"The premise [of Anchored] is not only the right blend of imagination, mystery, and hold-your-breath action, but is entirely unique and leaves the reader wanting more. This is a 10 out of 10." --Publisher's Weekly
Two worlds, one fate…
Alora's life has been anything but magical. Since her parents died, she and her brother have been on the run from a creepy, doggedly determined social worker. In a few more months she turns eighteen, but until then, they're stuck hiding. It's hardly surprising that she dreams every single night of another world, Terra, where she possesses telekinetic powers.
What Alora can't explain is how, when she breaks her arm in her dreams, she wakes up with the same (very real) injury on Earth. And if her dreams are fueled by wishful thinking, why isn't being magical more fun? Since only men on Terra are supposed to be able to move things with their minds, Alora is forced to hide what she can do.
But when her best friend on Terra is threatened, Alora uses her powers to save him. She inadvertently kills the attacker and reveals her hidden talents. The next day on Earth, the exact same man she killed on Terra walks into her workplace. . .and drops dead. As the two worlds collide, Alora must discover how they're connected and how far she'll go to save a world that may not deserve to be saved.
★ Reviews ★
"This fantasy series opener finds its rhythm early and then breezes along, keeping readers enthralled. [This] novel is a winner," Kirkus Reviews
"The best part of [Anchored] was the non-stop, action-packed, exciting plot. This book has it all: suspense, mystery, love, action, romance, war, you name it. And it is all perfectly combined to produce the perfect story and the perfect beginning to what I know will be a fantastic series," Readers' Favorite
"Wow, this book takes hold and doesn't let go. Fast-paced writing, an awesome storyline, and ridiculously fun world-building make this a new favorite of the year. Plus, Egyptian mythology! A must-read for fantasy lovers," USA Today Bestselling author M. Lynn
"Anchored is a fast paced, fantasy adventure with a strong heroine. I have no idea how Bridget did it, but she tangled reality and dream fantasy together effortlessly. This is one of those books you will go back and read again and again! I cannot wait for book 2," USA Today Bestselling author, J.A. Culican
"I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like this. Usually it takes me a while to connect with a narrator, but I found myself rooting for this funny, self-deprecating protagonist from the first page. Top that off with a story that's solid and compelling, and a twisty plot that pulls at your heartstrings every step of the way, and you've got five amazing stars!" USA Today Bestselling Author Robin D. Mahle
"This action-packed novel is a dose of both fantasy and reality. The writing is infectious, jam-packed with emotion, and the tangling of two worlds--the real and the dream--is masterfully done. Anchored is a book not to be missed," USA Today Bestselling Author Cortney Pearson
"What a fascinating and intriguing urban fantasy read! The characters are beautifully developed, even those only briefly in the story. The angsty dramatic protagonist, Alora, even with all her deep seated problems and issues, remains likable. And there is one constant for Alora--her strong bond to her brother Jesse. Even though her future is supposed to be destined, Alora wants to lead her own life and not be dictated to. This is a wonderful story of different worlds and strong family ties told superbly!" In D'Tale Magazine
hooked from the start!
I was hooked from the start. I was intrigued by the prologue (and had to go back and reread it a few times throughout the book as connections were made), the mention of a trained chicken, and the whole baby naming thing is so odd. I also wanted to know why it was Lift and not lift. So, onward I read! In the story, sleep brings another world where injuries can be repaired or created, not dreams. But like with dreams, hours in the dream world can be just minutes in the real world. One world is regular life and one is a prison. Poor Alora has gone through more than her fair share of tragedies before the book even starts. The more she learns about herself and her past the less she probably wishes she knew. She can’t help herself though, she needs to know the truth about what happened to her parents and herself. Like many of Baker’s main characters, this teenager starts out hidden, unassuming, concealing parts of herself from the greater world. She doesn’t even know the extent of her abilities and has even been thought to have a psychiatric illness for years. So this alternate world may be her brain firing differently, making her see and hear things that no one else can. Her best friend on Earth is her brother and their parents died years ago. On Terra she is an orphan without a brother. Or is she?? The suspense gets worse towards the end. You can’t help but root for Alora and Jesse and feel her desperation as she will do whatever it takes to try and save her brother. I’m very eager to start the next book to see what comes of her attempts! I’d also like to find out how the Exordium works out for her on Earth… And I thought my teenage years were a mess!
Parallel worlds, and fantasy are my two favorite things. I absolutely LOVED this series and Alora and Jesse were the best. We find ourselves in Terra and Earth and both places are riveted with action and mystery. I absolutely loved it!! I just finished and I’m not sure who can be trusted. Ready to dive into the next installment.
The audiobook is great!! The narrator, Jennifer Araya is amazing and she is the perfect voice for Alora. Very talented narrator. The variety of voices and inflections she used were easy to distinguish and follow. Highly recommend this series.
When dreams become reality…
Everyone dreams. But Alora has never met anyone who dreams—every single night—of the same place and people. Every night she falls asleep on Earth and wakes up on Terra, a fascinating, dangerous world where she possesses an unheard of power for women: the ability to move people and objects with her mind. When her dreams begin to intersect with her real life, Alora wonders what they are trying to tell her. Can Terra hold the key to saving Alora and her family…or maybe the whole world?
I’m a big fan of Bridget Baker’s writing but this book may be my favorite yet! A heroine who is strong and tough…except when it comes to her brother, for whom she will risk anything. An intriguing, mind-bending collision of realities: I love how each world is so different but so real, fully fleshed out. And finally, Alora’s character is so excellent. She has a mix of strengths and weaknesses, but doesn’t allow personal, selfish desires—no matter how justified—to keep her from doing what’s right. This is the kind of book I would give to my daughters to both entertain them and give them a good role model.