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Monday, July 25, 2011


Annexed (The Refuge Trilogy, book 1)
by Rebecca McKinnon

296 pages
Published June 28, 2011

Friends or family?
Desire or responsibility?
She thought she'd made her choice.

Now, finding herself trapped in a world splintered from her own, Narissa is determined to return home. Learning that the means of crossing between realities has been lost, she vows to find the elusive gateway.

Narissa doesn't plan to make friends. She certainly doesn't intend to fall in love.

Faced with the decision, will she choose the life she wants, or return to the world where she belongs?


I had planned to read this book little by little but I got so involved in the story and so attached to the characters that I stayed up almost all night to finish it- and then started over again! The characters have fun personalities and are full of life. The culture found within the Refuge is creative as it supports and defines the characters. The story is engaging and kept me eagerly involved to the end. The struggle Narissa faces when choosing between helping her sister or living the life she so desperately wants seems like a reflection of choices made by so many in real life. I loved watching Daman creep out of his shell and start to find his own life again.

I love this book and I need to know what happens next!

5/5 stars

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