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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 13th 2014 by Patchwork Press (first published April 12th 2014)
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Sep 30, 2014 added it
Shelves: gorgeous-covers
guys. I may have not read this book, but this is the most DROP DEAD GORGEOUS COVER I HAVE EVER EVER SEEN IN MY LYFE.

This Book Wins #1ST PLACE for:
The Most Beautifulest Book Cover that has EVER EXISTED ON THE PLANET.
I'm not judging the model on the cover, it's just the backdrop and lighting and everything. it's magical....
Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
Originally posted at Geeky Chiquitas

When I first laid my eyes on this book, I had to catch my breath. This is one of the most beautiful book covers ever - and I am not talking about the model! The lighting, the setting, backdrop and the colors all perfectly mesh together to capture the essence of what this whole book is about. The cover is enticing and just simply magical and jaw-dropping.

Sadly, the book didn't exactly live up to my oohh-what-a-pretty-cover-so-this-book-should-also-be-good expec
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sooo I loved this book. Did I say love? Yes, yes I did. This book makes me want to travel to the Bermuda Triangle and hope it transports me to another world. Okay, maybe a bit much, but really… The book was a little fast paced but Silver was still able to keep all the details needed to paint a scourge laden picture.
Full review: http://abibliophobictendencies.wordpr...
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Lil has this strange dream that she had been transported to a different world, world that mirrored her own but was different in so many ways. In this new other world Lil meets her doppelganger Willow who has the ability to travel between the two worlds. The dream seems so real to Lil but everything that she has been taught tells her that this other world is not real.

But she meets this guy Rawlie who takes her to this other
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-read-books
Ruth Silver is one of my favorite authors, her books are always well paced, original, and beautifully written. She also happens to be the author of one of my favorite dystopian series, Aberrant. Check out my review here: Aberrant

Orenda is a book full of fantasy and adventure. I have been getting tired of dystopian so Orenda was a breath of fresh air. There is romance, adventure, tough decisions, and some strong heroines (Lil and Willow). The idea of a parallel universe is always intriguing to me
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent YA fantasy with a little twist of Greek Mythology squeezed in!

The characters are wonderfully written, and quite the cast! Although this is just the introduction, you get to know important facts about each person, or creature, involved. There’s a hint of romance, and a great deal of heartbreak involved. These kids seemed somewhat naive, but brave, and I was impressed with the compassion they showed each other. Lil and Bray were exposed to different sides of Orenda during thei
Kristen Cansler
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-review, r2r
Whoa! I really enjoyed Ruth Silver's Dead Girl Walking, so I was excited to have the chance to read another one of her works. Fantasy has always been a genre that I have a lot of love for, but can get easily bored with. Orenda never presented that problem! It was so fast paced and engaging that I was absolutely absorbed!

This book is brimming with adventure and unexpected twists and turns. All of the characters, even the evil sorceress, were so well thought out and I enjoyed them all immensely
Danielle Peace
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the settings and characters of Orenda. Ruth Silver does a very good job setting up the different personalities and changing the view point so you get a feel for everything that is happening. I wish she had taken some more time explaining the differences and mystic side of Orenda. I really hope she gives more detailing in the next book. It's a fascinating concept. My main complaint is pacing and I'm not entirely sure what was happening romance wise. It's hard to describe with ...more
T.H. Hernandez
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Lil discovers an alternate world similar to her own, including Willow, Lil's very own doppelganger. In Orenda, Willow has a younger brother, Jamie, the same age as Lil's younger sister, Jamey. But that's not where the weirdness ends. When Lil accidentally ends up in Orenda, and her best friend, Bray, comes looking for her, her life becomes a nightmare. She's forced to rescue Willow and Bray from an evil sorceress who brought about the Scourge to Orenda and plans on doing the same in Lil's world. ...more
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I bought my own copy of this book and reviewed it for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

Love fantasy? Love epicness? How about parallel worlds? Then Orenda will be right up your alley. One of my bookish goals is reading all of Ruth Silver's books, and this is my second one by her. I recently read Dead Girl Walking and loved it. I'm happy to find out Orenda is the first in a series - when I initially added it to my to-be-read list, I thought it was a standalone - and after reading it
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Note: I do not recommend this book to anyone who avoids reading stories that contain inappropriate content (kissing, etc.). There are people whose religious beliefs have given them a deeper understanding of how two people, who are not married, should act. I had to mention that because I am one of them.

Orenda has reminded of the reason why I am a fan of Ruth Silver’s: dull moments do not exist in her works! She does not exaggerate things and yet she manages to leave her readers wanting for more.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Orenda is about a girl named Willow, or Lil as she prefers to be called. She has a strange dream and starts seeing people from her dream around town. Eventually she goes with one of them and learns a parallel world exists. It's similar to ours except for the presence of magic. Lil learns that a demonic sorceress is destroying this world and is seeking to do the same to our world. Lil has to work with her new friends to find a spell book before the evil sorceress does or Earth is doomed.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant writing! Orenda was a breath of fresh air on the fantasy genre. I'm not always a fan of fantasy stories. For me, they're hit or miss. Too often they're slow to build up the plot, with too much information thrown at us in terms of world building. Orenda was nothing like the other fantasy novels I've ever read.

The story follows the girl Lil as she's thrown while sleeping form a dream into a parallel world. When she wakes up, Lil discovers that it might not have been a dream, but doesn't
Kirsty Bicknell
Orenda has a cover which makes me gasp because of its beauty, though unfortunately this time the story failed to capture me in its magic.
I have been a fan of Ruth Silver since reading Aberrant and previously her stories have been rich in description, with vivid and interesting characters. In Orenda, however, her writing style seems different and in my opinion, her characters are mostly one-dimensional. Though the plot moves quickly, events and their repercussions are not fully explained.
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Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cover art - 5 stars

Plot - 5 stars The perfect novel for middle grade and teen readers. Easy to get into, but not too basic to be considered boring. There were lots of twists and a huge revelation that I'm confident no one saw coming.

Pacing - 5 stars. Constantly felt like something was happening. I always wanted to turn to the next page. The chapters are considerably long for a middle grade book, so maybe young adult is better suited for Orenda. Either way, it was well-paced. The chapters didn't
Sandra Stiles
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the author’s Aberrant series so I figured I would like this series. I was not disappointed. I absolutely loved the idea of alternate worlds. I am not so sure I would like to meet my doppleganger though. For me most fantasy authors spend so much time building their world that I get lost. There is more world building than plot. Ruth gave just enough about Orenda to keep me interested. I look forward to seeing what else I learn about this world in the next book in the series. I believe th ...more
United Indie Book Blog
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Orenda (Orenda #1)

Want to start of by saying the cover art was magical !

The world of Orenda seems frightening yet magical and because of the " dream travelling" I had a bit of an Avatar feel to the story :)

I found the characters well portrayed and each one's point of view is brought across.

After reading Orenda I was pondering on the possibilities of a "parallel universe" and what coukd happen in my dreams !

Reviewed by Heidi
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Wow! Orenda is definitely not what I expected. I enjoyed the multi-world and the multiple POV's. All around a cute fast paced story that I read in one sitting. I felt all the characters had great personalities that stood out from one another. While some of the story felt rushed I honestly didn't mind much. Orenda was an amazing place and I can't wait to see what happens next.
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Cyndi  Flores
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really like fantasy type books, and this was no exception, great read and a great world "orenda" is a world you will not forget.
Ashley Jellison
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it
*Originally posted at The Word at My Fingertips

All right, I have to be totally honest in my review. Even if it kills me.

So this book had so much potential in my eyes. Seriously. A bunch. I was dying to read it right when I got the email and I was so ecstatic to be chosen to review. But honestly? I could have passed this one and been okay.

It's not that the book wasn't good; it was. It just had some huge things that irked me to no end. That being said, I really really enjoyed the plot. It is such
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
My thoughts...

Lil is from Earth while Willow is from Orenda, a world where everything that is labeled as a fairytale has come true. Lil has been abducted by a boy from Orenda because he believes she can save Willow from a demon sorceress, but Lil doesn’t believe in herself to survive this conquest till she found out they have her best friend in the demon castle trapped alongside Willow. She can’t back out now knowing that Bray might die because fear found its way into her life.

Her r
June Pace
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I love the premise of this story, the idea of parallel worlds is very intriguing to me, I was really looking forward to someone else's take on the idea. Plus the cover of this book truly grabbed my attention…I was very excited to begin this adventure. It's actually the first time I've considered reviewing a book…that's how much I loved what I saw and read in the synopsis.

The mystery begins on a good note, the characters are believable and the general theme of the book is inviting, it's all excit

Review copy provided by author.

A plot speaking of parallel words, dark forces, magic and action and an equally intriguing cover, consisting of what I assume is the sacred springs, is why I decided to request a review copy for this book.

While concept-wise, this book is amazing, the fault lies in how it was executed. The world-building, for instance, could have done great things by itself, but it was pretty much lacking. Or rather, absent. We are told what
Ashley Ferguson
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

The synopsis of this book sounds really fantastic. Parallel worlds, doppelgangers, magic, sword-fighting... it sounds like it has everything for the makings of a great fantasy book! And while all of the parts are there, I felt like the execution was a little bit off. I still thoroughly enjoyed Orenda and will be coming back for more (Elfinland comes out soon! I hope!), but there were parts of this book that just didn't mesh well fo
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good book, I had some trouble reading it, but all in all, I enjoyed it!

Full Review from Blog:
This was a pretty good book. I had issues with it, like sometimes the phrasing felt off, or things were explained in a way that I could understand, like I'd have some questions and it felt like I shouldn't have them, or the characters spoke weird for their ages, or for the times, though admittedly, it is a mulitverse series, with differences, but it was still annoying! My problem, is that I wanted to kno
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Orenda is a unique new fantasy novel, set in a parallel universe. The descriptions describes it well, so I'm just going to get right down to my review.

The negatives:

Not enough character development.
While I enjoyed this book, I never quite connected with the characters for some reason. In the beginning, we have a good friendship that's developed between Lil and her best friend Bray that seems like it might develop i
Kristelle Elaine
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a digital copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All are my own opinion and is not compensated by any individual, organization, or company. This might contain minor spoilers.

It is beautiful!

I personally think that the book cover of this book is so gorgeous. Aside from that, I also believe that the world of Orenda is bound to be so mystical and beautiful. I only hope that the author gives more discrete personality to the world she
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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 younger sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even ...more
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Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.

She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first no

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