Blurb: “Normal” means different things to different people. For sixteen-year-old Sadie Larcen, family dynamics look a little different than most. Parents with oddball occupations? Normal. Five homeschooled siblings—one with autism? Normal.
Police knocking on the door and parents gone missing? Definitely not normal!
When Sadie uncovers the reasons behind her parents’ disappearance and the truth about her heritage, she despairs of ever feeling normal again. Especially when she learns that her mother’s interest in Bigfoot, Dwarves, and other lore extends beyond her popular blog. Sadie’s family has been entrusted with keeping the secrets of the Tethered World—home to creatures that once roamed the Garden of Eden.
Sadie and her siblings must venture into this land to rescue their parents. Stepping out of reality and into a world she never knew existed is a journey Sadie fears and resents. But she chooses to risk all to save her family.
She’s just not sure she will survive in the process.
“Home to creatures that once roamed the Garden of Eden.” – Now that’s an interesting premise to a story! While marketed as a YA , The Tethered World by Heather L.L. FitzGerald felt more like a coming-of-age Middle Grade to me. Which isn’t a bad thing. Rather than the stereotypical YA adventure; heavy on the romance and “chosen-one” syndrome, this story focuses on family and growing up. There is very light hinting toward possible future romance and the violence is mild – tension-building but not gratuitous. The variety of mythical creatures was fun – leprechauns, trolls, dwarves and gnomes (they aren’t the same thing), nephilim (!!) and more. Christianity is a very natural part of the story rather than preached at the reader. I did feel like the story was a little slow to get off the ground – things start with a bang but then it takes a few chapters before the trio head out on their adventure. It made sense as part of the story setup but I was anxious for them to get going so I chafed a bit waiting. All in all this is a fun story, with no cliff-hanger but ending with the door wide-open to explore even more of the mysterious Tethered World.
What mythical creature would you love to see in a book?
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