Book Review – Atancia by Wren Figueiro

2 Nov


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Publication Date: August 6, 2013
After watching a young boy die, college freshman Atancia Clark begins to have panic attacks. Her heart flutters, her breath catches and she can’t control her emotions the way she always has. She wants to be strong, but lately she just hasn’t been living up to her own expectations. When she meets Ben Althaus, her breath starts catching for entirely different reasons. He helps Atancia discover the cause for her odd emotional reactions and the history she thought was lost when her mother left her. Atancia has power beyond that of an average girl, and Ben is by no means ordinary. He wants to help her hone her talents, but her focus is threatened by life-altering events. Add Ben’s entrancing brother, Matthew, to the mix, and Atancia’s lack of clarity could lead her down a destructive path.

Atancia is a paranormal romance novel for young adults. It is the first book of The Durand Duology.

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Atancia was a unique story and I really enjoyed it. We are introduced to the world of the Durand, beings who have been cohabitating with humans but who have special powers. Atancia (Atty) Clark is a Durand though she knows it not. She doesn’t know anything about her family history as her mother left her when she was just a child for her own protection. What does she need to be protected from? Well you’ll just have to read it to get the full details! 😉

Atty is shy private girl but her life will change drastically when Ben walks into her life.  Finding out about her mother and who she really is Atty’s main goal but with her adopted grandmother, Nana falling ill, she runs away and tries to put it all behind her. Atty’s has many questions but she never really gets answers. The only person she can talk freely to is Matt, Ben’s younger brother. However, she feel’s guilty for trusting in him and not the man she loves.

For a debut novel I must give major props to Wren Figueiro. Atancia is filled with so many emotions that keep you turning the page. It has mystery, grief, sorrow, love, many twists and most of all, the unknown. In my opinion Atancia is a story of self discovery, a story of how someone learns to trust their instincts. It’s a hard road to take especially if with all your heart you want to believe the people who claim to care about you.

“Sometimes you have to kind of die inside in order to rise from your own ashes and believe in yourself and love yourself to become a new person.” ― Gerard Way

This looks like a promising series and I am excited to find out what happens next!

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As a child, I was often kept up at night by an overactive imagination. When I got to college, I decided to study writing so I could put that imagination to better use. I am an avid reader and rarely let a week go by without finishing at least two books. I love the way that books allow passage into other people’s thoughts and let me see how they view the world. Though I have been writing stories as long as I can remember, Atancia is my first novel.

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