Publisher: Pantera Press
Series: Medoran Chronicles
When sixteen year old Alex Jennings steps into a different world, things quickly become complicated. With two awesome friends, Jordan and Bear, and a megalomaniac, Alexandra has to figure things out quickly if she wants to save Medora.
With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’s world changes – literally.
Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing. While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming. An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?
Will Alex risk her entire world – and maybe even her life – to save Medora?
Okay- so imagine Divergent and Alice in Wonderland thrown together with a tad of Narnia. From my perspective, that is exactly how I found Akarnae. The story starts off with sixteen year old Alexandra Jennings stepping into an entirely other world (Medora) through a doorway (hence the Narnia reference). The plot then thickens and we find ourselves with one crazy megalomaniac -tick- one pair of wacky, egocentric friends keeping protagonist sane -tick- one disappearing headmaster -tick- one wildly weird and wonderful academy -tick- a couple of mean teachers and one nice doctor and you have yourselves a story.
However, I have to say, Lynette Noni really did set the bar high for Raelia, the second book in the series. Although the plot was confusing at best, I really enjoyed seeing the characters interact with each other. Jordan and Bear even managed to make me smile. Akarnae is based on a fantasy world that I would choose in a heartbeat, given a choice. Overall I loved this book and once you understand the plot, the story becomes enjoyable and will even make you laugh from time to time.
I would recommend this book for twelve and up with a rating of 4 stars.