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Until the letters of the newspaper article she was reading rearranged themselves into an article foretelling her best friend Jodi's death, Lizzy Mortimer had always thought of Crabapple as a relatiVely normal coastal town. But the truth is anything but normal-Lizzy is the descendant of Morgan Le Fay, the legendary Lady of the Lake, and is gifted with the ability to see and prevent unjust deaths. Now Lizzy is caught in the middle of centuries-old feud between Morgan le Fay and her sister, Vivienne le Mort, who ...
Until the letters of the newspaper article she was reading rearranged themselves into an article foretelling her best friend Jodi's death, Lizzy Mortimer had always thought of Crabapple as a relatiVely normal coastal town. But the truth is anything but normal-Lizzy is the descendant of Morgan Le Fay, the legendary Lady of the Lake, and is gifted with the ability to see and prevent unjust deaths. Now Lizzy is caught in the middle of centuries-old feud between Morgan le Fay and her sister, Vivienne le Mort, who hopes to accelerate the end of the world by finding and killing King Arthur's last descendant, humanity's destined champion. So when an obituary for Lizzie's secret crush and the likely Arthurian heir, Drake Westfall, appears before her eyes, Lizzy must race to outwit fate and save her friends before mankind is destroyed forever.
Faced with the essential paradox of prophecy—if you see the future, can you change it?—14-year-old Lizzy Mortimer races to save the people whose deaths she foresees and prevent Doomsday in this uneven modern-day Arthurian tale.
Like all the women on her father's side, Lizzy sees her first "death-specter" at the age of 14. Understandably upset, Lizzy finds help from her aphorism-spouting, Creole spice–loving Grandma Bizzy. When feuding enchantresses from Avalon start appearing in the twee coastal town of Crabapple, Calif., searching for the Last Descendent, Lizzy uncovers the Arthurian origins of her "Hand of Fate" and the high stakes for her amateur sleuthing. Lizzy comes off as younger than 14, even when crushing on high-school senior Drake Westfall, and high-school issues such as bullying, learning disabilities and overbearing/abusive parents receive a heavy-handed treatment. Spunky Bizzy outshines less well-developed characters, but Lizzy begins to blossom in the last few pages. The novel is written as a make-up final paper for English class, with literary techniques—transitions, setting and climax—explained in each chapter, and this framing device distracts from the central action. Despite a robbery subplot and an increasing number of rules about Lizzy's new "gift," foreshadowing is rampant and the end predictable.
Readers looking for rebooted mythology should stick with Rick Riordan.(Paranormal adventure. 10 & up)
Posted January 24, 2012
This book starts out slow but you have to stick with it. Arthurian legends are the best stories. The author takes it to a whole new level by writing the storie like a letter to an English teacher. Best Arthurian book I've read yet!!!
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Posted February 25, 2013
Posted November 25, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. It was a cute fantasy story that uses the legend of king Arthur with a modern twist. It is also set up in a way that helps kids understand different types of literary terms.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 17, 2012
Posted January 2, 2012
Dealing with everything at once, this story highlights the strange turn of events on Lizzy's 14th Halloween. Perfect for any ages, this story comes alive and has a twist on the classic tales of the Arthurian legend, allowing Jennifer Kogler to put her own spin on it. Written in the form of an informal letter to her teacher, Mrs. Tweedy, Lizzy Mortimer tells a wild, adventurous story that seems unrealistic, until you realize that the truth, and the truth only, is being told.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 25, 2011
Posted August 17, 2011
I loved the Arthurian legend that was weaved into this supernatural tale. Lizzy has the power to know if those close to her are in danger of dying and while she might want to shy away from the duties that come with that knowledge, she never actually walks away. Instead she enlists the help of her best friend, even if she isn't totally honest about what the help is for. Even though the main character is deceiving her friend, family, and those in danger, it never comes off as a bad thing. She's quietly playing the hero in a tale that is bigger than even she realizes in the beginning.
All of the characters are lovely, especially Lizzy's grandmother, Bizzy, who is kind of crazy eccentric, but it absolutely works for her. Lizzy's mom is obsessed with books and I loved hearing about the different reads she was recommending to characters in the story, it definitely made me want to reread Fever Pitch and Pride and Prejudice and check out some of the other mentioned books that I hadn't read yet. Even the bookstore/musicstore owner had his recommendations (and if you haven't read The Once and Future King, try it).
While one part of the story was completed by the end of the book, it is left open for another book to continue on the tale. I hope to read more about Lizzy, her friends, her grandmother and just when this doomsday idea is going to come into play.
Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Posted November 6, 2011
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Posted November 11, 2012
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