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Friday, October 23, 2009

Review : Ginger High by Melissa Burmester

Genre : Young Adult
ISBN : 978-0741453631
Series : #1 Ginger High Series
Release Date : May 15, 2009
Rating : 2 - Okay

Description from Amazon :

Ginger High is no ordinary school. It is a school for students with special powers. Many years ago people came to Earth from the Kingdom of Animist, a parallel universe. Two long time friends, Matthias and Amanta, attended the school and then returned home to Animist. The school has had many unexplained deaths. Daisy Fisher attends the school after her old school burns down. Matthias and Amanta are called back to the school to help solve the mysteries. What are powers? And what is with this crazy school? Welcome to Ginger High.

Review :

Ginger High is for special students. These students have an array of talents that no normal person is bestowed. People with these talents descended from a parallel universe called Animist, although some are unaware that is truly where they are from. When unexplained deaths start occuring at Ginger High, two long time friends, Matthias and Amanta return to Ginger High to help solve the mysteries.

Daisy Fisher is a young student of Ginger High. She comes from another town, and was forced to go to Ginger High after her own school was burned down. She will have to learn the ropes at Ginger High, and understand what it means to have powers.

This was a really quick read, although it didn't have as much appeal for me as I expected it to. I was confused with how the story jumped around between narrators, and there was some gaps in the story. The actually idea for this story was a great idea, and that is why I kept on.

Halfway through this story I was wondering about the author, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Melissa Burmester is only 14 years old. This is when I realized the mistakes of the novel and lack of characterization came from. This is her first novel, and she has plenty of time left in life to expand and learn from her mistakes. I'm very curious to see where this series will go, and especially curious as to how the author will transform in her work.


ShadowsTomes said...

If she does write more books will you read them?

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Most definitely! I'd like to see how her writing style changes as she gets older. I felt bad giving a 2 rating knowing she is just starting out...but its only fair. She has a lot of potential though.

Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

Very well thought out review! I might check and see if my library has it - thanks for featuring it! ( I can't imagine writing a novel at fourteen too! )

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Thanks for the review! It definitely sounds like a quick read and the author might be one I want to keep in mind later. :)