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Book 1 of 4 in the A Pandoran Novel Series

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Barbara Kloss studied biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University, and after she began working in a clinical lab, found herself daydreaming about far off lands and slightly deranged wizards. She, her husband, two boys, and Lhasa currently live in Arizona, where she escapes the summer heat by writing about lush vegetation and moderate to cold climates. Author of the Pandoran Novels, a YA fantasy series.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466372702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466372702
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,172,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By CSavvy on January 14, 2014
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Oh... my... wow. Just wow.

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.
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This story held my interest all though it, never lacking in wanting to know 'what was around the corner' for the characters. The author creates a very clear picture for the reader. I didn't feel any of those 'muddy' chapters or wanting to skip over pages as I have done with some books. I love how the author starts in the current world in a real place and then goes into the other world and occasionally the MC has a thought of her life back in that real place. I am looking forward to more from this author!
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This entire series has become one of my favorites. I have read the series 6 times in the last year and encouraged both my sister and father to read the series as well (they both loved it too and my sister has already reread the series 3 times).
The world building and mythology is rich in detail and engaging, while still moving at a fast pace. I LOVE the humor and wit the characters posses and the humanity they exhibit as well. None of the characters are one dimensional, and they encounter very real challenges and emotions in this enchanting world.
I am eagerly awaiting the concluding novel in the series to see how the story concludes.
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To dream of a magical world is one thing. To be told one exists is quite another.

SUMMARY:
Daria Jones has the most protective dad in the history of dads. She lives in the middle of nowhere and yet still has to be monitored 24/7 by both normal and thermal sensor cameras. Little does she know that there's a reason why. It turns out that Daria's father and her closest friends have been keeping from her that they are citizens of another magical world called Gaia. And there are many people in Gaia that want Daria dead. But the only person who can keep her safe is the person Daria hates most in life - Alex. Gaia's Secret' details Daria's travels into Gaia as she learns more about herself, her friends, her new world, and how to truly trust the people she loves.

DARIA:
Daria may very well be the most frustrating main character I've read about in a long time. She's the reason that I had to drop a star. In Gaia, some people are connected well enough to the world that they can sense the aura of someone before even fully meeting them. At first glance, they can read someone like a book. Multiple people do this to Daria, and they all say the same thing (shocker) - she's bold, reckless, and ridiculously stubborn. Her preconceived notions about people refuse to be budged, and it's ultimately her greatest downfall. The second that we are told that Alex knew about Gaia I knew that her hatred of him was based on a petty misunderstanding. But apparently she's too thick to realize that, and goes for 2/5 of the book blathering about her unwarranted hatred towards her best friend. Not to mention, his family! Daria has grown up with this family and she's as close to them (maybe even closer) than she is to her own father.
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By MacQueen on November 22, 2015
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I LOVE fantasy as a genre but, because of that, I actually tend to stay away from those types of books. I have my favorites such as Robin Hobb that I end up comparing everything to and that never works out well. Fantasy is one of the hardest genres to get right - but I decided to take a chance on this one anyway because it looked intriguing. Boy, was I glad I gave it a chance. This is how fantasy looks when it's done right.

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!
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