Title and Author:
Alora: The Wander-Jewel by Tamie Dearen
Name of Reviewer: Jolyn Safron
Reason for choice of rating:
The first time that Kaevin appears physically in Alora's world, Alora is taking a bath so she is pretty freaked out but nothing about her nudity is described and she starts showering in a bathing suit so being naked never happens again. Several battles take place with injuries and deaths and there is a torture scene.
I read "Alora: The Wander-Jewel" two times and enjoyed it just as much the second time as I did the first time. I read it once on my own and then again as part of the June 2017 Fellowship of Fantasy Indie Book Club.
The main characters in Alora are teen-agers (Alora is 15 and Kaevin is 17) but they are faced with adult-sized problems and they aren't just wrapped up in teen angst and lust so as an adult I was able to thoroughly enjoy this story. There wasn't any love triangle either!
Alora and Kaevin are drawn to each other from two different worlds first in visions and then physically via a power that Alora has but doesn't know she has nor does she know how to control. Unfortunately just as Kaevin and his clan are learning about Alora so is her bad-guy dad Vindrake and thus the race is on to see whether the good guys or the bad guys will get to Alora first.
This is an action packed story with several battles, some really nasty baddies (both creatures and people) and lots for Alora and Kaevin to learn. It is also a story of relationships with many wonderful characters who are well developed and care for each other very much.
The relationship between Alora and Kaevin is very clean and sweet. It could have easily gotten lustful and 'nasty' but the author took care and did it perfectly. In this story, Alora and Kaevin HAVE to hold hands and eventually kiss each other due to a soulmate bond but it is all handled/described in a way that is very cute and clean. Alora was embarrassed about being seen kissing. Kaevin was shocked that Alora's world (Earth) would consider having sex outside of marriage. Yes, they both seemed to be in love and liked the physical relationship but it was not the primary focus of the story and I liked the statement after awhile that kissing wasn't all that fun when you HAD to do it. There are lots of other great relationships as well. There are caring adults who fight for their families/clans and a number of friends who stand alongside Alora and Kaevin and help in a number of different ways.
I highly recommend "Alora: The Wander-Jewel" and I myself am eagerly moving on to read book 2 in the series.
Did you have a favorite character or least favorite character?
I think Beth is my favorite side character although I have to say I really like Wesley too. Beth is so feisty and I love how she tells people what to do when Alora and Kaevin need to be touching to restore their soulmate bond. Wesley impresses me with how he just steps in and lends a helping hand when he shows up with Beth and doesn't know Alora at all. He doesn't get weirded out when Kaevin is laying next to Alora in the snow or they all get transported to Tenavae.
What mood did this book leave you in?
hopeful that good will triumph over evil
Action, Romance, Young Adult
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