Sunday, January 14, 2018

Review: Bridge of the Gods

34014135 Bridge of the Gods by Diane Rios
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Twelve-year-old Chloe Ashton is an only child living in the remote wilderness of Oregon. She spends her days happily exploring the forests around her home, and is astonished to find the animals seem to know her, to follow her, and even try to speak to her. When a family tragedy results in Chloe's abduction and sale to the vagabonds, she is taken deeper into the woods, and finds out just how much the animals know. Set at a time when technology is first touching the west, there is an evil rising in the land. The country is under attack, and all creatures, man and beast, must hide. The old legends speak of an ancient, natural magic deep within the mountains and rivers, and as Chloe struggles to survive, she finds that it still exists deep within the forests. Friendship can be found even in the darkest of places, and it doesn't always come in human form. Bridge of the Gods is a novel for all ages about the magical power of nature, and of finding friendship in the darkest of places.

*I received a copy for review from the KidLitExchange on Instagram. This does not affect my review.*

This one was hard for me to rate, I loved the nature and animals, but at the end was left with a lot of questions. I understand this is part of a series, so I hope to get answers later in the series. That said, I always struggle with the first book in a series, and often find each book draws me deeper into the world it holds. I really give this a 3.5 but couldn't bring myself to give it a four. I loved Chloe, and her friends were very interesting. I am curious to know more about the hospital, and more about the people and creatures of the North. I look forward to more of this series!

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