Published Date: October 17th, 2011
Finished Date: January 26th, 2012
Source: For Review
The Blurb from Goodreads: Meet Kiera, a pretty, intelligent, and talented girl, brought up by her uncle, and abandoned by her parents. Life is as normal as she believes it to be, apart from the deep ache inside her, telling her she’s different. For years, Kiera had dreams where she ventures into a different reality. She’s not alone; a presence is always there, keeping her safe, yet she feels vulnerable, and hunted. Zakk, Prince of Zantar, is under the Witch Queen’s spell as she tries to take over his world. He crosses paths with Kiera, and their fates are entwined. As their journey unravels, she learns that she is not the only one affected by this prince. Who is on her side? Will she find out why she has been chosen? How can someone so young, defeat such evil? Will she find the strength to save the ones closest to her? Will this be Kiera’s only Quest?
The Review: Kiera is a teen girl whose life revolves around school, blading, singing, friends and working in her Uncles’ shop. She has also always had dreams in which she is feels as if someone is watching her, stalking her but at the same time feels a protective presence too (if it wasn’t for that she doubts she would sleep at all) in these dreams she sees another world ruled by an evil, witch queen. These dreams take on a whole new meaning when she finds a strange doll in her Uncles’ toy shop, with a cool ring that she just must have. The doll starts talking to her, she is drawn to it and becomes protective of it. It starts to interfere with her life, spilling over into her school life and people begin to think she has lost her mind as the line between her real world and dream world gets crossed. Kiera knows she isn’t losing it but who will believe her? Who can she trust?
This was a great, fun, easy read that I enjoyed a lot. There was a lot packed into such a short book which meant the plot was always on the go with something new to be found in each and every chapter, plus it only took a couple of hours to read. I liked the characters, particularly Kiera. She was fun loving with a good attitude towards life which came across as she went along on her quest. She did come across a little lonely even with her friends around her but she had always felt different so it was nice to see her come into her own. It’s kind of hard to explain what I thought of her without giving anything away because the events obviously build her character. I always feel with books this size that we only get a glimpse of the characters, worlds etc. and I tend to see them as teaser books. The whole thing did make an impact, I really enjoyed it and yes, it did leave me wanting more as they usually do. Book two is set up by the ending and I look forward to reading more about Kiera and the new world she has stumbled upon, it has opened up lots of questions that I really need answering. So, this is short & sweet but jam-packed with fun, cool characters and a new world for you to discover in this whirlwind fantasy adventure. Go read it!