Reviewsday: Akarnae by Lynette Noni

akarnaeWith 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?

Akarnae is the first book in the Medoran Chronicles by Brisbane author Lynette Noni and I am so glad I picked it up because I absolutely loved it! I haven’t read a book this good in a long time. The only way I can think to describe it is “like Harry Potter and Narnia had a child”. Akarnae is a wonderful story set in the superb land of Medora where everything and anything can happen. The easy banter and relationships between the main characters Alex, Jordan, Bear and D.C and the breathtaking adventure they find themselves in made for a very enjoyable read. Akarnae blew my mind, made me laugh, hold my breath and just want to keep reading. This is a book that every fantasy lover should have on their shelf.
There is only one more thing to say: embrace the wonder and read this book.

~Steph, QBD Strathpine