Akarnae by Lynette Noni – Review

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Akarnae is the debut novel of Sunshine Coast author, Lynette Noni. It’s the first novel in The Medoran Chronicles: a five-part series. Fitting comfortably in the YA fantasy genre, Akarnae follows the story of 16-year-old Alex as her life changes dramatically. The story begins with Alex arriving at her new school. On her way to enrol, Alex finds herself stepping through a peculiar door that leads out into a forest. The door, of course, is a portal leading her to an entirely new world. Alex finds herself in Medora, which is similar to earth – but far, far cooler. Alex finds her way to Akarnae, which is a boarding school for the gifted, and learns that for some strange reason she was expected there. Not only is she to be enrolled, but she will also attend classes where she will hone her skills: both intellectual and physical. Alex soon grows fond of her new friends and new world, but strange things begin to happen at Akarnae, and Alex can’t help but fear that something unexpected is looming. Desperate to find her way back to earth, Alex learns that her only hope in getting home is through the headmaster of the school who, coincidentally, is away and not due back for some time. So, in the meantime, Alex has to stay in Medora, study at Akarnae, and continue to try to understand this strange new world.

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Dealing with Challenges and Finding Creative Space

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Last night I injured myself playing a football game. I was running with the ball, changed direction quickly and *pop* (you could hear it) – my knee gave way. What followed involved lots of pain; four hours in the emergency department; multiple doctors and nurses; tests and an x-ray; a painful sleep; two more hours at the doctor’s surgery this morning, and an MRI scan. What the doctors suspect is a tear in the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) of my left knee. Now I have to wear a full leg brace and get around on crutches. I find out the severity of it on Monday, but at this stage, recovery is approximately 3-6 weeks. Not too bad for ligament damage, thankfully. I’m off work for at least a week at this stage but hopefully can get back there really soon. Why am I telling you all this? Simple: because it serves as a reminder that things in life happen. When things happen that are negative or challenging, we all have choices to make. Do we sit in frustration, play the victim and wallow in self-pity, or do we make something positive from the situation?

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