16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.
Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book really gave me mixed feelings. On one hand, I really loved the concept and the story. Nothing earth shatteringly different, and the school parts in particular were very Harry Potter-esque, but they were fun and well written. On the other hand, there weren’t too many surprises and Aurora was a hot headed idiot on the regular, and doesn’t seem able to keep a secret if her life depended on it. Guess what, honey?? It does!! Lol.
However, it really did keep me reading, it’s a very more-ish story. And it had quite a bit of pace, things kept moving along. I did have an issue with the amount of it in some ways – we have the “real” world, kidnapped fairy world, family, school, fight. That’s quite a lot of stuff going on for one book. As much as I loved the bits at the school, they were my favourite, they also felt the most unnecessary. They were the most fun though, and we got a lot of background to the world which was great.
Aurora also suffers from insta love boy obsession. Ugh. Dnw. Oh well.
The other niggle I had was that Aurora is supposed to be British, at a British school etc. And it didn’t read that way at all – I suspect it was inspired by American high school tv shows. It’s a minor niggle, but it was pretty obvious to me as I am British 😂.
I wanted more background on her family from both worlds – especially the adopted one. Maybe that comes in a later book, but I’m not sure why it would now, as that’s all done with it seems.
I love the Silverthornes though, and it’s always nice to have a supportive family around a main character, even if they are a new family and she ignore everything they tell her… 😂😂
I also love Snow. Can I have a Pegasus please??
And the ending of the fight was pretty awesome. That was probably the most surprising bit. I’m looking forward to reading the next one – I’m definitely intrigued as to what happens next. 3.5 stars.
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