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13 on Halloween (Teen Halloween) Paperback – September 20, 2011
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The writing is strong, story engaging and the characters very lovable--even when you think maybe you shouldn't. The plot took me somewhere I wasn't expecting and I dove into that. I would have loved some more book at the very end--to have explored the Pandora's box writer Elliot opened up, but that's just me, I think--I hope she writes a sequel!
I feel the book would be enjoyable to a YA audience. The teenage angst seemed never ending at some parts, but then teenage angst also does this in real life as well. Anyone who grew up outside the glowing circle of the popular crowd could pretty easily relate to Roxie's longings and struggles to justify her pursuit of this presumably perfect world. Ms. Elliott's portrayal of the friendship breakup was believably painful as all breakups in real life are.
If I had any criticisms of this book, it would be of the editing. I feel that a closer edit would have corrected the occasional misuse of a word or grammar. I understand how easily it is to overlook a misspelled word when editing one's own work. But, once these are pointed out, they need to be corrected. One nice thing about publishing one's own work, at least through Create Space, is that you can go back and make corrections.Read more ›
Overshadowing absolutely everything else in Roxie's world is her obsession with becoming a 'peacock' or one of the popular kids. Periodically, her pre-tween self rears her head and longs for a life where her brothers still joke with her and her mother is her closest confidant. As quickly as she has those types of thoughts, she switches back to the person willing to risk anything and everything to become Queen Roxie.
Roxie's thirteenth birthday... her first ever birthday party changes everything. With it, the party begins, astral projection becomes possible, and the world changes.
I should mention that I listened to 13 on Halloween (Shadow #1)'s audiobook and found the narrator to be as talented as Laura A.H. Elliott. I wasn't sure what to expect from an indie author when it came to this format. I was not disappointed. After listening to 13 on Halloween (Shadow #1), I can tell you the professionalism was comparable to that of the traditionally published books... only it didn't cost nearly as much. 13 on Halloween (Shadow #1) was $1.99. Every other audiobook I've ever bought has costs between $25-$30. I will definitely be looking for other indie author's books to 'read' via audiobook. Their stories are as good as traditionally published books, and they are extremely affordable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this book but only to an extent, books with characters wanting to become popular aren't really my thing!Published 24 months ago by Sarah Pruitt
Seriously!!! I could barely get through this kiddies story. It was boring and the plot just didn't make much sense.Published on March 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Mysterious. Can't wait to get the next one. One of the best books I've read. Leaves you wanting to know what happens next.Published on January 26, 2014 by Victoria Erwin
As an adult reviewer I can remember so many of the feelings the main character talks about. This would be an excellent book to read with a tween and discuss.Published on December 28, 2013 by Mayhemmama
When you turn thirteen and have a birthday party that sends you into another world beware. Watch what you wish for because you may have to pay the price of being a teenager.Published on December 22, 2013 by fayma
This is a good book but it is kind of hard to follow I had to go back to the beginning a couple of times but over all it is a good book to read but I am only 11 and this is a... Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Beth larsen
i enjoyed reading this book. even though the comparison of animals was hard to understand. the book was pulling me at wites end to finish it. Really Good Read. :DPublished on June 18, 2013 by Jessica
Strange and lacked cohesiveness. I was confused as to what the story line actually was. Will not look for more.Published on May 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer