Akarnae follows 16-year old Alexandra Jennings as she goes to boarding school since her parents will be away for the following eight months. Lonely and nervous, Alex recieves a less-than-friendly welcome. She wishes to be elsewhere and ends up in a magical world called Medora, where she meets two loyal friends, Bear and Jordan, who become her greatest allies and help her adapt to their world. Alex lands in the hospital several times, but Medora's advanced technology keeps her hospital stays to a minimum. While waiting for the only man who can help her get home, Alex begins to fall in love with Medora, and spends her days at an academy for magically gifted youths. She and her friends find adventure in the constantly changing Library, tangle with the mysterious (and evil) Aven, and try to survive the teachers whom Alex is convinced are psychopaths. In the end, Alex must decide whether to return home or stay in Medora-which is starting to feel a lot more like home than Earth.
I really liked this book. Akarnae was an adventure from cover to cover, a book I'd read again and again. The characters are fun-loving and felt very real to me, they didn't have unrealistic traits (besides the fact that practically all of the guys Alex meets are described as hot) or anything like that. Also, Alex, Jordan and Bear's friendship never turns into a weird love triangle, which was nice because it kept the focus on the plot.