Title: The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal by Ashley Scheller
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult – Fantasy
Length: 329 pages
Publication Date: September 10, 2015
Publisher: Howling Wolf, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating – 3/5 – I liked it
At five, her presence alone could transform lions into human-like beings. At nine, she could manipulate everything inanimate, in turn, creating her surroundings to her liking. She is their Saqui, a precious child with awesome power.
Now, if she could only remember.
A 12-year-old girl awakens after a long sleep and, mysteriously, has no recollection of her past. Upon the insistence of four, who claim to be her guardians and friends, Kayla begins to read from a bizarre diary, hoping to gain her memories before she loses her kingdom. A journey of self-discovery, wonder and adventure begins when she opens the covers made of crystal.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal! I want to thank the author and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal is about a young girl named Kayla who wakes up in a strange place with no memory of who she is or how she got there. The people in this place are basically shape shifting animals that are separated into tribes that peacefully coexist with each other like zebras, birds and lions. Kayla looks completely different from them and her presence caused them to change. Over time she changes as well.
This story is a fantasy story so I was excited to read it. I was intrigued by the prospect of reading about shapeshifting animals and magic. I want to make sure to mention the gorgeous cover of this book. Isn’t it beautiful? I have fallen in love with and just love looking at it.
I definitely thought that the story itself was promising. The issues I had with it were mostly editing issues but I think maybe it just wasn’t entirely for me, although like I said I did like it. There were a lot of characters which was a good thing. Each chapter was told from alternating perspectives which I typically fall head over heels in love with but it alternated between a lot of different characters at different timeframes. The narrative switched from like past to present and back again and that for me was a little bit confusing. I don’t know if I’ve read a book like that yet so it was interesting to experience but hard to get used to.
I can’t decide on my favorite character because there were quite a few that I liked and enjoyed. One thing about the alternating perspectives that I mentioned above that I loved was getting to know many of the individual characters and then seeing their thoughts about the other people and events in the story.
I ended up giving this book three stars because I liked it and found it to be pretty enjoyable. It is the first book in a series. I would definitely give the second book a read to see where this goes as it does end on a good cliffhanger. I think younger fantasy fans may enjoy this book as some of the characters are younger and grow in the story.
About the Author
Ashley Scheller has always liked creating. Currently residing in Omaha with her family, if she isn’t sewing costumes inspired from medieval times or anime characters she is writing. Passionate about both hobbies, she loves to connect with fellow costumers and writers through social media. The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal is her first book and has planned an exciting trilogy for the title.