by Darren Simon
Book: The Last Princess of Latara
Pub Date: May 3, 2014
Publisher: Divertir Publishing LLC
Genre: Young Adult
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Charlee Smelton is an average thirteen-year-old girl struggling to adapt after her family moves to San Francisco. She thinks her biggest obstacle is facing the bullies who brand her a nerd and a dweeb. She's wrong. Her life is about to change-for the worse. First, she receives a gift of the ugliest, most old fashioned bike she has ever seen. Try as she might to ditch it in the city, she just can't seem to escape that very mysterious two-wheeler. Then come the visions of a world across a dimensional divide, a princess in fear for her life and a dark knight pursuing her. Are they just dreams or something more? For Charlee, everything she ever thought she knew about herself soon crumbles as she starts down a path to discover her true self, and she will need that hunk-of-junk bike more than she could ever imagine. Without it, she might not be able to find the hero in herself-the hero she must become to save her friends, family, her city-the world-from an evil only she can defeat. An evil she allows into this world.
My Review: Charlee seems to get the short end of the stick here. Had to move to a new places, be called names, and gets the ugliest gifts. Yeah, seems pretty crappy right now, but things will slowly change and her life will become a bit more entertaining.
This bike just wont leave, no matter how much she may try to ditch it, it just keeps on coming back. This somehow leads to these dreams, but they seem more real than they should be. Could this mean something? Will she be jumping into another world? Or is this evil really just a dream?
So I did enjoy this book, I just found it to be for more younger readers. It was written well and the story stayed constant and I didn't tire of anything. The characters were good and Charlee was a good girl, just would have liked to see more older characters. Overall I did enjoy it and give it 4 stars!