by Ruth Silver


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ISBN-13: 9780615984292
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication date: 04/26/2014
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required, because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. Upcoming works include Royal Reaper, a young adult series about grim reapers, due for release June 3rd, 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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Orenda 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
bluestocking01 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I decided to review this book basically sight unseen.  I knew a little of what the book was about but not much.  I was really surprised to find myself enjoying it!  This book is geared towards the YA crowd and sometime they miss the mark with me.  This story is about Willow "Lil" and how she dreams of a different world were her counterpart resides.  Little does she know that one dream leads to a whole new adventure in Orenda where she meets Willow-her doppelganger.  This adventure covers everything from an evil Soceress to an Elfin Queen.  It's quite an adventure for an ordinary girl that has never had anything exciting happen to her.   There were a couple plot twists in the book that took me a moment to digest!  This story really does have it all!   On a side note I've let my 10yr old read this book and she loved it as well. She can't wait for the next one to come out and frankly neither can I! 
MariahEllis More than 1 year ago
Looking at the cover for ORENDA, and reading the synopsis, made me think that this was a book I would really enjoy; however, almost everything about this story was just wrong. ORENDA moved extremely quickly, which meant that Ruth Silver was unable to set up either of the worlds. Everything in Orenda is supposed to be opposite from what is in the real world. This idea intrigued me, and I would have really loved to see the drastic differences, but was unable to do so. Because the novel moved so fast, it was also easy to get confused as to what character was speaking or who was doing what unless it was clearly stated. The characters were severely underdeveloped. I saw no change in them from the beginning of the novel to the end. I enjoy being able to tell when a character has grown and learned from all of the experiences he/she has gone though, but Silver did not provide this. There was also no difference from the initial characters and their doppelgangers. Everybody seemed to act and speak the same way, so at times it was hard to differentiate between them. Silver had a wonderful idea for ORENDA; unfortunately, it just was not executed to the full extent that it should have been. I did encounter a few passages that were humorous, but it was not enough to save the novel. The cover for ORENDA is absolutely beautiful, it is what first drew me to the book, but it is very misleading. It gives me the impression that Lil can see Orenda through the river/pond she is looking in, or perhaps even use the body of water to travel to the world, but neither of these possibilities are true. Silver has authored several novels, and I am open to the idea of giving another a try. She seems to have good concepts, and I would like to see whether or not she is able to carry them out fully in a different novel.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Orenda has a cover which makes me gasp because of its beauty, though unfortunately this time the story failed to capture me in its magic. I have been a fan of Ruth Silver since reading Aberrant and previously her stories have been rich in description, with vivid and interesting characters. In Orenda, however, her writing style seems different and in my opinion, her characters are mostly one-dimensional. Though the plot moves quickly, events and their repercussions are not fully explained. At the core of Orenda is the ideas of parallel worlds and doppelgangers, which is intriguing. I was a little taken aback by the enthusiasm of Lil and Bray, who seem unsurprised by the challenges which face them and a little too eager to meet fae and fight magic! The added romance is sweet, but it feels a little unnatural and created more to fulfil the reader's expectations than because it is necessary to the story's development. Although my reaction to Orenda is a little mixed, it has plenty to offer fantasy readers and think it would appeal to many middle-grade readers, as well as those who enjoy the young adult genre. *This complimentary review copy was exchanged for my honest opinion.*
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
Lil discovers an alternate world similar to her own, including Willow, Lil's very own doppelganger. In Orenda, Willow has a younger brother, Jamie, the same age as Lil's younger sister, Jamey. But that's not where the weirdness ends. When Lil accidentally ends up in Orenda, and her best friend, Bray, comes looking for her, her life becomes a nightmare. She's forced to rescue Willow and Bray from an evil sorceress who brought about the Scourge to Orenda and plans on doing the same in Lil's world. She meets Willow's boyfriend, Rawlie and his good looking cousin, Hudson, who may or may not have a thing for Lil. They go to the Fae for help, and everything culminates in a pretty intense climax, with the door wide open for a sequel and a return visit to Orenda. Plot The story opens with a bang, but then takes its time getting back there. The plot moves, but also sort of meanders in that movement. All Lil initially wants is to go home, but she can't do that without Willow's help, nor can she leave her best friend, Bray, behind. There were several really good plot twists I never saw coming. The book is pretty short, particularly for the fantasy genre. Many events are told to us rather than being shown. I think this could have been a really engaging read, where I was completely immersed in the world of Orenda, with a little deeper point of view and drawing out some of the pivotal moments a little more.  But the story is definitely interesting and I will definitely read Elfinland, book 2 in the series, when it comes out. World Building The world building is good. Orenda is fascinating place, and I would have loved for the author to have spent more time drawing me into it, showing me more of this world. Most fantasy is really heavy on world building, and I felt Orenda could have used a bit more. It's an intriguing place, but I feel like we've only really scratched the surface instead of being immersed in it. Characters Because Ruth Silver uses third-person point of view, it's difficult to get very deep into any one character and the random head-hopping can be distracting. But the characters are interesting and not stereotypical. It would have been nice to get a little deeper inside their heads, though. Top Five Things I Enjoyed About  Orenda 1. The Lil/Willow dynamic. These two doppelgangers are not the same and their love/hate relationship with each other is snappy. 2. The Lil/Jamey and Willow/Jamie relationships. I love the sibling love between these kids. 3. Hudson. He's probably the most interesting character in the story. I can't wait to see more of him in the next book. 4. Orenda. Although I feel like I need to know more about it, the pink skies alone have me itching to go back. 5. The infinity suit. Because who doesn't want clothes that can save your life? Bottom Line Orenda is a decent first book in a fantasy series that lacks some depth, but is a fun, fast read. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  Whoa! I really enjoyed Ruth Silver's Dead Girl Walking, so I was excited to have the chance to read another one of her works. Fantasy has always been a genre that I have a lot of love for, but can get easily bored with. Orenda never presented that problem! It was so fast paced and engaging that I was absolutely absorbed!    This book is brimming with adventure and unexpected twists and turns. All of the characters, even the evil sorceress, were so well thought out and I enjoyed them all immensely. Lil was my favorite, though. The courage and bravery that she showed was really admirable. I loved going on this adventure with her!    Ruth Silver is easily moving into my favorite author category. Her books are always so rich with detail and descriptions. It took no time before I was lost between the pages of Orenda. If you love fantasy worlds that promise adventure and a brilliant escape, look no further than Orenda!  **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
C_Lawson More than 1 year ago
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and agreed to read it because I enjoy Ruth Silver’s writing style. This book is a young adult fantasy novel which is not a genre I normally read, but it took me back to younger days when this would have been right up my alley. When Lil finds herself transported to Orenda, she is first convinced that it’s merely a dream. Lil quickly discovers this is not the case and sets out on a journey that she never would have imagined possible. I don’t want to give up too many details, but I believe this story could easily be enjoyed by readers as young as ten and would be enjoyed most by preteens and teens. Ruth Silver does a fantastic job of creating the fantasy world of Orenda. It was well-crafted and easy to picture. The characters are all likable and easy to connect to, with the exception of the evil sorceress bent on destroying two worlds. The story moved at a fast pace and was filled with action. This is book one in a series, so it does end with some unanswered questions and unsolved plots. Still, it was not an unsatisfying ending. A great start to this series.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
I was first drawn to this book by its beautiful cover. I am so in love with it, and I'd have added it to my TBR pile no matter what lay beneath the cover just because it is so stunning. Thankfully, what lay beneath the cover was an amazing and enthralling fantasy adventure with exciting characters, interesting mythology and spellbinding magic, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. I wasn't completely sold on this story at the very beginning, but the minute Lil found herself in Orenda and all chaos ensued, I was hooked and along for the ride. With writing that flowed off the page it was easy to fall into the pages of this book and get lost in the mystical world created by Silver. There were times when I felt things happened to easily for the characters, or perhaps there wasn't quite enough conflict in particular situations, but I was enjoying this read so much I didn't allow that to deter me. The final moments when Lil and her friends returned to Elfinland were heart-wrenching. I had to wonder if the circumstances were for the best what with Lil and Hudson being from different worlds, but I am hopeful that things may change for the better in book 2. Overall this was an great read that will appeal to readers of all ages.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
Love fantasy? Love epicness? How about parallel worlds? Then Orenda will be right up your alley. One of my bookish goals is reading all of Ruth Silver's books, and this is my second one by her. I recently read Dead Girl Walking and loved it. I'm happy to find out Orenda is the first in a series - when I initially added it to my to-be-read list, I thought it was a standalone - and after reading it in one sitting, I need more of Lil and Willow.  Lil thought she was having a dream when she finds herself in an alternate reality - she's still in her house but her family photographs have been replaced with pictures of her with a little boy. No photos of her parents or sister can be found. She's can't find her parents or her sister anywhere. When she wakes up, a small clue leads her to believe it was more than just a dream, and she's right.  It's up to Lil to save Willow in Orenda, the world parallel to Lil's, and if she doesn't, her own world will be in danger, too. I can understand her trepidation in helping out virtual strangers in a world she didn't know existed until a day or two ago. I think for me, I probably would have been like, "Yeah, let's go beat that demon sorceress!" I'm always looking for adventure though - one of the reasons I love reading and losing myself in books. I've never read about a demon sorceress, so that was fresh and original - and I LOVED IT!  When Lil finds out her friend Bray has been kidnapped along with Willow, I admired her for taking up training with a sword to make the rescue. I love reading about romance, adventure, and kick ass characters, and Lil and Willow are definitely both kick ass ladies.  While the pacing was a bit quick for me, I still enjoyed Orenda immensely. It was a breath of fresh air, and I can't wait for more!
BadBoatyGirl More than 1 year ago
great fantasy book, i really liked it and would recomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago