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Treehugger (Based on a Dream, #1) by [Alwang, Kea]
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About the Author

Kea Alwang lives in New Jersey building worlds, reading, and indulging in severe caffeine and chocolate addictions. Her podcaster husband, film-obsessed son, book-munching daughter, and self-absorbed parakeet are among those who put up with her unnatural attachment to the keyboard. Despite creating characters who can't wait to leave this planet, she actually loves the Earth, but wishes bullies and the word moist would just disappear.

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  • File Size: 828 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kea Alwang (December 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O69RJO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,538,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Let me start by saying this genre is not usually one I would read from, however I really loved Treehugger. From the very beginning I felt a strong connection to the main character and could empathize with her feels and situation. As the book progresses the development of all the characters was spectacular. The author has great insight into not only the human mind but wildly of those not of this planet. Highly recomend this book to all not just young adult.
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The premise for this book was great. The Ethimarrow, the backstory to the Ethimarrow and Tarthimum, the Sentinals--it had potential.

The issues were difficult to move beyond, however. the first issue was that there were so many made up words in the beginning that it was hard for me to become interested. I ended up setting it aside for months. When I picked it back up, it took me days to get caught up on what little story there had been up to the point I put it down. Another problem was that suddenly, the POV changed from Star to CK. I felt that the speaker was still Star and that the story was continuing with Bettle. The CK I believed I had come to know was no where to be seen in the character at this point. There was another awkward POV shift where Lea was brought in, but thankfully we moved back to Star for the rest of the story.

There were many other awkward moments in the telling that caused me great exuberance when I realized I was nearly done.
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**Disclaimer - This book was recommended to me by one of my best friends who personally knows the author.**

That being said, I loved this book. It was very thought-provoking. I loved the characters and the world and I'm glad Risktaker is now out! I just bought it and can't wait to read it as well. It *is* a young adult book, but is very well-written and excellently edited. It's hard to find that combination in self-pubbed books, especially in the YA genre. This doesn't really read like a typical YA novel, so don't let that scare you off if you love the sci-fi / fantasy genres.
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Treehugger by Kea Alwang is a sci-fi, fantasy type young adult adventure. The beginning few chapters kept me intrigued but a bit confused. As with most fantasy books or movies, it takes a bit to get used to the author's descriptions of worlds, characters, and language. Some of the names were difficult to figure out, but I think that added to the fantasy/sci-fi aspect of the story. It is futuristic in that there are multiple galaxies, worlds, humanoid and non-humanoid type creatures and more. As I read I got a nostalgic Star Wars type feeling for the ambiance of the different worlds.

I enjoyed reading of the strong relationship of the three main characters, but I felt that Chloe was a bit of a brat throughout most of the book. She had such a "poor me" type attitude that I got a bit fed up with her after a while. Her attitude makes her character more realistic and believable, so I'll forgive her for being a bit of a brat.

I think most fantasy and sci-fi fans will enjoy this book. Anyone who likes a good adventure will enjoy it as well. Chloe's struggles to fit in, her disappointment and frustration of missing her close friends, her determination to help when needed and her tenacity for getting in difficult situations makes her a believable character. I look forward to reading more by author Kea Alwang.

* I received a free digital copy of this book for my review - see my blog for more info and a giveaway! [...]
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This book was not my cup of tea. I like books that captivate me fully by the 1st page. It took over 10 tries to finally read this book. I wanted to love it, I just didn't.

I know this is a YA novel, but I've been reading a ton if ya books, and this 1 truly struck me as YA. As in the 10-12 year old range, or at least NOT for a woman who has kids. Chloe (aka Star) was drowning in self-pity and whined too much for my taste, as did another female character she's best friends with. Having a daughter on the brink of hormonal tantrums, it hit too close to home.

The plot of the book? I loved hearing about the other worlds and the characters that went with the worlds. This is the ONLY reason the book received 2 stars from me. I thought they were interesting. I kept expecting some profound reason why the "ethi" was not acting like it should, kept expecting this Koter character to play a bigger role than just a memory. Sadly, there was no real suspense, no real DEPTH to the story. I was *really really* disappointed with this lack of a profound underlying plot. The prologue was very misleading, as well. You think Niik is going to play a big role, but he's got NOTHING to do with this book except.....nothing!! Why?

I can't believe I'm considering reading book 2, but I'm curious if the plot.....becomes a plot.
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***spoiler alert***
Jacondor, how I wish I were there.
Treehugger is a well-written book that begs to be savored like a rich chocolate mousse. I couldn't get enough of it, and I'm afraid I've spoiled myself for other books for a while.

Chloe/Star is trying to hold herself together after the disappearance of her friends--and not doing a good job of it. She's 14, leads a double existence, and has been through far worse. But she's not prepared to go it alone. Does she have any hope?

There were just a few teeny, nitpicky things I didn't like:

Exclamation points. The majority weren't necessary since the inflection came through loud and clear in the great writing. Their use should be like caps lock online.

A couple points of telling in quotes. "Of course, as home to the most important trade post in the Altern system, Malis 7 has to be tolerant toward others..." That's a bit too formal coming from Star. (Truthfully, it's amazing this didn't happen more often with all the information given about the different worlds and races--a sign of the author's strong writing.)

The teacher's question about having a different math class seemed weird to me. (I had a teacher once look at all our schedules on the first day, but didn't discuss any of that in front of the class.) Why single out that one subject? Was that the only class someone could have had different? I know it was there to thwart Chloe's plan to fly under the radar, but seemed an unnatural cheat that the author didn't need to resort to. That character point had already been well established.

There were some slight pacing issues. A couple of the time shifts between scenes seemed abrupt and one mission in the middle came out of left field.
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