09 October 2010

The Shifter | Book Review

Book: The Shifter
Series: The Healing Wars Book 1
Authoress: Janice Hardy
Pages: 370 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins
Goodreads: The Shifter
Genre: Children's Fiction, Fantasy, Superpowers

My summary: In a time when pain is purchased and sold, a young girl must decide how far she is willing to go to save the life of her sister.

My say: The Shifter is one of the best middle grade books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The story is gripping, genuine, different from everything else on the market, complex, and action-packed. The characters are multifaceted and presented with incredibly difficult circumstances with no clear right or wrong. It is impossible to read this story without asking your self, "What would I do in this circumstance? Would I do something I knew was ethically or morally wrong to save the life of my sister?"

My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars; I am proud to own this thought-provoking book.

My kiddie-o-meter: While the subject is serious, everything is handled gently without the use of foul language or gore. This is a great book for tweens.

My author notes: I met Janice last April at the UCF Book Festival in Orlando. Here is what struck me about her; she is a down-to-earth, morning person, who likes to challenge her characters.

My book notes: Book two in the series (Blue Fire) just released Tuesday, October 5th.

My final say: What is the best sister story you have ever read?

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com

29 comments :

  1. awesome review, juju!! i love mg books that are really profound like this one sounds. I'm adding it to the never ending to read list!

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  2. Oooo, I always loved these types of books, if only for their amazing covers! ;D

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  3. Wow, sounds really great! Thanks for the review :)

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  4. this review is so awesome! i've preordered a copy but it doesnt come until Jan next year to Australia. i dont normally read a lot of MG but Janice's blog is so brilliant I suspected her book would be astounding.

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  5. Ooh, intrigued! As someone who has a baby sis, and I'm super protective of, I think I'd do anything to save her life (well, that's the black and white view, I suppose).. But I want to read what these characters go through.

    Great review! =D

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  6. Dazzling: I agree! :) My little sister is 9 years younger than me. And while she is a woman now, I must agree that that drive to protect her is something that I think will always pump through my veins.

    Nomes: Wahoo! I hope you love it and very much look forward to your thoughts :)

    Tipsy: Right? :)

    Alek: Thanks :)

    Carrie: Yeah! :)

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  7. Thanks so much for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. What a wonderful thing to wake up to this morning :)

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  8. Janice: Yeah! I'm so glad and honored. Thanks for popping by :)

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  9. Very nice review Juju! I can't think right now what my best sister book was. Oh, wait, I have it: The Scottish Rose trilogy by Liz Curtis Higgs. It is historical Christian fiction and it is a retelling of Leah and Rebecca's story from the Bible. It is outstanding!!

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  10. SOOOOOOOOOO glad you like this one! I have in on my classroom bookshelf. I'll be talking it up way more now and making sure I read it myself. I've always loved the cover :)

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  11. I am SO happy you broke down and read this book from you TBR! Yay, Juju! It's fabulous, isn't it? I cannot wait for book 3.

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  12. Fantastic review Juju! I'm adding to my list!

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  13. Great review - I look forward to getting my hands on it.

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  14. Cat: Ahhh thanks :) It was fabulous. I need to run out and buy book two :) I love how you and I share a mutual love for certain "less mainstream but definitely worthy of being more mainstream" books (i.e. Puzzle Ring, Moonstone, and now The Shifter).

    Freda: Thanks darling :)

    DL: Yeah :0)

    Jill: Oooo yea! I thought of you when I was writing this review. I think it will ignite lots of fantastic discussions :)

    Kelli: Thanks for the recommendation! I am off to investigate it :)

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  15. There are reasons why I stalk your Goodreads feed. :)

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  16. Sounds good, and it might have been something I would have overlooked otherwise

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  17. Will have to add this one to my reading list.

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  18. Excellent review, Juju! This book sounds absolutely fantastic. Kinda makes me want to pick it up. Like, now. The cover is great. I love the blue. I don't think I've read any sister books. I've always wanted to have a sister though. I have three wonderful little brothers (not so little anymore they're 20 and 16) and I think I would do anything to protect them. =)

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  19. I love stories about sisters and this one sounds so good! Thank you so much for reviewing it, loved your review, and now I need to pick it up!

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  20. Cat: I feel so honored :)

    Blod: I love hearing that :)

    Jenny: Yeah :)

    Bere: Thanks :) I sibling bond is pretty amazing isn't it?

    1stdaughter: Yeah! I know you will love this one :)

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  21. OMG! I sooo need to get my hands on this book! Thanks for sharing beautiful!!

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  22. I've heard of this one, but never really checked it out - it sounds really amazing!

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  23. Alright! So glad to hear this one was so great...I have it in my TBR Mountain for a read one day and ooh, book 2? Definitely ahve to mark it on my wish list....thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book! It sounds simply fantastic....

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  24. Pain is bought and sold? That sounds awesome! Thanks for the review :)

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  25. Excellent review Ju-Ju. I have never heard of this book, but I will be requesting it from m library based on your review. I am cautious about Middle Grade titles because sometimes they are too young, but pain? I'm in! Thanks Ju-Ju.

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  26. Love the review! It's now on my list :) Thx

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  27. Cherry: Thank you punkin' :)

    Aths and Jenny: It is. It's young so I'm not sure you'll love it. But it's really good and makes you think :)

    GMR: Yeah! :)

    Gina: Thank you :)

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  28. I have got to get my hands on this one!!! Sounds amazing!!! Great review!

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