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Escape From The Forbidden Planet (Adventures of Caramel Cardamom Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The book starts with an accident - which introduces us to Caramel and her mum - a healer in the elf-emergency squad. They heal by the power of the mind, and Caramel's mum is an ace healer - but even so, Caramel is left with a dodgy leg and tends to limp a lot. Fast forward a few years and Caramel is dashing about all over the place - linked in with technology to her friends in the forest canopy and the ones at the Pizza parlour. Caramel is just about to take her EATs (Elf Aptitude Tests) and although she wants to be a healer like her mum, on a short holiday in the canopy, picking cardomom pods, she discovers she can also talk to trees.
However, she is not the only one in the canopy; an alien race of Alexanders - whose aim is to dominate the world in communications devices - has a spy in their midst. A spy who will stop at nothing to elevate his own status and who discovers that cardomom is the secret ingredient he has been looking for.
There are more twists in this tale than a curls round a candyfloss stick - and did I mention that it is full of food? Do not read this if you are on a diet! I have been generously supplied with the recipe for the sticky date and chocolate cake with cardomom caramel syrup, and I intend to use it at the next opportunity! But that does not influence my impartial review - Escape is a rollicking high-tech elf story that people from about 8 upwards will enjoy to the full!
The book tells the story of Caramel, an Elf princess, whose mother is one of planet Cardaman's most proficient elf-healer. As a young child Caramel is injured in an accident, and although healed is left with an impaired leg- something which hangs over her in the present day.
During a trip to see a friend who lives in the canopy of trees where the cardamon seeds are cultivated, Caramel encounters an alien who is investigating the planet. The alien clone (Alexander222) is on the look-out for alternative energy sources to present to the immoral corporation he works for.
The book moves into conspiracies, kidnapping, and exile to earth. Without giving too much away, Grasso writes a fun and fast paced adventure story with well-rounded characters. I enjoyed the realistic relationships between Caramel and her parents, and the punchy dialogue between Caramel and her friends. The evolving powers of Caramel provide a nice bridge to the sequel, which I'm looking forward to.
There's a few things which sit oddly- there's a tendency for cliffhangers every chapter, which aren't really necessary as the story is strong enough. The evolution of the elf powers borders on deus ex machina at times, although logically explained in the finale.
Despite those minor grumbles, this is a fab book and the interesting spin of having elf-healers as cool paramedics with healing abilities was icing on the cake for me. I'm passing the book onto my kids, who are the target audience, and I know they'll love it.
Author: Julie Anne Grasso
Title: Escape from the Forbidden Planet / Return to Cardamom
The children loved both of the covers, particularly on Return To Cardamom. They thought they were colourful, fun and made you want to instantly open the book. They also liked the catchy blurbs although a few of the readers thought, compared to the fronts, the backs were a little bland.
All of the children loved the two books, particularly the first. They loved the ‘sweet’ theme and the fun characters, particularly the hero, Caramel. They very much enjoyed following her on her adventure. They loved the imagination of the author when she described the elf planet and they very much enjoyed all the twists and turns. One reader put in her feedback, ‘This is a very fast-paced story which is perfect for me. The characters were good too. I liked Alexander222.’ Another reader put, ‘After reading the first book for the awards in school time I then took the second book home and read it over a weekend. It was very exciting and was almost as good as the first. Will there be a third book?’ Another reader put, ‘I liked it when an elf was healing. That was best.’
The readers thought the books were well edited and discovered no glaring problems with grammar, punctuation or spelling. They also thought the pacing in the two books was well balanced with the setting and character descriptions. One reader put, ‘This was a non-stop adventure but the author still put a lot of work into the elf and planet descriptions. I liked that.Read more ›
This is an enchanting fantasy tale to delight readers of all ages. Cardamom's elves are not your ordinary fairytale elves. Science and technology rub shoulders comfortably with a twist of fantasy in this magical world. These elves have telepathic skills as well as healing talents.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great fun and full of action and imagination. The characters skip off the page and the elf planet is tantalisingly realised - looking forward to the sequel!Published on 20 Feb. 2013 by Nicola Mills
There are plenty of things to like about this book if sci-fi and fantasy are your thing. Excitement, adventure and plenty of elves! Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2013 by RubyRuby
Um, the previous review says that this is a game but it is actually a book, which I found to be an awesome adventure. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2013 by suzie