Alex is back in Medora for her second year at Akarnae academy with her parents in tow. Having trained in combat throughout the summer Alex is proving to be the weapon everyone predicted, but just how dangerous she is, is slowly becoming apparent. Undertaking extra classes on Stealth and Subterfuge, she is soon making new friends, learning new skills and completing new, challenging and life-critical quests. When on one of these adventures, Alex stumbles upon Raelia, an enchanting and sacred holy ground in the lost city of Meya. Here Alex meets the royal family, learning not only about them, but a secret about herself along the way. A secret which makes her even more dangerous, and even more appealing to the banished Meyan prince, who in fact, tried to kill her the year before. With my potential ships starting to become close to a reality, of course a dark twist must come into play. And because no great novel is without a few deep breaths and blood curdling screams, Raelia will have you questioning life’s god-damned meaning more than once. Prepare yourself, a war is coming! A year filled with adventures, secrets and shocking revelations, Alex must face many dark truths if she is to save herself, her friends and the lost city Meya.
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: 26th March 2016
Acquired from: Pan Macmillan Publishing
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own*
First let's just talk about the cover, I mean is that not the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?!
Before I received this book I read that it was a mix between Harry Potter and Narnia and yep, I was of course immediately intrigued! Any book that claims to be a mix of two of the best YA fantasy series in existence is fine didleyine by me.
Plus, the author grew up on a farm in Australia... hello similarities!
So Alex is being shipped off to boarding school, but instead of the dull International Exchange Academy she is pulled through a door and into another world where she is already enrolled at The Akarnae Academy where things are very, very unique... Need examples? No wokkas; the teachers can pretty much do whatever they please, they have this cafeteria that allows you to recieve anything you want with the touch of a button (I need this), protective wards, a missing headmaster, a magical library, gifted (and not just smart, but like you know, gifted) students and of course a bunch of sexy-arse characters that had me drooling. I am not kidding. I literally shipped Alex with five characters, yes, you heard right, five!! As Alex progresses through the terms, hoping to get home, she makes connections with some exotic people and places that makes her wonder if she actually wants to leave after all...
I adored every single thing about this book. It is quite a large read and took me a while to get through because of unchangeable circumstances such as exams and traveling and prac, blah blah blah. But every single moment I could be reading, I was!! I even went to the gym with it, where I sat on the floor reading while my cousin taught an attack class... What can I say?! I'm dedicated!
The only bad thing I have to say is that because it was only just released, I'm guessing that I will have to wait a while for the next book in the series, and I hate waiting for sure-to-be-amazing sequels!
Acquired from: Simon & Schuster Publishing (Pantera Press)
If you liked Harry Potter and Narnia, You'll LOVE this!
*while I received this book in exchange for a review, all opinions are entirely and undoubtedly my own*