Young Adult - Fantasy - General
258 Pages
Reviewed on 08/22/2022
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Author Biography

M. CH. LANDA is a longtime blogger and author of Vandella and its forthcoming sequel, Vandella: Resilience. He is also author of the companion graphic novel series Vandella's Chronicles. Death and the hereafter play a key role in the legends and traditions within the folklore of Mexico, where he was born. From a young age, he took fabulism to heart, endowing his stories with the duality of reality and magic. When he is not writing, you can find him watching a movie (his first passion), working out in the gym, reading a book from his endless list while he tastes a wine, cooking a new recipe, or hanging out with family and friends.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trevor Otieno for Readers' Favorite

Teenage orphan Maia is Vandella’s main character. After losing her parents while she was a child, she was raised by her grandmother. Maia had never been in a relationship and was looking for her true love—someone who would genuinely care for her without any other considerations. She had a soft spot for one of her classmates. She became ill shortly after and was taken to the hospital, where she discovered she had cancer, a deadly diagnosis. When she encountered an enigmatic stranger who was out to steal her grandmother’s soul, her life took an unexpected and dramatic turn. Grab a copy of Vandella by M. Ch. Landa to get a close-up perspective on how things develop.

To have the best possible experience with Vandella, I had to pay close attention to every little detail. The narrative is fascinating, dramatic, dark, and engaging. This fantasy novella features a love story. The two fundamental themes of this work are atonement and eternity. The writing in Vandella is exquisite; I felt strong emotions. The novel is both skillfully written and has compassion, and the content is perfect for the intended audience. Along with the positive aspects of Vandella, I also want to recognize M. Ch. Landa’s outstanding efforts in making sure there were no errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar at all. I wish M. Ch. Landa would write more books of this caliber because Vandella is such a fantastic story. Teenagers and other book lovers should read Vandella since it provides content that they might not want to miss.