Wednesday, 27 May 2009

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: The Ever After & Among the Stars - Jodi Lynn Anderson


The Ever After
Most people aren't very comfortable hanging around dark forests, but the woods of Briery Swamp suit May Bird down to the ground. There she is safe from school and the taunts of children who don't understand her. Hidden in the trees, May is a warrior princess and her cat, Somber Kitty, is her brave guardian. Then May falls into the lake. When she crawls out, she finds herself in a world few living people have ever seen. Here, towns glow blue beneath zipping stars and the people walk through walls. Here, The Book of The Dead holds the answers to everything in the universe. And here, if May is discovered, the horrifyingly evil Bo Cleevil will turn her into nothing. May Bird must get out. Fast.

Among the Stars
A fearful and fantastic realm located among the stars, the Ever After is a land populated by ghosts and poltergeists, ghouls and goblins. And May Bird is trapped there. If she is ever to find her way out again, she must reach the mysterious lady of North Farm. With her courageous kitty and a ragtag group of spectral friends, May determines to get home. But with danger around every corner, there's no guarantee they'll all make it...


This is a very strange couple of books but a series that made us think quite deeply about the messages hidden within the books architecture as it promotes loyalty, love and above all a single mindedness to achieve the goal of the principle protagonista. She’s feisty and with the addition of a certain feline the weaknesses of both bring a greater good for all as Jodi proves that a book doesn’t have to be combat driven to achieve a cracking tale. Definitely a series we’ll follow as the quirky heroine is a person to much admire as she gives aid and makes friends as she goes along.

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