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Orphans, magic, strangers, and wonderfully strange places. What else could you ask for?
An orphan for most of her life, Tayna suddenly finds herself on her own in a city she knows nothing about. She wants to know where she came from, and no one is willing to tell. When she finally finds someone willing to help, she must help them as much as they will help her.
I thought this book was fascinating reading. Being alone in the world forces a person to do things they otherwise would not have attempted. The heroine of this story, Tayna, certainly does attempt many things. There were parts of this story that left me wondering what happened. A very abrupt ending means I will have to get the next book to find out what happened.
Tayna is the daughter most of us would like to have. She is a leader, an organizer, and very motivated to get things done. She is someone the younger children can look up to. She is also scared and needs guidance. She has enough sense to do what needs to be done, and yet makes enough mistakes to learn what works and what does not.
I can recommend this story to the teenage readers and all who enjoy fantasy. It has enough twists to keep the reader guessing, while most of the answers are provided if the reader just keeps going. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
The alternate world is decidedly strange, beautiful, and fearsome. Described succinctly, the author's carefully chosen words give great depth and clarity to the land in my mind's eye, and to the various groups residing therein. Several story lines are woven together, coming together in satisfying dollops at pivotal points. There is one, however, that was difficult for me to relate to and I had some trouble staying with the story then - I just wanted to skim through those few places because I became frustrated with the odd syntax and structure. It is to be continued in the following book so perhaps it will make more sense later. I am looking forward to reading the next book, aptly titled Strange People.
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Reviewed by Laurie-J
This story is original. The world that it takes you to is worthy of exploration -- in fact both of the worlds this story straddles are interesting. I don't think that the contemporary society we all know is represented in either of the worlds of Strange Places.
The characters are engaging -- after all I chose to go backwards and read the first one second. A book that can convince a reader to go backwards is nothing if it's not engaging!
If you like fantasy, or even time travel (though that isn't exactly what this is) you will probably like this story. You should go ahead and buy it so the author can get going on the third volume of the series and I won't have to wait too long for it :)
I would say that this book is sort of like Alice in Wonderland, yet another kind of unique altogether. It's hard to describe, there's something about it that seemed special and strange, the 'sisters' actually creep me out and the whole idea of 'Unlovables' is actually quite sympathetic and pitiful, however in my eyes, Tayna is a strong protagonist (not to mention a beautiful name. In fact, the names in the books are all special and unique, Veest, Djin, Abeni, those are really uncommon names) When I was reading this book, I was really absorbed into the story. Thumbs up!
This is a heart warming story about friendship and the discovery of magic, I would say that I never thought of magic that way! The writing was beautiful and the descriptive words provided me with a vivid imagination, I feel so young reading this (although I'm just 16), it was quite adrenaline junkie and lively. Plus, I find myself laughing at Tayna's jokes. I love the characters, they are like a breath of fresh air, each with unique and distinct personality yet a part of a whole :D Do I make sense?
I can't wait for the next one in the Finding Tayna's series!
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