This charming YA fantasy is the story of Alora, a 15-year-old who lives in snowy Montana and has a mysterious jewel in her belly button. To make things even livelier, she starts having visions of a cute (of course!) guy while she’s in the shower. She soon discovers that she is a bearer from another realm and her evil father is searching for her.
The story sweeps from Montana to Laegenshire and back many times as Alora and her soulmate, Kaevin, attempt to save the lives of their family and friends and keep the evil Vindrake from destroying Stone Clan.
This story is well written and well edited and makes for a fun read. Dearen has created engaging, lovable characters that you can’t help rooting for. In a nice break from the traditional YA trope of no-parents allowed, both Alora and Kaevin have to deal with the various adults in their lives and their sometimes over-protective ways. I look forward to reading the rest of the series soon.
Overall recommendation: 5 stars. You can’t go wrong with this one!