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Transfer Student, Book 1 in the Starjump Series Kindle Edition

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Length: 154 pages Series: Starjump Series (Book 1)

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"A page-turner of a Young Adult Science Fiction love story"
- The San Francisco Book Review

Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Ashley is a spoiled Beverly Hills brat. She and her BFF, Tiffany, are at the observatory on a school field trip. A galaxy away on Retha, Rhoe is planning to starjump. He needs to do that to save his brother, so sick he cannot speak. No one believes Rhoe can do it, but he is going to try, no matter how dangerous it is. His best friend, Yuke, tries to talk him out of it, but Rhoe is determined. Once alone, he sets up the scope and when he looks into it, something strange happens. On Earth, Ashley, at the same moment, looks into the telescope at Griffith Observatory. Moments later, she finds herself in what turns out to be Rhoe's body on Retha. Rhoe lands in Ashley's body on Earth. It seems hormones exist in both places, and they have a hard, but interesting, time adjusting to their new bodies. The adventures begin for both characters and each finds himself/herself falling in love with their new body's best friend, even though their bodies are the same sex as the friends. Yikes! Of course, the end goal for both is to get back to their own planets and body. No easy task, especially for Ashley who has no idea how she got to Retha. The two finally convince their best friends that they really aren't who they seem to be and let the love flow. Will they get back? Do they really want to get back? And then there are some really bad guys.

Laura A. H. Elliott has written a page-turner of a Young Adult Science Fiction love story. Although the start is slow, any teen, boy or girl, who likes Sci-Fi will like this book. The love story is just a nice bonus.

About the Author

I love writing about enchanted road trips, shadow worlds, and alien romance while eating lots of popcorn. I live in a tree house on the central California coast. After twenty-plus years as a freelance graphic designer/animator with clients including E! Entertainment Television and The Los Angeles Times, I crossed over into the world of publishing non-fiction and followed my heart to the world of fiction. You can find me on my blog, on Facebook and @Laurawriting and on Goodreads too!

I'm the author of the Shadow Series & the Starjump Series. 13 on Halloween (Shadow Series #1) is about a girl who gets a birthday gift that's literally out of this world. I love this book because it takes a look at one girl's quest for popularity, no matter what the cost.  Shadow Slayer (Shadow Series #2), is my new release and is now available as an audiobook too.  I'm really excited about this book because Roxie is one year older and finds the agony of fitting in at high school nothing compared to saving the world from the shadow onslaught. Transfer Student (Starjump Series #1) is an intergalactic tale of beauty and the geek. This book is near and dear to me because it explores the greatest mystery in the galaxy--what do boys think about girls? And, vice-versa. Ashley & Rhoe solve this mystery by swapping lives. I'm the author of  a couple stand alone novels too. Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale is inspired by my life-long love of a little-known town and my equal love of enchanted teenage road trips. I love this book because it's about Ginny awakening to her own intuition. The Seven Caves & Other Spine-Tingling Short Stories, is a compilation of my most popular ghost stories. Recently, a lost excerpt from Shadow Slayer has been featured in a paranormal romance anthology called Midnight Surrender.

Product Details

  • File Size: 265 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L9V58Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My passion is to uplift and inspire people with exotic/humorous stories in the hopes of spreading world peace one friendship at a time. Visit me at where I write about travel, spirit and passion.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Autumn Review on March 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
As some of you now, I usually do my own summary of the book, but as it is already listed above, I will keep my review to my thoughts only. I typically don't read books about aliens or anything sci-fish, but I decided to give this a shot. I had the pleasure of meeting Laura a few months ago, so I was looking forward to reading some of her work.

Transfer Student was nothing like I thought it was going to be. It wasn't heavy on the sci-fi, which I was happy about. I mean there is alien terminology and culture discussed, but I could easily understand it. There was some humor, some romance, and some personal growth that helped to keep me interested and less feeling like I was reading about aliens.

I liked Rhoe better than Ashley to be honest. Ashley was pretty shallow until they switched. She was searching for something more and I believe once she really made the decision to change, she LITERALLY did. Rhoe, on the other hand, was a sweetheart. I felt connected to his character pretty quickly. He to was searching for more, but also wanted to help save his brother and find answers to his father's death. Without revealing too much, I did like that they connected the first time through means more centered around Rhoe's life, but when they reconnected towards the end it had more of a personal tie to Ashley's life.

There were a few things I had trouble with. At the beginning of the story, I did feel a bit confused as to what exactly was happening. I think it wasn't until about 40% in that I really had a clear picture. The only other thing that I had issue with was that Rhoe and Ashley both make romantic connections while switched; Rhoe with Tiffany and Ashley with Yuke. I didn't really feel like there was a solid build-up into those relationships.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2012
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Who wouldn't love to swap bodies with an alien from another planet? That also just happens to be the opposite sex? Well, Ashley and Rhoe for starters. Sucked from their respective planets due to an ill-timed wish, the teens are now trapped inside the other's life: and body. As Ms. Popular, Ashley is always on top -- the one who says and does whatever it takes to get what she wants. In contrast, Rhoe is the geek who always gets picked on for standing out. While Rhoe searches for any trace of his Dad's disappearance, Ashley is finding a side of herself that she didn't know existed. Now Ashley is stuck on Retha, with no idea of how she got there, and feeling very unsettled now that she suddenly has two hearts (and is a guy!). Meanwhile, Rhoe is trapped on Earth where this geek has to learn how to be popular and fit in or risk ruining Ashley's life... assuming they will ever be able to switch back. Only one thing is sure: both of their lives will be changed forever...

The first thing that this book teaches me is this: be careful what you wish for. So many times a day, I wish that I had done something differently, said a more eloquent phrase, or even just that I didn't have so much homework. Ashley and Rhoe are confused, to say the least, but they both really snap back quickly and take their new lifestyle in stride. Ashley bounces back from the shock and is very cautious about not upsetting Rhoe's life. She doesn't make people think he is crazy, or spend her days crying in his room about her situation. Instead, she goes out and tries to make the best of it. Rhoe makes more than a few errors in his efforts to act like Ashley, but they are never intentional. He tries to blend in as best he can and even adds in some of his own talents to give her a boost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheButler on April 11, 2012
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"Great, my first wish killed me." ~Ashley

I wouldn't call myself a sci-fi fan, but I read Laura Elliott's "13 on Halloween" and loved it so much that I thought I would give this one a try. I quickly found out that it's less of a sci-fi story and more of a boy/girl finding themselves story. Her descriptions bring the planet of Retha alive through Beverly Hill's popularity queen Ashley's eyes. Elliott never disappoints when it comes to originality. That is perhaps this book's most endearing quality. Just as unique as the alien planet and all that it holds is Rhoe's views on our planet. Would an alien really figure out how to sit in a car seat? Even if he could understand English, would he understand that "over my dead body" doesn't mean that the speaker has a death wish? I also liked the way that alien Rhoe would give Retha names to things on Earth, like calling a car, a pod. That seemed very natural. I've always been very fascinated by the habit of putting a name to everything.

But my favorite part is the very beginning when Ashley discusses her repulsion of yellow stars. She talks about how the other kids always made the stars in their pictures yellow, when in truth they are not. The yellow stars are fake, a lie that's been generally accepted. This rang very true to me and I found it to be very insightful of the author to include it. EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT A SCI-FI FAN, YOU'LL LOVE TRANSFER STUDENT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AuthorTiffany on April 4, 2012
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I loved this book!!! I'm not a huge fan of science fiction but I feel Laura Elliott did a spectacular job making me forget that I wasn't a fan of the genre. The characters were unique and the storyline dragged me in making me want the next installment NOW!! Thanks Mrs. Elliott for opening up a whole new genre for me :)
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