The Fountain

The Fountain

by Suzy Vadori

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Careful what you wish for. It just might come true.

Ava Marshall, driven by a desire to learn more about her mother's past, moved across the country to attend St. Augustus. But her mom’s secrets will have to wait, because she finds herself instantly hated for her family’s connection to her new school and is forced to fight alone against a classmate who is setting Ava up to be expelled.

Fleeing campus, she takes a shortcut to her Gran’s house though the forbidden West Woods and discovers a mysterious fountain that has the power to grant a wish and change it all. But can she live with the consequences? Or will she end up breaking every school rule and risking the love of her life to make it right…

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ISBN-13: 9781988361079
Publisher: Evil Alter Ego Press
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Edition description: Prix Aurora ed.
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Fountain 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Fountain by Suzy Vadori is a young adult novel. Ava Marshall has looked forward to going to St. Augustus (for high school). St. Augustus is her parent’s alma mater and it is near her grandmother’s home. Ava is hoping to learn more about her mother (who is deceased and no one will speak about). She gets the perfect opportunity when her father has to overseas for a year for work. Unfortunately, it seems that Courtney Wallis has taken a dislike to Ava. Courtney is on the swim team, comes from a rich family, and is the popular girls. Courtney starts out by giving Ava the wrong time for swim practice making her late. Ava is hoping to join the swim team. Courtney then changes the lock on Ava’s locker leaving her without clothes and then plants drugs in the locker. Ava is sent her grandmother’s home for the weekend to await her fate (she could be expelled her very first week). Ava takes the path through the woods to her grandmother’s home and comes across a beautiful fountain. Ava’s mother loved fountains and wishing wells (she taught her daughter to believe). Ava makes a very expected wish (we would all do the same in her shoes). The next day Ava wakes up and her wish has come through. Unfortunately, her wish had some unforeseen consequences. Ava decides to find the fountain (which has disappeared) and change her wish. Will Ava be able to change her wish? You really have to be careful or you will get what you wish for! The Fountain was a fun book to read. It is a fast paced with minimum teenage angst moments. There is no sex in the book (which is unusual for this type of book), but it did not need it. There is a good lesson or moral to the story. I liked how Ava changed throughout the course of the book and it was interesting to follow her adventure. I give The Fountain 4.25 out of 5 stars (I got a little frustrated with Ava a few times). Overall, The Fountain is a very enjoyable book that can be read by readers from 10 to 100! I received a complimentary copy of The Fountain in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Patricia Bell for Readers' Favorite The Fountain by Suzy Vadori is the first book in The Fountain book series. It starts out with Ava Marshall on her first day at the new boarding school, St Augustus. Right from the start, Ava seems to hit it off wrong with Courtney, a girl on her swim team. For whatever reason, Courtney does not want Ava on the swim team and tries to get her disqualified. Ava, a nice girl, and not understanding why all this is happening to her, happens upon a wishing well in the west woods of the grounds, where she makes a wish that changes her life more than she’d bargained for. From the moment she realizes her wish has been granted, she begins trying to figure out how to undo it. She enlists the help of a new friend, Ethan, which serves to complicate her life even more. Suzi Vadori has done it again! The Fountain was a splendid read from start to finish. As a matter of fact, once I started, I don’t think I set it down until it was finished. I love her characters. Ava is a sweet girl who has a soft heart. My kind of girl. The story did not end quite the way I expected it to, and that made it all the better. There were many unexpected turns throughout the book that left my mouth hanging open. The Fountain is a good read for tweens and teens and, as a parent, I would have no problem allowing my teens to read it. No sexual situations or harsh language, just good wholesome fun. Great job once again, Suzi!
BookPrincessBlog More than 1 year ago
Let's start off with the basics: The Fountain is about Ava Marshall, who has just transferred to the boarding school that her parents used to go to. She's super excited to be in the halls her beloved mother used to roam, especially with her still struggling with her death, until a girl named Courtney starts to make her life miserable with taunts, pranks gone wrong, and more drastically affecting Ava's life. When Ava finds a fountain in the woods, she thinks nothing wrong of it and makes a wish to change her life for the better. However, once that wish comes true, Ava realizes that she should have been careful what she wished for... It's been a super long time since I read a YA book about boarding school. A few years ago, it seemed like you couldn't throw a stick without hitting one. I used to really be into them, but with so many in the market and not much difference separating them, I kind of assumed all of the YA genre was just at the same massively large boarding school. It was refreshing to see this atmosphere here again, and I definitely enjoyed reading it. I also really liked the plot. Vadori really made sure to think about all the little details that would go into Ava's wish and the ripple effects that would occur because of it. A few issues that cropped up, I didn't see coming, and it really made Ava's decision a lot harder to reverse what she had done. I liked that complexity and it made me eager to find out what was going to happen next. I also liked Ava as a main character. She had layers to her, and I liked how we saw the guilt kind of eat away at her. So many times, we will see a main character say, "OH, I feel so guilty" and then go eat a cheesestick or something. We don't see how it affects their sleep, their thoughts, their relationships, etc. I thought Vadori did a great job presenting that, and I wasn't expecting something so deep from this book. Although I liked Ava as a main character, the truth is...I'm not really sure why the other characters liked her. I know that sounds super harsh, but for most of the book, Ava was depressed about her decision and feeling guilty. She didn't contribute to a lot of conversations or activities, yet everyone loved her. I liked her with Ethan, but really, I didn't get how they fell into a relationship because she didn't contribute enough to make him like her, in my opinion. As I said, I liked her, but she didn't display any of that characterization with other people. There would be a couple of times she would have a conversation with her friend, Jules, and she would literally say nothing and they both seemed to think it was a relationship building thing. I would have liked a bit more on that end. Also, the ending was definitely interesting. I liked how it didn't fit with what I thought was going to happen and it was something a little different. Although, it did feel a bit abrupt and I was kind of concerned that Ava forgot some of her concerns. I liked it for the most part, though. Overall, this was a quick and speedy read that provided me something a little difference. It had its slight issues, but I did enjoy the story overall. I waffled back and forth between what rating to give it and I've decided on a 3.5 (although it might as well be rounded up to a 4 star since there are no halves anywhere except in my mind) rating and we will say hello to Jasmine again! Thanks again to the author for providing me with this copy via Netgalley!
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
What if a fountain could grant your every wish? Just one toss of the coin and POOF! It was done. For Ava, the fountain felt like a god-send. Years after losing her mom, she is attending St. Augustus, a private school known for its elite alumni. Her first day starts off pretty rough, especially when one of the popular kids has a personal vendetta against you. I mean, stealing your clothes and planting those drugs in your locker? Oy! But, as an alumni kid, you don’t get to make your own first impression. The only bright side was meeting Ethan. Then, when things couldn’t possibly get any worse, she found it. The fountain. “Fountains hold a special kind of magic, Ava,” her mother had told her with a sparkle in her eye. “They present themselves to us when we are most in need. Never let an opportunity go by to wish for what is in your heart.” (194) After wishing for the disappearance of a mean girl, Ava soon realizes the ripple effect and the dramatic changes that come with it. So goes the old saying: “Be careful what you wish for.” But it seems Ava wasn’t the only one who made a wish on that fountain. Her mother did, too? It’s happening again. Would history repeat itself? And how can you undo a wish if the fountain is no longer there? What is this magic that this fountain beholds? A magic only to be beheld but once? A wish for a different life? Story was an easy read with an intriguing plot and relatable characters. A wonderful tale!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ava made a wish she wants to undo, but should that wish be undone? It seems everyone’s life is improved with Ava’s granted wish—especially Ava’s. The Fountain is a charming tale of magic and love, and a young girl’s determination to right a wrong. The book is Suzy Vadori’s debut novel, and I have to say she did a great job. It is well-written with charming characters. I love the fact that she was able to tell the story in such a clean and wholesome manner—which I feel is important for young people. I didn’t find the feel of building suspense that would meet my criteria for a five-star review. Other than that, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read. I’d put the age range starting at about twelve, maybe younger if the reader has strong reading skills.