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Review: Tethered World

Posted by on February 1, 2016

Happy Monday!

Today, I’m joining Heather L. L. FitzGerald as she celebrates the release of her debut novel, The Tethered WorldShe will be throwing a Facebook Party tonight. So make sure and stop by!

The Tethered World

“Normal” means different things to different people. For sixteen-year-old Sadie Larcen, family dynamics look a little different than most. Parents with oddball occupations? Normal. Five homeschooled siblings—one with autism? Normal.

Police knocking on the door and parents gone missing? Definitely not normal!

When Sadie uncovers the reasons behind her parents’ disappearance and the truth about her heritage, she despairs of ever feeling normal again. Especially when she learns that her mother’s interest in Bigfoot, Dwarves, and other lore extends beyond her popular blog. Sadie’s family has been entrusted with keeping the secrets of the Tethered World—home to creatures that once roamed the Garden of Eden.
Sadie and her siblings must venture into this land to rescue their parents. Stepping out of reality and into a world she never knew existed is a journey Sadie fears and resents. But she chooses to risk all to save her family.
She’s just not sure she will survive in the process.

Young Adult Christian Fantasy

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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My thoughts…

It’s a bit like Donita K. Paul’s Dragonkeeper Chronicles meets Artemis Fowl meets Narnia.

In Tethered World, we follow Sadie and her siblings into a world beneath earth’s surface filled with mythical creatures said to have been placed there by God after Adam and Eve’s fall. Sometimes these creatures and beings come to the topside and we know them as bigfoot, leprechauns, and such.

The author’s voice caught my attention and made me volunteer for an advanced reader copy. Told in first person, the main protagonist, Sadie, has a bit of dry humor. The characters popped with personality and quirks, and I especially thought it interesting that one of the siblings was a boy with Autism.

Although the novel is categorized as a young adult novel, I think the story is suitable for middle grade readers as well. The story read like a stand-alone, but future adventures are promised with the inclusion of a sneak peek at book two in The Tethered World Chronicles.

Overall I enjoyed the story, and I think young readers (and those young at heart!) who enjoy stories like Donita K. Paul’s Dragonspell would enjoy it as well.

7 Responses to Review: Tethered World

  1. Kessie

    It sounds good! It’s definitely on my list to read soon.

  2. DJ Edwardson (@djedwardson)

    Wow, where do you find all these great books? I seem to recall you saying you weren’t going to be doing any more of these advanced reviews, but if so, I’m glad you keep forgetting your resolution!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      hahaha! Yes, yes, I did say that I was not going to be doing anymore advanced reviews. As you can see it is my weakness! But from here on out, I’ve got to stay strong! With bringing Darkened Hope to the world in May, diving into the rewrites of book three, and editing Clans Divided and with only 2 hours a night, four nights to work, I have to be more selective of how I spend my time. It nearly kills me to say no, especially if it is an author I love. But…we shall see. I love sharing about books. Ha! As far as where I find them…I…don’t know? Some I stumble upon while I’m skimming twitter or blogs, others through writerly connections. I think this one was a connection through Realm Makers. Have you been to that conference? If not, you really should look into it. 🙂

  3. WriteFitz

    Thank you, Jennette, for going back on your resolution (just read the other comments) because you’ve been such an asset and I’ve enjoyed getting to know you better! Please let me know how I can help launch your new book in May! Gorgeous cover 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      You’re welcome! 😀 Resolutions…you know…it’s just one of those things where you’re trying to figure out how to live a life balanced between reality and dreams. Sometimes you feel like you’re on top of the world and can tackle anything and other times, not so much. ha! But I’m glad I could help with it. It was fun and I enjoyed getting to know you better as well.
      And thank you for the offer! I will let you know as we get closer to May. Glad you liked the cover. 😀

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