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Thursday, March 13, 2014

5.5 Sniffs Review: IMMAGICA by K.A. Last #Giveaway

Title: Immagica
Author: K.A. Last
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: K.A. Last
Release Date: January 26, 2014
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Where anything is possible. 
Enter at your own risk.

The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton uncovers a deep family secret. She receives an amulet from her deranged father, and he tells her she must find the book in order to save him. Rosaline is used to her dad not making any sense, so she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.

When Rosaline’s brother, Elliot, drags her to their Nana’s attic to explore, they find the old leather-bound book tucked away in a chest. It sucks them into its pages, transporting them to a magical world. Along the way Rosaline and Elliot are separated, and the only thing she wants is to find her brother and go home.

The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. After years of war their land lies in ruin. Using the amulet’s power, they want Rosaline to defeat the dragon and restore Immagica to its former glory. But Rosaline is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and when she discovers the truth about her family, she must follow her heart to save them all.

In IMMAGICA, Rosaline Clayton is given an amulet by her father for her 15th birthday. He tells her to find the book in the attic and go to Immagica, to save the magical world, and himself. She doesn't understand anything that's going on. When Rosaline and her brother Elliot find the book, they are taken into Immagica but are separated. There she meets fantastical creatures and makes new friends, all the while trying to find her little brother. But in order to find him, she needs to defeat the dragon terrorizing the realm. But there is more to the dragon than she could have ever imagined, and she learns things about her family that are better left in the dark.

I absolutely LOVED IMMAGICA! I'd say that IMMAGICA is more like an epic fantasy than just regular old fantasy, because well it's EPIC! We have a young girl coming of age, being taken to a magical world and meeting magical creatures, who goes on a journey or quest to save the world from destruction. IMMAGICA drew me in and I didn't want to stop reading. I sincerely hope that this will be made into a series, because I would love to read more adventures in Immagica.

Rosaline: Our heroine just turned 15 years old, and was given her birthrights after overhearing some strange things her parents were discussing behind closed doors. She enters Immagica with a troubled mind and heart and just wants to find her brother and go home. But as she travels Immagica and meets it's citizens and the beauty that could be destroyed, she realizes that she can't let this world and it's people die.

Elliot: He shares the same birthday as his sister Rosaline, but is two years younger. He gets sucked into Immagica along with Rosaline, but is separated from her when they arrive. While Rosaline's story is playing out, Elliot's own story is being written.

Brynn: She is the first person Rosaline meets in Immagica. They don't exactly hit it off at first, but as they journey, they form a strong friendship and loyalty to each other.

Ira: He is the black unicorn that Rosaline called to her so she could travel easier. The bond that Ira and Rosaline form is very, very strong, and I doubt it can ever be broken.

Sebille & Orin: The fairies! These two are always playing with Rosaline's hair and poking her in the cheeks, but don't let their carefree appearance fool you. They have their own magic and strengths that you wouldn't expect from such tiny creatures. They love Rosaline very deeply.

Lex: The Protector of the very heart of Immagica. He's cute with his geeky quirkiness, but when it comes to the protection of the Eye, he won't let anything threaten it. The Eye holds all the knowledge of Immagica, everyone who has ever visited has their book there. There's a little crush formed between him and Rosaline (and let's just say it's reciprocated).

The Dragon: I don't want to say too much about him because it would give a lot away, but he's the bad guy trying to destroy Immagica.

As I mentioned above, the dragon is the villain of this tale. He's trying to destroy Immagica and is evil to the core. He has the gryphons working for him on destroying the towers surrounding the Eye. All of them have fallen but the North Tower. The dragon has a surprising connection with the Clayton family.

There isn't much romance in IMMAGICA, until Rosaline and her friends reach the Eye and she meets Lex, the protector. And even then it's just little hints. But that's what made it so perfect. It was that awkward moment when a crush is first formed, and there's all the nervousness and blushing. It was just all around sweet and I really want to see more between these two (hint hint series).

There are epic battles all around in IMMAGICA. But it was the battle with the dragon toward the end that really stands out, as it should. That fight was one of the moments in the book that really had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath waiting for the outcome. And that's all I'm going to say about that, so if you want to see how it ends, you should pick up this AMAZING book!

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STBende March 14, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Love this line: "IMMAGICA is more like an epic fantasy than just regular old fantasy, because well it's EPIC!" This sounds like a fantastic YA, Christina. And I adore the cover. It's on my TBR for sure!!

Mano Billi March 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I can't wait to read this book :)

BookishTeens March 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

This seems like my kind of book! Love it!

Great review :)

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