3 out of 4 stars
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Father and daughter, Richard E. Buckner and Suelynn N. Parker have teamed up to write Aryana and the Moon Goddess (Told by Elique). Elique is a fairy-like creature, who, not only tells this fairy tale story but also plays an important role throughout the adventures of Hadiya.
This story is about 17-year-old Princess Hadiya who goes on a quest to find the only thing that might possibly limit the evil Moon Goddess Calista’s powers. Spurred by anger and hate, Hadiya wants to stop Calista from her control over the kingdoms and get revenge on her murdering innocent people. Hadiya visits many different places and meets many different characters, some who help her and others who battle against her. Hadiya must overcome fears, doubts, and her own imperfections. Her success will affect many people for years to come.
The book was structured very well. I liked that the plot was driven by the importance of finding the artifact that could make a difference for so many. I best liked that though Hadiya had to go on the quest basically alone, she had many who helped her along the way. Just like life, many people or experiences may discourage or make a person fearful to endure and to overcome obstacles, but Hadiya was able to push towards the goal. I thought the ending and the different resolutions were satisfying. There may be another book after this one, as the ending made that a possibility.
I least liked that the book was not edited well. There were several misspelled and missing words throughout the book. I did not like the use of “anyways” that was used at least ten times by different characters. There was a problem with the formatting of every chapter, which had extra empty lines in the first paragraph as well as a problem with the drop caps. There wasn’t anything in the story itself that I didn’t like. It was very interesting, captivating, and action-packed.
I rate Aryana and the Moon Goddess 3 out of 4 stars. Because of the formatting and editing errors, I deducted one star from the rating. However, the book deserves a three-star rating because the story and the plot were both enjoyable, the characters were well developed, and the multiple resolutions were all satisfying. If the book would undergo professional editing, I would gladly rate it a four star.
If you enjoy reading fairy tales with all kinds of magical creatures and places that includes a big adventure, you will definitely find this book worth reading. This book is suitable for children and young adults, though many adults would also enjoy it.
Aryana and the Moon Goddess (Told by Elique)
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