Monday, January 20, 2014

Book Review: Emily's House (The Akasha Chronicles #1) by Natalie Wright

Emily’s House
By Natalie Wright
Publisher: Boadicea Press
Published: November 11, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Emily Adams has special powers she doesn’t want, a spiteful aunt she can’t escape, and a primeval legacy she knows nothing about. But when an otherworldly being materializes, Emily discovers the true purpose of her magical blood and of the danger that threatens to annihilate her world. 

Dormant for over a thousand years, an ancient evil has arisen. This time, it will destroy anyone – or anything – that stands in its way. 

With her two best friends by her side, Emily risks everything and embarks on a dangerous 
journey to Ireland and beyond. As the hour of world annihilation draws near, the fate of her friends, her family and her world lies in her hands. 

Can a teenage girl without hero credentials save the world? And will Emily find the courage to face her true self in Emily’s House? 

Join the Journey . . . 

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My Thoughts:
This novel is deeply steeped in Celtic mythology and Eastern religions. It is an original work about a young teenage girl who discovers she is the descendent of a high priestess and she is needed to save the world from an ancient evil that has arisen again. She must travel to Ireland and enter another dimension to train her magickal skills in order to defeat him.
The story starts off with us learning about Emily’s situation in the real world. It is a situation that many can relate to. She had lost her mother to illness when she was just seven, and was at her deathbed when she died. Since that time, her dad has not been the same since then – she calls him Zombie-man. Her aunt has come to live with them to care for her but she is abusive – physically, emotionally and mentally. Emily is very afraid of her and has become a timid, withdrawn child. She is also bullied at school. She is definitely not hero material.
Fortunately, she has two friends – Fanny and Jake, who stick with her through thick and thin. These two friends take off to Ireland with Emily when she is given her mission from Hindergog, a funny-looking creature that appears to her as a hologram and explains her origins to her, convincing her of who she is.
In the second part of the book, Emily enters Netherworld and meets different masters who train her in various skills such as meditation, space-time transportation, and fighting skills. Through the lessons, Emily learns more about who she is and begins to develop confidence in herself.
In the meantime, far to the north, Dughall, the embodiment of pure evil awakens and makes his way to CERN, where the Large Hadron Collider is located and where he intends to create a portal to Netherworld.
This was an engaging book to read, good battling evil. I found the theory of how Emily was able to stop the black hole from destroying the earth interesting, but definitely on the fantasy side. I thought the book was well laid out, and the history of events leading up to Emily’s time was told in a way that held the reader’s interest.
I liked that when Emily’s dad snapped out of his grieving for his wife, he became the father that he really was, loving and caring and concerned for Emily. I felt kind of bad for her that it took him so long to get himself together to be there for her, especially when his sister was being so cruel to his daughter.
I thought that the characters were fairly realistic. I liked most of them. I didn’t really care for the teachings about meditation and emptying your mind though. Most of the lessons that Emily learns in the Netherworld are related to Eastern religions and cults. Ms. Wright seems to have done a fair bit of background research into her topic and this helps make the story flow without inconsistencies.
 This book was a very captivating read and so I gave it four stars out of five.

Thank you to the author, Natalie Wright who provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:
Natalie is the author of The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. When not writing, blogging, Facebooking, Tweeting, Wattpadding or eating chocolate, Natalie nurtures her young daughter, feeds her dog too many treats, and can't resist watching Ancient Aliens, no matter how absurd the show becomes.
Natalie spent her formative years on a farm in Ohio living in a creaky old farmhouse, gathering natural clay and crawdads from the creek, and using the moss growing on the rocks in the woods as a carpet for her Barbie dolls. It was a fertile environment for an active imagination and an inquisitive mind.
Natalie enjoys travel, good wine, and excellent food shared with family and friends. She is, however, a city girl at heart and vows never to live anyplace for long where she can’t get take-out food delivered to her door. Natalie finds inspiration in travels and the desert environment of her home in Tucson, Arizona where she lives with her husband, young daughter and her dog Molly.
"Books are my friends, ideas my passion."
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  1. Great review! I'll be sure to put this book on my to read list.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the review. I'd love to hear how you enjoyed the book.

    2. Thanks for stopping by today, Bethany, and I do hope you'll check out The Akasha Chronicles :-)

  2. Thank you for your fair and thoughtful review :-)