Review Copy, YA Fantasy

Book Review: The Secrets of Moldara

fantasy book reviewThe Secrets of Moldara
By Brianne Earhart
Paperback: 346 pages
Published by Myth Machine
January 3, 2018
Series: Secrets of Moldara #1
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ | 4.5 / 5 |
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| Brianne Earhart | Myth Machine |

The woods around Lotty’s childhood home are filling up with dangerous people. Her grandmother’s death has brought the family back from Chicago and triggered a secret Lotty was never meant to face alone. Guided by a desire to finally solve her Grandpa’s disappearance, Lotty has enlisted the help of farm hands that are keeping their own deadly secrets. Together they will have to learn to trust again, relying on each other’s will to fight, if they are going to survive the truth that waits for them all in Moldara.line

I ended up staying up all night to finish this book after I started it. I really enjoyed the story, I think I needed something quick and fast and fun to read after going through the whole Harry Potter series! And this book was a quick read; the plot kept me interested and I really enjoyed the characters. I liked the mystery of it all. It felt almost like a treasure hunt, sans Dan Brown or even the Raven Cycle.
The world building was done well— I loved the idea of a hidden realm beyond ours. One that is unknown to humans but quite similar to our own. The main location is a rural Virginia farm and I felt a connection to our main character having grown up on a farm myself!

Lotty is a hard working, intelligent female lead, although some of her decisions were questionable. I guess that’s what it’s like to be a hormone-filled 17 year old girl; common sense goes out the window when dealing with the opposite sex. Especially ones as sexy and mysterious as Roah, our male lead. His mysterious nature only deepens throughout the story and I found myself falling for him as well! The romance was written well, although there were a few cheesy parts. Don’t judge — we all need a little cheese in our lives every now and again!

I loved the air of mystery surrounding her grandpa’s disappearance and the fairytale connection with her present day life and the stories he used to tell her as a child. I cannot wait to find out more about these stories and how they are connected to the characters, as well as who these protectors are.

All in all, I loved this story! It was fast-paced and kept my interest from the first page. The ending is awful though. The cliff hanger broke my heart a bit! No worries though— the second book JUST released on June 30th and I will be getting my hands on it ASAP!
If you are interested in purchasing a copy, which I highly recommend, check the links below! Thank you to Myth Machine and Brianne Earhart for sending me a copy of Secrets of Moldara to review!

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