- File Size: 2610 KB
- Print Length: 462 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Amy Joy Lutchen (September 26, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 26, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009I3SO9E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,542 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Renhala Kindle Edition
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Renhala is a big book, at least compared to most things I've been reading lately, and it took me a while to get caught up in the story. A lot of things interested me in the beginning, but nothing was quite gripping enough to trap me.
Renhala is set in two realms: ours, where Kailey's story begins, and Renhala, the magical fantasy realm that is intertwined with our own world. Both worlds full of magic and wonder.
There were a lot of fantastic elements in this book, an done that I immediately loved was Kailey's flashbacks to her attack. When small reminders set of her memories and you caught a glimpse of what transpired - I was utterly intrigued! Another great thing was Bu, a creature from Renhala who is completely adorable and lovable. He's so cute, you can't help but love him!
This book felt like it dragged on a bit in the beginning, it's a long book so I didn't expect to jump straight into the action/adventure, but it needed a bit more pizzazz in the beginning to make me yearn for the rest of the book, as it was I just felt a wondering curiosity which I'm glad I acted on.
If you're a lover of urban fantasies I'd definitely recommend this book. I don't love the genre as much as I love classic/epic/whatever-it's-called fantasy, but it's still fantasy and I still enjoyed it.
That being explained up front, the book was really good- especially for the target genre. As a mature reader, I found some of the simplicity of the story lost my interest a few times, but I enjoyed the writing style and world building. The author's talent kept me reading, even as I struggled with the younger characters (personal preference, not a reflection of the author's talent). This would be a fantastic book for younger readers and people with an interest in the genre.
If you follow my reviews because we have similar tastes, you may want to recommend this book to sci-fi readers and YA/NA readers... read the Closer Look for this book if you're not sure if you'd like the genre (I think it has a YA/Sci-fi/UF cross-over). You'll see what I mean about the great writing style, you'll just need to see if the plot works for your preferred age range.
Author Amy Jo Lutchen demonstrates an incredible grasp of world-building. There are enough new species, locales, geographies, and cultures involved here to populate five volumes! Yet the tapestry of the two worlds is tautly woven and readily kept in mind as the plot swiftly unfolds.
I reviewed an e-book copy provided by the author in exchange for my fair and impartial review.
I'm too old to deal with a best friend like Amber (she'd be on my "ignore" list) and I knew she was bad news from the get-go.
This author has done a wonderful job of creating her characters, her world, and her story BUT her characters' actions in the real world aren't realistic at all. The problem with world-hopping is that you have to be normal in one and nothing in Kailey's life is normal, especially not a job where you can take off for weeks at a time.