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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Gaia by JA Darmanin is a spellbinding blend of young adult and epic fantasy, a story that explores the realm of the supernatural. We meet Vicky Sobin, a sixteen-year-old girl with a mother who has been unresponsive since the birth of the young girl. If only Vicky could get life back into her mother and get her to heal! Her answer could be found in a stranger, Troy, who claims to be her twin brother. Vicky doesn’t want to believe him, but desperation pushes her to become more curious about this alien claiming to be her kin. Troy was the only hope for Gaia, his planet, now on the brink of a deadly war. He’s failed his own people. Now he wants Vicky’s help in exchange for a cure for her mother. But can she trust him and what if he isn’t what he claims to be? The stakes are high, but what follows will blow the reader’s mind.
Skillfully plotted and written to perfection, Gaia is a huge success, a story with characters that readers will love. The story starts with a powerful and irresistible premise — a young girl condemned to care for an unresponsive mother. The reader understands the depth of her frustration and the fact that she’d jump at any opportunity to save her mother. Upon this premise, a spellbinding story is told, filled with unexpected twists, mind-jarring surprises, and exciting turns. JA Darmanin is a great writer and this work features powerful elements in the genre. From the polished prose to the interesting dialogues to the gripping plot, the story had me gripped throughout.