My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Series: The Tethered World Chronicles #1
Genre: Fantasy, Christian, YA
Published: Feb. 1, 2016, by Mountain Brook INK
Rating: 4 star
“Normal” means different things to different people. For sixteen-year-old Sadie Larcen, family dynamics look a little different than most. Parents with oddball occupations? Normal. Five homeschooled siblings—one with autism? Normal.
Police knocking on the door and parents gone missing? Definitely not normal!
When Sadie uncovers the reasons behind her parents’ disappearance and the truth about her heritage, she despairs of ever feeling normal again. Especially when she learns that her mother’s interest in Bigfoot, Dwarves, and other lore extends beyond her popular blog. Sadie’s family has been entrusted with keeping the secrets of the Tethered World—home to creatures that once roamed the Garden of Eden.
Sadie and her siblings must venture into this land to rescue their parents. Stepping out of reality and into a world she never knew existed is a journey Sadie fears and resents. But she chooses to risk all to save her family.
She’s just not sure she will survive in the process.
TW: Graphic battle scenes, Torture scenes involving ogres using humans in bloody games.
Sadie is awoken in the middle of the night by police knocking on her front door. She discovers her parents are gone and the family van is parked illegally. When her Aunt Jules arrives, she explains that there is a whole other world under the earth’s surface. This world is known to such as the Tethered World. Only a few humans know of it. Those humans are guardians. Sadie’s mother’s family are such guardians.
Now Sadie along with her twin brothers, Brock and Brodie, and one of her little sisters, Sophie have to go into the Tethered World to rescue her parents. A world filled with creatures of folklore that no one believes exists.
I loved the world-building. The Tethered World is a bit like our world but there are differences that the author shows. I won’t explain it in detail because I don’t want to spoil it.
The characters surprised me. At first, I didn’t think I was going to like them. I felt like I might have some problems, but upon further reading, but I fell in love with them. I also love how much sarcasm is in this book.
I confess, I’m a homeschooler. Beware! I’m weird and unsocialized.
Babysitting and Troll slaying. It’s what I do.
I didn’t count birth order as a natural talent.
Sadie felt relatable. She doesn’t take to the Tethered World as well as her siblings. She has bouts of anxiety, but she still pushes through for her siblings. She doesn’t have it all together. Plus she isn’t a lucky novice.
I tried to get used to the stiff feel of wearing a chain-link fence around my middle. I felt as graceful and coordinated as the Tin Man and hoped I wouldn’t slow everyone down.
There were times I admit that Sadie got on my nerves, but then I remembered she is a sixteen-year-old girl who just discovered a whole other world her mother was keeping secret from her. Now she has to go rescue her parents in said world and not liking it one bit. Sadie wants her adventures in a good book, not living them out. With that info, it makes sense at times when Sadie just wants her parents and go home. She is still a kid herself.
Books such as this, at times, have these teenagers seem almost adult, so it was nice to see Sadie at times not wanting the adventure. She just wants to be at home with her parents and her siblings. She doesn’t want the responsibility of watching out for her siblings while trying to rescue her parents. I personally love that.
Also… a spoiler ahead… She turns down a guy (even though he is gorgeous and a paranormal being) because she knows they will not mesh well. Thank you, Heather!!!