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The Elixir Vitae Adventures

(Ortus #1)

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Life is an adventure.

That’s what their mother always told them. However, thirteen-year old Abigail Link and her ten-year old brother, Quinn, haven’t had much adventure in their lives. They’ve never traveled anywhere. They’ve never done anything thrilling or dangerous…until now.

Abigail and Quinn are forced to leave their home, move in with a grandfather they barely know and
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Paperback, 346 pages
Published June 28th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing
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Amanda
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a Goodreads giveaway win.

This book was AMAZING! My first thought as I was nearing the end was "how long will I have to wait until the next book is released?"

Brother and sister Quinn and Abigail Link are still mourning the loss of their mother a few months before, as they are shipped off to live near their grandfather and attend a new school, Belvedere Academy. They expect to be completely disappointed in everything in the future, especially without their mother's smile to move them alo
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Alison
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Mostly I think I was expecting a different book than the one I got. It seemed written for a younger audience than I expected, which made the writing simpler and the plot less realistic than I wanted. It also suffers from "plot advancement via people finally explaining things they could have explained dozens of pages ago", which is a personal pet peeve that you may have no problem with. For all that, though, I absolutely stayed interested in the story from beginning to end and while I'm not going ...more
Susan Reyna
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is well written with believable characters. Some of the story was slow and repetitive. I look forward to the continuation of the series and hopefully more excitement.
Lori
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
While I liked the premise of this book, it left something to be desired in the execution. The writing felt dry, like a diary entry which just recounts the basic information of what happened each day. I wished for more character development and a view into their psyches. There were also significant errors in the editing. It sounds like it could be a fun story and series, and I hope that the author steps the writing up a notch for future books in the series.
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