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I love writing about enchanted road trips, shadow worlds, and alien romance while eating lots of popcorn. I live in a tree house on the central California coast. After twenty-plus years as a freelance graphic designer/animator with clients including E! Entertainment Television and The Los Angeles Times, I crossed over into the world of non-fiction and followed my heart to the world of fiction.
I’m the author of the Shadow Series & the Starjump Series, Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale and The Storytellers.
on Sep. 26, 2012 :
I was lucky enough to win Transfer Student as a giveaway and would like to thank Laura Elliot for giving me the opportunity to win this fantastic novel. It was something fresh, different, interesting and completely captivating. Transfer student focuses on Ashely form Earth and Rhoe from the plant Retha who switch plants and bodies, simply because they were both star gazing through a telescope and made a wish. I was completely sucked in reading about Ashely's and Rhoe view of each others planets, the journey of finding their true selves and the captivating world of Rhetha. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone looking for something different, funny and interesting to read. Laura Elliot has done an amazing job and I can't wait for the next book.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 23, 2012 :
If I were to describe Transfer Student using only three adjectives, I'd say that it was- captivating, interesting and impressive.
From the moment the author,Laura A.H. Elliott wrote about the book on Twitter (@Laurawriting) or in her blog newsletters (Laurasmagicday- - a great blog with great stuff ), I was already in. The Blog Tour was fun! I wanted to read this one and was lucky enough to have won a giveaway hosted by the author herself for which I would like to thank Laura Elliot once again. The Blog Tour was also a lot of fun and the best part was that it was all over the net, making it easier for readers all over the world to participate, join, see and be a part of. I must also add that spreading the word about the book online also made me feel like a part of the Transfer Student Team, which is such an honour for me, as a reader.
Transfer Student is the story of two teenagers- one living on Planet Earth (Ashley) and the other from Planet Retha (Rhoe). A task as simple as star- gazing through a telescope makes these two switch planets and even their bodies. So we have Rhoe as and in Ashley on Earth and Ashely as and in Rhoe on Retha. Without getting much into the plot, I would just like to say that, from there on, the book is a complete page- turner.
The experience of reading the book was a journey in itself.
In the initial chapters, Ashley's life on Earth seemed liked that of any 'perfect' American blond girl. However, after the Transfer, reading about Earth from Rhoe's point of view was absolutely hilarious and giving a broader sense of awareness at the same time.
Reading about Planet Retha from both, Ashley's and Rhoe's POV was an intelligential experience. Live on Retha, it's people, how things work there, even simple things like how they use wheatgrass in place of water was all put down very meticulously.
Other characters like Ashley's and Rhoe's best friends, Tiffany (who is actually Ashley's frenemy) and Yuke and even Xanny respectively, were also great characters. They each fall for their best friends after the Transfer. It was so funny to read about a girl in a guy's body falling for his best friend or a guy in a girl's body falling for her best friend! But as Ashley says, all over the galaxy, boys are falling for girls and girls are falling for boys. Rhoe's brother Ziggy seemed nice and it would be really cool to see more of him in the series as also Ashley's boyfriend on Earth, Sean. The mothers of both the protagonists made the reading experience a bit more interesting. No need to say that, since the book was already interesting in the first place. Two other characters who caught my eyes were Rhoe's professor, Mr. Z and Ashley's drama class teacher. They seemed really helpful and entertaining.
I am looking forward to reading the Starjump Series. I'm sure all the books in the series will be as super cool as this one. Personally, I really loved Transfer Student as it was completely different read and at the same time, being a Sci- Fi book, it appeared contemporary and extremely un-put-downable! A nice, funny and different read when it comes to Science- Fiction, Laura Elliot has done a magnificent job with this one and I would definitely recommend Transfer Student. So put in on your to- be- read shelf ASAP and follow the link for your Kindle copy- http://www.amazon.com/Transfer-Student-Starjump-ebook/dp/B007L9V58Y
(reviewed within a month of purchase)