Charlie’s Review of Meridienne Drake: Secrets of the Truth (Meridienne Drake #1) by Jessica Dragon Cheramie

For those of you who have been following my reviews, you know that I am a HUGE fan of the fantasy genre.  When I was offered the chance to read Meridienne Drake by Jessica Dragon Cheramie, I welcomed it with open arms.  I’m going to tell you right off the bat that this is a good book with an interesting storyline that is only going to get better as the series goes on.  However, I feel as it is written more for fans of  Twilight rather than fantasy fans as a whole.  I am someone who can easily get immersed in anything so it didn’t deter me from reading, but I think that people of the female persuasion will enjoy this more than the male.  Summary from Goodreads:

When trying to find out who you are, you may just get more than you bargained.

Meridienne Drake thought she had it all figured out, but her parents had other plans for her. Thrown on a plane to Portland, Oregon to spend the summer with family she never knew existed, Meridienne realizes she didn’t know the people who raised her at all. More than that, strange things are beginning to happen to her.

Meridienne wants to be anything other than strange especially when her summer begins to take a turn for the better because of Will, the mysterious new boy. But the strange and unusual just keep occurring until she discovers an even bigger secret. Magic. Her fourteenth birthday reveals secrets and realities that Meridienne had only dreamed about, literally. Will Meridienne accept this secret life and face what comes with that? Or, is all this heat too much for her?

The story at its core is all about a teenage girl in search of herself and her mysterious family. Even though I am a 25-year-old male, I have plenty of experience with the female persuasion.  (I have a younger sister)  Cheramie gets it exactly right when it comes to her depiction of teenage girls. Our main protagonist, Meridienne (Meri for short), has everything you would expect for a girl in this particular time of her life.

Meri’s journey takes us to her grandfather and uncle’s during the summer, both of whom she never knew existed since her parents kept that part of their lives a secret from her. Little does she know that this is only the beginning of all the secrets, lies, and hidden truths that her family has kept from her over the past 13 years. How Meri handles all of these twists and turns in her life is going to hopefully shape her into the person she is meant to be.

With all that being said, Cheramie has constructed an exciting new series in the world of fantasy. It is well written, detailed, and has great character development.  It’s obvious that she has a great plan in place for the rest of the series. She makes readers want to know what is going to happen next. While I do think this is intended for an audience  younger than myself, I still found if enjoyable.  When have adults ever been deterred from reading a young adult novel I ask?  If you recall Harry Potter was found in the children’s section, while The Hunger Games was in the teen section. While Meridienne Drake is by no means the next Harry Potter (which we are still desperately in search of)  it’s my hope that this series can generate a nice little fan base.  I think there is potentially one out there, and with good word of mouth you never know (look at the Fifty Shades of Grey series).  All in all, I think we have something good here. The verdict is still out on whether or not I’ll  read the next part in the series, but that is only because I don’t feel I am the intended audience.  But if you fall into that category (I am talking to you girls) please check this out and spread the word.

3 out of 5 Stars

Meridienne Drake by Jessica Dragon Cheramie
Dragon’s Dream Publishing (2011)
Paperback: 366 pages
ISBN: 9780983634706

Special thanks to Jessica Dragon Cheramie for sending me my review copy!

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