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Eighteen-year-old Daria Jones feels trapped in the cow-strewn suburbs of Fresno, California. And with a father so overprotective he's installed video and thermal surveillance down the street, she doesn't get out much. Until the night he disappears.

Following the trail of notes he's left behind, Daria gathers three things: A dark force is hunting her, her father's fled to another world on a cryptic mission, and the only one left to trust is her ex-best friend, Alexander Anderson. The more she learns about her father's absence, the more she realizes she must go to this other world to find him. And Alexander is the only one who knows how to get there.

Amidst a world of diabolical creatures, ancient magic, and bizarrely intuitive vegetation, Daria must find her father before the dark force finds her. But the truth of who she really is could be her greatest enemy of all.

[Second edition published February 2, 2015]

©2011 Barbara Kloss (P)2016 Barbara Kloss

Critic Reviews

"Readers who enjoy the lighter side of fantasy, adventure, stories with a strong family core, and down-to-earth characters you'd want for real life friends will adore the world of Gaia's Secret." (Deena Graves, YA Books Central)
"....beautiful balance of romance, fantasy, and coming-of-age." (Brea Nicole Bond, author)

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Great listen but I want more

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

We listen to YA books because we have small children and we try to avoid books with too much sex, violence, and bad language, but they also have to be entertaining enough for my husband and myself and this one definitely is. I was hooked From the start, but now I want more and the other 3books aren't available yet

What does Vanessa Moyen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a plesant voice and good cadence when reading even if she did mispronounce a word or two

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Can't wait until the other books are available so we can find out what happens next

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Relationships, adventure, fantastical beings

I enjoyed this book tremendously, the characters, the choice of words, the narrator's pace, tone of voice, variety in expressiveness.

I cannot help but wonder how much Dad helped! And the answer doesn't matter.

well done to all involved!

Griet (age 50)