Elizabeth Sharp is the pen name used by Donna Dull. A full time mom and part dreamer, Donna is addicted Facebook while still recovering from her Dr. Pepper problem. A self-proclaimed techno geek, she loves cell phones, computers, tablets and all things technological. The internet has to be the greatest invention since the wheel, in her opinion. She lives in a quiet subdivision with her husband, young son, three cats, and far too many electronics. It’s quite possible she has some raccoon in her DNA, because she loves glitter and anything that sparkles. She enjoys making jewelry and costumes. Halloween is her favorite holiday since it’s the one day of the year that you can be whatever you want. But her first love will always be writing. Otherwise, hearing voices in her head would make her feel schizophrenic.
on June 07, 2013 :
The young protagonist, Amelia or Lia as she prefers, is a 15 year old girl stuck in a 10 year old body and not too happy about it either, and who can blame her. Being a teenager is hard enough without looking like a child and wondering if and when you’ll finally bloom.
What Lia doesn’t know is that she is not like her friends and her family is also very different and not what you would call a typical family. Her parents and older siblings have been keeping secrets and when those secrets finally come out it will blow Lia’s mind. She will discover her true heritage, face foes she never dreamed existed outside of books, lose loved ones and fall in love.
There were times in roughly the first third of the novel that I wanted to yell at her mother to come clean and stop telling Lia snippets of the truth inevitably keeping her in the dark about what she was and what would happen when her ‘change’ occurred which could only lead to trouble. However, once Lia found out the truth and had gone through the ‘change’ the story really took off.
It was an enjoyable read and even though I found a few minor errors and the word drug was used instead of drag, I didn’t come across anything that was distracting enough to throw me out of the story.
The first 4 chapters of book 2, Second Nature, are included at the end and after reading them I’m looking forward to continuing Lia’s story.
I think YA readers in the 13 – 15 age bracket will really enjoy this book.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 23, 2013 :
Natural Selection (forces of nature) is a wonderfully woven tale. This YA book is as beautiful as it is moving. That awkward stage where most teenagers are caught between being kids and adults is always tough, try being an otherworldly creature on top of it. If that isn't bad enough, find out that your brother and sister are adopted demons. Amelia is a strong, cute character and I see a lot of promise in this book. It hooked me from the start and I didn't have to struggle to finish. It was wonderful. There isn't a bad thing I can say about it. For a young adult book I give this a 10 star rating. Unfortunately I have a five star limit here. Still, this book is a gem. I loved that there was even bits of book two after the ending of the first one. I will be reading more. This was absolutely wonderful and would recommend it to anyone. The greatest part, no sex! Why am I thrilled about that? Because a.) I don't enjoy reading sex scenes b.) I have younger siblings that I recommend stories to. My honest review is I found this a most memorable and fun adventure and I look forward to more
(reviewed within a month of purchase)