Thursday, December 6, 2012

Review: 13 on Halloween

13 on Halloween (Shadows #1) by Laura A.H. Elliott
Book Info:
Paperback, 206 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform 
Genre: Young Adult & Fantasy 
Author:  Laura A.H. Elliott 

Synopsis: (goodreads)
Roxie has the best night of her life until the popular kids decide they want to celebrate her birthday in a way Roxie never expects––in her attic, with a gift that’s out of this world, and a pact to never tell a living soul what happens next.

Twelve-year-old Roxie wants to be like Adrianne, the popular girl who gets everything she wants––a flock to prowl around the mall with; invitations to parties; and for Hayden, the cutest guy in the eighth grade to, you know, notice her. When Roxie invites all the eighth grade peacocks (code word : popular kids) to her first ever thirteenth birthday party on Halloween, they all come and give her a gift that’s literally out of this world. Roxie astral projects to Planet Popular where she becomes seventeen instantly and gets everything she’s always wanted, but nothing is as it seems. Being a high school peacock is complicated and Roxie will risk everything to be who she thinks she wants to be. Oh yeah, there’s Prom, doppelgangers, a mysterious map, and lots of bad peacocks too.
13 on Halloween, (Shadow Series #1) is now available as an audiobook on iTunes, Audible or Amazon. Shadow Slayer, book 2 in the series, releases Sept. 18 2012.

My Review:
All Roxie wants in life is to be Adrianne a peacock at her middle school who seems to have it all; the friends, the great family, no annoying brothers and Hayden the most popular boy in school's attention. Finally deciding to take her looming high school fate into her own hands she throws a birthday party inviting all the peacocks. Surprisingly enough the show up and reveal a world that is revealed to every person at age 13. However, this world must be kept a secret no matter the cost.

After finding out about how to get to this new world called Planet Popular by astral projection Roxie will do anything to go back no matter the risks. It is her firm belief that no one will miss her, and with that she can finally have the one thing she wants most of all, to become a peacock instead of a dodo. So one day she goes back to Planet Popular and lives out her days as she always wanted. She's popular, she's beautiful, her family isn't controlling and she has Hayden. Everything is perfect, until the moment she has to go back home and save the ones she loves.

Overall, 13 on Halloween was a decent book. I felt a tad old to be reading it but the story line was definitely interesting. Always leaving me guessing what was next. Roxie was a tad annoying to me for most of the book but she did have some good character growth throughout so that made her a tad more likeable at the end. I think I was probably just as annoying in middle school. Trying to find my place in school and wondering just where I would fit in. I think younger people would enjoy this book a lot for my middle school self related a lot.

Favorite Quote:
I loved this quote, absolutely loved it!
"See, nothing is perfect. Not even peacocks. Or teenagers. Or getting to that place your think is totally golden. I can’t do anything about growing up. But I can do a lot about what I really want. And I guess I just want to be me. With weird lucky outfits. And dodo tendencies. I mean I can’t bring Mitch back from the dead, but I can turn into my own kind of peacock to honor him. And what I realize about being a peacock is that it isn’t everything. The only thing that matters is what feels right––my friends, even if I don’t have very many of them. And staying away from as many star-nosed-mole moments as possible."
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