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Emerald City

Emerald City - Alicia K. Leppert I received this book via Netgalley. I had been drawn to the phrase on it's cover: "They say it's darkest just before dawn". That phrase reflects a big deal of emotion. I couldn't wait to read this book.

Emerald City tells the story of a young woman named Olivia, who after facing a series of emotionally arousing situations questions her life. Amid these circumstances meets Jude, a young man who from the beginning proves to be friendly and demonstrate a genuine interest in her welfare. Time passes by and this relationship goes through a metamorphosis, where not only a genuine interest for friendship is present, but also love becomes a part of their lives. When this feeling appears, both characters will face decisions that affect them both greatly. Their lives will have a turn and they will have to be stronger than ever to defend what they believe in: their lives together.

About the book
This book will transport you from a regular life to a paranormal world in just a blink. You will find secrets in the characters that will really surprise you. You willl see the emotional side of the story, but also the characters will be protagonist of moments full of action.

The author Alicia K. Leppert creates a world around a genuine character, as is Olivia. Olivia goes through experiences similar to the ones any of us could undergo. This allows us to care about her and about her evolution as a character. Olivia is not an static character, just the opposite, she discovers new strengths in herself and I admire her for being a character who ask questions. Joining Olivia, is Jude. He represents a figure of altruistic ways, and a figure with a helping hand and kind heart in the middle of an industrial city.

The story maintains an aura of mystery around Jude. Olivia constantly questions the motivations of Jude and his actions. This creates an atmosphere of mystery that makes the reader to consider a variety of motivations for the actions of Jude. We trust and distrust him at the same time.

Finally, the aspect that I liked the most about this book is that the author took the task of creating believable characters. They demonstrate concerns, emotions and doubts. They lead normal lives that reflect everyday life.

I would expect to see more of this characters in the future.

Do I like Olivia?
She is insecure at the beginning of the book, but later she evolves into a self assured woman with purpose and motivation to improve herself.

Do I like Jude?
He has good intentions, but his decision making is not always the best.

Thanks to Netgalley and Cedar Fort Books for giving me the opportunity to give my honest review of this book.