The Toch Island Chronicles by Kat Heckenbach

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Angel doesn’t remember her magical heritage…

…but it remembers her.

Angel lives with a loving foster family, but dreams of a land that exists only in the pages of a fantasy novel. Until she meets Gregor, whose magic Talent saves her life and revives lost memories.

She follows Gregor to her homeland…a world unlike any she has imagined, where she travels a path of self-discovery that leads directly to her role in an ancient Prophecy…and to the madman who set her fate in motion.

 

 Seeking Unseen

It may be Angel’s wish…..

IT’S BEEN two years since Angel learned the magic chip of wood inside her locket would grant any wish. What is taking her so long to choose?
An alarming discovery about her beloved foster brother Zack makes the decision easy…but everything else gets complicated after she runs into her old friend Melinda, who demands to go along for the return to Toch Island.
…but it’s Melinda’s journey.
MELINDA doesn’t fit in with the magical freaks any more than she did with the losers back in Florida, but she never wanted to belong before. A secret world surrounds her where even the bugs have magic…
She’s more of an outsider than ever.
So when ex-con Doran Ashe slinks out of the shadows and offers her an easy road to powers of her own, Melinda follows him despite—or maybe because of—everyone’s warnings.
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Magic and mystery entwine – hidden in the web of time.

Melinda knew Kalek’s music created powerful visions, but it wasn’t supposed to actually send her into the past!

It definitely wasn’t supposed to bring someone back to the present with her. Especially not someone tied so tightly to Melinda’s own past, someone to prove, once again, that her family ancestry was made up of psychopaths who should never have existed.

Now it’s her chance to change her lineage–and history–forever.


When I began my journey to Toch Island in Protection’s Prison back in February, I knew this series would be good, but I had no idea just how wonderful the stories would be. Kat Heckenbach has created a realm that I long to actually visit. Her descriptions are vivid, her characters are full and complex, her plots are engrossing. I giggled, I cried (which I hate doing…thanks, Kat!), I didn’t want the stories to end.

I, very honestly, read all three of these novels in one day…I could not stop! I was sucked in instantly and did not want to leave. And to keep from dropping some spoilers, I’ll leave it at that. Great for everyone from tweens in age to teens at heart, the Toch Island Chronicles are books that I would highly recommend to all fantasy lovers. 🙂

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The Book of Things to Come by Aaron D. Gansky

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For years, Laurel has dreamed of a fantasy world she calls Alrujah–a place where she imagines herself to be the beautiful girl she doesn’t see herself as in her real life, where she doesn’t have to spend her days playing second fiddle to her “perfect” little sister or arguing with her mom. Laurel has written so much about this land and its people that it seems almost real to her. Her genius best friend, Oliver, has even taken her ideas and turned them into a video game. But when she wakes to find that she, Oliver, and two other teens from North Chester have been transported to this mythical land, have been somehow sucked into their own game, Laurel and Oliver will have to use all of their knowledge of Alrujah and all of their skills to find a way to get them back home.

I could not put this one down! The Book of Things to Come is fast-paced and well-written. The story is beautifully composed with a perfect score of detail and emotion. And while the characters are teenagers, this book is definitely not just for young adults (although, I’m quite sure they’d enjoy it, too!).

This is one I highly recommend for Christian fantasy lovers. You will most definitely enjoy getting sucked into Alrujah alongside Lauren and Oliver!

Bonus review (because I couldn’t wait to share!):

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The Blood Sword, book two of the Hand of Adonai series, finds Laurel, Oliver, Aiden, and Erica all still battling the evil forces of Alrujah to get to the Book of Sealed Magic before the Mage Lord does; and it finds Bailey Renee still searching for her sister. When these two worlds collide, will the Hand of Adonai prevail or be severed by the Blood Sword?

I thought book one was great, but I enjoyed book two just as much, if not more! The action does not stop and the characters grow in depth and complexity.

Definitely grab a copy! These books will draw you in and lead you to a greater understanding of the power of God to accomplish all things, even changing the hearts of those who have denied Him. Absolutely fabulous!