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{Review} Linked by Lisa Alden

 

 

 
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  • Title: Linked
  • Author: Lisa Alden
  • BN ID: 2940013026643
  • ASIN: B005DIX23Q
  • Publisher: Morning Gate Press
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Review Source: Author for Honest Review
  • Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Overview:

Fourteen-year-old Andra Quincy’s summer in Marina, the fog pit of Monterey County, isn’t exactly off to a great start. It’s her birthday, and her best friend has ditched her for a boy. Her parents are cruising the Caribbean while she’s at home rubbing her goose-bumpy arms and dreaming of sunshine and adventure, and being baby-sat by her flaky uncle, Ryan. But when Andra puts on her only birthday gift, a silver charm bracelet from Ryan, it plunges her into a magical alternate reality for each seven-o’clock hour.

Andra discovers that a local six-year-old, Morgan Baxter, thought to have been kidnapped, has actually disappeared into the Seven, a place that few have entered and most never escape. Determined to rescue Morgan from the Seven even though the kid is trying to kill her, Andra enlists the help of a dorky classmate she’s only known as Golf Ball Head, who turns out to be much more than she imagined, and Joel Westin, a trigger-happy boy from 1874, who both terrifies and charms her. Andra must figure out who to trust and how to get Morgan and herself out of the Seven before it’s too late and they become a part of it forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts on Linked:

 
Linked is not your everyday story, but Andra is your everyday girl. She finds herself stuck with her Uncle Ryan on her birthday as her parents take off on a last minute vacation. With her Uncle Ryan in tow they head off to her favorite restaurant, but from here everything starts to change when she receives a present from him: a beautiful bracelet and charm. However, when the bracelet brakes and the restaurant owner just happened to have a replacement, Andra finds herself in a magical plain of existence: The Seven.

 

Car chases, shoot outs, magic shooting every which way, and a beautiful horse that looks just like her charm…but there are consequences to the, The Seven. She can’t take the bracelet off or she will be forever stuck, nor can she die, or else she will be stuck forever. When Andra returns to her own time with this new knowledge she is frightened. That is until she watches the news, and sees the family of a missing girl she saw in The Seven.

 

Will Andre get lost forever? Does she save the missing little girl? You’ll have to read this captivating tale to find out all the juicy bits!

 

This was a well written story that most of us can relate to. Here is a young girl who is faced between saving herself, and risking her life to help a perfect stranger find her way home. The story was quite lovely with twists and turns in the plot that you never saw coming, but I fear giving too much away.

 

I highly recommend this story for young girls, boys, teens and even young adults. While the character’s age is quite young, it is this alternate world that is equally as captivating as Andra herself. The author did quite an amazing job, and I would go as far to recommend her work as well as purchase it for my children in the future.

 

 

 

 

My Rating

4 out of 5 Controllers

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