“The Secrets of Yashire: Emerging From the Shadows is a young adult fantasy adventure that occurs within the framework of a young girl's subconscious mind. The main character, Brianna, finds herself thrown into a world called Yashire where she is forced to deal with circumstances that are threatening Yashire's existence. Against her will, she is sent on a journey to restore unconditional love back to the land while also contending with the evil force in the land, Zolan. Brianna is sent on her mission by Libban, Keeper of the Land. Along the way, Brianna travels with the mystical tiger, Angelos; a huge, whitish-tan tiger with thick black stripes who sings only the purest songs of love, and the wondrous little one-eyed bird named Abiba. During the journey, Brianna is also preparing to meet her soulmate-the one she longs to be with and the one who will bring complete healing back into her life. Together they travel through fantastic lands filled with magical creatures that could only exist in the wildest of imaginations. Through her treacherous brushes with danger and heartwarming experiences of love and acceptance, Brianna discovers many things. It is here, amidst the powers and phantasms of the mind that Brianna receives life lessons and virtues to help her. Will one of her greatest triumphs be achieved as she learns to believe in herself? For only then can she truly see all of the wondrous things that life has to offer.”
I was gifted this book for an honest review. I am really grateful for this opportunity. I was reading this book on kindle app for my phone and it took me longer to wrap myself in characters and story. Main character Brianna is, after a car accident, thrown in the magical land Yashire as a chosen one to heal the land. On her journey she’ll be given quests in order to defeat the evil wizard Zolan and find her soulmate, but most importantly during this journey she will learn more about herself and the value of friendship.
If you’re looking for a book with a strong message on relationships this is the one. It’s not hard to relate with Brianna. She is a teenager who made some bad decisions - and who hasn’t? She is not a bad person, she is just looking for her place in the world. And for a short period of time she found it in Yashire. Although this was a quick read and I’m really looking forward to the sequel I have some complaints. In most cases it seems like the same person didn’t write monologs and the rest of the story. Monologs are not on the same quality level as the rest of story. I understand that Brianna is a teenager but I still think that there was space to create something more beside panic and “Will I be able”, “I have to find my soulmate” etc. Other reason why this is not 5 star book are the virtues she receives. She just appears and she receives it. No puzzle, no quest or something to prove herself worthy of those virtues.
Usually when I read a book I can picture the story in my head as a film. But this was not the case with this book. Instead I could picture it as a video game. If you’re a fan of Role-playing games or adventure video games you will understand what I am talking about. And if you’re a fan of Wizard of Oz you’ll love this book. I know I am and I did. So in the end I can say this book is something like Wizard of Oz meets Dungeons and Dragons with very good advices on relationships.
“Love is gentle. It is not harsh. Your loved ones need a gentle heart to wrap up with their own.”
About the author:
Diamante Lavendar lives in the Midwest and enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, art and spending time with family and friends. She is also an animal lover and she greatly enjoys swimming and connecting with nature.