by Diamante Lavendar
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
Published: 26th August 2015
Title: The Secrets of Yashire
Author: Diamante Lavendar
Publisher: D&L Productions
Book: #1 of unknown
Rating: 2 Voodoos
The Secrets of Yashire: Emerging From the Shadows is a young adult fantasy adventure that occurs within the framework of a young girl’s subconscious mind. The main character, Brianna, finds herself thrown into a world called Yashire where she is forced to deal with circumstances that are threatening Yashire’s existence. Against her will, she is sent on a journey to restore unconditional love back to the land while also contending with the evil force in the land, Zolan.
Brianna is sent on her mission by Libban, Keeper of the Land. Along the way, Brianna travels with the mystical tiger, Angelos; a huge, whitish-tan tiger with thick black stripes who sings only the purest songs of love, and the wondrous little one-eyed bird named Abiba. During the journey, Brianna is also preparing to meet her soulmate—the one she longs to be with and the one who will bring complete healing back into her life.
Together they travel through fantastic lands filled with magical creatures that could only exist in the wildest of imaginations. Through her treacherous brushes with danger and heartwarming experiences of love and acceptance, Brianna discovers many things. It is here, amidst the powers and phantasms of the mind that Brianna receives life lessons and virtues to help her. Will one of her greatest triumphs be achieved as she learns to believe in herself? For only then can she truly see all of the wondrous things that life has to offer.
I’m very confused about the age group this book is aimed at. While reading it, I was sure it was a childrens’ book. Having recently read the Lowthars’s Blade trilogy and The Neverending Story, I could see the comparisons with ease. However there was a random swear word thrown in there, almost to drive it from children’s to Teen/YA which is a shame. I feel that this would have been far more successful as a children’s book.
It gets less stars as a YA story, because for it’s target audience it’s woefully under developed, even as a novella. And hopefully the semi-plotholes will be explained away later on. Though the blurb details the entire plot of the series, this book is actually only part one of the adventure and there is nothing to indicate anything of book 2.
On the whole I didn’t think this was my type of book, despite the hunt for a soulmate. Several characters were some what annoying and it never fully pulled me in.
I’d recommend this book to an older reader who struggles with reading or complex stories. at 162 pages it’s a short introduction into this world.