Author: Ruth Silver
Genre: YA/MG Fantasy
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Author, YA Blogger, and Book Manager with Booktrope Publishing, Ruth keeps busy with writing, updating her book blogs Write Away Bliss and YA Book Deals, and promoting authors.
With a passion for reading, photography, and traveling Ruth has plenty of stories and experiences to share. She loves dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy young adult novels most of all. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
Join forces with a parallel universe.
Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.
A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.
After waking up from a realistic dream of another land just like hers, Lil Porter’s life is turned upside down. Suddenly, a boy named Rawlie pulls Lil from her class and thrusts her into Orenda, the world from her dream. Orenda is nothing like her world, despite the similarities; people have powers and the world is on the brink of destruction at the hands of Eilith, an evil sorceress who opened Pandora’s box. Lil’s world is being threatened if she can’t help her new friends gain some sort of an upper hand and rescue her doppleganger and the gate keeper between worlds, Willow. What Lil doesn’t know is that there is more to the story than she ever expected.
There were some grammar errors. They didn’t impede the reading experience much, however.
I would recommend Orenda to fans of young adult stories of the fantasy and paranormal variety. It’s suitable for nearly all readers of chapter books.
Overall, I enjoyed this read. While the characters felt a little shallow, the world and story did not. Orenda is a world described in stunning detail. In between my chances to read, I found myself daydreaming about pink sunlight, dragons, distant magical springs, and fairies. The story unfolded a bit fast for me, but I did enjoy the many twists and turns there were. This is my second read from this author and I fully intend to pick up another when I have the chance.
I give Orenda 4 out of 5 pandas!