Review of The Liminal

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Review of The Liminal

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Liminal" by Michael Padjen.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Callie was ten when she first discovered an incredible ability. In her dreams, she can traverse a place unlike any other—the Liminal. One morning, during her travels, she wakes up with her brother Luca gone. In a different timeline, a seemingly fun and exciting trip by a group of friends turns into a tragedy. With a monster on the loose, missing kids, and forgotten memories, the story culminates into an exciting adventure.

Michael Padjen's The Liminal is a supernatural thriller novel that caters to young adults. The book tells two stories from two different timelines: 1972 and 2022. What I like the most about this book is that it successfully blends the two seemingly different narratives into one seamless story. Everything connects and ties together, blurring the line between the past and the present. The non-linear storytelling elicits so much anticipation, as each chapter ends with a cliffhanger and begins the next chapter in a different timeline.

The fantasy and supernatural elements in this book are supported by vivid descriptions. One can imagine the mystique of this strange, dream-like space and feel the tension every time the characters find themselves in difficult situations. At the heart of the story are essentially children and teenagers who are going through exhilarating adventures while facing real-life dilemmas. One can never go wrong with an adventure story told from the perspective of young characters. Also, Callie's narrative is somehow a coming-of-age tale. I like how we see her brave all those life hurdles and come out of them stronger and wiser.

I especially like it when an adventure story doesn't preoccupy itself too much with the intricate plot. In this story, it is so easy to care for the characters because they are so in touch with their emotions. They can process what they feel after a particular situation, which is a hugely positive aspect for me. It makes the story and the characters unforgettable. 

Overall, this is a great novel that is both exciting and heartwarming. I don't have anything negative to say about it. I'm giving it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. The text is free of any errors, so the editing must be excellent. The storytelling technique is executed well, and the characters are all endearing and three-dimensional. If you're into young adult fantasy or supernatural books with themes of friendship and family, this story is definitely worth a try.

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I really enjoyed this book. It's hard to put down once you start reading. It is suspenseful as well as intriguing, your imagination will take off. Thanks for the review, it was a nice one 👍
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