Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Review: The Shadowed Onyx by Nicole O'Dell

Title: The Shadowed Onyx (Diamond Estates #3)
Author: Nicole O'Dell
Published by: Barbour Books (2012)

My Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

I loved the other two books in Nicole O’Dell’s Diamond Estates series—I will try to review them soon—but this one was simply my favorite. I can’t exactly describe it; the storyline and characters were written so amazing. One thing I can say about this book is it is definitely written for an outreach—no girl, after reading this, will ever be tempted to get into witchcraft. Nicole O’Dell portrays the whole ordeal in perfect matter; she writes fiction with such a real feel, the feeling that this stuff is true, and that it’s awful. On a different note, I love, love, loved the Christian outreach written in as well, the themes that eventually save our main character from destruction. I wanted to just cheer for Joy in her moment of revelation!

Plot: The storyline goes as follows. Joy is a seventeen-year-old whose best friend Melanie just committed suicide after an ordeal including Joy’s boyfriend. In trying to find the truth, Joy thinks that maybe if she turns to the spiritual world, she will find answers. She is granted a spirit guardian who at first she loves to no end. As times passes, she starts to realize her “guardian” hates prayer and any mention of God and Jesus, to the point where she becomes afraid of it. Even when she is granted passage to Diamond Estates, she still lives in fear of what her “guardian” will think if she decides to pray to Jesus. She wants to turn back to the truth, but when it comes down to it, is terrified of what her “guardian” will do to her if she does.

Notes: One thing I love about Nicole O’Dell’s books is, while they deal with deep and mature content, they always stay appropriate and non-violent. I loved all of her books, but this one was just written incredulously and made me sad, mad, and happy all at the same time: sad for Joy and her loss of her best friend; mad at Joy for her decision to turn to witchcraft; and happy that this is not my world, nor any of my friends or families’ worlds.

I would recommend reading this series in order, with this being the third book, but realistically, it doesn’t truly matter. This book was simply amazing: harsh with reality, gentle with truth, and overall such strong Christian themes that you can’t—and shouldn’t—ignore. I would give this book 10 stars if I could and would recommend it to ages 12 and over.


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