ORENDA by Ruth Silver
a Young Adult Fantasy Adventure series
published by Patchwork Press
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 younger 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.
First, I must say that I absolutely loved the cover of this book! The story was very enjoyable for me to read, even though it is more aimed toward someone younger than me. The whole premise of the story is very interesting. You have a parallel world to ours, some people with the same names, similar looks, and yet very different. Our world is normal, what we experience everyday. However, then there is Orenda, a world which is full of fantasy and magic. The story follows Lil who ends up going to Orenda on accident and finds herself in the middle of turmoil. You have an evil sorceress who is trying to accomplish taking over the world of Orenda, and once she finds out there is a portal to another realm, she intends to stop at nothing from gaining access there and being able to destroy it. The book is the first in a series, showing Lil's quest with other characters that are well written and developed. It has a tad bit of romance in it, which could lead to something more that I look forward to. The fantasy of it definitely made the book interesting, besides the sorceress, you have Fae, and magical creatures, like a dragon (there is a great scene with one). Orenda was definitely a really good read and should definitely be added your TBR list!
About the Author: 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. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required, because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. Upcoming works include Royal Reaper, a young adult series about grim reapers, due for release June 3rd, 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads