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Coins of Power by J.A. Lesley
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Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

Every five years, Paige's Aunt Ella sends her a mysterious object on her birthday. So far, she's sent her a coin and a puzzle box. This year, for her 15th birthday, her present is another mysterious box and a letter in rhyme.

The next day at school, Paige meets Cameron, a boy whose family has passed the rhyme and an ancient coin and staff down for many generations. All he knows is that Paige's gifts and his objects are somehow connected.

When Paige and her best friend, along with Cameron, set out to research the mythology behind the objects, they discover a myth regarding an evil being named Balor who seeks three coins and a staff in order to fulfill an evil purpose. If he gains all four objects, the world is doomed. The prophecy, however, speaks of a group of three who will be able to wield them and defeat him.

As the three begin trying to solve Ella's riddle in order to stop Balor, scary things start happening around town. Cameron's house is broken into and his coin is stolen, people start getting attacked near the water, and a strange, rotting fish smell keeps appearing along with a dark shadow that keeps popping up wherever they go. Can the three friends find a way to get the coins, manipulate their powers, and defeat Balor?

COINS OF POWER is a fun, quick read, especially for reluctant readers. The characters are likable and well-developed, and the plot is complex and does a great job of holding the reader's interest. With the possibility of a sequel evident, those who like fantasy, adventure, and mystery will all enjoy reading this book - and will want to read more.
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