Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review: Stellarcadia by Julie Anne Grasso

Stellarcadia, by Julie Anne Grasso
2014, 128p, Middle Grade Sci-Fi/Fantasy
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Caramel Cinnamon is one lucky elf. She can hardly believe has been invited to attend the first Intergalactic Youth Summit, on-board the Stellarcadia.

Her friends can’t wait to go “hyper,” but even the thought of it chills Caramel to the bone. However, nothing could compare to the icy reception she receives upon her arrival. Keen to get to the bottom of it, Caramel stumbles on a dangerous conspiracy, but no one will believe her.

In the exciting conclusion to The Adventures Of Caramel Cardamom Trilogy, Caramel will have to do more than outwit her enemies, she will have to convince her friends to take her seriously.

For ages 8-12

Caramel is an elf from the planet Cardamom. She's attending the first Intergalactic Youth Summit with her friends. They are flying in a new ship, the Stellarcadia, and are sharing innovative presentations from their home planets. They're starting on Ishqwartz and will spend four days to get to planet Amzalu at which time they will hyperspace jump back to Ishqwartz.  They are given a few rules and are ready for their adventure to begin!

Caramel and her friends explore the ship and can't help but go into the restricted areas--which is completely against the rules! Caramel starts to suspect something strange going on and tries to convince her friends to listen to her. She needs to succeed before they run out of time.

This book was fun to read! Most of the characters are familiar but there are a couple of new ones. There was a lot of action and I enjoyed the pacing. Caramel needs to stay on her toes as she faces someone with an evil plan. She tries to relax and enjoy herself when they are given time to socialize but has a hard time because all she can focus on is figuring out what's really going on. She cares deeply for her friends and will do whatever she needs to in order to protect them.

It helps to have read the first two books in the series but this can be enjoyed on its own as well. This is a fun series for a middle grader who enjoys Sci-Fi, fantasy, space and/or technology. It's also a good book for a reluctant reader since it moves quickly. I know this says it's the final book but I thought the door was left open at the end for there to be more...

With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories about a little girl elf just like them.

She has a degree in Nursing from Queensland University of Technology and has been published in her nerdy nursing specialty in medical journals, but her true love is writing about elf worlds that usually involve cupcakes. The new love of her life is Frankie Dupont, an illustrated middle grade series. 

Facebook page: Julie Anne Grasso Books
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Jambo said...

Thanks so much for your awesome review, loved it.

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