A few weeks ago, I read and absolutely loved Language of the Bear by Nathanael Green and Evan Ronan. So when Evan emailed me and asked me if I’d like to review another one of his new releases, OtherWorld, I immediately said yes, and started reading less than a week later.
Aoife Finley is bursting with creativity. She is an expert daydreamer and her imagination knows no bounds. Her daydreams often take her to the same place: Paxum. Based off of her hometown of Paxon, Paxum is Aoife’s private imaginary world, where her best friends are a mysterious Woman in Green, a talking recycling bin, and a barbecue who used to be a ferocious dragon. But one day, the Woman in Green visits Aoife in the real world to tell her something bad is happening in Paxum. Someone else has been changing things, and they aren’t good. Aoife no longer has control of her imaginary world, and soon, Paxum and Paxon start to merge. People are loosing their imaginations. Aoife has a strong suspicion that the creepy Mr. Peterson has something to do with it. And she’s the only one who can save both Paxum and Paxon, and recover her friends’ imaginations.
OtherWorld is Evan Ronan’s first foray into young adult (he usually writes thrillers). Personally, I’d classify OtherWorld as more of a middle-grade novel, but, like most of my favorite middle-grade literature, I think it can be appreciated by readers of all ages. It definitely reminded me what it’s like to truly have a child’s imagination.
I really enjoyed this book! OtherWorld is extremely creative and will definitely speak to anyone’s inner child. I also would highly recommend this as a fun novel to read with your middle school kids (Amazon recommends it for grades 4-7) – I am planning on reading it with one of the kids I tutor.
After seeing how well Ronan does both YA/middle-grade and adult historical fiction, I am definitely looking forward to reading more of his writing!
OtherWorld can be purchased on Kindle by clicking here (it’s free on Kindle Unlimited!).
Note: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my unbiased review.