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Born in Bangor, Maine, author Kristen Taber spent her childhood at the feet of an Irish storytelling grandfather, learning to blend fact with fiction and imagination with reality. She lived within the realm of the tales that captivated her, breathing life into characters and crafting stories even before she could read.
Those stories have since turned into over a hundred poems, several short tales, and five manuscripts in both the Young Adult and Adult genres. Currently, Ms. Taber is completing the five-part Ærenden series from her home office in the suburbs of Washington D.C.
on Oct. 22, 2012 :
I am really surprised by how much I liked this book. I say that only because Aerenden: The Child Returns is definitely not the genre of books I generally. To be honest, I only read this book because the author is in a Goodreads group that I am in and this book was chosen as Book of the Month.
The start of the book captured my interest immediately with the intense description of Meghan's "dream." It took me a little thinking to figure out what was a dream and what wasn't,but that's probably due to reading the first part while in a pretty noisy ambiance.
Because of the nature of the book, I thought there was no way I'd be able to find the characters believable...wrong again! I found myself empathizing with Nick and Meghan's relationship.
And as for the "creatures" that killed Meghan's parents, they seemed like they truly were straight out of a nightmare. Taber's descriptions of the creatures gave me the creeps because, although I knew they weren't real, they were realistic to me.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who, like me, doesn't generally give a book of this nature a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised just as I was. And of course I recommend Arenden to fans of this genre. I think it'll blow your mind.
(reviewed long after purchase)