About the Book
After Gabriel Draven smuggles home the Stone of the Seven Realms, his fear of facing consequences launches him and his oddball family on a rollicking run for their lives across the world they only thought they knew. As his journey takes him out of his realm and into another, Gabriel discovers that the deepest mystery lies at the heart of his own family, and he must do whatever it takes to find his way back home.
Strong and unapologetic, full of vivid, well-timed simile and lilting rhythm, bright with humor, at times bursting into a depth of pure simplistic beauty, The Book of Secrets looks far beyond the typical medieval swords-and-sorcery and, instead, introduces mystical creatures, absurd new worlds, and, at its heart, a hymn of praise to the complicated bond of siblinghood.
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I found this debut YA fiction to be delightful, adventurous, and very relatable especially for the YA reader. I found Gabriel to be a complex character that starts as a boy that has either been our brother, friend, or relative that we all know: mischievous, adventurous, impetuous, yet very lovable. I found the plot to be a steady pace and full of mind-bending experiences that left me glued to the page. I enjoyed the fantastical world, creatures, names and medieval type language because it was enough to give it the flavor, but not be so out of the box that the reader is lost. I felt part of the journey, and I understood the emotion our characters felt. Overall, the quality of writing, plot, and character development was of the best kind of quality. I highly recommend this one for the YA reader, but I feel the adult reader looking for an adventure would enjoy this book as well.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
About the Author
M.L. Little writes reviews for Kid Lit Exchange and works with kids while somewhat maintaining her sanity. She resides in the southern foothills of the Appalachians on the edge of the woods, where she sometimes hears the cry of what might be a nullian. The Book of Secrets, installment #1 in the Seventh Realm series, is her first novel.
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