Book Review: The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson

I have to share this wonderful book review with you on a story that I absolutely loved. The Secret of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson. This is a wonderful fantasy novel full of action and adventure. 

Title: The Secrets of Solace

By: Jaleigh Johnson

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 384

Release Date: March 8th, 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Lina Winterbock lives in the mountain strongholds of Solace. She’s an apprentice to the archivists, the wise men and women whose lives are dedicated to cataloging, studying, and preserving the objects that mysteriously fall from the sky in the scrap towns.

Lina should be spending her days with books, but the Iron War has changed everything. The strongholds are now a refuge, and the people Lina once counted on no longer have time for her, so she spends her days exploring the hidden tunnels and passages of her home. The strongholds are vast and old, with twisting paths, forgotten rooms, and collapsed chambers, some of them containing objects that have been lost and forgotten even by the archivists.

And in one of the forgotten chambers, Lina discovers a secret.

Hidden deep in a cavern is a half-buried airship like nothing she has ever seen before. She’s determined to dig it out and restore it. But Lina needs help, and she doesn’t know anyone she can trust with her secret.

Then she meets Ozben, a mysterious boy who has a secret of his own — a secret that’s so dangerous it could change the course of the Iron War and the world of Solace forever.


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After devouring the first book in this series, I was expecting to follow my new favorite characters on another adventure, but I was surprised when this book took on a whole new life. It gave me a story with brand new characters that I fell in love with right away. This is acceptable as the world of Solace is so full of depth, I want to explore it all.

Lina is a rambunctious, rule breaking character. She is trying her hardest to fit in, but that means she must give up the best parts of herself.

Ozben has many secrets, but once he meets Lina he is glad to find the one person he can confide in.

Its really hard to pick who my favorite character is, since I love them both so much. They both have a rebellious spirit, but knows the importance of the work they are doing and the secrets they are keeping.

Favorite Quote:

"Lina grinned at her friend as a wave of relief swept over her. The Merlin was free. “I do my best,” she said."

I gave this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars. It was a fantastic read and I'm excited for the next book in the series.

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