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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
The Flowers Of Lemuria by Riley Gipson features seventeen-year-old Lilly, a young woman who has tragically lost her mother. With no one else to take her in, Lilly has to move to Louisiana to live with her grandmother. Lilly knows nothing about the woman, but since she is still a minor, she doesn't have a choice. Strange things begin to happen after she arrives which provide the possibility of bringing her mother back to life. Desperate to see her again, Lilly is willing to risk anything. When a boy interferes with her plans, Lilly finds herself in the strange realm of Lemuria, a place between the living and the dead. Lilly searches for her mother, but she faces bigger dangers.
Riley Gipson has written an interesting book in The Flowers of Lemuria. Lilly is a well-developed character and you can sympathize with her. She is completely lost when her mother dies and her whole world is turned upside down. To anyone who has lost someone, I think they will relate to her plight. The story unfolds at a good pace. I wanted to find out what happened next, to see if Lilly succeeded in seeing her mother again. The mystery behind her grandmother and the other strange things that occur was fascinating to read. The author managed to paint a vivid picture in her book, which would appeal to young adult readers and urban fantasy fans in particular. I would recommend it.