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 Dec. 08, 2012 :
All Roxie wants in life is to be Adrianne a peacock at her middle school who seems to have it all; the friends, the great family, no annoying brothers and Hayden the most popular boy in school's attention. Finally deciding to take her looming high school fate into her own hands she throws a birthday party inviting all the peacocks. Surprisingly enough the show up and reveal a world that is revealed to every person at age 13. However, this world must be kept a secret no matter the cost.
After finding out about how to get to this new world called Planet Popular by astral projection Roxie will do anything to go back no matter the risks. It is her firm belief that no one will miss her, and with that she can finally have the one thing she wants most of all, to become a peacock instead of a dodo. So one day she goes back to Planet Popular and lives out her days as she always wanted. She's popular, she's beautiful, her family isn't controlling and she has Hayden. Everything is perfect, until the moment she has to go back home and save the ones she loves.
Overall, 13 on Halloween was a decent book. I felt a tad old to be reading it but the story line was definitely interesting. Always leaving me guessing what was next. Roxie was a tad annoying to me for most of the book but she did have some good character growth throughout so that made her a tad more likeable at the end. I think I was probably just as annoying in middle school. Trying to find my place in school and wondering just where I would fit in. I think younger people would enjoy this book a lot for my middle school self related a lot.
Favorite Quote: I loved this quote, absolutely loved it!
"See, nothing is perfect. Not even peacocks. Or teenagers. Or getting to that place your think is totally golden. I can’t do anything about growing up. But I can do a lot about what I really want. And I guess I just want to be me. With weird lucky outfits. And dodo tendencies. I mean I can’t bring Mitch back from the dead, but I can turn into my own kind of peacock to honor him. And what I realize about being a peacock is that it isn’t everything. The only thing that matters is what feels right––my friends, even if I don’t have very many of them. And staying away from as many star-nosed-mole moments as possible."
(review of free book)
Stacey Jaine McIntosh
on Aug. 27, 2012 :
I wanted to like this book but the "Roxie Speak" at the front of the book really threw me, and then I started reading and I knew within the first paragraph I'd be forever flipping to the front of the book just to keep up with what was going on. I understand teenagers have their own lingo at times, but I think the author took it to extremes.
(review of free book)