Oh boy! I apologize for the late post here on the tour. I had it in my mind that I was posting tomorrow.
So I am a fan of children’s books. I write them too. So I get tickled when a great new series enters the scene. I will admit that I have a harder time getting into stories set in the future or have a scientific base. My brain thinks in the fantasy realm with magical powers and the knight in shining armor.
This book, however, is such a mix of everything it is hard not to get into the action. Aside from all of the fantastical scenery and events like space travel, the characters are fun and feel modern and easy to relate to by the younger generation. As a parent of a young child, I found the slang language fun to read, to put a voice to those words and watch Caramel bop around like a normal kid. I can’t tell you if this behavior makes the kids smile, but it did me. I was at a slight disadvantage because I didn’t read the first story, Escape from the Forbidden Planet, but I can only imagine that it was just as fun. It is, actually, on sale right now for a mere .99! To me, where Harry Potter was dramatic and serious, this book is full of fun action and some modern elements that make it real…regardless of the “powers” that the characters use to their advantage when needed.
There were times that I was lost with some of the futuristic terminology, but I am not a normal reader of this type of genre so those who read looking for such details will really enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong…I felt that the terms used were in great context, I just found myself skimming those because I have no idea what a Ishqwartz biosynthetic hybrid is. Hahaha… Perhaps this is a sign that I am getting old.
As I was reading this, I was very reminiscent of the movie “Fern Gully” with the little elves instead of fairies and the bright colors, the rainforest, the problems of the future. It shows that there are more beings and races than that of our human tunnel vision. It helps kids think beyond what they might see and peek into a world that they might not on a regular basis.
This has inspired me to write my own YA story set in the future. You know that when a book can inspire you to do things out of your norm, it must be a great one. I admire Julie Anne Grasso for her use of imagination and her colorful fantastical story! So please, pick up your own copy of this great book, Return to Cardamom!
Life is sweet for Caramel and things are finally getting back to normal. Well, as normal as it can be for a telepathic elf who can train trees and control computers, but she soon finds life on Cardamom is not all cupcakes and apple cider. A saboteur is hiding in the rainforest canopy, and the elves’ precious cardamom export has been wiped out. Caramel is certain it’s another trick of Alexander222 and her Aunt Isabel, but no one will believe her, and the clock is ticking. She must expose the saboteur in time to save the crop or the Elves of Cardamom will lose their livelihood. Caramel won’t rest until her theory is proven. While she is on the hunt, she makes a shocking discovery, one that will change everything.
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Book Website: http://www.julieannegrassobooks.com/
Author Blog: WhenIgrowupIwannawriteakidsbook
Facebook page: Julie Anne Grasso Books
Goodreads Author: Julie Anne Grasso
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