Emily Knight I Am by A. Bello


Rating: 4/5

 

Genre: Junior Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 13+ (some mature scenes)

 

Favorite Quote: “She understood if she wanted to live, this was a war she had to be ready for.”

 

How does it feel to be different and misunderstood? And who cares? Emily Knight is young and famous, self-aware and intelligent. But what if the one thing that makes Emily different also makes her a target for evil? Can she defend herself…and everything she loves? A.Bello breaks boundaries with this gritty and gripping fantasy novel – Amazon.com

 

I received a paperback copy of this book for free from the publishing company in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my decision in anyway.

 

I enjoy reading junior novels. They’re simplistic and relaxing. Emily Knight is not any different. This sweet novel features a diverse cast of characters and their journey to discover and explore their growing powers in a special school. The main character, Emily Knight, is a famous, intelligent young girl who is on the wrong side of the law at the beginning of the novel. She has tremendous character growth throughout the novel, as do a few of the other characters in the novel. The plot is also well developed and the writing was very easy to follow.

 

While I generally enjoyed the novel I did feel that there were a lot of characters in the novel that were just off-handedly mentioned. It made the book a little confusing at times to have such a wide cast of characters. The book only really focused on about a dozen of these characters and I feel more time should have been devoted to them and their development. I also felt the pacing was weird at times. It went from slow to fast pace at times in the novel. Other than these issues I really loved the novel and I feel that this would be a perfect novel for any kid that fell in love with the Harry Potter series. And that includes any kid at heart.

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