Saturday, 8 January 2011

Book Review - Changeling

Trey thought he was an ordinary teenager. Then he meets a mysterious stranger, Lucien Charron – luminously pale, oddly powerful, with eyes that seem flecked with fire and skin that blisters in sunlight. Somehow Trey finds himself in a luxury London penthouse, like a Bond villain’s lair. It’s the heart of a sinister empire, built on the powers of the netherworld – werewolves, vampires, sorcerers, djinns. And Trey himself has a power that’s roaring to break free. Is he a boy or is he a beast? 

My Review
To be honest this book never really appealed to me. The cover looked a bit threatening and the blurb didn't particularly grab me. So why did i read it? Well every year at work we have a special 'YA Book Day' where we read six books and vote for our favourite. At the voting day we usually have a guest speaker. Yes you guessed right, this year we should be having Steve Feasey coming to do a talk. I always like meeting authors, but have to know what they have written so i can ask questions and get an insight into there work. So this week i picked up Changeling, and i was totally surprised by it. I really enjoyed reading it and have since got hold of the whole series. 
Changeling is about a young boy named Trey who is taken into the care of a very rich man named Lucien, whilst there he learns all sorts of secrets. Who he really is, and more importantly what he really is, and how he fits in to the world around him. Packed with adventure and excitement this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I found the writing style really easy to read, and the locations easy to picture in my head. The characters really come to life and all have distinctive personalities. Trey was very endearing, i found him easy to get along with and loved that he wasn't the 'typical' teenager, yes he had his moments of whining and laziness, but he was also caring, sensitive, strong, courageous and thoughtful. You always knew why he was the way he was and i felt myself hoping things would turn out OK for him.
I can't say much about the plot without giving things away, so i will just say it's an exciting story with plenty of twists and turns and some startling action sequences. There were times when i physically could not put the book down, i was glued to the page. 
It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, but luckily i have the rest of the series on hand so can get straight back to it.
Overall i really enjoyed this book, and am kicking myself for putting it off before. They say you shouldn't judge books by their covers and this is proof of that.
I am now really looking forward to meeting Steve Feasey and have loads of questions to ask him. 
Bring on the rest of the series.

My Rating
I would give this book 9/10, grab a copy today. 

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