Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish. The Lady in Black burns Sera’s memories. Unexplainable Premonitions catapult her to other cities. The Grungy Gang wants to kill her. And a beautiful, mysterious boy stalks her. But when Sera moves to Chicago, and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries-old secret society, she is immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysteries that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she’ll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most. Wander Dust is the breathtaking fantasy that will catapult you through a story of time, adventure, and love.
Sixteen year old Seraphina “Sera” Parrish is at a restaurant with her father and his girlfriend when some very bazaar things take place. These strange happenings keep occurring to the point that Sera is completely questioning her sanity. It’s not long before Sera’s father gives in to his feelings of failure and sends Sera to live with her Aunt Mona. It turns out that this was just what Sera needs. Mona has the answers to what’s been going on. Sera isn’t insane. She’s a Wanderer. She’s then enrolled in a special school for kids with “gifts.” There are three gifts: Wanderers, Seers, and Protectors. Wanderers have the ability to go back in time to view history. While this would on its own be quite an adjustment, there are some other major issues to deal with. A group of people want to use their gifts to change history to suit their own desires. These people want Sera dead. To top off this big issue, Sera still has the normal teenage issues to deal with, too. She’s falling for her Protector, Max Bishop, but she isn’t into boyfriend stealing.
While I enjoyed this book, I’d say it is probably geared more towards younger teens. I could still relate to it, but I did find a few parts to be silly – like fully decked out co-ed apartments. These were things, though, that a teen would probably find awesome. So, I didn’t fault the author with these little things that were unrealistic. It was a fast paced read, and I thought the characters were well-developed. There were places that I laughed out loud and others that had me all tensed up. The plot kept me intrigued, and with this being a trilogy, I still don’t have all the answers. I did appreciate, though, that although this is a series, and you don’t get all the answers, it still felt like it was a complete book. It doesn’t just end on a cliffhanger. For me personally, I give it a rating of a low 4 stars. I wasn’t overwhelmed with its awesomeness, but I did enjoy it nonetheless. I’ll definitely read the next in the series, and I’m looking forward to other books from Michelle.
About the Author
Michelle Warren is the author of Wander Dust, the first book in The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy. She didn’t travel the road to writer immediately. First, she spent over a decade as professional illustrator and designer. Her artistic creativity combined with her love of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy led her to write her first YA novel. Michelle loves reading and traveling to places that inspire her to create. She resides in Maryland, in a historic Baltimore row-home, with her wonderful husband.
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