Published by INtense Publications on May 8, 2021
Series: The Zweeshen Chronicles #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Author
Books whisper to Beatrix Alba. But they aren’t the reason she has never fit in. Bullied at home and school, she keeps a secret—a power of violence and darkness.
When the spell that keeps her hidden fails, she’s catapulted into the Zweeshen, a realm where all tales live, and her dream of meeting her favorite characters comes true. But wishes are tricky, and behind its wonder and whimsy, the Zweeshen is under attack. A character is burning bookworlds in pursuit of a weapon to rule both stories and storytellers. To succeed, he needs a riddle in Beatrix's keeping.
Now he’s hunting her down.
Joining forces with William, a cursed conjurer, Beatrix must face an enemy who knows her every weakness in a realm where witches play with time, Egyptian gods roam, and Regency heroines lead covert operations. And with her darkness as the only weapon, she may have to sacrifice everything to save a world that rejects her.
Praise for UNWRITTEN
“Fascinating and magic-filled, the fantasy novel Unwritten promises adventure right up to its final page.” — Foreword Reviews.
“Novo’s well-crafted story will delight and engage readers ... A satisfying and socially relevant story about acceptance and sacrifice.” — Kirkus Reviews.
“Wholly original and wondrously imaginative...” — Reader’s Favorite Reviews (5 Stars).
Unwritten is the first book in the young adult fantasy series, called The Zweeshen Chronicles, by author Alicia J. Novo. I really enjoyed this young adult fantasy. I found the world building to be great, the premise to be interesting and unique and the characters came to life before my eyes. I can’t wait to continue on with this series and to read more from Ms. Novo. I was captivated by Unwritten. I am super impressed that this is Alicia J. Novo’s debut novel!
In Unwritten, we meet our main character Beatrix. Beatrix has had to deal with a fair mount of bullying because she is different. When in reality her differences make her so special. Beatrix can hear books. They whisper to her, which I think is something all bookworm s dream of. We all want our books to come alive and to actually transport us inside their story. Unwritten had a little bit of a Neverending Story vibe to me, because that is exactly what happened. Beatrix gets sucked into the pages of a book and ends up in the land of Zweeshen, which is the the land of books. Where all of the stories and character from them reside. What an amazing concept! I love the idea of a land of books.
Here Beatrix does not know who she can trust. I loved the air of suspicion that Alicia Novo created in Unwritten. I honestly did not know who I could trust. I had people that I very much wanted to trust (no I will not tell you who!) but even then I didn’t know if I could trust my own instincts, which is the mark of great writing. Beatrix discovers that there is an evil monster threatening the life of everyone and every book in Zweeshen, and that she must try to stop him. There is also a nice touch of mystery woven in through the letter Beatrix found from her mom. Overall, this is a fantastically magical quest type story with a touch of romance. I really liked Unwritten and I can’t wait to see where this series is going to go from here. This is a great book for fantasy lovers and bookworms to pick up on release day. (May 8, 2021)
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