This is a really fun start to a young adult fantasy series! Juno and the Lady is the first book in the Acre Series, and I am looking forward to continuing with the next book!
As this is a fantasy novel, there is a great world to build, and a magical system to put in place. I thought the author did a good job of getting the details into the story without making it feel like a laundry list to get through. At times I thought that it may have gone a little too fast, but the pacing smoothed out a bit after the first few chapters.
I found the characters to be easy to like and connect with. I was quickly invested in their story, and I needed to know what was going to happen. I enjoyed the friendship focus, and the exciting moments that put problems to overcome in their way! I thought that the character arcs were well-done and left room for growth in future novels.
I would recommend this one for readers who enjoy YA fantasy!
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Juno’s beloved Petra is dead.
Petra’s replacement, the mysterious Lady, has put Juno’s best friend Tilly under a dark spell that has left Juno with nobody she can trust.
With only Chax, her kitten, for company, Juno escapes from her school to a town at the bottom of the cliffs.
A town ruled by men.
Alone, scared, and without friends, Juno feels an unknown power growing inside her. A power she knows she will one day have to harness. With all lost, a dark figure from within the shadows cups her mouth and whispers in her ear to keep quiet.
Juno joins her new friends but just as she starts to learn how the world really works, the ill-tempered Dr Viktor demands an audience.
Juno and the Lady is a young woman’s journey into a land of the old ways, where men rule, and women are property.
With unlikely friendships, forbidden love and burning magic, can Juno change the conventions of old? Can she save the town? And will she figure out who the Lady truly is?
Just the Facts:
Juno and the Lady by G.J. Kemp
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: TB5 Publishing
Pub Date: September 16, 2021
A nomad at heart, GJ has lived in nine countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His career has included working as a Divemaster in The Red Sea, a zookeeper in Israel, and a proofreader in Sweden.
Born with cerebral palsy, GJ has spent a lifetime trying to tie his shoelaces while standing up in the hope of not falling over. It is a constant challenge, but sometimes he occasionally succeeds.
Finding the love for writing later in life, GJ spends most of his free time going for walks and dreaming of story ideas. He hopes to one day have a small place on the oceanfront where he can walk his dogs on the beach.
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.