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Akarnae

(The Medoran Chronicles #1)

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With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings's 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
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Paperback, 436 pages
Published February 1st 2015 by Pantera Press
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Kristina
Feb 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, netgalley
***Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

DNF at 24%...oops

This is the first review book I've received that I could not finish. I really, really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't happen.

My first qualm is with the writing. It is very juvenile and Alex's narration sounds more like a twelve year old's than a sixteen year old's. The portion of the book I completed in fact read much more like middle grade then young adult fiction.
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Lynette Noni
Nov 14, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Full series re-read in November 2021 - so bizarre (but amazing) to be back in this world! I forgot how much I love these characters! <3
Krystal
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
**Re-read 01/19**

Reading this for a second time was such a fun experience. I was a little cynical the first time around because I'm wary of HP rip-offs, but there's so much sass in this series it's hard for me not to fall in love.

Alex is such a fantastic protagonist. She falls into this world of magic and takes it all in her stride, going along with it, and copping crap from her new BFFs, Jordan and Bear, whenever she starts to take the magic stuff too seriously. This is a book that's not afraid
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Maria V. Snyder
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I met Lynette when I was in Australia and she is by far the sweetest person I've ever met! We were on panels together and signings at SupaNova con, which is Australia's comic con. Every time she talked about her book, I was intrigued. I finally had a chance to read it.

This is a debut novel and the characters are really well drawn and likable. The main character, Alex is transported into another universe and she's stuck there at a boarding school called Akarnae until an expert in traveling throug
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Phrynne
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I obviously enjoyed reading this one because I was very surprised to see it was 436 pages long. It seemed much shorter. Reading on Kindle can certainly fool you that way.

Anyway it was an entertaining story with likable characters and some pretty funny dialogue. I liked the world building, especially the sentient library, and was fooled totally about the identity of the Headmaster - although I did guess before Alex did. I would love to live in a world where medicine was as advanced as it was in t
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Brenda
Farewelling her parents was never easy and this time was worse than most. Heading into her new boarding school, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings sighed with resignation as the tormenting began immediately. But when she went to the headmaster’s office to fulfill the enrolment, the room she entered had an instant impact – it wasn’t a room. How did that happen? How was she in Medora? And how was she going to return to her own world?

Befriending Jordan and Bear turned out to be a savior to her san
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Read this for the book club at work and I ended up skim reading the last 100 pages because I just wasn't invested enough. If I was younger, I would have LOVED it, but there was a lot of telling instead of showing and so many things that were really similar to Harry Potter. I would definitely recommend this for younger teens! Great, funny characters and a cool idea! ...more
Claude's Bookzone (semi hiatus)
DNF at 27%

Unlike the main character, whose name I have forgotten, I can absolutely find the door out of this world. It's there *points to return button in library app*

Vaarwel, Akarnae
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❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
I rather enjoyed this book.

Let's get the minor dislikes out of the way. When Alex stumbles from one doorway into a new land, I felt she was a bit slow to determine that this was something supernatural. It was also bizarre to me that (view spoiler) One very minor pet peeve at the beginning: For a book that starts in Oregon, the author used the British spelling of the wo
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Ryan Buckby
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First Read: March 11th 2017
re-read January 20th 2018, March 3rd 2020

embrace the wonder

rating this book was an easy five stars for me because this book blew my expectations out of the water and i just devoured this book and every word on the pages. This story was a mix of Harry Potter meets x-men.

Lynette has created a world that is something that i haven't read in a long time and i was immersed in a world that i could see myself in. She has created this world thats full of detail and full
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Kezia Duah
Jan 14, 2022 rated it liked it
Maybe let’s market this book as middle grade ?
Mel (Epic Reading)
DNF @ 30%
While lot has (finally) shown up; I feel there is nothing here to keep me interested. It feels pretty much exactly like a Harry Potter fan-fic. They just changed the names and made the lead a girl. I’m sure it would be fine to finish but I just couldn’t be bothered because, for me, it’s just meh.

Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Zitong Ren
DNF at page 224.

Here I came into this book thinking that I would really like it, or in the least, enjoy it, but alas, it was not for me. I had enough of issues with the first half, that while I am semi-engaged, I have lots of other stuff that I want to read that I don’t want to be stuck on a book that I’m not liking so very much.

I did really want to actually like this, since I did like Whisper which I found to be a much better book and shows that the author has certainly gotten better at her cr
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Fanna
Jan 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 36%

I won’t judge the book on the story since I didn’t even finish it but the plot was nothing intriguing for me. There’s a doorway that led Alice into a new world which has been read and seen before (ahem, Narnia) but this supernatural occurrence fell absolutely flat when Alice came across as an illogical human being who didn’t even understand how weird this stepping into a new world is. I think she was living in a bubble, which could’ve been fine if her age was resonating with her though
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Lucette
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Uuuuuggggghhhhhhhhh I loved this idea but THE STORY TELLING WAS SO PAINFUL I'M SORRY ...more
Kristy
It's not very often that I get hooked on a book from the very first page, but this book definitely had me so. So much happened in just the first ten pages, and I found myself on the edge of my seat right from the get-go.

The story follows Alexandra 'Alex' Jennings, who is thrust into a world that is not quite her own. Alex is meant to be spending her school year at the International Exchange Academy, whilst her parents are abroad on an archeological dig. Instead, she passes through a magical doo
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K.
Trigger warnings: violence, absent parents. That's about it??

So this series has been VERY hyped in the Australian YA community in the past few years and I've always kind of half meant to read it even though it didn't sound like my kind of thing. What tipped me over the edge was the fact that this has been doing the rounds of a book recommendation group I'm in on FB and it was ALWAYS being suggested to 10-11 year old girls as a good option. And given that I *know* it's marketed as YA and that th
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Khulood
What a fascinating story!

Stepping into different worlds - check
Discovering gifts - check
Awesome friends - check
Wonderfully stable MC - check
Intriguing plot - check, check, check


At first, my mind decided to do a Harry Potter comparison, but I was pleased when it turned out to be something more. It is a mix of everything I enjoy, and I really had a wonderful time reading it.

Alex, Jordan, and Bear's friendship and adventures were great. I didn't want to stop reading, nor did I want the book to en
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Ashley
Aug 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars

God, Lynette Noni is SO TALENTED!!! Aussie author love for lifeeeeee! This was SO GOOD!!!
jammy ʕʘ̅͜ʘ̅ʔ
This novel blew me away. I was shocked. The synopsis does not, I repeat, DOES NOT do justice to the book. This is my first review, and I never intended to write one, but this book was too good of a book to miss the opportunity. Akarnae was set at a great pace, with amazing characters, in a perfect scenery. It was beautifully written and captivating the reader into the fantasy world of Medora; where there is advanced technology and gifted people. Alex; the sixteen year old protagonist, walks thro ...more
Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)
THIRD READ 05/02/19 - 5 stars

I hit one of those dreaded reading slumps when I picked this up, which means that all I'm in the mood for is incredibly cheesy and angsty romance in a fast paced book. This book has an incredibly slow burning romance that is only lightly hinted at in this book, so sadly this took me a while to get through when I'd normally fly through it. I do not fault the book for this. However much I love my romantic subplots and would love for a certain ship to have started
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Akarnae was wonderfully written and delightfully surprising, not to mention an incredibly enchanting fantasy. Alex's story begins with her parents abandonment in favour of their own adventure, leaving her at a new school without helping her settle in. Where most teens would be an emotional disaster, Alex takes it all in her stride but before she's had a chance to enroll, she's thrown into a world that is not her own.

Alex has no choice but to remain at Akarnae, with the only person who has the ab
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Darcey
I love this series so much.

Story time: Picture mini Darcey, just chilling in Dymocks, trying to use a voucher before it expired. She's found a couple books but still has some money left on the voucher, and doesn't know what to buy... so she walks over to the 'sale' section, and there are some random books she's never heard of. 'Hmm,' she thinks, 'I like the covers and they sound interesting.' So she decides to buy the first two books in the series, and from there, she's led on the most wonder
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Jemma (Aussie BookWorm)
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I had high expectations of this book and it did not disappoint! Every single thing was perfect; from the drop dead gorgeous cover to the development of some druel-worthy characters!

For my full review, check out my bookblog: http://aussiebookworm.weebly.com/
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Wayne
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. It's got a few things that didn't quite work for me especially early on. Loved the last part though so that raised it up to 4 stars. It's been a while since I finished so I'll be a bit vague on the specifics. It's also one of those books you want to go in not knowing much about I think.

The world building was a bit so so for the most part but one particular aspect changed everything for me. That location was brilliantly written and very vivid but n
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Rachael ( RachaelRexds )
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book was so magical and awesome!! review to come :D
Tilly Booth
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Upon starting this book I felt a little...lost. I honestly didn't think that this book was for me and I was thinking, "How am I going to get through all 400+ pages?". It started off with the main character, Alex, on her way to a new school. Then she's thrown into this new world and it all got kind of confusing for a little bit. It all happened so quickly that I expected the rest of the book to be like this but I was surprisingly (and happily) mistaken.

Besides the original information overload t
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Galit  Balli
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Before I will actually start the review I just wanted to say something. Do you remember the first time you read Harry Potter and you thought OMG, this how I feel about this book :) That it, just wanted to put it out there and now I can calmly go back to the review :)

Akarnae is like a great mix of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, all written in such a delightful way. I read this book 3 times now and each time I was screaming in my head “Omg… No way… Looove it.” That’s why it reminded me
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Elise (On The Bookshelves)
3.5 / 5 Stars
This book took me by surprise! I picked it because it sounded like an easy read, and it was, but I really enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Perhaps if I was a few years younger, I would have like it more, but the concept and characters were still very intriguing!

I've seen people complain about Alex as a narrator.. please show me a 16-year-old that isn't a little annoying?

Some parts were a little strange, but I suppose there's always something a little odd in fantasy books. So
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Alison
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ozya, favorites
This is now my third read-through of this series. I can't say exactly what it is that keeps me coming back other than I just love Alex as a protagonist and even though there's constant danger in this world, it's comforting to be in it. ...more
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Lynette Noni is currently Australia’s #1 YA fiction author. After studying journalism, academic writing and human behaviour at university, she finally ventured into the world of fiction. She is now a full-time writer and the bestselling author of the six-book young adult fantasy series, The Medoran Chronicles, as well as a second bestselling and award-winning duology called Whisper.

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