Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Escape From The Forbidden Planet by Julie Anne Grasso (Children's, 9 years +, 8/10)

September 2012,
172 pages, ebook & Paperback
Review copy

Themes: elves, telepathy, healing, talking with trees, heaps of adventure, evil clones, kidnap, deception, finding your talents, friendships, advanced technology, food power, sushi, flipflops, learning new customs, lots of danger,

Summary from Amazon (I don't get anything by mentioning them) 

 Caramel Cinnamon thought the worst day of her life was the day her grandparents, the King and Queen of the Elves of Cardamom went missing. She was wrong! The day she spills sticky toffee syrup onto her father's computer, that's when her worst nightmare begins. She finds herself marooned on a forbidden planet, sent there by an evil clone with a very sticky secret. Caramel is desperate to escape. If she doesn't she will lose her dreams of returning to Cardamom to become a healer like her Mum. Luckily, she has a secret of her own and the lives of her family and friends depend on it!

Nayuleska's thoughts
There is a richness to the story elements in this read. I loved the detail and way that the elves lived, how they treated people with medical issues, how they tended to their trees,how at one they are with nature. I definitely share Caramel's initial reactions to dizzying heights, but I don't share her awesome abilities which are only just being discovered. Even though she has powers, it is through teamwork that she and her friends succeed in their plans. They are up against an extremely dangerous enemy whco has no qualms about hurting people.

This is an 8/10 read because through most of the book there were issues with punctuation and occasionally grammar, as well as occasional plot parts that didn't quite make sense, both which detracted a little from this highly enjoyable and unique adventure.

You can find out more on Julie's website.

Suggested read

A book with a similar feel is The Search for Wondla by Toni Diterlizzi

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