First of all, let me thank MythMachine and Brianne Earhart for the chance to read and review this book: Secrets of Moldara.
As always, these thoughts are my own. This review is spoiler-free and no main plot points are revealed.
I give this story 3.75 stars.
CIRCLE THE MOON AND CROSS THE TIDE
BEYOND THE WATERFALLS, PROTECTORS HIDE
LEAVE THE LAST SECRET AT THEIR DOOR
AND THEY WILL DEFEND YOU EVERMORE
The woods around Lotty’s childhood home are filling up with dangerous people. Her grandmother’s death has brought the family back from Chicago and triggered a secret Lotty was never meant to face alone. Guided by a desire to finally solve her Grandpa’s disappearance, Lotty has enlisted the help of farm hands that are keeping their own deadly secrets. Together they will have to learn to trust again, relying on each other’s will to fight, if they are going to survive the truth that waits for them all in Moldara.
Twilight Meets Game of Thrones
Now, I’ve never actually read either Twilight, nor have I read Game of Thrones, but I feel like this story stands on its own two feet and doesn’t need qualifiers like that. It’s a contemporary fantasy + mystery + romance + skullduggery novel that I wasn’t quite sold on at first, but as I read on, I found myself needing to know more. I was surprised at the nuances in the worldbuilding, and I liked Lotty as the main character. She’s plucky, if a little reckless, and resourceful.
I did find that none of the characters actually acted their ages. Lotty is supposed to be 17, and all the supporting characters are a similar age, but they’re sincerely unconvincing. If Lotty had been a senior in college, so say 22-24, I could have believed her. She doesn’t talk, think, or behave like a teenager, and neither do the three ‘farmboys’. This gif is honestly the only thing I pictured when I read about the ‘farm boys’, since the main one, Roah, is apparently very handsome and fights jousts in Ren Faires.
If you loved Princess Bride… Secrets of Moldara is for you.
Now that I think about it, there are quite a few things that remind me of this timeless classic.
Lotty’s grandfather has left her clues to something– what, she’s not sure. With the help of three ‘foreign exchange students’/ ‘farm boys’, she’s mysteriously attacked in the woods, finds a mysterious lantern that doesn’t go out, and discovers that maybe all those make-believe tales her grandfather told to her at bedtime– were real.
I enjoyed the mystery, the danger, the strong female portrayal (and the daring rescues), and the thrill of unanswered questions.
This book is gorgeous, it’s sweet (if a little heavy on the romance) and full of adventure. I’m eager to read the second volume: Blood of Moldara, coming out in May. Best of all, if you buy it through this link, it’s cheaper than picking it up on Amazon. Check it out.
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