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Book One: The Medoran Chronicles
Akarnae by Lynette Noni – best-selling young adult fantasy series,The Medoran Chronicles.
EMBRACE THE WONDER.
With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’ world changes – literally.
Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities.
Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.
While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.
An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?
Will Alex risk her entire world – and maybe even her life – to save Medora?
Emerging dream-weaver Lynette Noni offers a fresh approach to the popular YA fantasy genre. With a recent YA focus on brutal dystopias, this narrative is full of youthful surprise yet offers difficult physical challenges, emotional consequences and magical foundations alongside a protagonist who has to work hard to realise her inner strengths. Adolescents embarking on their own overwhelming transitions – starting high school, completing studies or entering the work force – will easily relate to Alex and the tough decisions she has to make.
‘Entertaining, magical, and positively delightful, Lynette Noni’s Akarnae is a very promising introduction to the Medoran Chronicles. The possibilities are endless for Akarnae, and fantasy fans will surely not want to miss reading this YA debut.’
‘I adored every single thing about this book…every single moment I could be reading, I was!! The only bad thing I have to say is … I hate waiting for sure-to-be-amazing sequels! If you liked Harry Potter and Narnia, you’ll LOVE this!’
‘I really liked this book…Now you can go find it, tell your friends about it and then, this is the really important part, after you read it tell me so we can sit down and talk about all the things that make it awesome!’
‘Alex was one of those characters you just had to like…I am really looking forward to book two…Akarnae was a really fun read and I recommend it, especially if you like stories set in alternate worlds.’
‘… natural and humorous…cool and scary…good fun and a solid recommendation for YA readers.’
‘The writing is descriptive and understandable and the characters arevery entertaining…an excellent read for those who are…fans of Harry Potter. If you are, you will not be disappointed with this read!’
‘…truly a wonderful YA novel. I enjoyed every minute…This magical story will pull you in and have you turning pages to the very end. Akarnae is the perfect introduction to the Medoran Chronicles.’
‘I enjoyed this from the first page. I found myself lured into the story and I really loved the journey from beginning to end…There is a lot of promise in this novel and however it goes, I can’t wait to see where this story heads next.’
Crash My Book Party
‘I loved this…it was incredible. Lynette Noni has a great writing style… I recommend this wonderful novel for people aged 10-20 and fans of Young Adult Fantasy as well as fans of the Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. READ THIS BOOK.’
‘Akarnae by Lynette Noni is truly a wonderful young adult fantasy novel… a wonderfully enjoyable read… I can hardly wait to see what awaits Alex and her friends next!’
‘I found myself really getting into this story and being eager to find out what we would discover next…Akarnae is a lot of fun to read, and when Lynette Noni brings out the next installment in The Medoran Chronicles, I’ll certainly be reading that too.’
‘Akarnae ticks all the boxes for a book of this genre — awkward heroine filled with teenage angst, is placed outside her comfort zone developing her strengths and embracing her individuality.’
‘Akarnae weaves a tale of magic, intrigue, fantasy, hidden secrets and fun that enraptures and delights, hooking you from page one and leaving you screaming for more at the end…’
Blendys Read It
‘…an engaging book…elements of the Harry Potter saga, the Narnia chronicle and the X-men franchise, but they fit neatly into the story and, when it comes to sheer inventiveness, the book would satisfy any fantasy devotee.’
‘…like the Hunger Games, and Divergent series [Akarnae] also excels by having a strong female lead. As the father of a young girl I am always pleased to see books that have strong female characters – not just the ‘side-kick’/ love interest.’
‘Lynette Noni created a fascinating world. It made me want to find my own door, discover Medora, and enroll at Akarnae…As Alex learns, “Embrace the wonder.” I know I did.’
Words Have The Power
‘The world that Alex has stumbled into is fascinating…there’s the library. This was just magical…I kept wanting to read this book, and was sad when I was done…Well done Lynette, and I’m looking forward to the next one!’
‘The only problem I had with this book is that I couldn’t sit down and just read it—it was that good—and escape into another world entirely. Fans of Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia, will dive right into to this story of a charming trio.’
A Leisure Moment
‘It sweeps you up and doesn’t let you go until the last page. This book is full of lovable characters that I can’t wait to see more of and adventure that I couldn’t get enough of. Overall an amazing book!’
‘Akarnae is everyone’s dream come true… Lynette Noni created a world where I really, really, wanted to go.’
‘Akarnae kept me up well into the night as it was so hard to put down and I found myself needing to know what was to happen next…A very entertaining read.’
Sharons Book Nook
‘A whimsical fantasy tale full of adventure and friendship, Akarnae is vividly descriptive, exciting and will leave you raring for more! Akarnae has it all.’
The Rest is Still Unwritten
‘If you’ve been longing for more adventure of a magical kind, one that is a quick and easy read and able to keep you engaged and entertained, then I highly recommend you go ahead and ’embrace the wonder’.’
A Book Muster Down Under
‘…a job well done by Lynette Noni, and I am anticipating the subsequent books in the series to find out what happens to Alex and her friends at Akarnae and in Medora.’
‘I didn’t want to stop reading, nor did I want the book to end. Lynette Noni built a fantastic world and combined it with a kick-ass plot. I recommend reading this book… A definite must read.’
‘What an amazing story! I finished the book in about 2.5 hours. I just couldn’t put it down! I really recommend this book if you are looking for a quick fantasy read. I am really looking forward to reading the next book, Raelia!’
Frannie in the Pages
‘I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Anyone who enjoys fantasy and science fiction will fall in love with the world and characters that Lynette Noni has so lovingly created.’
‘I really liked this book and had a hard time putting it down. That is not exactly a good thing when I have to get up early in the morning to go to work. It is great and the cover is gorgeous!’
‘From the beginning I was sucked into the world and couldn’t put it down. I can’t exactly say what it was, the characters, the plot or Lynette Noni’s beautiful writing… I’ll definitely be reading the sequel!’
‘I read this book cover to cover, I enjoyed every single second of it! I can’t wait for the next in the series!’
‘This book does exactly what it should do – transport you to another magical world, fills you with adventure and humour and friendship and lets you escape reality for a while.’
‘The world building is well done and rich in details. I recommend Akarnae‘
‘Akarnae sets high expectations for The Medoran Chronicles…’
‘Akarnae is like all your favorite parts of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of The Rings, and X-Men all rolled into one delightfully charming package… Lynette Noni’s world-building is spectacular.’
“Lynette Noni created a fascinating world. It made me want to find my own door, discover Medora, and enroll at Akarnae…And the dialogue? I’m a sucker for witty banter, and this book had that and more!’
‘For me the story was very fast pace reading and the only thing that tore my heart out is that I need to wait for the second book. Now that’s painful… Lynette writes the story so well and it seems so perfect and effortless, beautiful.’
‘Akarnae is a sweeping epic, fascinating from cover to cover, and a treasure for connoisseurs of the genre. Highly recommended.’
‘Her writing is simplistic yet beautiful, and she constructs the world of Medora so eloquently that the reader is pulled in from the first page… sure to take pleasure in the fast-paced action and futuristic technology that Noni describes.’
‘The world of Medora was complex and completely inviting. I loved learning all the magic and technologies of the world. It all made perfect sense and always left me wanting more.’
‘I really, really, really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and different…I found myself laughing out loud…’
‘I was fascinated by the idea and will happily keep reading just to hear more about the Library! [Lynette Noni] has created a fascinating world that is well worth checking out. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next’
‘A bit of a mix between Harry Potter, X-Men and Narnia… I haven’t quite settled on a rating for this one yet but I think it’s gonna be somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars… But basically it was a lot of fun, I really like the world.”
’10/10. BLEW MY MIND!… Akarnae is an amazing high fantasy adventure with hilarious little perks, amazing magic… awesome bad-ass scenes, an awesome library and so much more.’
‘Akarnae was wonderfully written, a mild fantasy that is not only entertaining but engaging. Reminiscent of Harry Potter, fans of light fantasy will enjoy this series, especially the younger teen audience. Looking forward to book two and seeing where debut author Lynette Noni takes the series. Thoroughly enjoyed it.’
‘… an amazing adventure… If you liked Narnia and Harry Potter, I’m sure this will soon become a series you’ll wait for in the future.’
“The story is interesting, holds mystery and adventure, is super fun and really goes all out with the imagination… a huge thumbs up for me”
‘… pleasantly surprised and happy about this book. It’s super clean and doesn’t have any ‘insta-love’… a great book for the younger crowd’
‘I was absorbed into this magical world and I just could not put the book down… if you enjoy a magical fantasy book, with great characters, and friendships, with the hint of humour too, then this is the book for you”
“a fun read…I am fascinated by the world of Medora where ‘magic’ and technology are blended harmoniously and though the world appears to be at peace, there is evil lurking underneath the veil.”
This book fulfils every teens dream!… enjoyable and lively… I highly recommend it if you are a fan of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia or anything like those stories.