The reviews are still coming in, and I’d like to thank Melissa of the Were & Vamps Romance website for her awesome four star review of The Return of the Key, featured as part of her Authors Month event.
This book was a great YA Read. Where to start? lol. As you read in the blurb. It is about a girl overcoming conflicts and it somewhat takes an magical realm, a loyal friend, and a romance to do so. So lets start with the plot. I found the plot to be believable. It had a nice rise, climax, and conclusion. The world building was good, I was hoping for a little bit more detail into the new realm. I did enjoy the writing, I found it very fitting for YA and yet not so young to be un-enjoyable by adults. You defiantly will not feel like your reading an elementary book. Kudos for that…The POV was refreshing. it switched often enough and in such a way to keep you hooked into the story. Overall, a great read, with a good moral, & I would recommend to any YA book lovers. 4 Stars Rating.
To read Melissa’s full review click here.
You’ll also find apart from the review, Melissa features an interview that she did with me. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. Visit her website to read more about the works from other authors on showcase this month.
Thanks to Kim Talks Tomes and the team at Crystal’s Many Reviewers for an amazing review of The Return of the Key. Here’s what Kim had to say about the early teen fantasy story:
This book is a beautifully written story that broke my heart. Eliza is a mixed race girl who lives with her grandparents. Eliza and her grandmother are sent away to England because of the racial discord going on on their island. It is there that she meets her new friend Gwen who is part fairy. I can’t give more away because you need to read the story to see where it goes, but I don’t think anyone will be disappointed spending the time to read it.
The Return of the Key is about more than a fantasy storyline. There is heartache, friendship, love, trust, and racial discussions all within this story. The author weaves a story full of depth and warmth – something that is not easy to find in a YA book. Eliza is full of so much self-doubt that she questions herself in everything. Gwen is a mixed race girl, also, and is an outcast in her own world. Their differences allow them to be shunned and treated terribly, but their friendship does not see those things that make them “different”. It’s not something most of us think about, but it does exist and affects so many young people in our world.
I really think this book is well worth the time to read. Just be prepared to ride a rollercoaster of emotions while reading.
Click here to read the full review on Crystal’s Many Reviewers.
The Return of the Key was a fun trip through a fantastical land and a great message to younger readers about the need to look past race and color in order to make your world a better place. The main character Eliza’s voyage through self-discovery running parallel to the story again is a powerful example to old and young alike about our capacity to grow and our high levels of self-worth. If Nurse does decide to turn this into a series I will be eagerly anticipating the next book.
Read the full review from On Writing here.
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Lady A of the awesome blog Literature Junkie Extraordinaire has given The Return of the Key four stars.
Thanks to Ash for taking the time to review this early teen/young adult novel, which explores so many important issues while taking the reader on an extraordinary, magical journey.
Here’s what Lady A had to say about The Return of the Key:
“The Return of the Key is a beautiful, heartwrenching story that takes you on an amazing adventure !
I simply adore Eliza, who is quite the enchanting character. You can tell that the author put a lot of time and thought into her. The plot is very adventurous and intriguing. It will have you reading the whole thing in one sitting !
Alisha Nurse belongs on every YA lovers bookshelf !”
Read her full review here.
Thanks to Erin Crazy (‘the crazy cat lady librarian’) of the barbarianlibrarian blog for this amazing review!
“Imagine Legend and Labyrinth with a pinch civil rights and self acceptance. That’s basically the heart of this book. Eliza, a teenager of mixed races, has had a hard go at life. Believed only to be accepted by her family, she flees her small island to seek refuge with her aunt and grandmother while racial tensions fill her home town. The new quiet town she finds herself in may be no safer than her last home, for people keep mysteriously disappearing. Armed with her new friend Gwen, the two discover a hidden realm whose entrance has been mysteriously opened. Together, along with two faeries, they must help save the realm from hidden enemies, return a stolen key, all in order to make it back home. Can Eliza have enough faith in herself to complete the journey?
Filled with lush detail, inventive creatures, scenarios, and schemes. This book is great for young fantasy readers.Themes of identity, self-confidence, and loyalty will resonate with readers. A great fantasy adventure novel for teens grades five and up.”
“…a short and unique read. If you like fairy tales and fantasy, this is a great read. It’s short but it’s only by the last page, do you begin to realise how much you’ve attached to the story and characters” – Fangirl World blog
Read the full review here.
The Return of the Key has had a really cool review by Shaiyra of the really awesome gottareadthatbook review blog.
Shaiyra says “I’ve got to say, I do love the names in this book, but mostly, I love the moral…I believe this is not a stand-alone novel and will be part of a series as Alisha has confirmed! Whoop whoop! I absolutely cannot wait!”
Read out the full here.
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‘Alisha Nurse’s The Return of the Key is a thrilling plunge into a fantasy world filled with magic and adventure, yet it’s uncannily real. An incredible voyage of an unassuming girl has the ‘Alice at the other side of the mirror effect’, in which the quirky and surreal realm is the reflection of the earthly trials and tribulations’ – Elena Krovvidi, Journalist, Russia Beyond The Headlines
‘An imaginative and engaging story of mystical places and heroic characters’ – Lynda Anning, Author, Dreams of Death