Saturday, 28 January 2012

REVIEW - Semester Aboard by Elizabeth Kirke

Title: Semester Aboard 
Author: Elizabeth Kirke
Series: More than Magic #1
Release date: August 5th 2011
Genres: YA Paranormal
Links: Goodreads / Amazon
Source: Bought ebook

Jen is looking forward to spending an entire summer studying abroad on a cruise ship and she knows the experience will change her life. Then she sees something she wasn't supposed to see, something she can't explain. Jen finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed and her life will change more than she imagined. That is, if she can survive the dangers lurking on the ship.


Finally!! A YA style book with characters my own age! :D

I loved this book. It had everything I could ask for. Vampires, werewolves, witches, water elements, fire elements...basically every magical being you could think of. I loved all the characters. Dani, Charlie, Thomas, and TS were just the funniest and most adorable people ever. I didn't really connenct with Mariana as she was quite shy and didn't talk that much. Jen was a great character also. She was a bit naive of magic at first as she didn't know any of this existed, and it came as quite a shock to her when she finds out.

The story was very interesting. Kirke's writing was easy to follow and it just flowed really well. I loved learning about all the different magical beings and seeing all the different places they got to visit while on the cruise. I loved how the entire story was set on a cruise ship they are taking classes on. I thought it added a fun element to the story. Things really started to get interesting when a vampire starts feeding on humans on the ship and the gang have to find a way to stop him.

There wasn't a lot of romance in the book which kind of disappointed me as I am a huge romantic but I predict something happening in book two. Fingers crossed anyway!

Overall this was an extremely fun and entertaining read. There were a few grammatical errors but nothing major. I would recommend this to anyone who loves paranormal or fantasy books and is looking for an exciting read. :)

"Are you just making stuff up?" Dani demanded. He flipped through a couple of pages. "This entire page is wrong too!"
"What?" Thomas yelped. He frowned at the page in confusion. "How is this wrong?" Dani started to smirk and Thomas narrowed his eyes at him. "You're such a dick! Is any of this wrong?"
Thomas glared. "I might kill you."
"Come on, Tommy. You know I only tease you because I have a secret crush on you."
"God help me," Thomas muttered. "And don't call me that."
"He gets to." Dani jabbed his thumb in TS' direction.
Thomas glared. "That's because he isn't referring to the rock opera."
"Can't prove that I am," Dani said.
Thomas sighed and rolled his eyes. "Except I know that you are."
"For a deaf, dumb, and blind kid, you really are observant," Dani said.
Thomas groaned. "Charlie, do something, please."
Charlie held up his hands helplessly. "Don't drag me into this, I'm innocent."

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