Lara Schiffbauer’s debut novel is a perfect summer read for fantasy fans. The story starts out strong with riveting action and keeps getting better from there. Hazel, a very real main character who is easy to relate to, is abducted from her home and dragged into a realm of magic that she never knew existed…all because the monster that found her thought she smelled like the girl he really needed to find.
Hazel eventually learns who Meara is (the one the monster mistook her for), and that she has to help the four-year-old girl whose life is in danger. Along the way she discovers secrets about her past, life-changing truths about herself and a love that she cannot have.
Finding Meara is exceptionally well written with great hooks at the end of each chapter to keep the pages turning. It’s a story full of suspense and friendship that’s all wrapped up with a satisfying conclusion, but with enough left unresolved that I am looking forward to finding out what happens in book two.
I’m very impressed with Lara’s debut novel and I highly recommend it for young adult and adult fans of the fantasy genre. You can find out more about Lara, and get updates on the Adven Realm Adventure series on her Facebook page Lara Schiffbauer, Author Page or on twitter @LASbauer.