Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Finding Meara by Lara Schiffbauer review

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was action packed from the beginning.  Hazel was kidnapped from her home by a creature with wings that called her Meara and taken to the home of Lucian in the Realm.  The Realm is a kind of alternate reality, or parallel world, where there is no technology.  Hazel escapes Lucian’s house with the help of a cat and makes her way through a forest to a cabin where she meets Arden.  Even though they feel an instant chemistry, Arden helps her escape the Realm.  Back in her own world, Hazel makes her way to her parents home with her best friend, Tavi.  Once there, Hazel learns that she was adopted, and that Lucian is her birth father, Meara is her half-sister.  Hazel also learns that Lucian plans to sacrifice Meara to retain his immortality.  Then the race is on to find Meara and keep her safe from Lucian.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was a fast-paced adventure and even had a bit of a love triangle.  I found it fascinating the way the author created the Realm world and had the characters rushing between worlds.  Hazel’s sidekicks, Tavi and the cat, were funny and supported Hazel unconditionally.  The author showed a great amount of imagination in creating the Realm and all the different creatures.  I was a little disappointed with the ending.  It seemed rushed and left me with quite a few questions left.  Overall, I would love to read more about these characters and this world.

Reviewed by Tracy

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