Genres: YA Paranormal Romance
Released on November 22, 2010
I won this book in a contest a while back and finally got a chance to read it. It wasn’t until I was finished that I realized that it was part of a series of books. Personally, I had little trouble jumping right in to the world of an existing set of friends who have found the ability to leap through stone portals located in an enchanted garden of their small hometown that takes them to other such portals around the world. But that being said, there was a little bit of the confused feeling as I got caught up with what was ongoing. The story is a short installment, but there was still plenty of character development, plot and good pacing that allowed for me to get into the story and feel satisfied at the conclusion.
The story opens with a young high school girl, Lana, trying to find her own way through the magical stones so she can get out and see the world like her bosom friends have already done. She seems to be the only person in her group for which the stones don’t work and it bothers her while making her even more determined. On this particular night, she encounters someone who speaks to her from the shadows offering to help her find her way through the stone. She is skeptical that it is her friends playing a joke on her, but she also trusts that deep, warm voice that doesn’t sound like anyone she knows to help her.
Little does Lana know, but the person behind that voice is very familiar to her and they had once been very close until he had been forced to leave Lana. He has changed over the last few years and knows that she wouldn’t even recognize him if she saw him. He needs to remain in the shadows a bit longer because he needs Lana’s help.
It was a quick, but enjoyable read that grabbed my attention and gave me a pleasant surprise like Lana when all the secrets were revealed in the end. The story would be suitable for even the youngest who are interested because it’s devoid of language, violence and sex.
I can recommend this story short even as I plan to go back and read the rest in the Hobbitville Saga.