Lilith Links (The Avalon Relics #1) by J.L Clark
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 2014
Sophia Bennett is looking forward to celebrating her eighteenth birthday with her best friend Angie.
After graduating high school and enjoying the last days of her summer vacation the most important things on her mind are getting ready for college and catching the eye of her high school crush Jake...at least, until the night of her birthday party.
Suddenly, Sophia is thrust into a world that she never knew existed and finds herself in the middle of an ancient struggle between good and evil.
Time is against her as she and her new friends struggle to take possession of a powerful magic before it falls into the wrong hands.
Can Sophia solve the mystery of the Lilith links in time to save her loved ones, or will the
enemy triumph and destroy all that she holds dear?
My favorite type of fantasy is the type where the main character is new to the fantastical elements in the world. This way, the character is able to learn all about this new world that he or she has been introduced to, and the reader is able to learn about it right along with them. The author is able to build the world and make all of the rules for it in a natural way that doesn't seem forced or artificial in any way.
This is how J.L. Clark's first book in her Avalon Relics series, The Lilith Links is. Sophia Benett has lived a normal life for eighteen years, until her world gets flipped upside down at her eighteenth birthday party. All of a sudden, these beautiful strangers are in her life, her best friend isn't who she thought she was, her parents are missing, and Sophia is forced into a whole new world.
I really enjoyed reading The Lilith Links. It hardly took any time at all for the main story and action to start, so it was an easy and fast read. While I was reading, I was reminded a lot of Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instrument series. Like Clary, Sophia is now a part of a new world and has to be trained in order to understand the challenges that she must now face. She's strong and a protagonist that the reader will turn the pages in hopes that she will overcome all that is thrown at her.
If I were asked for a recommendation for someone who is missing The Mortal Instruments, I would definitely recommend this book. Hell, I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good young adult read. As soon as I finished reading The Lilith Links, I immediately wished that I had the next book in the series already. Seriously, when can I get book two to read? Please?
Dr. Jennifer Yen Clark, or J.L. Clark, began her writing career in the fourth grade, when her teacher took the detective story she wrote and turned it into a short printed book as a
gift to her. The encouragement of her teacher, as well as her love for reading and telling stories, kept her writing about the worlds that existed in her imagination.
In her young adult years, J.L. began writing short stories, poetry, and fan-fiction starring strong and intelligent girls and women. J.L. was recently inspired to write The Avalon Relics after being introduced to several young adult series that depicted weak heroines and unhealthy relationships. Recalling her own young adult reading experience and the dearth of
relatable heroines, she set out to create a series of books that would not only engage and entertain, but offer a refreshing and empowering take on fictional heroines.
J.L. Clark resides in Houston, Texas with her family. She splits her time between
academia and private practice, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. She is an
assistant professor of psychiatry at UT Health Medical School, and a clinical assistant
professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Outside of work, she is continually contributing
to her body of work, posting short stories and fan-fiction on social media outlets for