Author: Natasha D. Lane
Publish: March 22nd, 2018
*Disclaimer* I was provided with a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the author and/or its affiliates in any way.
When Sarah was four, she promised her mother she would be a good girl — a proper young lady in their small country town — and that she would ignore the creatures who appeared to her and whispered in her ear of things unknown. But like all creatures of myth and legend, they won’t be ignored forever.
Now thirteen, Sarah is attacked by a wolf with poisonous black fur and strange, human looking eyes. With the help of a few unexpected friends, she manages to survive the attack but soon discovers the creatures have returned. They want Sarah to find a powerful gemstone and bring it to them in Lyrica, their magical homeworld.
Her new friends urge caution, however. There may be more monsters like the black wolf. And the creatures themselves are frightening. Can Sarah trust them? Stuck between reality and imagination, her mother’s wishes and her own desires, Sarah faces an impossible choice – break her promise or do nothing to save a world in peril.
Overall, I love the book because it was nice to read a book that is lighthearted and a short read too. It was really easy for me to go through the book, I probably would have finished it in one read if I had the time.
➽The plot was interesting. The plot is interesting because it starts off with a lighthearted day and then the next is like a nightmare. Throughout the story, there are parts that are unexpected which I thought was nice because I like a good surprise here and there. I wish I was able to know the parents a bit more because they only appear in the first few chapters and in the last one. Sarah had mentioned them a few times but I want to know their personalities a bit more.
➽ The character and character development. There are two characters that I loved in the book. One of them is Sarah, the main character; and the reason for that is, in the beginning, she was this young girl who is naïve and thinks everything always ends in happy endings. Then later on when she met Alex, a vampire, and Serwa, a witch, they had helped her grow a backbone and realizes that the world is not like a fairy tale. Sarah is a cheerful and happy girl but her personality is one of those that can capture the reader’s heart because the author had done a great job at describing her feels at the right time with the right amount of description.
My favourite character in the book would have to be Serwa because, in the beginning, she seems kind of bitter to everyone but as the story progresses, she starts to show more of her personality. There is a good contrast between her bitter and violent personality and the caring and shy one. Her personality reminds me of a specific one called tsundere which is a Japanese term for someone who seems cold and hostile when they are first approached but as they get to know them better they start to show their warmer side.
➽ The somewhat bittersweet ending. The reason I said the bittersweet ending was because it’s nice to see books where the story does not end off with a happily ever after. Yes, there is a happy ending but there is also a downside to the happy ending. I will not explain much because then I will be spoiling the book for those who want to read it. Just know this, I liked the ending of this book.
➽ Length of the book. If this book is not part of a series or has a sequel, I feel like the book should be a bit longer because then the relationships between all the characters would be stronger and create a bigger impact on the reader. But if there is another book, I would love to read it because I want to see what awaits Sarah next.
I would recommend this to readers who are around tween. Personally, as a 16-year-old myself, it was not challenging to read so if you are looking for a book that will challenge your brain then this would not be it. But for younger readers, it would be an excellent read because it teaches them that not every life has a happy ending and they should treat everyone the same. For readers who are looking for a read just to relax then, this is also a good choice because it is quick to get through.
Sarah’s Chocolate Cake
Natasha D. Lane is a friend of most things caffeinated, a lover of books, and a writing warrior to her core. As a big believer in the idea that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” she graduated from Juniata College in 2015 with hopes of becoming a journalist. While she still holds on to that dream, after spending some time in the corporate world and then completing a year of service, she decided it was time to return to publishing. Her first fantasy novel “The Pariah Child & the Ever-Giving Stone” is one of several works she plans on completing. If there were a single piece of advice Natasha could give to young writers, it’d be this: Write your way through life.