Take a flight of fantasy with Angelica, a visitor from another world as she travels back in time to rescue a clan of Ice Age people. Could she be an angel? If you enjoy the Warrior series, this could just be the next level for you.
As a native of Africa this book touched me deeply. Sibel has done a wonderful job in raising awareness of the plight of African animals. Fuelled by the greed and vanity of the West, the superstitions of the East and the abject poverty in Africa, animals are being brutally poached at an alarming rate.
Don't be fooled however into thinking this is a boring, preachy book about conservation. The story starts with sixteen year old Jazz in the depths of depression about her scarred face and loss of her mother. This girl, disfigured on the outside and the inside, shunned by humanity and agonising over the belief that she was responsible for her mother's death, is dragged off with her father against her will to start a new life in Africa at the Kilinga Game Reserve. Here Jazz begins the slow journey to recovery. After a disastrous first meeting with Zach and an incident with a shallow, bitchy girl, Jazz takes off and serendipitously finds an orphaned leopard cub. The pair, both having lost their mothers, connect instantly. Jazz names the cub Asha and takes on the responsibility of raising her and re-wilding her. The process is documented on film and Jazz faces many setbacks including misrepresentation by the media, a horrific poaching incident and .....well I can't give everything away now can I?
The reality of danger in the African bush is realistically portrayed and there are some heart-stopping moments involving Asha, Jazz and Zach in situations of grave danger.
In this beautifully poignant novel, Sibel gently leads us through Jazz's recovery and return to normality. Some powerful lessons are learnt along the way. Without sermonising, Sibel has highlighted the importance of self love and acceptance but even more importantly she nudges her character along the path of recovery by turning her focus outwards. By caring for and nurturing Asha, Jazz heals and is finally at peace with herself. The result is a wonderfully happy outcome for Jazz beyond her wildest expectations.
I've rewritten this review several times and I still feel that I haven't done the book justice. You'll have to read it yourself. It will resonate with young and old alike
Marie did an excellent job of capturing the special bond between cat and human in this account of an abandoned kitten's adoption from a shelter. As only a true cat lover would know, cats are able to control us with their thoughts and they can see the intentions of our hearts by reading our auras. Athena can tell from the start that her human is good and kind and wills her to choose her at the shelter. This she does and little Athena is rescued from her rough start in life to become a cherished and loved pet where her new mummy and grandmother know exactly what she wants and when she wants it. Athena tells us the story from her perspective. Marie is to be congratulated for raising awareness of the plight of abandoned animals and I can't help feeling a little sad wondering what became of Lily - Athena's sister. The reality of the situation is that most animals are not as lucky as Athena.