Akarnae Reviews

“Alex, the protagonist, is a pleasing mix of naive and savvy, and there are plenty of rough-and-tumble action scenes for those who like their heroines in the thick of it. This book is good fun and a solid recommendation for YA readers.” – Books + Publishing

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“The real strength of Noni’s writing is in her characters. The adults and teenagers alike are all people we know; people we can relate to; with idiosyncrasies that matter, fleshing their personalities out to the fullest extent… Through it all, Noni’s novel focusses on important teenage issues, including friendships, the need to fit in, and the desire to start finding your place in the world. Her tale is an exciting page-turner and an impressive debut to a thrilling new YA fantasy series.” – Glam Adelaide

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“… when it comes to sheer inventiveness, the book would satisfy any fantasy devotee…  For all teenagers who dream of other worlds and the extraordinary experiences they might find in them, this book is recommended.” – Sydney Arts Guide

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“Akarnae is a sweeping epic, fascinating from cover to cover, and a treasure for connoisseurs of the genre. Highly recommended.” – Midwest Book Review

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Akarnae blew my mind, made me laugh, hold my breath and just want to keep reading. This is a book that every fantasy lover should have on their shelf.” – QBD The Bookshop 

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“Noni writes with one of the most energetic, endearing and relatable author voices I’ve ever read.” – Joseph Diskett, Editor and Reviewer

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You know how you can just tell when an author has poured their heart and soul into a book? Akarnae is one of those. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Anyone who enjoys fantasy and science fiction will fall in love with the world and characters that Lynette Noni has so lovingly created. – By Hook Or By Book

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“SUCH GOOD FUN!” – Books for the Trees

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“I loved this. For a debut novel, it was incredible… I applaud Lynette Noni for her epic ability to write unexpected plot developments that work so well. Everything was building and building up to a climax that blew me away.” – Booknerdigans

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“Akarnae manages to have the same whimsical, magical feel that Harry Potter has. As a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I don’t say that lightly. I mean, this book is literally magical… All in all, Akarnae was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The magical atmosphere just sucks you in, and won’t let you go until Alex is done with her adventures for a while. The world is perfectly crafted, and the characters are the kind of people that you would want as your best friends. What’s not to love? Five out of five stars!” – Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Books

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“Noni’s debut novel is a fantasy whirlwind filled with loveable and charismatic characters. Her writing is simplistic yet beautiful, and she constructs the world of Medora so eloquently that the reader is pulled in from the first page, experiencing all that Akarnae has to offer. Although this is primarily a fantasy novel, readers of dystopian and science fiction are sure to take pleasure in the fast-paced action and futuristic technology that Noni describes. Akarnae is the first in a series and the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers needing to know what happens next. This story of adventure, friendship, wonder, and sacrifice is sure to entice middle school students and all readers with a wandering imagination.” – ReadPlus

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“Akarnae is everyone’s dream come true… Let’s face it, I’ve been dreaming of living this fantasy… All in all, Lynette Noni created a world where I really, really, wanted to go.” – Whatever You Can Still Betray

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“…this book did not disappoint! Akarnae was nearly impossible to put down… Alex was a wonderful heroine. She remained strong in the face of adversity but also kept a level head when things got confusing. When something strange and alien was thrown her way, she took it as an opportunity to learn something from the experience… It was exciting, thrilling, and alluring all at the same time, and I was dying for the next book at the turn of the last page… Medora is now one of my favorite fictional worlds, and just like Alex, I can’t wait to return.” – A Leisure Moment

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“What a fascinating story!

Stepping into different worlds – check

Discovering gifts – check

Awesome friends – check

Wonderfully stable MC [Main Character] – check

Intriguing plot – check, check, check

Alex, Jordan, and Bear’s friendship and adventures were great. I didn’t want to stop reading, nor did I want the book to end. Lynette Noni built a fantastic world and combined it with a kick-ass plot. She also gave every character a distinct “voice”, which is something I really liked.” – Musings of a Wallflower

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“What an amazing story! I finished the book in about 2.5 hours. I just couldn’t put it down!… I just fell in love with Bear and Jordan! I wish I had friends like that when I was in high school. The other characters were great and they flowed so well into the story. The world building was beautiful! It wasn’t all just thrown at you and you learned when Alex learned. And Medora is just amazing! I wish I could travel there myself!” – My Life as a Bookworm

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“Alex was a great main character. Not only was she funny and sarcastic, but she was real… By the end I was so invested I wouldn’t even have realized it was over if it wasn’t for the fact I couldn’t turn the pages anymore!” – In Clouds of Pages

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“Wow! Lynette’s writing style is truly magical and beautiful! Usually I struggle a little with fantasy but this was so well explained and so unique. The explanations of Medora and Akarnae were so detailed and I could picture it so well in my mind, [it] made me want to visit there!” – Mollie the Reader

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“…like the Hunger Games, and Divergent series it also excels by having a strong female lead. As the father of a young girl I am always pleased to see books that have strong female characters – not just the ‘side-kick’/ love interest. Alex is funny, vulnerable and possessed of inner strength. As a reader you warm to her immediately and as a result are onboard from the opening pages… What made the book stand out from many I’ve read in the past in the genre is that Noni has as a nice comic touch to her writing. There a[re] few books that don’t benefit from the odd injection of humour, and this kind of book usually cries out for it. Thankfully, not only is there quite a lot of humour in the book, but it comes across naturally and unforced. I smiled a lot.” – Information Overlord

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“Akarnae: The Medoran Chronicles Begin was a hard book to put down! I was so entranced in it that by the time I decided to look at the clock it read 5:45AM!! All in all, Akarnae was a fun read, and a world I’m desperate to dive back into.” – Wall to Wall

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“I absolutely LOVED this book and finished it in two sittings!… You know how you can tell when an author has poured their heart and soul into a book? Akarnae is one of those novels. I cannot recommend it enough. My only disappointment is that the second book isn’t available yet” – Kim (Goodreads Review)

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“I loved this book and I can’t wait till the next one comes out. This book was funny, Alex is so easy to relate to… she’s just like every other normal teenage girl, who manages to embarrass herself every time she opens her mouth, is really clumsy but really sweet and loyal too… I love the world of Medora and can’t wait to see what Alex and her friends get up to next” – Laura Percy (Goodreads Review)

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“This book is full of lovable charterers that I can’t wait to see more of and adventure that I couldn’t get enough of. Overall an amazing book!” – Tabby (Goodreads Review)

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“From the beginning I was sucked into the world and couldn’t put it down. I can’t exactly say what it was, the characters, the plot or Lynette Noni’s beautiful writing. The best part of this book is probably the character development. They underwent such an amazing character growth, and I just love [when] that happens.” – Maggi (Goodreads Review)

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“This book will take you on a wonderful journey whether you’re fourteen [or] forty with the same amount of delights, surprises, love and wisdom” – Amazon Reviewer

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“WOW! I had high expectations of this book and it did not disappoint! Every single thing was perfect… I adored every single thing about this book…every single moment I could be reading, I was!!” – Aussie BookWorm

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Akarnae by Lynette Noni is truly a wonderful young adult fantasy novel! I loved reading every minute” – Doodles and Words

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Akarnae is like all your favorite parts of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of The Rings, and X-Men all rolled into one delightfully charming package… Lynette Noni’s world-building is spectacular – Medora is a fascinating place and I can’t wait to read more about it in future stories. – The Geekiary

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“Entertaining, magical, and positively delightful, Lynette Noni’s Akarnae is a very promising introduction to the Medoran Chronicles. The possibilities are endless for Akarnae, and fantasy fans will surely not want to miss reading this YA debut.” – Midnight Bloom Reads

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“Perfect for getting adolescents and teenagers to fall in love with reading. Lynette has a great imagination and writes beautifully. There is no doubt you will be chuckling to yourself as you are drawn into the world of Medora. Can’t wait for the next one!!!” – Laura (Goodreads Review)

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“The evening I finished the book I sat down and accidentally re-read the first quarter of the book- after reading the entire thing in less than two days.” – Behind the Willows

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“I loved this book, Alex, Jordan and Bear’s adventures leading to the wonderful conclusion, kept me reading, not wanting to stop, nor wanting the story to end.” – The Book Muse

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“Akarnae was a really fun read and I recommend it, especially if you like stories set in alternate worlds.” – Planet Print

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“I enjoyed this from the first page. I found myself lured into the story and I really loved the journey from beginning to end…There is a lot of promise in this novel and however it goes, I can’t wait to see where this story heads next.” – Crash My Book Party

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“I think that if Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia were to get it on and nine months later pop out a little by product, Akarnae would be it… Akarnae weaves a tale of magic, intrigue, fantasy, hidden secrets and fun that enraptures and delights, hooking you from page one and leaving you screaming for more at the end.” – Blendy’s Book Blog

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“Akarnae by Lynette Noni is truly a wonderful YA novel. I enjoyed every minute… This  magical story will pull you and have you turning pages to the very end… I can’t wait to see what happens next.” – Paranormal Angel Blog

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“I fully enjoyed this book and on several occasions I found myself reading it with a wide grin on my face. The characters were great and likable (and I could relate to them), especially the main trio, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop in the next books… It was a pleasure to enter the world of Medora, and this was one of the best books I’ve read in a while.” – Northern Chapters

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“It was an entirely unique and interesting plot and world, and despite its similarities to many other stories, it still managed to be unlike any book I’ve ever read… I absolutely LOVED the book! I would definitely recommend it to all fantasy lovers, and to all lovers of a classic, fairytale-like story… The vastness, variety and imagination of the world really caught me by surprise. I did not expect the amount of detail that went into this book… Akarnae was highly original and engaging, and I will definitely be picking up the rest of the books in the series as they release!” – Oh My Blog 

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“[Lynette Noni] has created a fascinating world that is well worth checking out. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next for Alex.” – Tea In The Treetops

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“Noni has a good imagination and I like the world she has created… There was something very compelling about it and I’m interested to see what is going to happen to the characters in book 2.” – Inside My Worlds

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“This is a fascinating story that had me completely mesmerised from the very first page… The writing style is gorgeous and moves at a great pace… Akarnae kept me up well into the night as it was so hard to put down and I found myself needing to know what was to happen next… Akarnae takes off on its own and gives you an unpredictable and engaging storyline. I can’t wait to read book 2. A very entertaining read. 5 stars!” – Sharon’s Book Nook

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“Akarnae is vividly descriptive, exciting and will leave you raring for more!” – The Rest Is Still Unwritten

Akarnae was a very impressive debut! As the first novel in a new series, this story has been perfectly written, explored and planned. Author Lynette Noni has already established such a strong and well rounded world within the pages of this book. There’s so much texture and layers to the story that I can’t even imagine what Noni will do next, even though it’s evidently clear that Alex’s journey is only just beginning.” – The Rest Is Still Unwritten

To be perfectly honest, the thing that manages to make Akarnae so great is that Noni weaves together so many different elements to make a fantastic story. Her writing is solid, and in the tradition of worlds like Harry Potter, Medora is vivid and fun and endlessly surprising.” – The Rest Is Still Unwritten

From mysterious new friends, to talking suits of armor, and even a Library that’s quite literally alive, Akarnae has it all. Lynette Noni sets up her fantasy world perfectly and will without a doubt sweep you up into the world of Medora. Leaving you begging to join Alex on her next advendure in Medora, Akarnae is sure to be a hit with fantasy and adventure lovers alike!” – The Rest Is Still Unwritten

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“Medora will suck you into its world of wonder and secrets as Alex fights against a bitter enemy to save the people she has come to love… This is a great coming-of age story and Lynette has created very relatable characters… I thoroughly enjoyed reading Alex’s story and her first encounters with Medora and can’t wait to see where the series will take me next.” – Book Muster Down Under

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“I read this book 3 times now and each time I was screaming in my head “Omg… No way… Looove it”… This book has so much fantasy and wonder in it, that I just feel in love with it… This book is such an inspiration for me, the way Lynette writes the story so well and it seems so perfect and effortless, beautiful.”  – Coffee n’ Notes

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“I found Alexandra Jennings, aka Alex, to be an incredibly likable character. My favorite trait of her character is the dry, sometimes sarcastic sense of humor, and the fact she can make fun of herself. I also love the growth of Alex’s character. Kudos, to Noni for giving us a character like Alex!” – My Life In Books

“Lynette Noni created a fascinating world. It made me want to find my own door, discover Medora, and enroll at Akarnae. It was easy for me to get lost in the story and feel like I was experiencing the adventure alongside Alex.” – My Life In Books

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Akarnae is like all your favorite parts of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of The Rings, and X-Men all rolled into one delightfully charming package… Lynette Noni’s world-building is spectacular – Medora is a fascinating place and I can’t wait to read more about it in future stories… there is A LOT to love in Akarnae and I have no doubt it’s only going to get better as the series progresses.” – The Geekiary

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“This book does exactly what it should do – transport you to another magical world, fills you with adventure and humour and friendship and lets you escape reality for a while.” – City Girl Scapes

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“I read this book cover to cover, I enjoyed every single second of it! I can’t wait for the next in the series! Alex is a very fully developed character and going on this journey with her was a pleasure!” – A Simple Life, Really?!

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“This book was so spellbinding, inspirational, memorable and amazingly magical! … A must read for fantasy lovers!” – Ally C. (Amazon Reviewer)

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“It was simply EPIC… BEST YA NOVEL EVER… I absolutely loved it!!” – Nada (Goodreads Review)

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“This is a great new up-and-coming series that I cannot wait for more of… Ms. Noni does a fantastic job of creating loveable characters that you find yourself wanting to go on this journey with… I love imaging what’s to come and eagerly look forward to more.” – J. Else (Goodreads Review)

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This book is by far one of the best books I’ve read in my entire life and trust me, I read a lot of books ranging from a variety of genres… I literally couldn’t put this book down that I ended up finishing the entire book at 5 in the morning…  I would 100% definitely recommend this book to you! I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. If you don’t have a copy, I suggest you go out and drive to your nearest bookstore to buy a copy of this wonderful book, like right now… I can’t wait to see how the rest of the story will progress and I’m so excited for the second book. I CAN’T WAIT FOR A YEAR! I NEED THE SECOND BOOK TO COME OUT RIGHT NOW :”) PLS! WAITING WILL KILL ME :”)  – Seymour (Goodreads Review)

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This book captures you from the first word… There is not a single bad thing I can say about his book except, I want more… It was an amazing story that I could not put down. I was so lost in thought of being whisked away into a new world that my day to day life just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Somehow this book has convinced me to become a better me. I cannot wait to see what comes next from the world of Medora and out of the mind of this amazing new author! – The Awkward Writer

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One of those books that make me glad I’m a reader…. A strong female protagonist, lovable/irascible sidekicks, strong cast, interesting world, just a great romp. I want more……… Definitely a re-read, and looking forward to the upcoming volumes. – Glenn Jones (Goodreads Review)

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A recipe for Akarnae:

3 cups of Harry Potter
1 cup of Divergent
4 tablespoons of Lord Of The Rings
2 teaspoons of Narnia

– Tamsin Ramone (Goodreads Review)

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