Endearing friendships, tender emotion, and fast-paced adventure drive Boucher’s debut installment in the Chakra Stones series. Abandoned by her mother and unwanted by her father, fourteen-year-old Jaden finds solace in the company of her childhood friend Alister. When a mysterious woman sells her a set of chakra crystals, Jaden doesn’t think much about it. But an unexpected incident transports the teenagers to Mount Shasta, California, which hides the Lemurian City of Telosand. Jaden discovers that being an unwanted child and dealing with bullying at school is nothing compared to the truth of her life: she is the Sentinel of the Chakra Stones, and her job is to protect the Earth chakra energies from the malevolent Keeper of Belial. Jaden’s friendship with Alister and their battle against the Keeper of Belial to protect the first chakra stone brings up probing questions about friendship, loyalty, strength, courage, duty, responsibility, and adventure. The wit, rousing action, and swift pace keep the pages turning. Readers will be hanging on Jaden’s every move here and will be eager to find out where she and Alister head next in this planned series. Gripping and thoroughly entertaining, this high-stake fantasy is a winner.