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Bridget Baker
Two worlds, one fate … Alora was born with the ability to Lift, a power no other women on Terra possess. If the wrong people find out, there’s no telling what will happen. But when she almost kills a man in self-defense, her secret is exposed and she’s forced to run for her life. On Earth, Alora's running from something else: hazy memories of her parents’ death and the social worker who wants to separate her from her brother. When she sees the man she almost killed on Terra at work, she's flummoxed. She’s never recognized anyone from there before—after all, Terra exists only in her dreams… When her dreams begin to leach into reality, something incredible awakens in Alora. But she knows better than anyone that everything comes with a cost. As the barrier between worlds crumbles, Alora must decide which is safer, which is more powerful, and which world is worth saving.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10


Plot: Baker provides just enough detail and an intriguing premise to keep the reader hooked, revealing answers at exactly the right pace.

Prose/Style: Baker is an extraordinary writer. Her prose engages, seemingly flowing organically, whether descriptive, action-focused, or dialogue. She is clearly in command of her craft and does a superb job of advancing the plot while providing explanations in measured doses.

Originality: The premise here is not only the right blend of imagination, mystery, and hold-your-breath action but is entirely unique and leaves the reader wanting more.

Character Development/Execution: Baker has created living, breathing characters who, despite the different world represented here and the unique powers the protagonist possesses, are still authentic and relatable.

Blurb: A gripping, action-packed novel, Anchored holds readers captive and simply won't let go.

Date Submitted: April 01, 2021