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Running from Secrets by Stephanie Void

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
Bethany has never felt as alone as she feels in Linwood—until she dreams up Chime, a woman on the run because of a magic crime she didn’t commit. The dreams get more and more urgent, so Bethany tries to banish them by writing them down, only to discover she’s stumbled into the role of unwitting controller of Chime’s world.

Chime is real here, and so is the possessed queen, minion army, mysterious professor, Vault Five, wind chimes with a secret code, child’s rhyme that can kill, the naked painting, and other things Chime’s story leads her to.

She has to fix the story without erasing Chime and her world, because if she erases Chime, she will die as well

The View:

I just realized that this book was left out on my reviews. I read this when I was going through a phase of “Reading more and Blogging less”. It is really sad that I didn’t get to post my review earlier, but better late than never.

Bethany had lost her twin sister Antonio and to help the family cope with the tragedy they move to a new place. As soon as they move in, a stranger knocks at their door and warns Bethany of the ‘evil’ forest. In her new environment Bethany has this incredible desire to write and through her words creates a vivid imaginative world that would suck her in.

At 17, Bethany displayed a lot more imagination then expected. She is both strong and brave but also appeared confused and disoriented in a few scenes (making her realistic). My hot favorites however where the Queen and Chime. I could picturise both these characters as a lot of depth was evident in their portrayal.

The language used in the book is simple and descriptive. It takes a serious author to effectively convey the transition that happens between the two worlds that Bethany is caught in. Stephanie Void does a great job at this. While at some places the plot appeared to drag on, it caught up with the fast pace in the rest of the plot.

I enjoyed this book tremendously and though I read it quite some time ago, I remember every character and event of the plot as if I read it yesterday. “Running from Secrets” is one of those books that will leave a lasting impression on you. Rated a 4 on 5 for the tremendous creativity and the drastically different plot.

I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.



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