Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The Final Descendants by Karina Gioretz Review
Reading Level: Young Adult
First book in a possible series
*This was gifted to me by author for review*
At fourteen, Bryze Brooks has no idea about her extraordinary ancestors. After her father's death, she had grown up far away from the family manor on Ratclif Circle and the secrets it held within its walls. But everything changes when a surprise phone call leads Bryze back to the house where she comes face to face with her astonishing past. Once there, she begins to discover that all is not what it seems. Fantastic tales begin to intertwine with her reality when a magic arbor leads her into a world she never even dreamed existed. From mesmerizing visits at enchanted Oak Cottage, to terrifying encounters with villainous beasts of the dark, Bryze finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime as she begins to understand her royal responsibilities and what it means to be among the final descendants.
I didn't know what to expect from this. I thought it was very unique. But, it did read more like a middle grade than a young adult.
This tells the story of Bryze. She's inherited a house from her fathers side of the family. I's been abandoned for quite some time. As her and her family settle in, Bryze discovers a magical fairyland.
Bryze was a great main character. I loved how adventurous she was. She was also very determined. One thing this story kinda lacked was importance of the characters. There were plenty of characters and they were great. But, as the story got going it seemed like the plot was all that mattered. We didn't get a chance to really get to know anyone.
This had an amazing storyline. I loved how creative it was. The story took a while to get going. So it took me awhile to get into. There wasn't a ton of action. There was a fair share of suspense. The setting was great. I loved all the fairytale aspects. Overall this was a pretty good read. It left me curious to see where it would go next.