The Shadowed Onyx by Nicole O’Dell

 

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Title: The Shadowed Onyx (Diamond Estates, #3)

Author: Nicole O’Dell

Published By: Barbour Books (2012)

Synopsis:

Join dejected seventeen-year-old Joy Christianson on her journey to hope and healing as she leaves a dark world behind and moves into Diamond Estates, a home for troubled teens. This brand-new novel for teen girls will not only entertain, but also promises to capture your heart and challenge your faith. (Taken from Goodreads.)

Review:

This book, of all the Diamond Estates, is my favorite; it was written so beautifully, painfully, amazingly. One thing I can say about this book is it is definitely written party for an outreach; no one, after reading this, will ever be tempted to get into witchcraft. Nicole O’Dell portrays the whole ordeal in perfect matter; she writes fiction with such a real, haunting feel to it. On a different note, I love, love, loved the Christian outreach written in as well, the themes that eventually save our main character from destruction. I wanted to just cheer for Joy in her moment of revelation!

One thing I love about Nicole O’Dell’s books is, while they deal with deep and mature content, they always stay appropriate and non-violent. I loved all of her books, but this one was just written incredulously and made me sad, mad, and happy all at the same time: sad for Joy and her loss of her best friend; mad at Joy for her decision to turn to witchcraft; and happy that this is not my world, nor any of my friends or families’ worlds.

Negative Content/Notes:

Joy, our main character, gets involved in witchcraft, which is explained in detail, but not in the wrong light.

Overall:

I would recommend reading this series in order, with this being the third book, but realistically, it doesn’t truly matter. This book was simply amazing: harsh with reality, gentle with truth, and overall such strong Christian themes that you can’t—and shouldn’t—ignore. I would give this book 10 stars if I could.

Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

Recommended to: Teen girls 13+

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