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Switchers (Switchers, #1) So funny how I got to reading this one The kids I went to the library to sign them up for the summer reading program to check out some books for them Asher went down the YA aisle came back carrying this book, saying, Book, Book I informed him that he was not quite ready to be reading that kind of book yet placed it on the table to give back to the front desk After finding some appropriate books for the children, I picked that book up again got to looking at it So funny how I got to reading this one The kids I went to the library to sign them up for the summer reading program to check out some books for them Asher went down the YA aisle came back carrying this book, saying, Book, Book I informed him that he was not quite ready to be reading that kind of book yet placed it on the table to give back to the front desk After finding some appropriate books for the children, I picked that book up again got to looking at it decided to give it a try.Turns out, Asher made a really great recommendation It was right up my alley of fantasy genre, reminded me a little of the movie X Men I enjoyed reading it LOVED the ending I was needing some fiction reading since I have been bogged down marking lovely garage sale stuff As A Switcher, Tess Has The Ability To Become Any Number Of Animals And Learn The Secrets Of The Animal World Then She Meets Kevin, Another Switcher With A Very Different Life Than Hers Together, They Face A Mystery That Threatens To Bring About Disaster A short, quick, fun read probably aimed mostly at the younger end of YA and younger I d have adored this book as a kid, I think, but it was enjoyable enough, if very straightforward, even now I m glad I got the entire trilogy, as I ll be wanting to read on As an added bonus, after spending four days in Dublin last year, I got extra enjoyment out of all the mentions of places and areas I d been to It always adds an extra dimension to imagining the settings. Amusing but this author needs to learn to keep track of time. Switchers was a very interesting concept from the start the cover is unique and catches the eye The premise draws the reader in There were great points about this book, but it wasn t without its flaws So, though it was an original piece and the journey was interesting, I can t give itthan a 3.One of the best ideas about this story was giving each of the animals a different point of view I thought this was interesting, as most shape shifters have complete control over the animal and th Switchers was a very interesting concept from the start the cover is unique and catches the eye The premise draws the reader in There were great points about this book, but it wasn t without its flaws So, though it was an original piece and the journey was interesting, I can t give itthan a 3.One of the best ideas about this story was giving each of the animals a different point of view I thought this was interesting, as most shape shifters have complete control over the animal and their human thoughts remain dominant Tess finds it hard to hold on to her human thoughts completely, but is able to enjoy and appreciate the animal she becomes because of that The little catch to being a shifter is also an interesting twist that I enjoyed it reminded me vaguely of Animorphs but also brought a biturgency to the story The idea of the shifters learning about their limitations was a nice addition to the myth as well.What I didn t like was the pacing I feel that some of the slower, less important parts took up some of thevital scenes in the story, leaving it a bit rushed and summarized toward the last few chapters I also felt that the characters were kind of hard to feel anything for By the end of the book, I only vaguely cared as to what their final fate might have been The end leaves a bit of a hint toward the second installment.It was a bit of a juvenile read, but I liked it It was simple enough that an average reader or reluctant one can pick it up and probably get through it The story s relationship is geared toward friendship rather than anything romantic, which is much appreciated in this day and age for YA novels It s a little slow at some times, but overall is a decent story It s not the first thing I would recommend for a shifters theme, but if you ve already read through most of the genre, it wouldn t hurt to pick up this one too Read when found at Stirabout BB, Rathdrum, Ireland.Really enjoy Kate Thompson s story telling and interweaving of fantasy mythic elements with the current world. Shapeshifters in Ireland. My name is Tess, and I have a secret not even my parents know A strange boy named Kevin shows up and threatens to tell them I have the ability to change into any kind of animal He s another switcher and says he needs my help to stop the snow and deep freeze that is creeping down from the Arctic A crazy woman named Lizzie says Krools are to blame and that Kevin and I are the only ones who can stop them We don t know if what she says is true, but we need to fly north and find out During our f My name is Tess, and I have a secret not even my parents know A strange boy named Kevin shows up and threatens to tell them I have the ability to change into any kind of animal He s another switcher and says he needs my help to stop the snow and deep freeze that is creeping down from the Arctic A crazy woman named Lizzie says Krools are to blame and that Kevin and I are the only ones who can stop them We don t know if what she says is true, but we need to fly north and find out During our flight, Kevin reveals his own secret his birthday is approaching in the next few days On that day, he ll lose his ability to switch and will be stuck in one animal form for the rest of his life What if we re in the middle of saving the world, and he s stuck as a dolphin, polar bear, or albatross I liked the idea of characters transforming into animals in order to save the world However, the overall effect of the book left me a little disappointed The plot took too long to reveal details of the problem, as too many pages were spent describing the chatacters trek to find Lizzie Then, the climactic face off with the Krools didn t meet my anticipation The solution felt too simple Kevin s age problem provided an interesting twist, and the resolution of the entire plot was satisfying So what am I saying If you have the patience for slow plot development and you like animals, then you should enjoy this book Really, the concept was good, but the suspense was lacking compared to other books I ve read recently Wow I am seriously delighted and impressed with this book While it has some concepts in it that weren t exactly aligned with my own thought processes, and while it introduced some other concepts that were surprising, even when they made perfect sense once you had them introduced to you, it was a book that was overall wonderful with fantasy and imagination It s so great to pick up a book and read about things that are so creative and wonderful I love being able to experience a story that says Wow I am seriously delighted and impressed with this book While it has some concepts in it that weren t exactly aligned with my own thought processes, and while it introduced some other concepts that were surprising, even when they made perfect sense once you had them introduced to you, it was a book that was overall wonderful with fantasy and imagination It s so great to pick up a book and read about things that are so creative and wonderful I love being able to experience a story that says, Well, why can t we do that Why can t we do this We can do the impossible Who s to say that we can t That s what reading this book was like It was like picking up a book that had been the very echo of my feelings and dreams and desires ever since I was a child and finding for the first time that I was not the only one who thought these things There was a lot that went into the actual finding of one s self when you re able to use the abilities of a Switcher as they were called in this story, and I think for anyone who hasn t been too involved in this type of fantasy before, that this would be a perfect book to start you off on a well grounded introduction of what it means to be able to shapeshift.Now for some personal rambling No need to read this part if you d like This is my own critique concerning Shapeshifting and Shapeshifters as a species It has no bearing on the book or its enjoyability, so you can feel free to skip past this part to the next bolded section where I continue on after my own musings If you re interested inthoughts on Shapeshifters themselves though, feel free to read below.On another note, I feel that they made this magical ability also too commonplace Perhaps that is only my own viewpoint from this preference and in all actuality, I m getting into my own rambling thoughts and not critiquing the book whatsoever at this point it made the point of saying that you were given this gift and could choose to be whatever you wanted, up until a certain age They made it rare, but also made it easily accessible And while it eases the responsibility of having shapeshifters come off as an entire race instead claiming that everyone could potentially unlock that ability it makes things feel incomplete It doesn t separate shapeshifting itself from an Ability or a Gift It remains simply as that.Mind, there is nothing wrong with that whatsoever, but it ruins the rarity of a gift like this, and of the responsibility that comes with this ability I suppose that was why the age limit was placed into the storyline as well, to check those freedoms But in the end, while the details of shifting in this book are so akin to the freedom and wonder of what this ability means, it still has a long way to go before it measures up to the thoughts that I ve had of it.End personal musings.Altogether the book was really a fun read It had the excitement and wonder that all fantasy books should contain at least a fraction of, in my opinion It also dealt with the reality of things as opposed to the magical abilities that the two main characters were bestowed with, and I was glad of that Likewise, I enjoyed the way that the author took the time to change the writing to suit the varying thought and speech patterns of the different animals that our main characters turned into I even like the fact that she made a point of alerting us when traits from the animals that our two main characters liked to change into the most, began to be conveyed even in their human forms I found it a very keen inclusion in a story that handled the ability to shapeshift and take on the forms of different animals very well altogether.The funniest thing about this book is that, for its length, you d think it would feel short But I felt that the book ran just as long as was necessary and ended quite well It was decisive in the way it handled important decisions that our main characters needed to make, and that rounded off the end quite smoothly for a story that just barely surpassed 200 pages.Even if you re not big on shapeshifters themselves, if you like adventure and animals, some mythological creatures and moments of well written excitement, I think you d quite love this book It s definitely one of those books that any fantasy lover should look into and even consider adding into their library If nothing else, it feels like a very good book to me if you want a solid example of what Shapeshifters should be like and want a reliable source to point anyone s questions to.My recommendation Fantasy and animals lovers should definitely check this one out and even risk buying it right off the bat, because you ll find it has enough a mix of both to satisfy for the short read that it is For all others that have their interest sparked a little by this review, definitely give it a shot I found this one at my library, so I m sure that you could track it down without too much difficulty yourself And if not, ask the librarians to order it for you I ve never seen this book outside of the library though, so other than that, I ll have to point you eBay or the like to try to find it there for a fair price But definitely give it a run if you see it around and these things are up your alley Otherwise, if you want just an adventure, give it a go and see Hope some of you will like it as much as I did All children have the ability to switch, to change into whatever animal they imagine, but only a very few realize it Tess is one of those few, and when she meets up with another switcher, they set off on a quest to figure out why the world seems to be diving into another ice age.Sounds a little scattered, and it is It s a neat premise, but the two main elements the switching and the ice age bit don t gel.


About the Author: Kate Thompson

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name. Kate Thompson is an award winning writer for children and adults.She has lived in Ireland, where many of her books are set, since 1981 She is the youngest child of the social historians and peace activists E P Thompson and Dorothy Towers She worked with horses and travelled in India before settling in the w Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name. Kate Thompson is an award winning writer for children and adults.She has lived in Ireland, where many of her books are set, since 1981 She is the youngest child of the social historians and peace activists E P Thompson and Dorothy Towers She worked with horses and travelled in India before settling in the west of Ireland with her partner Conor They have two daughters, Cliodhna and Dearbhla She is an accomplished fiddler with an interest in Irish traditional music, reflected in The New Policeman.While Kate Thompson s children s fiction is primarily fantasy, several of her books also deal with the consequences of genetic engineering.She has won the Bisto Children s Book of the Year Award four times, for The Beguilers, The Alchemist s Apprentice, Annan Water and The New Policeman The New Policeman was also awarded the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children s Book Award and the Dublin Airport Authority Children s Book of the Year Award for 2005


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