Sunday, July 8, 2012

Book Review :: The Emerald City

The Emerald City by J.A. Beard
Rating: **** (4 Stars)
Viewers: 13+ yrs

- Blog Description

When her parents die, teenager Gail Dorjee retreats into an angry, sarcastic shell. She hopes it will ease her pain, but all it gets her is a one-way trip from Kansas to a Seattle boarding school, the elite Osland Academy.

As soon as she arrives, Gail clashes with Diana, the leader of the school's most powerful clique. The Winged make Gail's life hell until she find allies: her airhead roommate; a cowardly fellow victim of the Winged; and, bit by bit, Diana's boyfriend--the seemingly heartless Nick.

Gail soon has bigger problems than Diana. One of her teachers hates her. Glasses shatter and fountains erupt around her. She can't swear no matter how hard she tries. An unseen force is keeping her on campus. And worst of all, she uncovers a plot that will give one person a precious gift at the cost of thousands of lives. Now Gail and her friends must stop the plot--not just to save lives, but to win a brain, the nerve, a heart and a home in this modern young adult urban fantasy take on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

- My Thoughts

I thought it was a bit slow in parts, but overall, I loved the story and enjoyed it reading. Even with the little bit of slowness to it, I still had a hard time putting it down. I would read again.

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