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15 October 2008 @ 08:11 am
Alosha, by Christopher Pike  
By: Christopher Pike

Spoilers Behind the Cut: Mild

Summary: Everyone, at some point in life, dreams that they are secretly a king or queen or wizard of a far-off land. Someday their true identity will be revealed, and they will begin a new life of magic and power and love. Teenager Ali Warner has good reason to believe in such a fantasy. While hiking in the woods behind her house, Ali stumbles across a plot by the elemental--mysterious creatures who live in a neighboring dimension--to invade and destroy the Earth. Not only that, she discovers that she has been chosen to stop that attack. Why was Ali chosen? It is very possible that she may be more than human. To reclaim her magical abilities and her true identity, Ali sets out on a great adventure. This journey will take her far from home and through a series of dangerous tests that require not only courage and strength but an insight into life itself. Accompanied by a devious leprechaun, a loyal troll, and three close friends, Ali strives to reach the top of a forbidden mountain and lay claim to the Yanti, an an ancient talisman of great power that even elementals cannot control. Ali Warner is Alosha.

Says Risa: The beginning was a little slow, but coming from me that's nothing. I like the kind of real world/fantasy setting Pike weaved together. It felt very natural, and it was easy to stand in Ali's shoes and see and feel what she saw and felt. This magical girl at the core is quite human, strong yet flawed in all the right ways. Plus, without going into tremendous detail, the book ended in a way that I wasn't expecting at all, but it wasn't bad. I just didn't see what was coming. I enjoy being surprised in books sometimes.

In 301 pages Pike put together a tremendous story that's got me itching to get my hands on the sequel. Overall I didn't really find a favorite character, but that's not to say that the characters were no good. I loved them all just fine. Again, I can't wait to get my hands on that sequel. Hopefully that's an even more engaging readable than this!

Rating: 2/3

Final Words: I really need to catch up on updating this place. There are many more readables that need to be reviewed!!
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
bemkahbemkah on October 16th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
I loved this book too, but I havent been able to find the sequel anywhere. Hopefully you have better luck than I did.
Risa Recs: ingoreadableshey on October 16th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
Have you tried inter-library loan at your local library? The Shaktra is only in one library out of many in Southeastern Connecticut where I live. I'll be able to snag it, but not for awhile (it's checked out. Woe.)