MP!er Wilhelmina reviews ‘mythical with a sly hint of history’ YA lit ‘Rebecca Newton and the Last Oracle’.

MP!er Wilhelmina shares her thoughts on Mario Routi’s ‘Rebecca Newton and the Last Oracle’ the second in the series of mythical epic fantasy awesomeness.


Name: Wilhelmina Denness

Age: 18

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Learning To Fly by Joe Dolman

Describe the plot of ‘Rebecca Newton and the Last Oracle’ in a tweet – less than 140 characters please!

Rebecca’s daughter is special. She is the Oracle. But with evil threatening to use this power can she succeed in keeping her daughter safe?

Have you read the first book in the ‘Rebecca Newton’ series?

Unfortunately not. Although fortunately it wasn’t difficult to follow the storyline despite being blind to the events of the last novel.

w545083Without giving anything away, does the ending make you want to read the next in the series?

Definitely. On coming up to the last chapter I felt content to leave the series behind and not read into it any further, but by the end of the last chapter, Routi’s cliffhanger provided the frustrating ending that will have any person itching for more.

What genre would you class the book as?

Fantasy with a sly hint of history.

What was the best bit?

I really enjoyed the action scenes where Routi had to precisely co-ordinate her thoughts in providing strategic battle plans for the characters to follow and analyse. The way she developed the conflicting emotions frustratingly thought of by Leylah when she constantly wonders whether Alexander loves her or not builds characterisation and provides the story with the bitter-sweet theme of love.

Anything you didn’t like?

The language used included phrases that are fairly exhausted, so I would have liked to have read more interesting ways of describing the scenes experienced by the characters. I already had my suspicions as to who the hidden General Varta was as soon as Leylah became aware of him and my prediction was correct. It would have been more entertaining to see Routi picking someone who was perhaps less predictable a character. However, this doesn’t limit the effectiveness of the story which I thought was well-introduced and thoroughly planned.

Would you recommend ‘Rebecca Newton and the Last Oracle’ series to your friends?

Since my friends and I are avid fans of fantasy novels and exciting divides between mythical beings, yes I would.

Do you think it would appeal to girls or boys more? Or both?

I believe both genders would appeal to this book. There’s a nice balance between relationships and action which is perfect for invoking emotions and stimulating tension and fear for the reader, making them want to read on.

Keep an eye on MP! for more Rebecca Newton shenanigans, we’re gonna get in depth!

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