Publication Date: January 17, 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
Synopsis: Being a teenager is tough, especially when you have to pretend to be something you’re not, and you’re in love with someone you shouldn’t. 115 years ago, a small planet called Arcadia was invaded by a vicious alien race and nearly destroyed. Cut off from their resources, the Arcadians turned to Earth for help. A group of Arcadian explorers discovered a Prophecy that claimed their salvation lay in the hands of two children from Earth. To ensure their safety, the Arcadian Council sent their most gifted youngsters to Earth to act as protectors. Samantha is one of them.
To succeed in her mission she must learn to control her Arcadian powers and keep her true identity from her best friend, and the girl she swore to protect, Alexia. But Samantha will soon realize that nothing is as it seems. Someone is trying to prevent the Prophecy from taking place and the prophecy boy hasn't been found yet. There is also a new drug circulating at school that is turning students into freakishly strong menaces.
To make matters worse, distractions keep getting in her way. Such as her love/hate relationship with her “cousin” Matthew. Or her confused feelings toward popular and mysterious Julian. She wants nothing more than to be free to live her life. But the survival of Arcadia depends on her and her friends. Free will is not an option.
Review: Over 100 years ago, the Arcadian planet was attacked and nearly destroyed by an alien race. Explorers found a prophecy which heralded the Arcadian’s salvation by two Earth children. Sending Arcadian children to Earth to become the protectors of the saviors has its own risks, but they were what the task called for. Now they and their charge are teenagers, so distractions and angst abound. Told in three voices, THE PROPHECY OF ARCADIA is a paranormal teen fantasy/romance. All of the characters were vivid, not just the three main characters – Samantha, Matthew, and Alexia. The different points of view throughout the story gave it more emotional depth. I would have liked to see more of the training of the Arcadian kids’ powers. We see them used, but I’d have loved to seen more about the actual training process. I would have also loved to have learned more about where these powers originate and how they’re determined (are they passed down in family lines, spontaneous, etc.?). I did find the story flowed well and the plot didn’t stumble. THE PROPHECY OF ARCADIA will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.