Untold Memories of a Lantern

Young Adult - Mystery
394 Pages
Reviewed on 12/16/2023
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Reviewed by Demetria Head for Readers' Favorite

Untold Memories of a Lantern by A.M. Derge introduces readers to Annabelle Laura Stone, a seemingly ordinary girl from a small town, whose life takes an unexpected turn when she loses her beloved grandmother to cancer. As the sole survivor of her family, Annabelle finds herself thrust into a new and mysterious world, one that reveals family secrets and introduces her to enigmatic visions. The novel explores Annabelle's journey of self-discovery as she copes with grief and ventures into uncharted territories. Each day becomes a revelation, with mysterious visions guiding her toward hidden gates and long-buried family secrets. The narrative weaves a tapestry of intrigue and emotion as Annabelle grapples with the unknown, searching for answers that go beyond the pages of the books she used to read.

What sets Untold Memories of a Lantern apart in the realm of YA mystery is its fusion of the supernatural and the emotional. A.M. Derge skillfully blends the mystical elements of Annabelle's visions with the raw and relatable emotions of loss and self-discovery. The protagonist's journey becomes a compelling exploration not only of family secrets but also of inner strength and resilience in the face of adversity. One standout feature of the book is the well-crafted mystery surrounding Annabelle's family secrets. A.M. Derge keeps readers engaged by gradually peeling back the layers of the protagonist's past, creating an air of suspense that propels the narrative forward. The mysterious visions add an element of fantasy, making it a captivating and immersive experience for readers. A.M. Derge's writing style contributes to the book's appeal, offering evocative descriptions and a narrative that flows seamlessly. The author delves into the complexities of grief and self-discovery, creating a nuanced and authentic portrayal of Annabelle's emotional journey. The pacing of the story keeps readers invested, with each revelation adding a layer of depth to the overall mystery.