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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Turning: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis

The Turning: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (224 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Gladiolus

Nobody can know your secret.

Nobody can know your power.

But if nobody knows who you are to begin with…what’s stopping you?

I whisper, “What’s so special about me all of a sudden?”

Nick says, “The Turning.”

Mary feels different, but can’t explain why. The fainting, the strange cravings…and worse, the things she’s noticed about her body.

Mary doesn’t know where to turn. If she tells her parents or her sister, she’ll risk losing everything. She has no other family, no way of knowing if what she’s going through is normal. Everyone she’s ever known and loved could reject her…

Being a teenager is hard enough...add in a mysterious shape-shifting ability and what do you get? This awesome book of course!

I totally enjoyed this one. I love shapeshifters so this book was a winner for me. The author managed to catch the "real" and diverse attitudes of teenagers. Ms. Ellis covered everyone from nerds to jocks in a believable fashion, which I really liked.

The main character Marcy was created well; she was one of those teenaged girls that could remind you of yourself or your best friend. The storyline was great, so different and interesting! Shapeshifting is a popular topic for paranormal fiction but I think the author managed to change it up and create something different.

The only two small issues I had were: I think some of the scenes could have been played out more and...the book was way too short! (I say that in a good way...) That's okay though, because this is the first in the series and that means more to come!

Overall, I thought it was a fun read. The characters were realistic and the story was unique. I certainly look forward to reading more in this series by Helen Ellis.

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