Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Review: Alice Parker's Metamorphosis - Nicola Palmer

Reviewer: Stacey
Rating: 5 out of 5 Fairies

I must start by saying that when I was asked to read and review this book I was like "This is a kids book!" Yes, I love paranormal/fantasy books, but I am picky when it comes to choosing what I read. I like to have a connection with the characters and allow them to take me on the journey with them, so admittedly I was apprehensive about reading this...then I started reading and everything I've just said...I take back!

This book wasn't only well written, it was executed brilliantly. The characters made the plot explosive, but better than that, believable! So well done, Nicola Palmer, you've converted me!

The story was thrilling and mystical with just enough suspense to keep you wanting more!

Alice is a 13 year old girl (that I instantly wanted to befriend) I wanted to join in the adventure (and this was at the beginning of the book.) Her friend, Sarah and brother, Thomas were along for the ride too.

Alice starts to become good at school - without really trying, sleepless nights - with no explanation, aches and pains in her back, craving sweet things and fruit...what does this mean? She starts seeing things out of the corner of her eye, but when she looks, there is nothing there...is she losing her mind?

She and her brother have a relationship like every other sister and brother would have...until "it" happens! And why is her grandfather keeping secrets?

Nicola Palmer has created a world that will take your breath away. She makes you believe the unbelievable!

I really wanted to be there with Alice and the gang, their characters are so true to life, they make this book extraordinary!

This book is definitely a 5 star!
Feisty thirteen-year-old Alice Parker knows something isn't right. Aches and pains have started, she hardly sleeps, and her craving for fruit is out of control. Suddenly she is top of the class in every subject. Feeling at odds with the world and being bullied by the 'coven' at school, Alice can't take much more. Only when she collapses and experiences a life-changing transformation does she learn why she is different. But with this new identity comes responsibility and Alice isn't convinced she can rise to the challenge. She just wants to be normal! The fact is she's anything but.

Forgotten tales of a magical society are catapulted into the daily life of strong, memorable female characters who readers will grow to love. An intriguing blend of realism, suspense and fantasy, a must-read for girls of 7+.
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