Review — Orenda by Ruth Silver

ReviewI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.



Goodreads Summary:

Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action- packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.(


My Thoughts:

I was really excited to read this book because the cover is gorgeous, and I love books about other worlds and the Fae  I totally judge books by their covers.  This is frowned upon, I know, but most of the time, if I like the cover I will buy the book, without hearing anything about it.  I don’t like to read the backs of the books, so usually the cover is the only thing I go on, unless someone has told me great things about a book.  Unfortunately I couldn’t get into this book.  I didn’t connect with any of the characters.  I felt like the story moved at a fast pace, but that nothing really happened.  It seemed to jump from scene to scene, with little to no action.   Issues with Eilith (the demon sorcerer) seemed to resolve themselves without any help from the heroes in the story.  Lil is the main character in the book along with Willow her counterpart in the other world Orenda.  I did not like how their family was the only one who had a doppelganger in the other world. Jamie is a boy in Orenda and Jamey is a girl in the real world.  Why wasn’t Willow also a boy?  I just found it to be silly. I also didn’t understand Lil & Hudson’s romance?  When she first meets him he seems like a big jerk, then suddenly they are interested in each other?  I missed something there.   Also it seemed like Lil and Bray immediately believed everything that was happening (evil sorcerer’s parallel worlds,  a doppelganger) without questioning any of it.  They were just like oh, I’m in a castle, ok.  Oh there is another universe, ok. This just seemed ridiculous to me. I feel like Orenda could have been really cool, but it needed more.  The world needed to be described more, the characters needed more personality, the villain needed to be more wicked.  Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book.


Do you judge books by their covers?


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