even made an appearance yet. I almost wish that the loose ends had been resolved and that this story had been a stand-alone, because I loved it so much and can't imagine the next installment being able to stand up to Gaia's Secret. At the same time, I'm oh-so-happy to have the opportunity to experience more of Gaia, with so much of the world left to explore. In fact, I'm going to do so, right about... now.
Daria is your average teenager who's mind is blown when she learns that Earth is not the only world out there. Imagine that. Finding that there is another place that can be accessed by portals where a king rules and people use horses instead of cars. And the magic! The existence of this world isn't the only thing her father and those she once trusted have been keeping from her. Her place in that world is also a mystery.
When the portal to Earth is breached, Daria must embark on a journey into the unknown with the very people she's not so sure she can trust anymore. This book has everything - magic, dragons, adventure.
It's written like a YA book which I loved - not descriptive to the point of boring, fast paced, and character oriented. I really can't say enough good things about it. Daria is great. She had me laughing at times and I totally understood why she felt the way she did about these people. Then there is Alex ... SWOON! I can't wait to jump into the next one!
I loved the richness of Gaia, though, and I wanted to shake Daria for not being more vocally inquisitive on her journey. I mean, it's natural to be inquisitive after being attacked by strange beasts, but I wanted Daria to ask more questions about the beautiful new world around her! It occurs to me that if Daria had been more vocally inquisitive, she would have perhaps saved herself a lot of trouble. Or kept out of trouble. With Daria, I think that's one and the same thing, though.
I know I sound more critical than a five star review calls for, but maybe that's because the world was painted so well, I wanted to be in Daria's shoes! An interesting take on a fantasy world - sheltered American girl meets magical mystery world. I couldn't stay away (if only to see how Daria tried to get everyone killed next) and I look forward to seeing more of Gaia unfold in the next book in the series (right after I finish this review!)
And that when everything starts to get crazy.
A fast, engaging read, Gaia's Secret ticks all the YA boxes but does so in a way that is new and fresh. I found the strengths of this book to be the character development (I really became attached to Daria and rooted for her success throughout the book) and the author's descriptive passages. It's always a crap shoot when your setting is a fantasy environment that the author will do too much or too little to build the world for you. Ms. Kloss got it just right. Five stars and looking forward to diving into book two of this series.
Top reviews from other countries
I didn't want to put it down. Thoroughly enjoyed it.