Sunday, 1 April 2012

Review: Emily's House by Natalie Wright


Emily’s House
Series: Akasha Chronicles #1
Author:  Natalie Wright
Publisher: Boadicea Press
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
Source: Copy provided by author for review
View/Purchase:  The Book Depository, Goodreads

Rating:

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Fourteen-year-old Emily Adams is flunking math - and life. But Emily has a secret that she has kept even from her best friends. Soon the ancient legacy coursing through her veins will force her secret to be revealed. Dormant for over a thousand years, an evil has arisen and this time, it will destroy anyone - or anything - that stands in its way. Three teens embark on a dangerous journey and risk everything. For Emily, the fate of her friends - and her world - lies in her hands. Travel with Emily as she unlocks the secrets of her Celtic ancestors as she goes on a mystical journey to the inner house and beyond.

Review:

Within the first chapter I was captivated by the vivid description of a Celtic world that seemed like something out of a dream. I could picture a beautiful party, and a secret love that brought about a generation of warrior women leading down to the courageous Emily. Although Emily doesn’t apply herself to her school work when it comes to a quest of epic proportions she goes full throttle. With her two best friends beside her, and an evil aunt behind her, Emily moves forward on an adventure that will reconcile her with a part of her old life and wake people out of their zoned out lives. Natalie Wright’s story and characters captivate and reel in the reading providing them with beautiful scenery and a large knowledge based of ancient history.

Good:

Emily—she’s real. She not an over achiever but simply someone who doesn’t seem to fit in their skin. And someone who’s gone through a life changing experience
Fanny and Jake—those are some dedicated best friends.

Bad:

Well to start things off I felt there was a little too much teenage “lingo”. It felt like a stretch with some of the phrases she was saying. It hasn’t been that long since I was in high school and I’m pretty certain children/teens are not talking like that.
Second, things happened very slowly. It’s not until halfway through the book that the real action starts happening. There is just a lot of mind over matter for her training—sort of like the Matrix—so, things moved a little slower.
Also, when things were moving fast it was a little awkward. They conveniently find things they need that have been gone for thousands and thousands of years. But that is something I can live with.
Lastly, some things didn’t seem to get answered and didn’t seem to make sense, especially with regards to what happened to some characters. But maybe its all being saved for the next couple of books in the series. All in all, its nothing that would prevent me from reading the next in the series or from giving it a 4/5

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the writing was beautiful. The descriptions and the vivid images of the other worlds and other times came across beautifully. Natalie Wright is a rare writer; one who can tell you a story in detail with one a few paragraphs and you can perfectly picture it in your head.

Next in the Series:

Emily’s Trial E.T.A=Unknown

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you love a young adult novel filled with ancient battles, myth, Celtic history.

Click here to read the Q&A session with Natalie Wright and the Giveaway!

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