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The See-Through Leopard Kindle Edition
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A really good read.
ngs Don't change. A thoroughly good read.
I was gripped from the first page of this book and felt for Jazz and what she was going through so much. Not only was she grieving but she had lost all confidence in herself. Feeling totally lost and alone, she has to move to Kenya with her veterinarian father. Life is indeed grim for her and she feels that there is nothing to look forward to. But then she encounters a cute orphaned leopard cub and she begins to grow emotionally and spiritually and finds something to live for by looking after this cub until she is old enough to fend for herself in the wild.
This book is wonderful in showing how animals have the power to heal a broken soul and I was at once captivated by the intense bond between Jazz and the cub Asha.
I am a fan of the film Born Free and the TV series Wild at Heart and I was reminded of these as I read. Sibel Hodge vividly brings to life everything you would associate with Kenya and the wild. She doesn't gloss over anything but conveys the harsh reality of the life of wild and endangered animals really well.
Everything about this story touched me and the horrific subject of poaching tore at my heart. I am an animal advocate so this angle in the story really interested me.
Well done to Sibel Hodge for writing this book and raising awareness of the plight of African animals. Everyone should be made aware of this horror and by telling this wonderful story I am sure she will be able to reach many and they too will feel as sad and angry as I did at how cruel some humans really are, especially where money and greed are involved.
An excellent novel and I would highly recommend it for animal lovers and those who enjoy a heartwarming tale of love, determination and the soul.
Marie Symeou - author of A Forever Home For Athena
Don't be fooled however into thinking this is a boring, preachy book about conservation. The story starts with sixteen year old Jazz in the depths of depression about her scarred face. This girl, disfigured on the outside and the inside, shunned by humanity and agonising over the belief that she was responsible for her mother's death, is dragged off with her father against her will to start a new life in Africa at the Kilinga Game Reserve. Here Jazz begins the slow journey of recovery. After a disastrous first meeting with Zach and an incident with a shallow, bitchy girl, Jazz takes off and serendipitously finds an orphaned leopard cub. The pair, both having lost their mothers, connect instantly. Jazz names the cub Asha and takes on the responsibility of raising her and re-wilding her. The process is documented on film and Jazz faces many setbacks including misrepresentation by the media, a horrific poaching incident and .....well I can't give everything away now can I?
The reality of danger in the African bush is realistically portrayed and there are some heart-stopping moments involving Asha, Jazz and Zach in situations of grave danger. And then there's the mysterious Kira.....
In this beautifully poignant novel, Sibel gently leads us through Jazz's recovery and return to normality. Some powerful lessons are learnt along the way. Without sermonising, Sibel has highlighted the importance of self love and acceptance but even more importantly she nudges her character along the path of recovery by turning her focus outwards. By caring for and nurturing Asha, Jazz heals and is finally at peace with herself. The result is a wonderfully happy outcome for Jazz beyond her wildest expectations.
I've rewritten this review several times and I still feel that I haven't done this book justice. You'll have to read it yourself. It will resonate with young and old alike.
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