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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Spinner Sagas: The Telling by K.J. Moullen opens with Blaine as she discovers a family secret that brings her into another world. Blaine thought she was just an ordinary girl with a normal life. Then she discovers the reason she and her mom are constantly moving; her mom is actually on the run, having crossed over from another dimension before Blaine was born. Their life is uprooted again when they're discovered by an old evil and the next thing she knows she's crossed over into another world. When her mom disappears, Blaine is left on her own to find answers about what her mother has kept hidden all these years. With the help of a mysterious boy, she begins to understand her new magical abilities and her role in stopping a growing danger.
The biggest mystery revolves around her mom's secrets which are slowly revealed throughout the story and impact how everything ends up progressing for Blaine. These secrets also affect Blaine by giving her some conflict in how she views her mom. Blaine quickly finds people to trust, starting with the mysterious boy named Elian who becomes her closest ally. Their relationship is sweet and has an innocent quality beginning with friendship before blooming into something deeper. K.J. Moullen uses specific dialogue for Elian and the others by providing them with an old-fashioned and proper way of speaking.
Much of the humor is derived from the differences between Blaine and the other characters, specifically Elian, through certain phrases and experiences due to their different dimensions. These differences help Blaine grow and learn while she develops a deep bond with Elian and the two help each other become stronger people. The characters she meets quickly begin to fill the roles of teachers and mentors as they take her in and help her learn about her abilities. Forming these connections allows Blaine to connect to this new world and to build a new life for herself. Every lesson she learns helps her gain control and an understanding of what she can do which is used in the fight against evil. The Spinner Sagas: The Telling is a delightful journey to another world with magic, family secrets, romance, and the fight against evil.