YA Book Review

Oak and Mist by Helen Jones (The Ambeth Chronicles #1)

The Book:

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Book Title: Oak and Mist

Book Author: Helen Jones

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publishing Date: March, 2015

Publisher: Createspace

Date Read: August 14th, 2018

Synopsis: “The end of everything? Great, no pressure then.”

Pushed between two trees at her local park, Alma finds herself in another world. Ambeth. Where a Palace gleams in green gardens by the sea, and the Balance of the worlds is held.

However, all is not as perfect as it seems. Three items are lost. A Sword, A Cup and a Crown. Light and Dark are embroiled in an ancient battle for control.

And both sides have been waiting for Alma to arrive…

Now she has to find a lost sword or the consequences for humanity will be dire. With no idea where to look, despite help from her new friend Caleb, things get even more complicated when a handsome prince of the Dark seems to be interested in her. Add in some time-twisting, concerned parents and a battle between Light and Dark for control of a lost sword, and it’s enough to make any fifteen-year-old want to give up. But then she wouldn’t see Caleb any more. Or Deryck…


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The Review:

Oak and Mist was full of beauty and mystery. I loved how vivid and vivacious it was! It drew me in from the beginning and kept me turning pages until the end!

I loved how unique the world felt. It had a lot of details and was very nicely developed. I really loved the idea of entering this world of Light and Dark by accidentally finding a gate in the human world and entering it. It had a faerie tale/faerie world feel, as the story told that sometimes humans happened upon these gates, entered the world, and when they returned to the human world, decades had passed during their absence. It was all kind of centered around mysticism and lore, and was quite beautiful.

I enjoyed the dynamic characters. Though, I do wish they had had a little more time to develop, they felt realistic and fascinating. I enjoyed Alma’s curiosity and boldness. I loved Caleb’s kindness. I fell in love with King Thorian and his emotions, and I was dangerously drawn to Deryck and his dark seduction.

The story was quite fast paced. I do wish it had been slowed down a little bit to really allow some more development and details to be added, but it definitely did not drag anywhere. It felt like a typical YA plot, but it did have a few unpredictable moments that shocked and surprised me, and it still had enough originality to keep me reading.

What I found the most interesting about the story was the fact that it wasn’t just another battle between Light and Dark. It was also about the gray area, about choices, and about emotions and impulses. There was a richness to it, and it was quite magical. I’d rate it 3.5 stars and I would definitely want to read the next one!

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I had the opportunity to read this e-book for free, in exchange for my honest review, after connecting with the author through The Book Robin Hoods site. If you are an author looking for more reviews, or a reviewer looking to help out Indie/Self Published and Lesser Known Authors, make sure to click the link below and join us!

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19 thoughts on “Oak and Mist by Helen Jones (The Ambeth Chronicles #1)

    1. Hey Shalini. No, you don’t need a special logo. I think we have all tried to create something for ourselves, and I know a few of us have shared them in the forum on the site. To join, just click on the site and head to the bottom and choose “request book for review” and it will have an application to fill out and you can make a profile on the book robin hoods site. When your profile gets added to the site authors will see it and be able to contact you with request, but until then, you can head to the forums and look around at the story time posts and story tellers section and if you see any books or authors that interest, you can contact them and ask if to read and review their book.

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      1. Some of us just decided to try to create a logo of sorts to share it more. The one I have in my sidebar I photo shopped together. It’s mainly just using the hash tag and sharing the link to the site that’s important.

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      2. Oh my header image? Yeah, I found the clipart on etsy, and fell in love. I love mermaids. The rectangle with the big mermaid was one piece and then I added the small mermaid and clam shell in the corner. I am definitely not as skilled with photo shop as I want to be, but it’s a learning process for sure.

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      3. I applied at book Robin Hoods… No idea what I did as I found the website super difficult to traverse. And it didn’t open via laptop or phone. Took me an hour just to understand. Now I am exhausted

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      4. I did via the phone… Hahaha then went to the laptop and did it all over again. I am sure the author is going to get multiple incomplete forms. The site should be more user friendly and mobile friendly

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