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on Nov. 03, 2012 :
A perfect story for young adults. Teachers take notice. I confess that I'm an adult and far from young adulthood, and I couldn't put it down myself. Who doesn't like magical characters, suspense,danger and a good mystery?
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 27, 2012 :
The Blue Bottle is a beautifully written fantasy middle grade novel set on the New England coast about a young girl sent to live with her grandparents against her wishes. Once she arrives, she discovers some amazing secrets about the town, her family, and her own unique nature while learning she may be the only person who can save the community from disaster.
The coastal setting in “The Blue Bottle” is lovely and richly painted. The characters are engaging and realistic and the story flows easily making for an enjoyable read. The entire plot of the book is beautifully original with sea monsters and creatures described and imagined in an entirely new way. Between the dangerous eels and cheeky mermaids, I was delighted to read something so fresh in comparison to many of the stories on the market right now that seem so similar to each other.
Emilie-Noelle Provost knows her craft and has a true gift for writing engaging, original stories with sympathetic, realistic characters. She also has a gift for dispersing age appropriate humor throughout her story as well as immediately pulling the reader in for what promises to be a fun adventure. This is a book I’d definitely recommend and read over and over.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 12, 2012 :
Rocky Harbor may seem like a sleepy New England town, but it is at the center of a classic battle between the forces of good and evil; and 13 year old Charlotte walks straight into the middle of it. Author Emilie-Noelle Provost quickly turns the little town into a compelling place where sea monsters roam the streets and mermaids - in one of the best characterizations I've read in a childrens' book for a long time - have 'attitude'. And very sharp teeth. The Blue Bottle beautifully captures a sense of magical possibility in the everyday as seen through the eyes of a child. A lovely book.
Review by Alexandra Pratt
(reviewed within a week of purchase)