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  • Shooting Stars on April 10, 2012

    from the title, cover and synopsis, i gathered that this book would mainly target children readers, but i was pleasantly surprise to find myself enjoying every page.. stella and isaac lived in a normal, although secluded, life with their parents, isolde and eli.. but everything changed during an event that not only took their parents' lives but also changed theirs.. truths started to come into light and they have to decide which path to take: to be what they were born to be or to go back to what was.. stella's character has quite low self-confidence in the start but became braver and stronger near the end.. she's kind of a mother figure to isaac: very caring and protective.. i think if she has to choose between the zodians and her brother, she'd choose isaac.. but knowing that many are looking up to her, she slowly gained confidence and became the queen she ought to be.. isaac sort of reminds me of harry potter.. he found out his abilities even before he knew the truth.. he suffered from thinking that he might be a freak but later found pride in being able to use his powers to help others.. he was a natural leader with great qualities you'd rarely find in other 15 year old teenagers.. unlike his sister, he was able to use his powers very easily and quickly.. he also didn't hesitate in helping the prisoners escape even if it would cost his life.. but the one character that intrigued me very much was maximus.. he was the son of orel, brother of eli, and uncle to isaac and stella.. he was believed to be dead.. he became isaac's and stella's guardian and mentor.. i am quite excited to know his back story which i hope i'd find in the next book.. just some technical thingy: there are a few spelling errors i found in the ebook.. i assume it's either from autocorrect or the author's own excited fingers typing rapidly.. a few cleanup should be good.. but other than that, i find the whole story very good and exciting.. i was reading another book when i started this one, but i just got hooked with shooting stars that i kind of forgot the other one.. this one deserves these 4 stars.. and i am really looking forward to the next part of the story.. :)
  • Cape Ingénue on May 01, 2012
    (no rating)
    Well, the story was good, very good in fact. It started when Sandrin and friends decided to spend some time at the waterfall. But their good fun turned into tragedy when they found the dead body of their friend, Kevin, floating in the water. It seemed that he was dead since the day before, like he has fallen of the cliff to his death. But evidence found lead to murder instead of accident. Since then, Sandrin was drawn in a whirlwind of mysteries involving multiple break-ins in the neighborhood and the sudden public arrest of Colt at school. Colt was Sandrin schoolmate and neighbor. He has a reputation of being a bad boy, and has been arrested multiple times. Sandrin and Colt began to have an awkward friendship that lead to equal partnership during the most critical part of the story. In the end, they were able to survive the many difficulties that was lain before them and find love. I find the story very interesting although I did find some flaws in the writing. There were few spelling and grammatical errors that caught my eye. The author also used a lot of the article “the”, as in “the girl” “the boy” and “the young people”. I got a bit confused which girl or boy she was referring to and i had to go back to a few paragraphs to fully understand the thought. Maybe Ms. Bard could have used a bit more pronoun and proper nouns. I did like the overall story, but there were so many unanswered questions at the end that it left me hanging. I love the mystery and drama, but I like best the witty dialogue between the characters. Sandrin’s and Colt’s banters were very typical teenager talk and easy to relate with. I enjoyed the descriptive narration, and found it easy to imagine each location in the setting. All in all, I had fun reading the story, Ms. Bard certainly did a great job.
  • Cape Ingénue on May 01, 2012

    Well, the story was good, very good in fact. It started when Sandrin and friends decided to spend some time at the waterfall. But their good fun turned into tragedy when they found the dead body of their friend, Kevin, floating in the water. It seemed that he was dead since the day before, like he has fallen of the cliff to his death. But evidence found lead to murder instead of accident. Since then, Sandrin was drawn in a whirlwind of mysteries involving multiple break-ins in the neighborhood and the sudden public arrest of Colt at school. Colt was Sandrin schoolmate and neighbor. He has a reputation of being a bad boy, and has been arrested multiple times. Sandrin and Colt began to have an awkward friendship that lead to equal partnership during the most critical part of the story. In the end, they were able to survive the many difficulties that was lain before them and find love. I find the story very interesting although I did find some flaws in the writing. There were few spelling and grammatical errors that caught my eye. The author also used a lot of the article “the”, as in “the girl” “the boy” and “the young people”. I got a bit confused which girl or boy she was referring to and i had to go back to a few paragraphs to fully understand the thought. Maybe Ms. Bard could have used a bit more pronoun and proper nouns. I did like the overall story, but there were so many unanswered questions at the end that it left me hanging. I love the mystery and drama, but I like best the witty dialogue between the characters. Sandrin’s and Colt’s banters were very typical teenager talk and easy to relate with. I enjoyed the descriptive narration, and found it easy to imagine each location in the setting. All in all, I had fun reading the story, Ms. Bard certainly did a great job.