Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Emerald City by J. A. Beard

The Emerald City (Osland Trilogy, #1)The Emerald City by J.A. Beard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
Gail Dorjee is just starting at a new school. Her parents recently died and she’s now been sent to a boarding school by her aunt and uncle as they don’t really want her around.

The new school is weird though. Firstly; mobile phones don’t work, secondly; Gail can’t send out email or access the internet, and thirdly; when she tries to leave the grounds she is unable to. There’s something weird about the water too. During a confrontation with the school bully, water jumps from the fountain and soaks her, during an argument with a teacher, her water glass shatters, and then when arguing again, the water in her glass turns to solid ice.

Gail can’t work it out, until her friend points out that maybe Gail herself is causing these strange happenings. Testing this theory out, Gail realises that she has power over water, but what does it all mean?

This book was okay. It was supposedly based on ‘the wizard of oz’ but I didn’t see much resemblance other than the names of people and places. I didn’t get the joke about the dog; I recognised the song when I found it on ‘youtube’ but I had no idea what it was called! Sorry, maybe just too young!

I did like the characters – Lydia and Nick especially, but I found Leandra’s constantly stuttering irritating. I must say that I did get a bit confused when the ‘rifts’ were discussed. Didn’t get it at all I’m afraid, even when I went back and read the explanations again.

I liked the twist at the end. A lot of characters were lost in one way or another though, which should make for an interesting sequel.
6 out of 10.
(Book Length: 3860 Kindle Locations)

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