{Book Review} Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen by Marlene Wynn

Posted October 16, 2014 by Lucy in Review, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{Book Review} Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen by Marlene Wynn
Chandrea - The Return of the Avatar Queen (Averill Series Book 1)
By: Marlene Wynn, John C. McClain


Genres: Fantasy
Format: eARC

On the day Crown Princess Chandrea Averill is born, her kingdom is attacked and her parents are brutally assassinated. To save her life and allow her to grow to maturity, several spells are cast upon the tiny newborn princess, and she is sent through a magical portal to Earth. There, she lives in secrecy until her 23rd birthday, oblivious to her true origins—or the powers laying dormant within her.
Without warning, the spell reverses itself, and Chandrea suddenly finds herself in a dark cave beneath the decimated ruins of her ancestral home. Confronted with the reality of her birth world and her true heritage, surrounded by strange magical creatures, dangerous sorcery, and treacherous political intrigue, Chandrea is overwhelmed and desperately wants to return home. But, the longer she stays, the more she realizes that she may be the only one with the power—both political and magical—to help the people of Lyrunia escape the tyrannical rule of Leilah, the Queen of Svara.
Will she be willing to give up the only life she’s ever known and remain in this alien land to fight for the people she was born to save? And, if she stays, will she ever be able to go home again?

This was another book that I was looking forward to read and review, but sadly didn’t work out for me.  I have received this book for quite some time now, where I have tried to read it many times, but sadly I just couldn’t get into the story.

Being a Fantasy genre, I anticipated the world building as well as the pace of the book would be slow.  And they were.  I just wasn’t expecting how monotonous this book was going to be.

The story begins with Chandrea turning 23 years old and graduating from college, then very quickly on the same day she was magically transported back to Itova- a magic world.  Where she would find out that’s where she was originally from, but was sent away for her safety.

For the past 23 years, Chandrea was clueless of her heritage and magic abilities, because her magic was blocked for her own protection.  Now she is back in Itova, her magic will begin manifesting.  Not only Chandrea will need help to learn to control her magic, but she will need to begin to grasp how to become a Queen as well.  Her journey will not be easy, there will be love, betrayal and pain await her.

I made it almost halfway through the book, and at that point I just couldn’t bring myself to go on.  I thought the story plot was rather standard when compare to other Fantasy novels I have read before, nothing surprising.

While I was curious about the world building of Chandrea, but I had a rather difficult time to get into the book.  Overall I didn’t think this book was for me.

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