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Sora's Quest

(The Cat's Eye Chronicles #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  5,121 ratings  ·  444 reviews
Librarian's note: This is an Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B007V5XND8.

A noblewoman, an assassin, and a soul-stealing necklace....

Sora planned on running away from her wedding, but she never expected to be kidnapped! Dumped into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore, she finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published February 20th 2017 by Runaway Pen (first published April 18th 2012)
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Katherine It is extremely well paced within the series, the first book offering subtle, sweet moments that are realistic and understandable. However, keep readi…moreIt is extremely well paced within the series, the first book offering subtle, sweet moments that are realistic and understandable. However, keep reading and trust me when I say, you will keel over from the adorable-ness (is that a word? :D) that books 2,3,4 offer ;)(less)
Lise Well, it has been some time since I read it but I can tell you that there is no "sex" scene or anything, kisses okey but it isn't that that will preve…moreWell, it has been some time since I read it but I can tell you that there is no "sex" scene or anything, kisses okey but it isn't that that will prevent anyone from reading this book. However, there can be some scenes of violence with blood and all... The plot isn't really complicated so I don't think that it should be a problem..
So I would say that it would be for around 15/+ ;)

P.S. : this answer isn't only for Sora's quest but also count for the other books:)(less)

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Norah Una Sumner
3.5 stars

Meh. Everything about this book was a serious meh. But hey, it's free on Amazon so I'm not going to bitch about it! But my biggest problem was that the only character I got attached to was Dorian. I know, I know, that didn't turn out quite as I was hoping to. Crash and Sora were both really decent. I wasn't annoyed with them but they didn't make me feel anything. I just didn't care for them. Burn, on the other hand, is a really great character and I liked him a lot as well. I got really

FREE on Amazon!

I've been having a little trouble lately finding books that manage to keep me entertained throughout. I wouldn't exactly call it a book slump, but I've definitely been easier to please.
Which is why I've been doing some re-reads of books I really enjoyed in the past, one of which is Sora's Quest by T.L. Shreffler, and I feel like I should finally do a review of it.

I really am not into High Fantasy. Stories of that genre have the tendency to be too abstract for my simple little mind
T.M. Smith
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying, Cover LOVE! The story did not disappoint, I was jerked in from the first page and, before I knew it, I was screaming at my Kindle because I’d come to the end. The writing and the story are completely original and, although you’re just reading the story, it will seem as though you’ve been swept away and dropped into the middle of Sora’s world; Shreffler is just that good a writer. Her characters embody realism, depth and courage.

Crash (AKA Viper) stole the book for me thou
Ornella (Nyx)
I guess you could say I had high expectations for this series. It's a fantasy, there is an assassin involved. I was sold from the get-go. The raving reviews just solidified my resolve to read this. I was expecting it to be awesome. It wasn't.

It wasn't bad, but I wanted better. Let me break it down so I can make it easier.

World-building (3.5/5): It wasn't as lush and detailed as it could be/wanted it to be, but it was more than decent enough. We get told of different races, the War of the Races,
Minni Mouse
Free Ebook on Amazon? Sure, why not. Fast-paced? Sure. Entertaining? Sure. Did I skim over the paragraphs? Sure. Did I think it was just all right and nothing terribly good or bad? Yes.

Would I give the sequel a try? Yes, because I'm hoping for more action and explanation.

Did I understand the Wulvies? Not one bit. So...they're elves...but werewolves?

And is that a naked Sora on the cover...?
Eli Hinze

I have a weird relationship with this book. My affection for it is split along a very clear divide. There’s the first 80% of the book, which I’ll review in one chunk, and then the remaining 20%, which I will also review in its own separate chunk.

So, let’s take a look at the first 80%.

For the first 80% of the book I really wasn’t feeling it. It read more like a middle grade book to me. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with middle grade, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I didn’t feel a hug
Kalla [A Bookish Nerd]
I actually liked this.

I'll admit that I didn't have high expectations going into this book despite the raving reviews. I didn't like the cover despite the gorgeous girl. I didn't like the blurb, either, despite the fact that it wasn't horrendous. I don't know what my problem was. I just didn't think I would like it.

I was wrong.

The characters each had their own personalities that made them unique. The plot was easy enough to follow, but it was also very intricate. The time era in this book was
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-indie
Check out more reviews, discussions, lists and fan art at Booked til Tuesday.

My experiences with self-published works vary from good to bad to ugly. Luckily, this is one of the "good." I downloaded it to my Nook on a whim, read it during a crazy reading mood, and was pleased to find a good old fashioned fantasy adventure with danger, magic and killer cat people.

What I Liked:
I want more information on the world and the magic system, but I'm pretty happy with the little I've seen.

The characters gr
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sora's Quest was such a fun read! During the whole time I was reading this, I felt like I was whisked away to a brand new world with endless possibilities of adventures and wonders.

I really liked the world building, especially the mythology and all the different races. I also loved the way how magic was perceived in this book, how it was mysterious and powerful and even dangerous. The only problem for me was that I wish there was more world building! I wanted to actually experience the different
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/4.5 stars.

This was surprisingly good.

Sora's Quest follows a band of misfit characters on a journey... my favourite type of story, speckled with a fantasy background.

Sora is a second tier noblewoman, although without a place in high society as rumours swirl speculating on her legitimacy. Crash is an unfeeling assassin who knows his purpose and gets the job done. Dorian, cheeky and charismatic, the giver of comedic relief. And Burn, the mediator and giant teddy bear who I adored in their mini c
The Captain
Nov 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandon-ship
It is time to abandon ship me mateys!

I heard about this novel from Angela @ pooled ink who wrote a raving review. In fact, the review was so exuberant in its praise, that I immediately went and downloaded the novel, which was available for free on Amazon.

Now I had issues with this novel at the start. I didn’t like the prologue. But I thought to meself, “well, we are obviously not supposed to like the bad guy.” So I kept going. Then the novel proper started and we were introduced to the heroine.


I once again find myself with an unpopular opinion. 😔

Sora irks me to no end. I normally enjoyed reading about flawed heroine but nothing about her is likable. (view spoiler) She is so self-absorbed and whiny. I can't reca
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Sora is not happy that her father is marrying her to a stranger, so she plans to run away. However before she can, her father is murdered and she is kidnaped by the assassin and a thief of a thought long extinct magical race called wolfies. However Sora is wearing a Cat’s Eye, a necklace that can protect her, which might help her complete her quest.

This is a YA fantasy book which is usually my favourite type of boo
Here is the book that got me obsessed with reading again! I've gone awhile without finding a series that I could really love. This is going on my favorite books ever shelf. I read all 4 books in 5 days because it was so danged good.

This book has a fantasy/paranormal feel to it. The main character (Sora) is a noble that wants to run away from her terrible father. Sora's father is murdered on the same night that she planned to run away. She ends up being kidnapped by the same person that murdered
Intisar Khanani
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**This is a review of the newly revised edition, released March 2013

About to be put on display to attract a suitor (i.e. the highest bidder), Sora decides to run away directly after her dance performance. Unfortunately for her, she's not the only one planning something: an assassin crashes the performance and kills her father. Fleeing in the ensuing chaos, Sora manages to escape the chaos, only to run into (quite literally) the assassin. Since he can't afford for her to blow his cover, he takes
3.5-4 STARS

PLOT - 4

I LOVED IT. The main female character was a bit annoying at times especially in the beginning, but it's bearable. I immensely enjoyed the adventure (oh, how I missed reading books like this!) and totally had a hard time putting the book down. I also loved the non-existent slash barely-there romance (I'm a sucker for anything subtle but powerful). No offense, but I think the cover/covers didn't do this series
Apr 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

I'm just too irritated by the main character.
The story has so much potential. I think it would have been prefect if Sarah J. Maas or Julie Kagawa had written it.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This masterpiece 😭😭😭😭
The ending
The characters (I swear the author intentionally named them Crash and Burn)
No time for a review I'm busy ATM but lsekrkjdjdjfd
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
Sora's Quest is one of the very few books I've read where my thoughts on it changed dramatically throughout the book. The beginning hooked me and had promise but as the book continued it lost me a bit. At one part it reminded me a bit of The Day of First Sun, a novel that I really didn't enjoy, however, I'm really happy I didn't give up on Sora's Quest as in the end I really enjoyed it.

What I liked about Sora's Quest as that I was immediately catapulted into the action. The first couple of chapt
Jul 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sword-sorcery, ebook, y-a
"Sora's Quest" is a sword and sorcery fantasy novel for young adults set in a traditional pseudo-medieval fantasy world. The title character, Sora isn't thrilled with the marriage her noble father has arranged for her to a lord she's never met, and she's considering running away from home (thus abandoning her wealth and status.) Before she can act, her father is assassinated and she's kidnapped by one of the perpetrators. Soon, she is traveling with a trio of rough criminals (though there's no s ...more
Between the Bind
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review: Between the Bind

Firstly, look at that amazing cover?! Just captivating. I love having a visual of the "Cat's Eye" on this cover. And although Sora has golden blonde hair, the strawberry tint is very attractive. Now to the gushy!

Ms. Shreffler is making Sora's Quest FREE for 72 hours after this is posted (July 9-11) - so hurry and nab your free copy HERE! *high five* If you'd like, please thank her in a comment below. :)

Sum it up:
Sora, tired of her simple and boring girl-in-the-manor
Pallabi Dutta
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars.
So this book is permanently free on amazon, so I thought why not? I downloaded it on kindle. It was everything I was hoping for.
Sora, the protagonist of the story wants to lead a life of adventure, to live freely but her Lord Father and society expects her to marry on her seventeen birthday, when a blooming ceremony is held and suitors come forward but Sora has other plans. She plots to run away after the ceremony ends, to search for her mother but things don't go as planned. Abruptly s
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest, after reading the first few chapters of the book, I didn't think I was going to like it too much. Now thinking about it, that was way too early for me to even be thinking about writing off any book, let alone a review book. So I kept on reading, and from the moment Sora left the castle, I was riveted! I ended up enjoying Sora's Quest so much. It just had a bit of a slow start to me and then it really took off. The part I didn't enjoy at the beginning seems like only one spec ...more
Kendall Berg
I put off reading this book FOREVER (despite coming up on all kinds of recommended lists) basically because the cover art was super childish.

But I was feeling a new read yesterday - and I got HOOKED!


So we follow Sora - who admittedly is a bit annoying in this book (hang in there she gets WAY better in book two) as she is thrust into a world of magic with Crash - her father's assassin, Burn - the hulking Wolfy mercenary, and Dorain - the honest theif and Wolfy.

As they run from the law, and furthe
I'm going to rant here for a moment; Why go through the effort of writing a good piece of work and then fail to have a good editor? Perhaps no editor at all? I get the fact that spell check will not catch a word that is out of context but a good editor should. At the least get a friend to read your work, heck I'd do it for free. There is nothing more disconcerting than seeing fowl used for foul or effect for affect, unfortunately this seems to be on the rise with the popularity of ebooks. End ra ...more
Emmeline (The Book Herald)

This is such an amazing book! The essence of Fantasy done right!

When I started the book, I had a stomach flop moment where i was like "Oh dear, rich girl hating her privileged life...great" but Shreffler made me eat my words and for the first time I didn't mind whatsoever!

Sora is an amazing character! She is not an amazingly strong girl, but she has spunk! The right amount of spunk that made you love her as the book progressed.

Shreffler made me adore ALL the characters, t
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
So overall, I really enjoyed this- very promising for a series. Sora drove me up a wall in the beginning, but it's to be expected in YA that the heroine starts out naive (and sometimes downright stupid). If you want to predict her actions, you just have to think of the very last thing you would do ;-) HOWEVER, by the end she seemed liked she'd wizened up a bit, so I'll give her a fresh slate for the next book. I liked the vivid characters in this. Crash is complicated and intriguing, Dorian is m ...more
Oh my…. wow.

This book was just…amazing. Wonderful. I can't even begin to describe how much I love this book. It's going on my Ultimate Favorites of 2012 shelf. That's how much I love this book.

I'll write a real review later because I'm already buying and starting the second one! :D

Update: read again on 11/25/13, and I swear I'm weeping.
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book SO many times and yet I still love the characters as much as before, maybe even more! T. L. Shreffler is a brilliant author and I highly recommend her books to anyone who wants to read a good romance\fantasy\adventure!
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books
Hot bubble bath, Candles, backgroud music, and a good book. Great combination
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T. L. Shreffler lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves diversity, travel, and experiencing different cultures; she tries to evoke that same sense of unfamiliar wonder in her readers. She holds a BA in Eloquence (English) and her poetry has been published consecutively in Eclipse: A Literary Journal and The Northridge Review. She is author of The Cat's Eye Chronicles (YA/Epic Fantasy), The Dragon Pear ...more

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“Only the future matters, Sora. Guilt is an illusion, a way of lingering on the past. You can't change what happened." He held her eyes , carving himself into her mind. "You are alive. That is what you should worry about. Your thoughts can torture you— but not the dead. They've moved on.” 12 likes
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