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Fantastic Premise
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Unlike anything I've read before.

The Story:
Alora is of two worlds. During her waking hours, she's a human girl with no family except her brother and barely enough to get by ever since she ran from social services.
When she goes to sleep, she lives in a fantasy world where she has the power to Lift, which is basically moving things with her mind and her energy. And people are after her in both worlds. Certain there's more reality in her dreams than anyone else believes, Alora knows time is running out. There's an army coming for her, and everything, everyone she loves in both worlds is in danger.

What I loved:
Nothing in this story happened like I expected it to. It surprised me at every turn and that's not easy to do. Alora is a fantastic character, both versions of her. The book switches back and forth between her POV in each world and she never strays from who she is, a strong, capable girl who is torn between doing what's right and doing what's right for her. Her relationship with her brother is endearing and heartbreaking all in one. Honestly, there's not anything to dislike about this book. From the Egyptian mythology expertly woven in, to the intricate world building of two worlds, it's a well-crafted book that's hard to put down.

What was just okay:
That it ended and I don't know what happens next. I need more.

Final Verdict:
A new favorite of the year with genius world building, characters that are easy to root for, and a plot that kept me reading long into the night.
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