I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Prophecy of Arcadia by M.H. Soars
Series: Arcadian Wars
Published by CreateSpace on January 17, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Also in this series: The Phoenix Shadow
Also by this author: The Phoenix Shadow
Being a teenager is tough, especially when you have to pretend to be something you’re not, and you’re in love with someone you shouldn’t. 115 years ago, a small planet called Arcadia was invaded by a vicious alien race and nearly destroyed. Cut off from their resources, the Arcadians turned to Earth for help. A group of Arcadian explorers discovered a Prophecy that claimed their salvation lay in the hands of two children from Earth. To ensure their safety, the Arcadian Council sent their most gifted youngsters to Earth to act as protectors. Samantha is one of them.
To succeed in her mission she must learn to control her Arcadian powers and keep her true identity from her best friend, and the girl she swore to protect, Alexia. But Samantha will soon realize that nothing is as it seems. Someone is trying to prevent the Prophecy from taking place and the prophecy boy hasn't been found yet. There is also a new drug circulating at school that is turning students into freakishly strong menaces.
To make matters worse, distractions keep getting in her way. Such as her love/hate relationship with her “cousin” Matthew. Or her confused feelings toward popular and mysterious Julian. She wants nothing more than to be free to live her life. But the survival of Arcadia depends on her and her friends. Free will is not an option.
I enjoyed the premise of The Prophecy of Arcadia. I think the characters were great, but the story seemed to focused on them, and not the plot line.
I loved every single character. We get multiple points of view so that we know what is going through the characters’ minds. Each character has their own issues going on, and they don’t know who to believe or trust. It seemed like the book was zeroed in on them and whatever crisis they were going through at the time. I felt like I was watching a show on the CW. (Totally not a bad thing.) I love Alexia. She doesn’t know the truth of what’s going on, but she still manages to stand up for herself. Samantha is strongwilled, and loyal. She loves hard, and tries to keep a level head. Matthew annoyed me most of the time. But that’s because I felt he was acting selfish at times.
I like the premise of the book, and this is a great series beginner. I would have liked to know more about the Arcadians, and what the inner workings were. These things were glossed over. I hope that we get more detail in the following books. And holy mother cliffhanger! With an ending like that I want to know what happens next.