The story focuses on a girl in her mid-teenage years, Alex. Alex's parents are having to leave on a year-long archaeological trip on which they aren't allowed to bring other people along, and so Alex finds herself getting ready to attend a private school, telling herself that it is only for a year. As she enters the school office, she starts to dread the year because after being there for only approximately ten minutes, she has already been teased, tripped, and pushed into a water fountain. As Alex enters the headmasters office, she suddenly is transported to another world, where she eventually finds herself having to attend a school for the gifted (magically, although everyone Alex meets insists it's not magic) while waiting for a man - who is her only hope of getting back home - to come back from his long journey.
Wow, that was both a long synopsis, and also not that great of one, so I apologize, since I suck at making synopses. Anyways, this story was very interesting, especially for the Narnia fan - the author herself was (and still is) a huge Narnia fan, and you can see the Narnian touches throughout the entire book. This is not a 'typical Narnia style book', since Lynette Noni deviates in creative ways from other Narnia-like books, and the result was quite satisfactory for me.
Overall, I would say this is a pretty good book. I do not know if I would buy this, but I am definitely interested in seeing where the rest of this series goes, if that makes any sense at all. I got an Advanced Readers Copy from NetGalley (in exchange for an honest review, so this changes nothing about my opinion).
I hope everything is great with all of you. Where I live, it is finally starting to warm up - just a little bit, it is Canada after all - and I hope that temperatures are enjoyable wherever you are as well.