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The First [Kindle Edition]

Sara Zaske
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Book Description

Cassie Craig is not the chosen one. Not even close.

She's just an ordinary, 15-year-old California girl with a few problems. She talks too much. She has a crush on a guy in her school. She worries about her dad who is a Marine in Afghanistan.

Then, there's her new friend, Violet Starkey. The weirdest girl in school, Violet comes from a group of magical people who claim to be the first on earth.

When Cassie discovers that Violet has powers over nature, she will do anything to be her friend--all for the chance Violet might help bring her dad home.

But Cassie isn't the only one who wants Violet's powers, and she soon finds out just how dangerous it is to be the true friend of one of the most powerful magical beings in the world.

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  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UZ72K4
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this book from member librarything giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

The First by Sara Zaske is about Cassie, a teenager who used to be part of a mean girls crowd until she meets Violet, a strange girl who has powers that Cassie cannot even fathom. But as she meets Violet's grandfather, who is charismatic but sinister, Cassie realizes that she is going to play a large role in determining what is going to happen to humanity.

I'll say it out right. Most of the books I receive through librarything are not quality. But this book is different. I was impressed, and I'm hard to impress. The story starts with an observation of Cassie's and from then on, I was hooked. I loved how Zaske gradually revealed the plot and magical powers. This world and people that she has imagined has her own unique, creative twist in a deluged young adult genre. I thought all the female characters were very compelling: Cassie mostly, but also, Violet and her mother. Also, in a world full of trilogies, I admired and applauded the fact that this was a stand alone novel, and an excellent one at that.

Overall, this was a compelling, imaginative, fast-paced joy to read. I will definitely be looking out for Sara Zaske's future work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Next time you harm a tree, beware of retaliation May 3, 2012
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This well written novel, told through the eyes of an teenage girl, pulls you into a world of mystery and suspense. Marketed as young adult fiction, it also provides great entertainment to the non-young adults. Ms. Zaske sparks your curiosity. Next thing you know, you can't stop reading. You may look at trees differently after reading this book. Be kind to them, you never know who is attached to them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh new tale for the YA genre! April 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Sara Zaske has delivered a debut novel that brings a fabulous twist of a tale to the YA genre! It is fresh and new, and I loved it!

The story's central character, Cassie, is a typical teenager. She part of clique in school but by a twist of fate and her intense curiosity, she ends up spending the night with the 'odd' girl- Violet. That night, Cassie's world is turned sideways as she discovers some interesting things about her new-found friend's connection to nature and some pretty awesome powers. Violet sees Cassie as a strong deliberate person. She also knows Cassie just can't help herself when it comes to her curiosity; that's why she's chosen her to help her on a quest to go and meet her grandfather, and find out more about her powers. Soon the girls are thrown into a situation that is beyond anything either of them could have imagined and they have to rely on their own inner strength and powers to win out over a catastrophic plan that will end life as they know it.

There are many things I like about Zaske's debut novel. First, it doesn't take reading her bio to know this is an author who has written- a lot. There is nothing at all amateurish about her first published novel. She does an excellent job at pace and progression of the story, unwrapping the characters and the plot slowly- urging us to keep reading to find out more. The story itself is wonderful and combines fantasy YA genre with environmental consciousness that culminates in a struggle that sounds all to plausible. Of course, as any good YA book should, there are relevant teen issues- bullying, cliques, love interests- that give the reader easy to make connections to all of the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tree grows in Oakland May 5, 2012
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Sara Zaske debuted this book on Earth Day. Being a fan of Mother Nature, I followed my instincts and picked it up. Not normally a YA reader, I trod carefully through the first two chapters, taking in the good characterization and atypical teenage angst. I found myself enjoying the book as the plot unfolded. Vivid descriptions, great dialog and multidimensional main characters accompanied my journey through this fast-paced young adult adventure. I couldn't put it down, and when it was finished I wanted more.

This is a story with a conscience. It's about friendships lost and gained. Cassie finds herself intrigued by Violet the silent girl in her class. Whether driven by curiosity or pity, a friendship is formed, and the journey begins. "The First" is an Earth Day adventure tale that will stay with you long after you read the last page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read! September 30, 2013
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I loved this book! It was extremely well written and although the author lists this book as young adult I think people of all ages will enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read. October 26, 2012
By LWolf
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy from the author for an honest review.

This book started of just ok for me. It wasn't slow, it didn't move fast, it wasn't great, it wasn't horrible... the first 35% left me indifferent. I was actually thinking as I was reading that I might just put this down. Then I hit approximately 40% and things became interesting. Cassie and Violet started to grow on me and Kodi intrigued me.

The last 60% of this book was action packed, interesting and a complete page turner. I thought the story was interesting and I particularly like the fact that the main character wasn't supernatural in a paranormal book. It was just a nice change of pace.

The book ended in such a way that I was satisfied with the ending while being curious about a possible series.

I wish there had been a little more of a romance in the story, but it had nice bones and a nice connection between characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute read for younger teens!
I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. my rating is probably more of a 3.5 stars. Read more
Published on October 26, 2012 by Sara G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very unique plot
I really enjoyed this book for one main reason and that was it's uniqueness. I've never read a book with a plot like The First. It was different in a good way. Read more
Published on October 21, 2012 by Amy <3
4.0 out of 5 stars The First
The First is a novel about Cassie Craig who becomes intrigued by her "weirdo" classmate Violet. Violet is a "First". Read more
Published on October 17, 2012 by arden8283
4.0 out of 5 stars Very quickly pulls you in
This was a very good story. I found it different than anything I've ever read before. It was nice seeing a story from the side-kick's point of view. Read more
Published on October 16, 2012 by L M Desmond
3.0 out of 5 stars Lessons Everyone Can Learn From
Both Cassie and Violet are young girls in high school, but with very different backgrounds. Cassie was in the "popular crowd" and Violet was a girl with magical abilities tied to... Read more
Published on October 15, 2012 by Lexie1
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!
When I started reading the first couple of chapters of The First by Sara Zaske I really didn't care for it. I like to have more of a back story or lead into the story. Read more
Published on October 10, 2012 by BookWorm84
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars- enjoyable enough
3.5 stars
Brief summary:
Cassie becomes intriqued with her school's shy girl, Violet. Violet is more than human. Read more
Published on October 10, 2012 by g. ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Well Developed
The First is a unique story, explained well in the above blurb. The plot is well developed and the characterization is thoughtful. Read more
Published on July 20, 2012 by Jenna
5.0 out of 5 stars The First is one of those books that will stay with you long after you...
Cassie is a typical teenage California girl. Her best friend Angie is a very egotistical person. I couldn't understand Cassie and Angie being best friends. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader)
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and smart view of our world!
This book was fun and the charters are smart and have a real message to spread to all of us. I enjoyed the pace as the speed and danger increased with each turn of the page. Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by Blue Sky
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More About the Author

Sara Zaske has lived a variety of places including eight years in Oakland, California where The First is set. A former journalist, she currently works as a freelance editor and writer in Berlin, Germany. Occasionally, she still dreams of California.


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