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From the offset, I was immersed and invested in the MC, Lily, who is stifled and grieving at the beginning of the novel. It was thrilling to watch how events unfolded and how the fantasy world was introduced (no spoilers ;) ).
Within the fantasy world (Tellis), there was so much to enjoy. The story occurs within this new world - rich with tales of elemental magic and strange communes. There's a hint of darkness - with stories of child snatchings. It was fascinating to see how Lily coped and became a part of this world. There are strange, exotic creatures, a new language and troubling family secrets all to be discovered.
I'm definitely excited to see what happens to the characters next - and read today that the next installment might be called, Fire Lily.
But I must evaluate the book on its own merits, and I can vouch for it. The love story in this book is cleverly weaved into the background, as I don’t favour romance novels much. Aiden is very likeable, a guy who wouldn’t harm a fly. And the chemistry between man and woman was unmistakeable.
The fantasy scenarios using paintings as portals were terrific. My only complaint about the new world is that it seems so similar to ours, just set back by a few hundred years or so. But it’s enthralling, and seems like a fantasy as everyone seems so happy, talented, and engaging. But certainly a place I’d like to visit.
There were some confusing points for me, which the author could clear up in a subsequent version. I’ll try to word them so as to not give away any key plot points.
I thought it could be better emphasized that each water mural did represent a certain geographical, real-life, splitting image of a lake, river, or waterfall. When this idea is first introduced, I can understand the reader not knowing, but once the story progresses past that point, this could be made more clear. So, in essence, when the main character Lily has to choose a mural, she’s actually choosing to go to a certain location. This could be made more clear.
Secondly, I was confused about the age and memories of certain people who pass through portals between different worlds (as opposed to just on the same planet, in the local environment). How come some remember, but some don’t? How come some are affected by Time, but others aren’t? That was very unclear to me and especially why travellers between worlds had completely different rules as to what happened once they got through.
There were some moments in the book where I groaned a little as to implausibility, but these are few and far in between. One involves an arrow, the other involves how evil a family is at the end of the story.
Great book, I would highly recommend, especially if you like magic. Some reviewers have commented that the back story of Lily’s life on Earth seems redundant, but I disagree. I like the introduction.
When Lily arrives at her grandmother’s, she learns her grandmother is missing. With Lily’s ability to think creatively, she unravels clues to find her. Lily is spiritually connected to water and is a healer. Lily meets Aiden who soon becomes her boyfriend. He’s adorable in the ways he protects her but also aloof and playful. He’s different from his evil family, and she differs from her mother.
Crystal Packard’s Lily Pad targets new adult readers. Heroine Lily faces new sides of her young life—recognition of who she is and falling in love. The author weaves vivid imagery into the story. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy. I look forward to more books from Crystal Packard.
I had mixed feelings about how to rate this book. The opening dragged. I felt like while some of it was needed to show the place where Lily was before her adventure, both physically and emotionally, it went on too long. So, the start of the book was probably a three for me. However, after about the twenty percent mark the story shifts into something beautifully paced, and cleverly written, easily a five-star effort. With that in mind, I’ve settled on four and still give this book a high recommendation. I will be reading the next part and I very much look forward to it.
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